Get to Know The State Of

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Miami’s The State Of are bringing a dance party unlike any other to our annual members-only Fourth of July party. Their songs, self-described as “a juxtaposition of dark and light, playing music that is melancholy and minor but to a fun and danceable beat” have made their way across the country since 2007.

Join us on July 4 from 7-10pm and come dressed in your favorite red (or rosé), white, and blue ensembles for a festive night! This year, our celebration features complimentary samples of rosé from The Palm by Whispering Angel, plus happy hour specials at a cash bar, food for purchase, and live entertainment. Be a part of the fun and join as a member here.

We caught up with The State Of’s Steph Taylor (piano/synth/vocals) and Nabedi Osorio (drums/vocals) ahead of Wednesday’s show. Check out our interview with the band below.

How did the band meet?
A mutual friend introduced us on the premise that we, as musicians, needed to know one another. I was 17 and Nabedi was 19 and I was still in high school. There we were, two little babies jamming out in my living room in the late ‘90s. The rest was history!

What have you been listening to lately?
Alt-J, Little Dragon, US Girls, Sudan Archives, Barbatuques, Oldies from the ‘50s, and Leikeli47.

Do you have a favorite song to perform live?
We both have the same answer, it’s one of our tracks called “I Know.” It’s just such a feel good song and it builds up and breaks down in all the right places. It’s also a love song and we are both in love with LOVE!

How does Miami inspire your sound?
It’s simple. It’s a three-part formula. Miami Booty Bass + Miami Sound Machine + our fellow local musicians who are cranking new music out of Miami each day that inspire us and our sound.

What is the writing process like for the band?
It’s constantly changing and evolving. Sometimes music comes first. Sometimes lyrics come first. Sometimes, a song begins with a drum beat, or a simple synth line. It’s hard to describe the process because we are forever changing and growing leading us to explore new ways of composing together and separately.

You’ll be taking over our terrace overlooking Biscayne Bay. Can you spill some details on what you have cooking up for your performance at PAMM’s Rosé, White, and Blue Fourth of July party?
Well, we love the ‘80s so we will be throwing down some fun dance and sing-alongs from that era for sure! We are all about bringing people together in unity through music and spreading love during the times we need it the most.

What are you looking forward to the most about performing at PAMM?
The beautiful setting in front of the bay, the amazing firework display, and working again with the PAMM family to put on an amazing event!

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