As part of Spinto Band, the upstart indie that has been kicking around the scene for the past 15 years, Young Nick Krill has played his fair share of music festivals. This year, he’s going it solo, and opened up about his secrets of survival.
How is playing a festival different from playing a standard show? It depends on the festival. The big outdoor-style ones can be pretty different than a normal concert for me. Most times they are on a pretty tight schedule, so all of the setup and breakdown of the stage has to happen really fast. I like this a lot as it tends to cut out a lot of the normal riff-raff that goes on when setting up for a normal show. However, all of our CMJ concerts have felt more like normal concerts. They are usually on a familiar stage in a familiar club, but with a little added bonus of some festival folks coming out.
Do you get a chance to see the other bands? I try to catch a few of my favorite acts, although I’ll admit that these kinds of festivals have started to wear me out as a concertgoer. For better or worse, with so much going on it is easy to get pulled in many different directions. Sometimes it leads to a great concert, but sometimes it leads to unnecessary hubbub.
How do you survive? The key is to find out where to get free coffee, free food and free beer. Once you figure that out, the festival is yours for the taking.
Spinto has played this festival a couple of times before. Do you have a favorite CMJ-related memory? The moment I’ll never forget is when Gilbert O’Sullivan joined us on stage for a cover of Harry Nilsson’s “Think About Your Troubles.” That was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Young Nick Krill: Littlefield, 622 Degraw St., Gowanus, Oct. 22, 7 p.m., $10