Soundspike’s Q & A Interview with Ivan Neville


Say the name “Neville” to anyone with even a passing interest in music, and you’ll likely get a response ticking off several names representing that first family of New Orleans musical royalty. 



Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk Goes ‘Dancin to the Truth’ (Video Premiere)

imgresNew Orleans is full of ad-hoc musical collectives that form and disperse according to circumstance, but not all of them feature Ivan Neville. The veteran singer and keyboard player formed Dumpstaphunk in 2003 to back him at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the group has stuck around ever since. Dumpstaphunk today premieres the video for the song “Dancin to the Truth” on Speakeasy.



Dumpstaphunk Welcomes Pals For Brooklyn Bowl Rager

transLogo_GSLMBy now Dumpstaphunk is so reliable a live band that the term “Dumpstaphunk rager” is redundant. They make lesser funk, groove and R&B bands sound forced and overindulged, and have hit that sweet spot – hit it, smacked it, milked it, really — where they’re both preserving the New Orleans funk tradition and defining what a 2013 funk band should sound like.



Ivan Neville Talks Keyboards in New Orleans Funk

Keyboard Magazine

New Orleans native Ivan Neville literally has music in his DNA. His father Aaron (see our May 2013 cover story) has been frontman for the Neville Brothers for over 35 years. Uncles Charles (horns) and Cyril (percussion) are essential members of the Neville Brothers along with Art (keyboards), who has also laid down some quintessential grooves with legendary Crescent City funk outfit the Meters.



Bass Player Magazine featured Dumpstaphunk’s “deep duo”.


“DUMPSTAPHUNK PLAYS SOUL MUSIC OF ALL STYLES,” SAYS TONY HALL, “BUT because of the name, some people are afraid we’re going to play all funk all night.” There are other reasons to fear Dumpstaphunk. Let’s face it—two bassists in one band is a bad idea 99 percent of the time, especially when it’s two 5-stringers pumping out a combined 1,600 watts. Dumpstaphunk only works because Tony Hall and Nick Daniels are truly compatible as players, singers, and as people.



A Conversation with Dumpstaphunk’s Ivan Neville


Mike Ragogna: Ivan Neville, you have no right to be part of such an incredibly musical family. What do you have to say for yourself?
Ivan Neville: [laughs] I was just born into this thing, a bunch of musicians, and it happens to be in New Orleans as well, so that just adds a little bonus to it.



Dirty Word Album Review on Honest Tune


When your last name is Neville and you pursue a career in music, the world is going to have some mighty high expectations for you, whether playing live or on record. So, it’s no surprise that on Dumpstaphunk’s latest release, Dirty Word, they have not only raised the bar of funk but that of New Orleans music. In other words, Dirty Word is the stankiest, greasiest, most bodacious album to come of the Big Easy in 2013. And, quite possibly 2014, 2015, and 2016.



Dumpstaphunk Superjam @ The Independent, San Francisco 8/11/13

To close down another stellar Outside Lands weekend, I carried a NOLA Jazz LAMusicBlogFest tradition over to the Bay Area by finishing off the festival weekend with an epic burner of a Dumpstaphunk Superjam at The Independent. John Oates and Jon Cleary joined the best funk band in the land for a good majority of the show and guest spots by Nicki Bluhm and Trombone Shorty both received rave responses from the crowd (for very good reason). There were also appearances by Lukas Nelson and actors Craig Robinson and John Stamos.




Dumpstaphunk Promises Groovy Surprises in S.F.


Dumpstaphunk. The word conjures up images of steaming good times, as well as exotic — and maybe not so appetizing — smells. It’s a name you can’t forget once you’ve heard it, and a fitting title for a New Orleans band that moves funk into the 21st century with a combination of traditional grooves and modern sensibilities. “It is a provocative name,” says guitarist Ian Neville with a chuckle. “My cousin Ivan (Dumpstaphunk’s keyboard player and a talented multi-instrumentalist) and his brothers were sitting around thinking about the skankiest, dirtiest, nastiest things you can find to describe our sound. They got to talking about the stuff you find fermenting in the bottom of a dumpster — scraps of food, empty liquor bottles, cigarette stubs, somebody’s underwear, all the leftovers of a wild night — so that’s how it happened.”



Live Stream on WNYC Soundcheck Today at 2pm EST

From New Orleans’ first family of funk, Ivan Neville leads Dumpstaphunk, joining his WNYC+Radio+2000pxWNYC_Logo_2008svgcousin Ian Neville and a lineup of musicians from the Big Easy. While it might be hard to keep track of the sheer volume of Neville family projects, the quality seemingly never dips. And Dumpstaphunk continues that legacy: the group’s new album, Dirty Word, is a downright dirty collection of “stank-face”-inducing funk songs.



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