||The pocket. It's musical slang for the deep-groove sweet spot that any band interested in funk and rhythm is hoping to reach, a place where the perfect collision and synthesis of sounds can give a musician the most intoxicating of natural highs.
Deep within the womb of the pocket-that's where the music of the John Popper Project has nestled itself. In just two years since the group's namesake and turntable wiz DJ Logic pacted with Blues Traveler bassist Tad Kinchla and Mosaic drummer Marcus Bleeker for a round of on-the-side musical exploration, the band has already reached groove nirvana, with the 13 tracks composing its eponymous debut.
If the combination of Traveler frontman Popper's big-lunged vocals and rapid-fire harmonica and Logic's skiddy, beat-and-scratch style seemed an odd fit initially, with Kinchla and Bleeker they've emerged as expert pocket-detectors, able to find and ride a groove with ease. Says a proud Popper, "I'm happy to say, we're really good at it."