By Keshia McEntire
Music lovers who are eager to treat their ears to something fresh and unique would do well to check out a local band by the name of The Brothers Footman. The group’s sound is inspired by a variety of genres including country, Motown, gospel and R&B. Listeners will enjoy their smooth vocals as the brothers harmonize over energetic rifts of acoustic guitar.
Brothers Dikembe, Gerald, Micah (Mic) and Joshua (Bubby B) Footman make up the band. Though the group is a new endeavor, the brothers have been surrounded by music all of their lives, as both of their parents are music ministers.
“We grew up around music and kind of just picked it up ourselves. Our father’s side of the family can play and sing, and our mother is very musically talented. One Christmas, we got instruments instead of presents, and since then we have been like, yeah, this is what we do,” said Bubby.
“Back then none of us could play anything,” added Dikembe. “We were just banging, so we sounded like a really bad heavy metal rock group. It was all in rhythm, so it still sounded kind of cool.”
The group’s musical talents have grown since childhood, and they have honed their skills in separate projects. Gerald started to play the piano and the drums, and Micah says he worked with R&B group Jagged Edge. Today, the brothers are determined to break down musical barriers with a distinctive sound they like to call “Summa Music.”
“We don’t believe in drawing lines in music. Music is; it’s just that simple. We let the songs do what they do. The idea might start with one of us and then someone puts some keys down. It takes on its own form, and we let it rock that way. So it’s summa music. Some of this, some of that,” said Bubby.
The brothers say their success is due to the fact that they are unapologetically themselves. They hope a sense of authenticity reflects in their music.
“You got to bring it for a reason. A lot of people try to copy what they hear on the radio. We just try to bring out what’s inside our head, be ourselves, and never stop,” said Bubby.
A version of this story was originally published in the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper.
For more information on The Brothers Footman, visit thebrothersfootman.com.