TBA attended Arise Music Festival in Colorado just a few short weekends ago. While there, we had the pleasure of sitting down with Sangha guitarist Tom Margolis, and keyboard / percussion player Jeremy Kurn. Check out the interview below.

Could you tell me a little bit about Sangha’s background?
Tom Margolis: For a little over a year now, we’ve been playing at yoga classes and festivals. It’s been really interesting for me to experience this intersection of music and spirituality. You can follow along and feel when there’s a synergy—different people get tuned into varying elements. Its much more satisfying as a musician to incorporate yoga elements into our work.

What’s the main inspiration for pursuing such a musical path?
TM: We’re inspired by Hindi gods and goddesses that symbolize different elements of the human experience. For example, a goddess that symbolizes fire elicits tense, angry feelings of everything falling apart.

How do you get people to relate to these emotions that your songs embody?
TM: 99% of people have some sort of obstacle in their life. We explain it to the audience before we play that song and get everyone to relate to one another through the music. I like being light about it, so I’ll introduce by saying something like, “imagine how you want your life to change.” The music reflects whatever quality is being tapped into and people can meet on a common ground.

What does your music have in common with the other musical performances and overall message of the Arise festival?
Jeremy Kurn: Our music is a focused, spiritual practice you can dance to. I decide what quality I want to feel related to in the univerise, find an associated diety, and tap into that energy. We have things to say to our fellow humans that will make them feel empassioned, and that’s what I think the Arise festival is about.

How would you describe your music to others?
TM: Upbeat, soulful funk-rock that incorporates Hindi chants and other world music.

What do you hope people will take away with them after hearing your music?
JK: We want people to meet us halfway and take away whatever they need from us. Our ultimate goal is to cultivate positive qualities in our listeners and get them to think about their lives differently than before.