Meeting Fancy Dad

Creating a fresh mix of Jazz and Funk with a twist of indie. Fancy Dad creates rich harmonies, alongside an ever-so-smooth groove. Coming out of Oakland, California the group takes influence from Vulfpeck, Snarky Puppy and Zero 7. Multi-instrumentalists that have taken the best of their skills, the cohesive nature and technicality of their music shines brightly alongside their discography. Here at YMX we delve into what makes up the best of Fancy Dad and their plans for the future.


YMX: Hey Fancy Dad, how is it going? some of our readers might not be familiar with your project, how would you describe yourself, in a few words?

Fancy Dad (FD): Hi there, I’m Justin and I started Fancy Dad with my wife Molly in 2017 along with our friends Peter, Jesse and Molly’s sister Katie. We are based out of Oakland California and we blend our favorite styles to create a mix of Funk, Indie and Jazztronica.

YMX: Your current work is the result of a long journey; What first drew you to making music?

FD: Both Molly, Katie and I grew up with parents that were musicians so were drawn to it and were lucky enough to have the resources to have instruments and a music space available. Our other 2 members Peter and Jesse have been playing in bands since they were young so for all of us it started at a young age.

YMX: What would be your dream collaboration?

FD: Good question, I would say everyone in the band would be stoked to collaborate with Vulfpeck. Louis Cole would also awesome.

YMX: You recently released Pins And Needles. Can you tell us how that project came about?

FD: Pins And Needles was part of a group of songs we recorded in 2019 and had planned to release in 2020 but then the world went haywire. It’s part of the first batch of songs we wrote so we’re excited to finally get it out into the world.

YMX: What inspires your songwriting work?

FD: Seeing live music always seems to stoke the creative juices so we can’t wait for that to come back! It could also be a story we read about or even just having a beat or chord progression we like. Sometimes clearing our heads and going out into nature, especially near an ocean or lake, can inspire ideas.

YMX: We are all missing live music at the moment. Once on the other side, which music venue would you choose for your first gig?

FD: That’s a tough one, the landscape of our local music scene here in the SF/Bay Area is a little unknown. The Independent in San Francisco would have to be at the top of the list, it’s a tough place to get into but would be the perfect venue for our first show back.

YMX: What’s your band strategy in terms of music promotion? Direct-2-fans or via the “big dogs”?

FD: A little bit of both to be honest but definitely leaning more towards direct to fan. On our website for example if you sign up for our email list we send you a free download of one our songs and once you’re on the list we’ll give you early access to new music and other updates etc in the hopes that people get to know us and our music we can develop longer term fans.

YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future?

FD: Right now we’re planning to release one single a month for at least the next 3 months. We’re also working on releasing either animated videos or music videos of us for each song. By the summer we’ll hopefully have a better grasp on what live shows will look like.