Today we’d like to introduce you to K SOS, Frankie P, Alex Blue and Adam Rodriguez.
K SOS, Frankie, Alex and Adam, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
K SOS: Music has been my whole life. Started playing in Sonny LaRosa’s Youngest American Jazz Band at 9 years old. Started writing my own songs at 13. Recorded my first album at 15/16. Was a solo artist up until 2008, when I joined four-man hip-hop group The N.O.C. (No Ordinary Cats), was sponsored by Vitamin Water, opened for Ludacris, Redman & Method Man and Currency all over the state. Stayed with N.O.C. til 2011. In, 2011 N.O.C. disbanded after two albums. Moved to Miami to start my own band. Released the Hoy’s first album “On the Way to Rome” in 2012 playing most the instruments myself. Then I turned The Hoy Polloy into a four-man performing band in 2013. Have released 3 EP’s and 1 Full-Length album with the Band. Two tours. One tour up the East Coast, and most recently a 14,000 mile 52 day 30 show trek across West Coast Tour playing both Canada and Mexico.
Frankie P: Well I guess it began when I was 10yrs old and started my 6yr. tenure learning keyboards/piano in School. Never once thought I would pursue this obvious talent for the instrument. When the Senior year came around, it was just countless divergences from the skill, I lost my strongest motivator, “Abuela”, I met what would be my high school sweetheart; from a new growing desire to skateboard to moving out of mommas house. In the end, I went 8 years without playing my Wurlitzer upright piano. It was not until 2013 when my life shifted and brought me back to the piano and brought me to the side of Sos, my business partner and best friend for life. It was his traits that inspired me to dedicate, remain faithful, and practice!! Together we have successfully turned what could be into what is.
Alex Blue: I started playing drums in 2005, actually started on a snare drums and practice pad and worked my way up to a drum set and jamming with friends in my garage early 2006. I am where I am today because of my perseverance and my self-taught education of music and being able to play drums, guitar and piano. It has helped me connect with people I would have never met if it wasn’t for me being a musician.
Adam: My passion drove me to collaborate with other musicians. I’ve been performing for 5 years and have been playing for 10. My guitar is my favorite part of my life. I found a band that loved music the way I did and here I am.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
K SOS: No, not even a little bit. There are constant challenges, after two decades as a musician, I am just so happy to still be doing it, getting better all the time and enhancing the chemistry with our current lineup, which gets along very well. You have to pursue your passions to the end of the world, that’s the only way you get what you want in life.
Frankie P: The struggles are no different than any other passionate soul towards their craft. In the simplest of terms, what road less traveled is smooth? From band break ups to empty homecoming shows. We have had gear malfunction and we have had car malfunctions. It’s all a part of the ride.
Alex Blue: There are always struggles for drummers mainly because they are so loud and disturb neighbors; so being able to play drums without anybody complaining is always a blessing. The main struggle of any drummer though would have to be playing with musicians that aren’t skilled enough to keep up with your pace or seeing other drummers play their drums with no passion and energy.
Alex: It’s been rough finding the right group. I had to dig deep inside myself to find who could help me be the songwriter I wanted to be.
The Hoy Polloy – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
K SOS: I am the band’s front man, lead singer, rapper, bassist and saxophone player. My role is to lead the team. The band is a benign dictatorship, we make decisions together but at the end of the day I have the final say because I will always choose what’s best for the future and growth of the band, with a focus on remaining different from every other act out there.
Frankie P: The Hoy Polloy truly stands for what it translates to… “the masses”. We do it for all the people. We vary our style, we blend our music, and we integrate all forms of expression in order to attract the attention of all people of all interests! My most apparent role is playing the keys for the group. My not so apparent role is the acting glue that keeps many fans attached to this concept. As a quote from one of my favorite movies, Office Space: “I’m a people person! I deal with the people so that they don’t have to!” (haha) I book shows and set up events. I handle business operations along with Sos. We manage together a variety talk show we broadcast via Facebook live stream called The Early Late Night Show. I like to think I’m best known for making you smile.
Alex Blue: My band is The Hoy Polloy. I play drums and sometimes sing. I am the band’s 2nd official drummer and damn proud of it.
Adam: The Hoy Polloy is Rock group from Miami that wears a lot of hats. We play songs that are easy to dance to and get crazy too. I am the guitarist and I guess I would be known for my crazy antics and movement on stage.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
K SOS: Never giving up. Members have come and go but the Hoy remains, and we are accomplishing more and more every year and doing things as a band we have never done before. We have a great new album Bye Bye Bogota, with four music videos to accompany it, we just came back from an awesome summer tour, and have the best lineup of players the band has ever had. I am ready after all these years to propel what we are doing to levels most think we can’t reach.
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