Meet Drummer, Artist, Writer, Performer and Producer, “Sir. Stringfellow” aka Kermit Stringfellow.
I would love to say that the Queen of England had given him this name, but that would be more than a bit of a stretch. The name Sir. Stringfellow is derived from a character visualization of British Royalty who happens to be African American. Properly knighted, he adapts easily to the aristocracy and all of its accoutrements. This Stage persona is always dressed in full regalia, Ascot, Derby, Pipe, even the occasional Baton. Imagine Little Lord Fauntleroy re-incarnate. Sorta. (sic) Sir. Stringfellow is an extraordinary musical talent whose specialty is “Funk”! His influences as a drummer are, Buddy Miles, David Garibaldi, “Funky” drummer Clyde Stubberfield, Dennis Chambers to name a few. His artist influences are Sam & Dave, Prince, Sly Stone, Marvin Gaye, James Brown and many more. From these influences Sir. Stringfellow has created his ideal band and show. His debut project “Influences” pays homage to his musical hero’s.
Sir Stringfellow is first and foremost a drummer and will always be, as drumming is in his DNA. Commencing from childhood as it is with most drummers, banging on Mom’s pots and pans in the kitchen. As a drummer, Kermit has played with many Tribute groups while experiencing the infamous Las Vegas music scene. Some of those groups are the Temptations, The Drifters, The Coasters, The Marvelettes, and the Supremes. After Vegas he moved back to his hometown of Los Angeles and began to venture into the LA music scene, home to some of the best musicians in the world. This is where his band “The Mo Betta Experience” was conceived. His distinctive “Pocket” pulses deeply, defining his recordings and live performances as none other than, Sir. Stringfellow!
If I had to choose three adjectives to describe Sir. Stringfellow they would be:
Extraordinary, Ingenious, and Multiplex
I sat down with Sir. Stringfellow to dig deep and find out what makes this ingenious individual tick, and this is what he had to say:
I&S: What do you think is the most interesting thing about you?
SF: My all around style, my music, and my fashion. I find that in this day and time music and fashion is very generic, no one has their own unique identity anymore.
I&S: What do you love about music?
SF: I love how it translates to the world as another language. It tells a story from every culture.
I&S: What current artist would you pay to see?
SF: Erykah Badu, and Dwele They too share a unique style and they are pushing the envelope musically. There are a few others doing this as well.
I&S: What artist would you like to play drums for?
SF: Sir. Stringfellow
I&S: What is your all time favorite song?
SF: Conditions of the Heart by Prince on his Around The World in a Day project
I&S: What makes your band “Mo Betta Experience” different from others?
SF: My bands song selections reach decades of generations, and I feature different solo artist within my unit.
I&S: Where would you like to see your career in the next 2-5 years?
SF: I would like to see my success heightened and expanded to a global level
I&S: How do you describe your fashion style?
SF: Old Skool, with a traditional British flavour
I&S: How does it feel to be the 1st artist featured in Cattura Vanity Magazine?
SF: Incredibly honored
Sir Stringfellow has a multiplex of layered character thus creating a highly creative, talented, eccentric persona. This young man with an old soul is on his path to his musical kingdom. He has made a pack with all the R&B Funk masters who now reside in music heaven to keep the “Funk” alive by continuing to present it and to educate our youth on what real R&B music is. He has a big task to accomplish but he is well on his way.
Sir Stingfellow can be followed on twitter @sirstringfellow
Facebook: The Mo Betta Experience fan page