That’s How It Feels – Six Crucial Music Questions For Karmacoda


Karmacoda is an award-winning indie trio from San Francisco.

With their latest album, Slow Down, Melt and Catch Fire, we expect them to receive further accolades.

Karmacoda’s music is of the smooth listening variety. It’s dreamy and soulful and, after a few listens, spellbinding.

Their song “Feels” is one of our favorites of the year.

Below we get to know bandmates Jessica Ford (vocalist/songwriter) and Brett Crockett (singer, keyboards, guitars, producer) and ask them some very crucial questions.




1. What is your earliest musical memory?

Jessica Ford (JF) – I used to swing and sing in my backyard after school every day as a little girl, the neighbor hated me!

Brett Crockett (BC) – When I was young our aunt babysat me and my siblings. She would play the piano and had us sing along.  I had to have been about 3 or 4 years of age.


2. What has been your most embarrassing musical moment?

JF – The crack, no one wants to crack, we are human, it can happen, but… ya, as a young singer… it’s so embarrassing you train harder to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

BC – I gave a solo recital (trumpet) in grade school for the entire school. I hadn’t prepared or practiced and was halting and terrible, but my musical instructor made me complete the entire song. I’ve never taken the stage not completely prepared since then.


3. What do you like and dislike about touring?

JF – Not having my bed, I REALLY like my mattress

BC – I like meeting new people in new cities. I dislike the waiting between shows.  It’s really quite discomforting.


4 . What is your favorite record store, anywhere in the world?

JF – There is a record store in SF where you can spin vinyl and listen to house music, is it there anymore? It’s been a while.

BC – Amoeba Music on Haight Street in San Francisco.  A legendary shop.


5. Other than your own music, what is your favorite song or album of all-time? Why?

JF – I like the classics, I’d have to say “I’ll Be Seeing You” by Billie Holiday, heart wrenching.

BC – Mezzanine by Massive Attack.  When I first heard it, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. It’s counter intuitive, but it’s so sparse yet so dense at the same time. The mood it creates is unbelievable.


6. You wake up in a seedy Berlin hotel room with no recollection of the past 96 hours. Who is your first call?

JF – My husband, how are the pups?

BC – The hotel front desk and my first question is “Whose name is this room under?”


Lead-In Image Courtesy of Karmacoda and Photographer Bill Shupp