A product of the popular electronic rock and dance music scene, with roots heavily based in '90s electronic dance music and indie rock jam, Jimkata continued to defy odds after its album, "Die Digital," was funded entirely by fans.
"It was an incredible experience," said Evan Friedell, singer and guitarist. "It felt like the first time that we realized that people actually are listening to what we're doing and want us to keep going."
In an age of crowd-funded everything, an album entirely funded by fan contributions isn't a rarity. What is rare is that it's the band's fourth.
"When our fans helped us reach our goal, it strengthened our faith in what we're doing and also gave me a broader reassurance that despite the nature of today's music industry landscape, people still support music and understand that it doesn't just magically appear for free without hard work, dedication, sacrifice, and yes, money," Friedell said. "All I know is that "Die Digital" gained us a lot of new fans and it's been almost entirely by word of mouth. We're pretty damn proud of that."
The band is currently touring before its sixth official release, "Feel In Light," which drops March 4. The album continues the band's exploration of love, triumph and appreciation of second chances at life. The tour spans more than 40 dates nationwide.
"It's both exciting and exhausting. We frequent the same places so much that things become familiar. It feels like you have a home in places you never thought you'd be because we've toured through there multiple times," he said. "But what you see across the country are these pockets of friends in different cities and once you tap into that, you see friends telling friends and the crowds start to grow."
With a sound similar to LCD Soundsystem, MGMT and Talking Heads, Jimkata is at once relevant and lyrical with a mix of indie and electronica. For Friedell, his influences include Paul Simon, Dr. Dre and Led Zeppelin.
"I've always liked music that could make you nod your head but also resonate with your soul," he said. "We like good songs, good lyrics, a good beat, and we like to dance weirdly."
For the future, since the band's live record in November 2013 and the upcoming March release date, the band plans to keep writing and traveling, doing what they love along the way.
"I think we'd just like to keep making our music, making people feel good and make a living doing what we do," Friedell said.