By: Maria Ciezak
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

MARIA CIEZAK: Can you give us a little background on how you guys met?

BURNIE BAKER “THA HIT MAKER” of NEW BEAT FUND: Not sure what was in the background when we met, perhaps a hippo going down on a mermaid? All I know is New Beat Fund Iz, and our Iz chills with Oz.

MC: Is there a crazy story behind the band’s name?

NBF: Depends on what you believe in. If you believe we baked the ashes of a piggy bank labeled “New Beat Fund” into a batch of double fudge brownies and ate them to initiate the birth of our band — then you might be on the right track. If you believe in anything else, then you probably enjoy watching paint dry.

MC: I recently saw you guys play with Blink 182 at The Starland Ballroom in NJ — I liked your set. How did you land up on tour with Blink?

NBF: Thank you. We sent an ice cream Oreo cookie cake decorated as a yin yang symbol to Tom’s PO Box. Not sure if he liked it, but we’re now on tour with them.

MC: You guys played a sick cover of Sublime. Do you do a lot of covers?

NBF: No, we only do one, but we combine two halves of two different songs into one cover song. We eventually hope to be a Celine Dion cover band. That is our dream.

MC: Can you tell us a little bit about the new EP?

NBF: It’s called CoiNz ($) and you can get it for free at newbeatfund.com. If you like layin’ out on the beach with a beer and a blunt in your paws, then you should probably download it.

MC: What was it like growing up in LA? Do you find that it’s harder starting out there as a band?

NBF: It’s all we know of growing up. Yeah, people try to come here to make it, but if you know your hustle and your hustle is true, then LA is the place for you.

MC: If you had to place your music into a specific genre, what would it be?

NBF: G-punk / Beach Funk.

MC: I noticed you just announced a nice fall tour with 3OH3! That should be cool. Any venue in particular you are most excited to play?

NBF: To be honest, we’re stoked to play all of them. We’ll find out which venue likes to play with us most and report back to you.

MC: If you weren’t in a band, what would you be doing?

NBF: Cereal killer.

MC: I heard Scare Me on the radio the other day. People seem to really be enjoying the single. How did you know that was the one?

NBF: The same way I picked all my ex-girlfriends.

MC: Sum up New Beat Fund in five words.

NBF: Uh Shut Up Stupid Idiot.

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