Forward Motion’s music and performances capture the qualities of music that move people. Steeped in the traditions of funk and soul, their sound is instantly recognizable yet entirely new.
Influenced by his jazz and rock backgrounds, singer, songwriter and pianist Alex Godiksen has developed a style that is at once both lyrical and soul-driven. Lead guitarist Andy Sorenson and drummer Jon Stoltzfus are childhood friends from Philadelphia who share a love of classic funk and modern jazz. Guitarist John Brackett has come back to Connecticut after several years of absorbing the classic Americana sounds of blues and country in Tennessee. While the influences are diverse, they are also at the root of Forward Motion’s ability to create a sound that can instantly connect with the audience.
The members of Forward Motion are determined to create original and honest music that is both story driven and constantly evolving. As a band on the rise, they are excited to bring their sound to new audiences and venues throughout the country.
How do you describe your music to people?
We have always had trouble describing our music to people, but the best description we have been given by a good friend and music enthusiast is "blue-eyed soul." We have also been described as rock/soul/R&B/blues.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
As a group, all of us grew up in families that were either musical or highly supportive of music. Over the years, music became more important to all of us and we ended up going to college for music, which is where we met and formed the group. Our experiences with many differently styles rooted in rock, blues and jazz allow us to craft a unique sound that we feel is entirely our own. None of us actually remember having a conversation about starting the band! After college, we all just moved to CT, rented a house and went for it!
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Travel and experience new places! Hopefully our music career takes us all over the world!
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Being an independent band, the hardest thing is definitely making money to fund all aspects of the business. We have to pay for travel, our horn section on gigs, recordings, media distribution and tons more while making enough money in our personal lives to pay rent! But we love what we do every day so it doesn't feel like work to us!
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
We all had different aspirations while growing up, but music was a big part of all of our lives at an early age so we all watched the passion grow and develop to where it is today.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
We are lucky to live in an area with a tight music community that provides a great learning environment and also motivates us. Being friends with a ton of musicians in the area helps us to always be doing something with music even outside of the band.
What other artists out there do you love?
Our good friends in the band Bronze Radio Return have done so much to help us get started. Not only are they great friends, but we are also big fans of their music. Our mainstream influences range from Dave Matthews Band and Jamie Cullum to Chris Potter and Earth, Wind and Fire.
What does your future hold?
We hope to make performing and recording our lives and if that works out, we want to open a restaurant/venue named The....well...we can't say just yet...