Drummer / Designer
Philly's own Spanky McCurdy has toured with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Lady Gaga. He takes Philly everywhere he goes. Get to know the talented drummer a little bit better and see Philly through his eyes.
Who are you on tour with and who have you toured with?
Right now, I'm on tour with Lady Gaga. I’ve toured with Jill Scott, Floetry, Kanye, P. Diddy, Backstreet Boys. I worked with Queen Latifah, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, Q-tip, Nas, Brandy, a lot of different people, Common. You know, I'm on tour with Lady Gaga right now on this fast moving freight train, and I’m having a very good time. I’m blessed. You know, being able to do different things that I want to do. So I’m blessed to have a great job.
If you had to describe Philly’s music scene, how would you describe it?
Philly music scene is the nucleus of the whole operation. If you take us out of it, a lot of artists are going to lose great bands. You have the number one sought after music director in world, Adam Blackstone, whose MDing everybody - Maroon 5, Jill Scott, Kanye. It's like everybody.
Then you have the musicians, Brian Frasier Moore, legendary, who is getting ready to go out with Madonna, [and he] just got finished doing Janet. And right now, he's in the studio with Queen Latifah. You got, Little John Roberts, you have of course The Roots' James [Poyser]. It's just so much. Philly is the nucleus of it all.
All of our younger cats are now touring with Marsha Ambrosius and different underground artists. I have so much respect for my city, especially after touring around the whole world and seeing how much respect they have for us, and for our roots and for our swag and our reputation. So I love my city, man. It’s like we have soul here. We have soul. We have character. A lot of people don’t have that. So you know, I can talk hours about Philly.
Where'd you grow up in Philly?
I grew up in Olney, you know way on the other side. Then I moved to Southwest Philly. Then Germantown, and now South Philly. Moving to North Liberties soon.
Yes definitely got live here [Philadelphia]. Even if work gets crazy, and I have to get a spot in LA. I’m always going to have a spot here.
Since you're always touring with artists, where do you have to go when you're home?
When I’m home in Philly, quite a few spots. First, I have to park my car around 15th Street and walk to Walnut Street and go to Ubiq to check out all the new kicks and get at least four or five pairs. I have to stock up for the next tour at Ubiq, and then I walk down to Urban Outfitters. And, I walk a little further down, you know, to like Rittenhouse Square - that’s a nice spot. You know, grab some food, kind of chill, walk around a little bit.
Another spot, I definitely have to, my studio is at 12th and Race [Street[. So, I spend a lot time around Chinatown. I love Chinatown in Philly. Any restaurant you walk into, the food is absolutely amazing. Me, I go to Penang, it’s on 10th Street. It’s a Malaysian restaurant. Off the chain! My absolutely favorite restaurant. I go there, order food, walk out, and go to Abakus [Takeout]. Check out some more gear. Get some more t-shirts and everything, and then I go back to 12th Street.
Also, Northern Liberties, the Piazza [at Schmidt's], that’s a dope spot to just hang out. A lot of cool people hang out there. Its like people, I don’t know, its like a whole other new area in Philly. I was just there a couple days ago. Its different from Old City. It's just super young, chill kids that just want to party. So, that’s the vibe down in Northern Liberties. That’s about it.
What is your favorite restaurant in Philly?
Penang, also, I love Miss Honey’s [Sit-N-Eat], 4th and Brown [Streets]. You have to go to Miss Honey’s, it's just amazing. You have to go there.
We hear you're also starting a clothing line.
Yep. Definitely starting a clothing line. It’s called StarStruk. I’m just doing it. Everything I wear, I’m going to make. It’s just going to be a dope, fun company. Hopefully, I see like a lot of people rocking stuff. So I’m going to keep everything different that way. I don’t know. I just want everybody to rock the stuff. It’s going to be dope. I’m excited.