Founding members Walter Ferguson (drums) and Jordan Strickland (keys) met studying music at the University of Arkansas. After quickly realizing they shared a mutual appreciation for hip-hop and jazz, they began posting a series of cover videos online. After the videos began to gain the attention of local musicians, the collective began to form.
Synthesizing elements of groove-based artists such as J-Dilla and D’Angelo, the Honey Collective pushes the boundaries of where jazz can go. Their original compositions blend the minimalism of Philip Glass and hip-hop inspired beats of BADBADNOTGOOD. By running his trumpet through analog effects pedals, Erick Amaya brings a new world of textural possibilities, drenched in echoes and noise. Bassist Austin Wilkins lays down the funk foundation with the bass. In addition to their standing members, the collective is known for collaborating with talented artists from all across the region.
Following a series of intimate shows, the Honey Collective debuted their EP Liminal, which was self-recorded and produced on the University of Arkansas campus. Their live act also includes newly imagined covers of hip-hop greats such as Kendrick Lamar and revamped jazz standards. The Honey Collective is breaking into the Northwest Arkansas music scene with an indie jazz attitude that has never been seen before.