Music: The Great Connector

by Sonja O’Steen

Sitting in the basement studio of Therapy Funk, it would be easy to watch them work and not realize eight hours have elapsed.

Combining half live band and half DJ with live lighting and movie clips, Liz Taggart and Denham McDermott have created a funkhouse-style all their own. With Taggart on keys and McDermott on bass, along with their incredible voices, their sound is truly one-of-a-kind.

The pair met in high school in Aberdeen, S.D. While they were both involved in music back then, they didn’t necessarily run in the same crowd.

“I was a nerd in high school,” Taggart said, laughing. “But now, we can be weird together.”

The couple reconnected earlier this year after 13 years. They began playing music together for fun before deciding to go for it and create Therapy Funk.

“Music is the great connector,” McDermott said. 

Therapy Funk explains their sound and what they hope to achieve as a group.

Video by Thomas O’Steen

Some of the music they remix is from popular TV shows. Then, they combine that with a live light show and display clips on a large screen behind them from movies like Fight Club, Joker, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Life Aquatic.

The duo plans to hit the festival market in the near future. Until then, you can catch them at ICON Lounge in Sioux Falls on New Year’s Eve.

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