The Good Fortune Interview – Alyssa Browne

  1. Why do you guys call yourselves “The Good Fortune Music”-how did you come up with the name? “The Good Fortune” as a name is born out of how the band came together. Jeremiah was asked to play a single show by a friend of ours so we assembled around that to just play the one time. We clicked, people liked us, and it was all so fortuitous that we continued on.
  2. You mentioned on your Facebook page a “big announcement coming soon”-willing to share? The big announcement, which has now come to fruition, is the release of our debut EP; Social Crowns. It’s a 4 song EP, availible on iTunes, Bandcamp, Noisetrade (for free) and Spotify.
  3. When did the band first come together and actually form? We began playing nearly a year ago after our first show last summer.
  4. What are some of your favorite songs/artists outside your band, and who do you think you look to for inspiration? We all draw form a fairly eclectic musical background; everywhere from Flume to Brand New, from The Smiths to Glass Animals
  5. Has every member of the band always wanted to be in one? I think most anyone who picks up an instrument or writes a song does so because there is a level of creative overflow they need. That desire to create with other people who share your vision is pretty common among us.
  6. What is your favorite food? Sushi. Forever and ever, amen.
  7. How do you brainstorm your songs-any techniques? Songs are born in a ton of different ways. Jeremiah often starts in the studio, just messing with sounds and building pieces on his own. Sometimes it’s a lyric, or complete lyrical piece. It totally depends.
  8. What is your favorite animal? Jeremiah’s spirit animal is a Manatee.
  9. Do you guys wear jewelry? Maybe the occasional necklace or watch. Our bass player, Phil, has solid gold teeth.
  10. Besides playing lots of music, what do you guys do for fun? Spending entirely too much time at coffee houses. Usually arguing about music.
  11. How do you feel about your song “overdose” and how well it did on SoundCloud? We are incredibly proud of Overdose and how well it has been received. To be featured by music curation sites is a very encouraging thing to happen, and we are so thankful to everyone who has felt anything because of it.

Absafacto Interview – Ossama Awan

1. How did you guys (absofacto) get started?

I’d been in various bands for a while before, but had always loved just writing songs, producing them, and in general just seeing how good I could make things all on my own. It’s just something I naturally love to do, so Absofacto needed to exist.

2. Who came up with the name such as Absofacto?

I saw someone arguing online that said “absofacto” when they really meant “ipso facto,” but they were using it to just mean “absolutely factual,” and something about the complete and utter wrongness of it appealed to me at the time.

3. Who are the members of your band and what do they play?

It’s just me, Jonathan Visger. I sing, play keys, bass, guitar, do all the electronic stuff, record, mix, and master. I collaborated with my friend Brian Konicek on a few of the songs, who is a great guitarist. I also play with him in my other band Hollow & Akimbo.

4. What type of music do you guys play?

It has morphed over the existence of the project while maintaining some consistent characteristics. In recent times I’ve arrived at a sound I think of as “glitch hop meets pop.” Or something like that.

5. Who are you currently listening to on your ipod/Iphone/Andrroid etc.?

I’ve been spending a lot of time with Deltron 3030 lately.

6. Who or what inspired the band?

It’s such a conglomeration of influences, but Flying Lotus, Gorillaz, and Bonobo have all left a deep mark. I’d be remiss to discount James Mercer’s melodic influence on me too. I’m also very inspired by the feeling Haruki Murakami’s novels evoke. Dreamlike, but in a sort of mundane way.

7. What do you guys expect with your band in the upcoming year?

All of a sudden it’s been getting a lot more attention so it’s harder to predict, but I’m planning to keep releasing new material and trying to up the ante. I’m feeling pretty on top of my game and inspired, so I’m excited to keep stretching the upper limit of what I can create.

8. What do you hope to achieve with your band?

I just want to make beautiful and unique sounds that make people feel like life is a little more magical when they’re listening to them.

9. Your song Dissolve sounds amazing in my opinion, how did the song came to be from the way it is now?

Thank you! I came up with the basic idea around January 1 of this year, and over time it evolved into what it is now. There’s a certain neutral feeling it evokes for me that I managed to hold onto and remember though out the process of getting all the details in place.

10. First glance at your recent album cover you get this hipster, indie vibe how did this become the cover of choice?

I work with a brilliant designer (Chris Everhart of the Silent Giants). I had actually attempted to make a cover myself, but wasn’t happy with it. Chris bailed me out. I think he captured the dreaminess of the song, but also the casually cruel theme of the lyrics.

11. I also noticed that the same color play comes up in each album care to go into detail about that?

That’s another contribution from Chris. He helped unify all the music by finding a visual theme that felt right for it all.

12. What makes your band standout from the rest of crowd?

I’m not sure that that’s my place to say. I can say that I have a very specific vision at this point and work excessively hard to try to get it across. I also don’t play live with Absofacto right now, which I think helps set the recordings apart from some other artists. It’s very liberating to not have to picture how a song will translate live when you’re making it. What’s great when you’re listening to a song at home or in headphones is so different than what is great if you’re at a live show.

13. How long have you been making music?

I’ve been pretty serious about it for the last ten years.

14. Where was your first show?

I’ve only done two or three live performances as Absofacto, and they were both 1-2 songs long.

15. How does it feel getting up on stage in front of a live crowd?

It can be amazing. My other band, Hollow & Akimbo, does play live. When it’s the right crowd it puts you in the moment like very few other things in life can. It’s terrifying but thrilling, and when it’s really working it feels like my body is a nuclear reactor on the verge of a meltdown.

16. Are there any obstacles whatsoever when it comes to the band?

My own perfectionism is a constant problem for me… The recordings never end up perfect, but at a certain point in the process I fall in love with what I’m making and decide I’ll spend any amount of time or effort to make sure there’s absolutely nothing about it that doesn’t feel right to me. That amount of time ends up being obscene.

Kery Leva Interview – Colton Hoffman

1. Well first of all, what was it that got you into music?

I grew up with music in my house – my dad was in a band and always held practice in our basement. He taught private piano, guitar, and bass lessons too. I heard one of his students playing piano one day and really wanted to learn how to play like her. So, I asked him for piano lessons, he asked if I wanted him to teach me, or another teacher. I said him. And so it began…

2. Did your dad charge you? Haha. Ok well I saw Ellie Goulding was one of your favorites, what do you think is the biggest reason you like her?

Hahaha Dad didn’t charge me, but he definitely didn’t let it slide if I wasn’t practicing! Haha Ellie Goulding is just simply one of my favourite singers and writers. I love the atmosphere in her songs and the way her vocals are produced.

3. I know I’m very superstitious before anything I do, do you have any superstitions maybe before a concert or recording?

I used to always have sushi for dinner before shows, but other than that, my day-of show prep consists of coffee, practicing, and yoga. My recording sessions are so laissez-faire – as long as I’ve had coffee, and I have water and apple cider vinegar on hand if I’m feeling a little congested, I’m set and ready to go. :)

4. Usually I need about 2 cups of coffee before I can do anything in the morning so I feel you there. Are you working on anything now??

Haha ugh I used to go through multiple extra-shot venti Americanos from starbucks.

I just finished up a remix for a producer called Noel Sanger for his track ‘Never Let’ – it should be coming out on Nuevadeep soon.

I’m also working on a solo EP – it’s had to be on the backburner as of late because of some other projects going on, but I’m excited to get back to it – sort of a blend of NIN, Imogen Heap, Burial, and Hybrid. It’s indie, pop, electronica in one. Hoping to finish that up in the next couple months.

5. Thats awesome! I have to keep an eye out for it, your music is great. Just a couple more, what is the best piece of advice you’ve received?

Thank you! One of the best pieces of advice I got was from Stephen Croes, who was the dean of the Music Technology division at Berklee College of Music (my alma mater). He told me to ‘create something every day.’ The focus was not to worry about writing a full song every day, but to exercise the creative muscle every day, because you never know when and where you might be inspired by just a simple sound, or a melody, or a few words. Sure, you might end up creating a lot of BS, but you have a lot more ideas generated that could potentially be developed into great songs, etc. Even if I’m busy, I try to follow this advice by recording a melody into my phone as soon as get it, or I’ll spend an hour making drum sounds or synth patches. I keep a notebook handy for lyrical ideas.

The other equally important piece of advice I got was to keep a gratitude journal. Coincidentally, my sister gave me a beautiful notebook for my birthday two years ago. I dedicated that to writing 5 things every day for which I’m thankful. It has totally helped me be more positive about everything in life and focused on my own journey and progress, which I think is a struggle for a lot of creative types.

6. It’s so true. Ideas could pop up any time of the day. One last thing and for me this is the biggest question. My singing skills are limited to New York New York and Don’t Stop Believin’. If you’re ever in Hamden, CT or in New Jersey. (I don’t suggest either) Can I get singing lessons? Hahah

Hahaha yes!

That’s Nice Interview – Josh Brewer

1. Who is your music inspiration? Over the years I’ve had a few artists that are big influence on me, but I have to say Daft Punk has been the main one. Because of them I got into dance music. Doesn’t matter which genre you play, those guys are respected by everyone and there is a reason for that.

2. I see That’s Nice was founded in 2013, but have you been making music for longer than that? If so, since when? I’ve been playing music since I was really young, but this is the first serious music project I’ve done. I run my own recording studio, I record and produce bands but nothing related to That’s Nice. In fact, that was one of the main reason I put That’s Nice together, I wasn’t producing the style of music I wanted.

3. Who are you currently listening to on your iPod? A lot of artists, but the ones that are never missing are RAC and Cassian. “Strangers” album by RAC is great and the remixes they have put out are amazing ! I’m usually taking them as reference when I’m mixing a song.

4. Can you explain the reasoning behind the name ‘That’s Nice’? This is a funny one, when I was living in the UK a lot of my friends used to say that a lot. Wether was to change the subject or saying they like something they were saying “oh, thats nice!” and it just got to me. Also, I wanted something short and easy for everyone to pronounce. I didn’t want it to change depending on regions/countries. It’s a simple name so no matter if fans are from United States, France, Mexico, China, they will all pronounce it how it is. This happens a lot with movie titles, where the name it’s pronounced differently from country to country.

5. Who or what got you interested in music? Did you take classes as a student, work as a DJ, play at events, etc.? I’m passion about music, every time I’m listening to music i try to find out how they did certain things, like how to get a drum sound or special effects, reverbs, delays, etc I have never taken music classes but I studied Sound Engineer at SAE in Liverpool UK.

6. What drew you to writing music the kind of music you produce? It is just the music I listen to, you start getting into some genre and you pick up from there once you start writing. But it doesn’t mean I like just to that genre, I listen to a lot of stuff from rock – pop – dance – disco.

7. What are some of the best aspects of acting as an independent artist? Best aspect is that you have control over everything on your own project. But that could be a good thing or a bad thing depending from where you see it. But as an independent artists you are not asked to do anything you don’t want to or rushed to release music. It definitely has it’s PRO’s and CON’s

8. What are some of the most difficult aspects? The most difficult aspect I guess has to be that you need to find out everything on your own, there is no one telling you how to do things like how to upload your music to digital stores, or signing remix agreements, or best way to expose your music. I consider myself pretty new as I’m still learning a lot from the whole music industry

9. What advice do you have for anyone who aspires to create their own music? My advice would be to just do it. Don’t hold back and start releasing your music. We tend to be too critical at our own material and afraid to put it out because it doesn’t sound like those big hits you hear on the radio, or we say “it’s not perfect yet” . My advice is to let that thought go and start doing your thing, you should just do whatever feels right for you and eventually you’ll start turning heads. I find it a bad thing to be asking for feedback as everyone will tell you something different, I used to do that and didn’t get me anywhere but frustration and wanting to change everything i was doing for a particular song.

10. I see you use a lot of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)—would you say that’s how you gain the most listeners? The main social media has to be Soundcloud, that’s how i gain most of my listeners. It is such a good tool for artists/producers to put their music out and be heard.

Lusts Interview – Josh Brewer

1. Can you provide a brief history of your band? (i.e. who is in it, how you got together, what each person is responsible for, etc.)

We’re two brothers from Leicester, UK. We launched Lusts in September, but we’ve been writing music together from a very young age. We locked ourselves away last year and spent our nights recording music, reading Arthur Rimbaud, and the band was born. We put our track ‘Sometimes’ online in September and signed to 1965 Records. Everything has been happening pretty quickly from there.

2. What person or band would you say is your inspiration?

We would probably have to say David Lynch. Watching his films was really inspiring, because it showed us you didn’t need to have an obvious narrative, you can create a mood and a vibe and let people take their own meaning from it. That felt like a real breakthrough for us

3. Can you explain where the name “Lusts” came from?

Lusts came from the fact that we wanted a name that was a feeling, not necessarily an object or something tangible. I’ve also always loved something that could be perceived as positive or negative, and I love that ambiguity.

4. How often do you try to produce new music?

We never really switch off from music, it’s always there. I have a pocket recorder and I’m always singing melodies or lyric ideas into it. It never really stops.

5. What’s your favorite part about the music process? (i.e. editing, recording vocals, uploading to Soundcloud, etc.)?

We’ve been talking about this the other day, we can timeline our lives to what music we were listening to, so the thought that maybe someone who likes our music could associate Lusts to a moment in their lives is pretty amazing to us.

6. What has been your favorite memory thus far from your performances across the UK?

We’ve just finished our first UK tour with the band Coves which was brilliant. It all went by in a blur of strobe lights and gin so I’d say the whole experience has been our favourite memory so far

7. Have you ever considered coming to the United States to play?

Yeah we would love to, it’s always been a ambition to come and play the US. I recently read Kim Gordon’s Girl in The Band, and she spoke about the scene in America at the time which really inspired us. We want to come and find out what’s happening now.

8. What are some of the challenges associated with being a band that has to pave its own path to success? Consequently, what are some of the merits?

I think one of the challenges is to always remember why you started, and not compromise and dilute your message. We have a clear idea about what we want Lusts to be and it helps you to make the right decisions and stay true to yourself.

9. Which one of your songs is your favorite and why?

We’ve really enjoyed playing our song ‘Cross’ at our shows, I think it’s because it was written in such a time of change, so whenever we play it live we just get this surge of energy that somethings going to happen.

10. Do you have any advice for young musicians/bands who are trying to make a name for themselves?

Accept Yourself.