Keep Up [Musician Interview]

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Who inspired you to make music?

(DJ) For me, music was apart of my family. Growing up in the church, we always started each service out with a live band that played music. My father was a bass player and my mother was a singer. My sisters and I were taught how to play orchestral instruments at a young age in elementary school. This led into a curious mind of “what else can I play”. I then was given a drum set on my 8th Christmas because I was deeply inspired by gospel drummers. The patterns and rhythmic beats had me in a daze. I knew that I wanted to be a musician early on. 

What is your creative process like? Do you start with lyrics? Instruments? Concept?

(DJ) As a group, we are constantly collaborating and merging ideas for the writing process of our music. Most of these songs are written with a vocal melody and lyrical concept before developing into full songs. Sometimes we will write a guitar riff first before writing lyrics, but we find that hashing out a song melody works best. I typically write the lyrics for the songs, but there’s often lots of input from Chris and Ian. Most of our songs are written from real life situations; growing older, relationships, deaths, or just having a good time. 

What do you feel is the best song you have released/written and why?

(DJ) We were just talking about how our 2019 single “Life In Luxury” has been the song that best represents us to-date. However, our newest EP — Win Some, Lose None — has a song called “Work Week” that describes us perfectly. It’s a song about never having enough money to fund our lives, but thank goodness we’re beautiful. At least we’ve got that going for us. 

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

(Chris) Best advice- The older you get, the faster life goes, so live in the moment.

If you could be any kind of cookie, what would it be and why? (Most important question)

(Ian) It’s a toss up between snickerdoodle and the OG, Chocolate chip. I feel like Chocolate chip cookies are more universal and almost everyone enjoys them. So probably Chocolate chip cookies.

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

The internet is a blessing and a curse. Without the internet, we would not have found Blind Thought to do this feature. However, with how big the internet is, it’s difficult to put out content that lasts. The music industry is over saturated with so much white noise that it’s hard to find the next big artist unless they have a major label backing the project and funding the advertising necessary to overcome the overly saturated market. 

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

(Ian) If I could change anything about the industry. I would like there to be more local spotlight. For example, allowing local bands ACTUAL air-time during peak hours when people are listening to the radio. I think even just that would help bands and artists enormously. (And not having to pay your way for that) basically local recognition.

What is the most useless talent you have?

(Chris) Useless talent- I’m double jointed in my shoulders and I can pull my arm behind my head.

When you’re done with music, what do you want people to think when they talk about you and your work?

(DJ) It’s hard to imagine my life without music. However, I would love people to know me as an all around artist who brought joy to everyone who came in contact with me. Whether that’s through music or design or even just my friendly personality. I actively work on being the best version of myself and enjoy writing music that speaks to that. 

What is your most recent project/upcoming project?

Our most recent project is our EP titled “Win Some, Lose None” released October 30th of 2020. It’s been a wild year for music releases, but this is our little taste of who we are today. Please stay tuned as we continue releasing more content.

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