Austin McCool from Future Thieves answers a few questions.
- First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
My name is Austin McCool, and I play guitar in a band called Future Thieves. We play rock music of the indie/pop/alt variety. Thanks for having me!
- If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
I would say our first album, Horizon Line, hits a ton of colors in the spectrum, but I’d say all the new material is blue and green.
- What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
For us, I think the biggest struggle with creating new music comes from the fact that we stay pretty busy most of the time. It’s so easy to get so wrapped up in the performances and touring and personal life that we forget to set aside time to explore new things. So whenever we can, we head out to a cabin in East Tennessee and spend about a week just making new sounds. That certainly helps break the monotony. That’s where we’ve written 95% of our newest material.
- If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
We all have vastly different dream gigs, but mine would certainly be to play at Red Rocks. I remember seeing Incubus play there on a DVD when I was in high school, and I thought that was the sweetest place in the world.
- What do you consider your biggest musical success?
The fact that we still get along, can still tour for months at a time in the same cramped van, and still thoroughly enjoy the music we’re creating and playing is in itself a huge success. It takes a lot of hard work to take four completely separate people and make them mesh in the way that we have, and I take pride in the fact that we still love it.
- What inspired you to start making music?
I started playing guitar when my little brother started taking lessons, actually. I’d always loved the idea of doing it, but never really tried to play or learn. So when he started taking lessons and doing the hard work, I stole his books and crap acoustic and taught myself. I was almost entirely inspired by Dave Matthews at that time, so I credit that to being one of the reasons I’m still playing. His playing style was so intricate for me that I continued to keep learning until I could play like him, and I played so much I ended up really loving the instrument.
- If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
I’d love to just hang out and grab some drinks with Sinatra. I think me and Frank would have a good time together and if he sang, even just in passing, that’d be rad.
- Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
My mom. She works her ass off at every little thing she does and doesn’t stop until it’s done. She never asks for anything, just gives and gives. Saint.
- What’s your favorite book?
I have always loved Vonnegut and Tom Robbins. For Vonnegut, I’d say maybe my favorite is Breakfast of Champions or the obvious. Tom Robbins’ Still Life With Woodpecker is way up there too. Real creative kooks, those guys.
- What do you like to do other than music?
I love hockey. I really wish I could still get out and play, but I follow the NHL pretty intently. I also have a dog named Hobo who can be a pretty awesome dude most of the time. I love to eat.
- Who is your favorite musical artist?
My favorite musical artist…tricky, tricky. I think the band I put on the most and listen to purely for enjoyment is the National. It’s so easy to get lost in that stuff. That or Drake.
- What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
Buy a great set of ear plugs literally as soon as you start playing and save your ears.
- Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
My lucky number is 8. I was the 8th biggest player on my team for my first year of travel hockey so they gave me that jersey, and it stuck for 15 more years of playing and to this day.
You can check out Future Thieves on Spotify and iTunes, and follow them on Instagram at @futurethievesmusic.