I talked with Dreamed The Northerner and this is what they had to say.
1. First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
We are “Dreamed the Northerner”(Charles Finn and Manny Piras) and we’re a purely independent, novelty pop rock duo.
2. If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
3. What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
Right now it’s the fact that we have been living on two different continents for the past two years. Manny’s been living in Italy, and I’ve (Charles) been in Baltimore We’re so used to collaborating, and bringing songs into fruition together, whether that be during the recording process or just messing around on the side. I think we tend to feed off each other’s ideas really well, and that just can’t happen over an email or a phone call. Not to mention passing files over the internet is a huge unorganized pain. Luckily, the last month we’ve been together in Italy, trying to finish our new upcoming album “Don’t Be A Hero” Other than that, I think we struggle with being our own producers. Being completely independent is a huge task. I feel like we spend way more time fine tuning our sound than we spend working on the actual songs themselves. And it’s tough to get a good sound too. We don’t have the best equipment, so reaching a point where we feel totally satisfied with the sound is a draining process, and honestly, sometimes we don’t even get to that point. Sometimes we just have to say “that’s good enough because it’s the best we can do.”
4. If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
In our recordings, we tend to feature a vast array of different synths and other instruments. Obviously, we can’t play all those different instruments live because we are just two people. That said, It would be awesome to have an entourage of musicians to play all of the parts with us. I guess it doesn’t really matter where, but we’d like to post up in a big old theater, and really just recreate our songs with a real orchestration. We like to create these big magnanimous sounding songs, and I think having an orchestral backing would make them sound that much bigger than they already are.
5. What do you consider your biggest musical success?
We’re feeling pretty excited to release our new album, “Don’t Be A Hero”. The production level is better than anything we have done in our past projects, so that’s cool. It also features a lot more electric guitar which is something that we haven’t done before. We’ve been working on the project for almost 4 years now, and have cut something like 8 songs off of it. So it’s been quite the bumpy road. It should be fun to finally get it off our chests.
6. What inspired you to start making music?
Long high school afternoons with nothing to do, Magical Mystery Tour, & the need to constantly do something creative.
7. If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
We both definitely agree it would absolutely have to be Luciano Pavarotti.
8. Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
Tom Brady and Arthur Wesley Dow.
9. What’s your favorite book?
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon (Charles), Short Stories by Flannery O’Connor (Manny)
10. What do you like to do other than music?
We like to hike mountains, play cards, and shoot hoops.
11. Who is your favorite musical artist?
We like a lot of artists for a lot of different reasons. It’s really hard to say who our favorite would be. It really depends on what we’re into at the moment, and where the band is heading. Right now we’re really diggin’ Kyle Dixon’s stuff. He wrote the soundtrack for “Stranger Things”, and also has a group called S U R V I V E. Checkout the album, RR7349, it’s dope.
12. What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
Be a little selfish. Make music exactly the way you want it to be. Don’t be afraid to cut songs because not everything you’re going to make will be great. And while it can be a chore at times make sure to remember you’re supposed to be having fun.
13. Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
“I don’t believe in lucky numbers”- that is a lyric off of our new album. But no really, Manny’s lucky number is 24. And honestly, I actually don’t have one. So, I’ll go with 427.
You can follow Dreamed The Northerner on Instagram at @dreamedthenortherner. Be sure to check them out on iTunes and Spotify.