I asked Lincoln 13 questions, and I got 13 answers.
1. First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
I’m Lincoln and I make kinda punky indie rock stuff. A lot of people call it emo revival or whatever which is more than cool with me.
2. If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
Y’know that kinda fluorescent yellow-greenish color that when people see it they always argue about whether it’s yellow or green? I’d probably pick probably that one.
3. What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
Maybe a cliche answer but writer’s block is definitely the big one for me. When I was younger I still had that mentality that everything you write you have to keep and that pressure gave me some anxiety about trying to write at all. I think with that kind of thing it’s really just a matter of forcing yourself to do it. If you only write when you’re really inspired to then I think you don’t really get the same practice as if you sit down and say “ok, I’m gonna work on something” regularly. I guess some people are just really profoundly brilliant and everything they make is great and that’s awesome but I’m not like that.
4. If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
Any show on the Joyce Manor/AJJ/Mannequin Pussy tour that’s happening right now. Such a stacked bill, wish I could have made it out to see them.
5. What do you consider your biggest musical success?
We got to play a show with Citizen and The Superweaks back in November which was pretty surreal since I’ve followed those bands for a long time. We kind of fell into that opportunity so I don’t know if I would call it a personal “success” but it was a really amazing and super fun experience nonetheless.
6. What inspired you to start making music?
No one in my family was ever really into music but my older sister got an iPod for her birthday one year when i was in maybe sixth grade. She was in high school and played soccer so when my mom took her to practice or to a game I’d sneak into her room and listen to it. All she had on it for like the first year she had it was the first side of A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out by Panic at the Disco, a really poorly burned copy of From Under the Cork Tree by Fall Out Boy, and the iTunes single for Copacabana by Barry Manilow, but I loved all of it. I have been kind of obsessed with music ever since. Later someone burned her a copy of …Is A Real Boy by Say Anything which is still one of my favorite records.
7. If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
Nate Ruess from Fun. and The Format. I’m obsessed with his voice.
8. Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
This is a really hard question and my answer would probably change on any given day but I’ll give it to Harmony Korine. A lot of people say they don’t enjoy his movies because they tend to be somewhat problematic in addition to being shocking but what first struck me about him was that every decision he makes is so deliberate and meaningful despite how “ugly” it all is. Even from a feminist perspective, I think his movies are really only problematic to serve the purpose of depicting reality/Harmony’s worldview— and are really very feminist minded, if darkly so. Not that it’s my place to try and justify that.
9. What’s your favorite book?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
10. What do you like to do other than music?
I find driving really relaxing so I tend to do that when I’m stressed. I’m a human being so I watch a lot of Netflix. I love horror movies. Other than that I’m usually doing something with music.
11. Who is your favorite musical artist?
My all-time favorite band is, and basically always has been The Format.
12. What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
Focus on making things you like and having fun. If you get to a point where you listen to your own music just because you want to listen to it, there’s a good chance other people will want to listen to it too. And if not then who cares? The only thing that matters is if you are proud of it and got something out of making it. I really believe that if you really put everything you have into something it will pay off in one way or another.
13. Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
You can check out Lincoln on iTunes and Spotify and follow them on Instagram at @lincolnsthename.