First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
We always have a tough time answering this question because it is hard to hear your own music with unbiased ears, but in the past, it has been categorized as alternative, indie rock, fuzz pop, dream pop, shoegaze and a few other fun genres that we have never heard of before.
If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
Wow, toughie. Probably the colour between light blue and light purple, but that is just the colour that I like a lot right now.
What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
Resources. Sometimes you hear something in your head that you can’t quite make happen in reality, or you can’t afford to make a reality. That being said, it pushes you to be more creative in the end, and so you end up with something better or different from everyone else because you had to be.
If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
My personal dream show would be a house show with all of my favorite people and some strangers, and of course, my favorite bands would be there too. And it would be on an island in the middle of the ocean. Also, there would be a lot of puppies.
What do you consider your biggest musical success?
Really the fact that we are where we are today, and that we are still happy making music happen. I don’t think any of us anticipated that this project would become as big as it has. Personally, it has given me more directions and goals in life, and it is cool to be achieving these goals one by one. I used to think it would be really cool to have any music recorded at all, so the fact that we do and that people like it is a huge success.
What inspired you to start making music?
I can’t speak for Brandon or Nimal at all, but I think I just started to make music because I thought it would be fun and cool. I grew up taking violin lessons, and then decided to teach myself guitar, and that is when I started writing songs. I wanted to write songs that I didn’t hate, and I was probably inspired by the music that I was listening to at the time. It wasn’t until my first year at university when I joined a folk band that I started to take songwriting a little more seriously. Now it has kind of become the only thing that makes sense, it helps me deal with things, and gives me a space to hash things out. I also just really love playing shows for people, which I learned along the way.
If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
Always always always Aaron Weiss from mewihoutyou, but with the whole band. They are my favorite band of all time, and he is the best lyricist I have ever heard. Their music will never get old to me, and it is always great to see them live 🙂
Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
Hard to say, to be honest. Probably just the people that surround my daily life, or the books that I read, what’s going on in the world, or culture itself. I also religious for lack of better words, so that definitely has an influence on my songwriting.
What’s your favorite book?
Life after God by Douglas Coupland
What do you like to do other than music?
I make coffee, paint, and I dabble in some graphic design!
Who is your favorite musical artist?
Of all time, mewithoutyou. This past year I have been really influenced by Big Thief, Frankie Cosmos, and Turnover. Just couldn’t stop listening to any of their albums.
What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
Make music for you, not for other people. And don’t be afraid to be silly or sound stupid – self-editing is the biggest obstacle to overcome.
Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
But if I tell you that, you will know my PIN number!
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