Friday, April 12, 2013

INTERVIEW: [aftersun]

1)      What do you want people to hear most when they hear your music?

We want people to hear something that resonates.  We want the person listening to wonder if we have been reading their mail or their mind.

2)      Having music on Band Camp, along with other such platforms in music right now such as Sound Cloud, Spotify and others, do you feel that music is moving into a virtual age?  Personally, I fully support the idea of downloading songs for free from Band Camp and then if I like them buying them on vinyl.

Music has always been virtual.  It has always traveled through thin air to reach people.  The methods and technology used to put it into the air have changed but that's not very important.  Good songs are important.

3)      How important of a factor do you feel that record labels play in music these days when pretty much anyone can put their music on the internet as opposed to having to hand out demo tapes at shows, the distribution record labels can offer, etc.   It just seems like it’s a bit easier these days to succeed as a band- and even build up a strong fan base- before a label possibly comes calling for you.

Record labels have never played a very important role in music.  They can put a billion dollars behind a crappy band and make that band popular but record labels can't make good music happen.  Good music needs to happen first, then a label can play a valuable role in getting it heard.  Profit should never hold more importance than good music for a label.  The coolest labels always put music first.  Also, just because anyone can put their music on the internet doesn't guarantee that people will find it.  

4)      If you could tour with any single band or musician who would you pick and why?

It would be probably Echo and The Bunnymen, The Cure, New Order. I would say Killing Joke but they would destroy us every night. It would get old quick.

5)      Who is your favorite New Kid on the Block?

Ryan Seacrest.

6)      Who would win in a musical fight: Jack Black or Jack White?

Jack Black would dominate Jack White in a musical duel.  JB's shreddy licks can melt faces.  His high notes would be like a punch to the face or a pile drive to the face of Jack White.

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