Archive for the ‘Interviews’ Category

An interview with Nathaniel Carroll

Indie pop musician Nathaniel Carroll performs in Hurricane, Utah /, Matthew MontgomeryNathaniel Carroll, indie pop pianist, guitarist, and vocalist, is preparing a new album for release at some point in the future. While awaiting the release, take a listen to two tracks, “You’ll Make a Killing” and “A Lie Worth Living,” which he provided for your listening. The tracks, among his most musically mature and best-recorded, feature Carroll’s signature genuine, heartfelt songwriting. previously conducted an interview with Nathaniel Carroll in October, 2005. His music can be purchased at his web site.

Nathaniel Carroll — “You’ll Make a Killing” | download

Nathaniel Carroll — “A Lie Worth Living” | download

What’s the status on your new album?

Slow and steady wins the race.  I’d be vain if I told you that I planned on it taking over two years to record my new album, as if I’ve been carefully crafting some masterpiece in my secret underground lair.  In actuality, this album is one of many flaming chainsaws in my juggling routine.  I have the skeleton tracks (drums, piano or guitar, vocals) recorded for 10 songs, and I have 2 songs that are “good enough.”  I’ve enclosed them in this electronic correspondence for your leaking pleasure.  If track lists mean anything to anyone these days, here’s one that looks cool in my head:


An interview with The Raintree

The Raintree / Photo courtesy of The RaintreeThe Raintree is a folk/acoustic artist hailing from Phoenix, Arizona. Ryan Osterman, once a member of The Maine, is now a solo artist with an incredible voice and amazing talent. With a hint of influence from artists like Bright Eyes, The Raintree won’t disappoint.

The Raintree — “Pairs” | download

Who are the main influences on your music?:
Well, honestly, just life and love — the people that bring about the sheer joy and accentuate the beauty in all of my surroundings. My musical influences vary and flux quite a bit and often, but I’ve always been a fan of Third Eye Blind, Goo Goo Dolls, Maria Taylor, Bright Eyes, Stars, Jimmy Eat World, etc. I could go on for a while, so I’ll spare you, but a lot of it has to do with what a band or song reminds me of. I embed memories within each song I listen to. Just about anything could influence me.


An interview with Chairs in the Arno

Chairs in the Arno Chairs in the Arno, a synth-driven indie pop band in the vein of Barcelona, answer a few questions from regarding their music, their future, and the reception of their release, File Folder. Chairs in the Arno have previously been the subject of a spotlight.

Chairs in the Arno — “Size Thirty” | download

You seem to occupy the same general music area as, say, Barcelona and Sprites. How much affinity do you hold to them, and how influential were they in your musical development as a group?

Jeff Excell and Becca Hsu: We are all really big fans of Barcelona. No other band was making such simple but genius synth-pop music. Their singer, Jason Korzen, who later went onto form the Sprites, basically made it seem “ok” to write lyrics about simple and enjoyable things. I would say they had quite an impact on the making of all our music. A couple years ago, Jason made a comment about how we were his “new favorite band” on MySpace. I think we all freaked out about it and almost peed our pants with excitement. Barcelona and the Sprites are WAY underated.


An interview with The Gorgeous Hussies

The Gorgeous Hussies / Courtesy of The Gorgeous Hussies, photo by Danny CarverThe Gorgeous Hussies, the previous subject of a spotlight, talk to regarding their music, their upcoming release, the recording process, and Salt Lake City.

The Gorgeous Hussies – “What Fool Would Feel”

Most anybody can listen to music and appreciate it, but it takes a certain kind of person to desire to create it. What influences you to create music?

Ryan Smith: There are a couple of things that drive me to create music: First is desire to play in general. The energy and natural high you get from performing is addicting. In that sense it is more intense and especailly gratifying when you create the music yourself. Anyone can play covers, but playing music you have created, and that people enjoy, is the main reason for creation. The second reason is just to drive ourselves to be better musicians. I like the fact that in this band I can play a few different styles. We are a rock group and since so much has been done with that genre it is hard to come up with new and creative music. It is a great challenge we are taking head on!


An interview with Waxwall Afterglow

Photo courtesy of Waxwall AfterglowMatthew Montgomery interviewed Waxwall Afterglow, a band from Henderson, Nev.

Waxwall Afterglow – “Floating Family Tree”


How would you describe the music you create?
Very intimate. The music we write strikes very deep roots for me. I’d say it’s the closest thing to self therapy for me. Whether I’m writing about the monotony of everyday life that I see people living or about the end of the world or space both lyrically and musically, it’s all pretty much communicating my feelings about how I envision life and the universe. Weaving in and out of sci-fi and real life instances, and then there are just songs about people. I guess to sum it up, I just want to write the soundtrack to the world and universe.


An interview with Drew Danburry

Matthew Montgomery from interviewed Drew Danburry after a March 14, 2007 concert in Santa Clara, Utah. Danburry talked about his experience performing in the French Alps, his musical influences, and his thoughts about live music.


An interview with Night Runs Red

Could you start off by giving a brief history of Night Runs Red?

We actually started out in the spring on 2004 as more of a metal hardcore style band. Dan and Cameron (vocals and drums) were among the original members, But the original line up had a different Bassist and Guitar player. We worked really hard for a year and put out a demo and we then were ready to record an EP and had shows lined up. Unfortunately personal Issues came up just days before going into the studio and only a week before our first show. Dan was almost ready to call it quits until Cameron convinced him to give it another go. We spent the next year picking up new members and writing new songs that fit the style we wanted to play which was more toward traditional hardcore. Since then we have been going strong with TJ and Shonn on Guitar and Chris on Bass.


An interview with NahemaH

Your sound manages to encompass a number of styles. What are your major influences, and how do you manage to combine them?

We have a lot of of influences, mainly swedish melodic death metal, experimental rock, post metal/post hardcore, stoner rock, some dark pop bands, and electronic music (electro, drum & bass, deep, minimal…), but we don’t ?copy and paste? all that styles in order to compose a song, if you combine them as puzzle pieces you will only get a copy of a band, style or sound. To compose we only use the feelings that cause inside us all music styles we like and we show our own point of view with our musical language.