CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your music, what would it be and why?
B: The easiest answer would be shoegaze. We play hazy and noisy guitar music with a lightly buried pop sensibility.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
B: Josh and I both love music from the late 80’s and early 90’s. We take a lot from the shoegaze and dream pop bands of that time as well as being influenced by the general haziness and lo-fi qualities of a lot of our favorite modern bands.
CH.89: What made you want to start a band?
B: Both of us had been playing in bands our whole lives and hadn’t quite found the right people to play this type of music with. We were both searching for the same thing at the same time and our music connection was pretty instantaneous.
CH.89: How did the name BELIEFS come about?
B: Quite honestly, I made a few lists and narrowed it down to something that felt right.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new album?
B: Josh and I like to write and bring ideas to the band one song at a time. Josh or I will bring in a skeleton of a song and it’s up to the rest of the band to add our parts. In the beginning, we would write much more full songs alone and finish arranging things on the fly in the studio, but now that our line up is more solid, we tend to try to leave things up to the amazing band we are working with.
CH.89: What would you want people/ the listener to take from your music?
B: I would love for people to feel nostalgic and connect with our music as if it’s their sound track. I feel like our music has a bit of a cinematic quality that I hope people can connect with.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?
B: Both Josh and I run businesses in the creative world. I’m a hair stylist and he’s a recording engineer. We live our lives creatively both in and out of music. I feel like, though we both have our burn out days, having creative day jobs make an easy transition into wanting to write music and create on our downtime as well. In turn, neither of us really take a lot of time off from our brains. ha ha ha.
CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?
B: I’m a serious planner. I essentially set times or days aside only to work on music, paint or take photos. I’m extremely structured.
CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist?
B: Don’t force anything. Take breaks and the ideas will come.
CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?
B: Not really, it’s too subjective. In our band, we have five very different people with different aesthetics, lifestyles and musical influences.
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
B: Dedicating enough time while still being able to afford to live.
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
B: The constant out-pouring of one’s worries, stresses and self doubts into something positive and therapeutic.
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artists that inspire you in any way?
B: Many! Of course! Musically I’m drawn to the secretive nature of Kevin Shields and the low key attitude of the brothers Jim and William Reid.
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
B: It’s allowed so many artists the means to self promote. It’s so much easier now for people to have access to music. Not only that, but access to the thoughts and photos and lives of artists and musicians. It makes music more human through something that’s actually incredibly impersonal. It’s an odd thing.
CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?
B: I suppose we creative folk are able to take ideas and be influenced by the simplest things. I’m thankful for that.
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
B: I love Reykjavik Iceland. It’s magical in that it’s an incredibly small city in a country of only 330, 000 people and yet, there is an amazing culture of art and music. It’s completely self supported and important to everyone who lives there. Icelanders are extremely proud of just how much is going on in their community and are always willing to take you to the best shows and best bars. Everyone should go.
CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?
B: Dostoyevsky – Notes From Underground
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your music?
B: We are working on writing our new record right now as well as planning a trip to Europe and The Uk hopefully in the fall.
CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your music?
B: Just listen for yourself.
Beliefs are: Josk Korody, Jesse Crowe, Richard Stanley, Dustin Hawthorn and Joel Blanken
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