MH: We make pop music that incorporates a bunch of different elements from the music we love. We’re from Miami so we get a lot of exposure to music from all over the world. The flavors we pick up really influence our sound, and we try to do a little bit of everything while maintaining a definite identity.
CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
MC: A lot of our inspiration comes from the hardships that we have endured. From addictions to loss of loved ones, it inspires us to express our overcoming of hardships.
CH.89: What made you all want to start a band and how did you come up with the band name?
AK: The desire to play live original music has been a part of us since childhood. Needing an outlet to express our perspective on personal life events that are hard to talk about as well as the state of the world combined with our ability to play music made it seem like a no-brainer. Our band name was given to us by the grandmother of our late guitarist Anthony Sequera. She received the name through a dream, and when she presented the name to us it felt like it was what we had been waiting for and that there was really no other option. We had plenty of trouble deciding on a name for our group for years leading up to our recordings so when we found a name that clicked with each of us we had to run with it and not look back.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new album?
MH: It’s basically a synthesis of a build up of projects and ideas that we’ve individually and collectively been messing around with. I know personally, I go through periods where I’ll write a song or two every night, or at least get an idea for one. After a while, the songs start fitting together in this weirdly unintentional yet undeniably cohesive way. So then when we get down to putting an album together, it’s like writing a story or fitting puzzle pieces together. It’s fun.
MC: We want the listeners to enjoy the melodies.
AK: The listener should understand that we want to share our perspective about the trials of the human experience and the broad range of emotions that it comes with. We want to address all emotions and have our listeners come to the realization that no state of mind is permanent and that as people we should try to indulge in all of the emotions to gain a better perspective and become more enlightened as people.
CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?
MC: We think about art 100% of the day. When we wake till the last thought that stays in our brain before we sleep. Whether it is what art to create next, or how to better our own art. We live a lifestyle that has many heads turned our way, either thinking “they need to shape up”, or “keep on going.” But we know down the road what this project will lead us to.
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?
MH: This is one of those questions where the answer lies somewhere between the two methods. My opinion is that you’ve got to have some kind of structure or the project can go on forever. At the same time, you want to be free enough to be able to foster spontaneity and capture the energy of new and unexpected artistic moments.
CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist?
MC: Discipline. Knowing when to play, what to play, it is what makes anybody a better musician
CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?
AK: Style and taste are like a tool for making a first impression on people. The thing about first impressions is, they aren’t always accurate because everyone is a constantly developing work in progress. Style changes. Some people stay consistent with their style and some constantly change.
CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?
MH: For me, it’s been going through some of the things in life that have made me into the artist I am today. So I guess gathering the experience I think is required for art.
CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?
MC: Creating something that comes from your soul. You can show someone something that is from the utmost inner core of your humanity. In most cases that is not possible.
CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artists that inspire you in any way?
MH: I’m really into a lot of the music that is going on in Miami’s scene right now. Bands like Inlight, Kazoots, Deaf Poets, Whorish Boorish, Plastic Pinks, Gun Hoes to name a few. I also like some New York bands that I’ve gotten the chance to check out like Sunflower Bean and Honduras.
CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?
MH: I think it’s allowing more people to make art on their own terms, which is always a good thing. We’re also getting new art forms all the time. That’s exciting.
CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?
MC: Absolutely. People who do not follow the path of an artist will never understand, because their view of society is different from us. Not to say that their view is wrong, but there lies hypocrisy in loving a certain musician, or a painter, and then turning to them and talking about how they should “do something productive for society”.
CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?
AK: There’s no place like New York City.
CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?
MH: My favorite author is a friend of mine named Max Dorfman. He’s currently working on a book that’s probably going to be published pretty soon.
CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your music?
MC: Become the biggest band in the world.
AK: We want to play our music live in as many places as possible while recording as many songs as we can. We have hundreds of drafts and demos just waiting to be recorded.
CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?
MH: It means being myself.
CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your music?
MH: It’s emotional and comes from the heart.
AK: If you stay listening to us throughout the next few years or our portfolio in general you will hear plenty of diversity and development of sound. For right now though, we are a blend of tropical paradise vibes, grungy city vibes and a new retro feel.
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