Six Questions With At The Moment
We recently launched a new series here on Indie Minded called “Six Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay intact. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.
Within in each post, you will find all of their social media links, and also either a link to their music, or the ability to stream at least one of their tracks or videos, depending on the availability.
We hope you enjoy this series, and if you know anyone that might be interested in being part of it, please have them reach out to us for more information.
Next in the hot seat is New York-based indie band At The Moment. We’re new to their music, just like you probably will be, but this is what is so good about this series! Sit back and enjoy!
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
Broadly I would say that we’re indie pop, but there are some influences of country, folk, britpop, and rock. The band is from New York. I’ve been in the city for 19 years but I grew up in Texas. The band started as a solo project for my songs. My previous band, The Inevitable Breakups, had disbanded after about 8 years. I took some time off just trying to figure out what sound I wanted to do next. I would write, but with no real purpose, just because I was inspired. After I while I started making demo’s of the songs and I really found that the songs had their own unifying sound and it was something different than what I had done before. I went into the studio to record an EP with Steve Schiltz (Harvard of the South, Hurricane Bells, Longwave). Steve and I knew each other from playing all the old NYC clubs in the early 2000’s while I was in The Inevitable Breakups and he was in Longwave. By the time the EP came out (AT THE MOMENT’s “Monte Carlo EP”), I was ready to put a band together to start playing live. I recruited our lead guitarist Dave and drummer Matt from playing with them in Michael T and the Vanities. Emma our backing vocalist I knew from a night out at Karaoke. Our bassist Turner and I had mutual friends. Before long we were playing around and I wrote a bunch more songs. We hit Grand Street Recording in Brooklyn and recorded this new LP “In for a Ride”, which I’m really proud and excited to release.
As an artist, how do you define success?
To have a good time, to play with amazing musicians who are also down to earth great people, and hopefully to have some people take notice and enjoy the music you’re putting out there. I’m pretty fortunate to have that in my life.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
That’s a good question, I would have to say “In for a Ride”, the title track off the new album. I like where it sits in my vocal register, so it’s fun to sing. It also has some more challenging falsetto parts. The acoustic guitar line feels nice and sweeping with a little lick at the end of the phrase. It’s a good tempo (not too slow, not too fast), and it has some context and emotion to the lyrics. And of course I’m not going to pick one of my old songs that I’m tired of playing.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
The business end of it. You wish it was a Field Of Dreams type situation. “If you build it, they will come,” but really it’s a lot of work to promote, manage, finance, book shows, and did I say promote. It’s not enough that you work to be a good musician, songwriter, and performer. You really have to be a jack of all trades.
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
Musically, I would say Buddy Holly, Elvis Costello, Prince, The Smiths, Billy Bragg, Lyle Lovett, and Sam Cooke.
Personally, I had a boss who was just this amazingly generous person. Both with her time, her teachings, her wisdom, and with her charitable gifts. She was just a great role model, not just as a mentor for work, but a mentor for life.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
Being observant. Recognizing emotions, feelings, beauty. Analyzing those things. Determining what you like and don’t like about them. Determining where they come from. I would also say, keeping your mind busy. I find when I’m working on other things outside of music, I’m fresher to create. It’s like exercising the brain. If you’re just mentally lounging around, you get fat. (ha).
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