Six Questions With Fritz Montana
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 San Francisco-based indie blues rock band Fritz Montana. We are very familiar with their music, and even if you are not, sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.
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?
We formed in a south bay garage in January of 2013 with no real intention of starting a band. We mostly used music as an outlet to express ourselves in our post college angst, but after writing a handful of songs, we chose a name and decided to record an EP. The band is actually named after our friend’s dog! As for our genre, it’s very fluid, moving in and out of different styles. We feel anything Dave puts his voice on can be considered Fritz Montana. Dave’s vocals really help us stand apart and allow us to be freely creative.
As an artist, how do you define success?
I think the ultimate goal is to make music your career, but that’s a very overwhelming goal to think about. What we do is create large goals for ourselves and then find a pathway of smaller goals that leads to it. Our goals fluctuate between writing better songs to playing the best we can on stage to making our musical community more tight knit and more!
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
The greatest struggle is always time. Bands take a lot of time. Time to grow and mature, but they also take away time with your family and friends. Managing that time without being overwhelmed is the biggest struggle in my opinion. Everyone deals with it differently, but when your band supports each other through the tough times, it makes it much easier!
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
As I type this, we are currently in Los Angeles recording our next record. On that record, there is a song called “Fair Weather Friends” and I could play that constantly. It draws a lot of influence from punk rock and reminds me when I used to play in my garage with my best friends when I was younger. On our record Father Mother Sister Brother, the song “Everyday” comes in as a close second place!
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
When we first started, we wanted to replicate a lot of the sounds we heard from the Brothers album by The Black Keys. As we developed, we started introducing bands like Cage The Elephant and Alabama Shakes into the mix. Dave is always compared to Jack White, so it’s imperative that we add him to the list as well! Each member of the band listens to varying genres and we bring them all to the table when we write as well.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
Outside of the band, I love to attend local shows and music festivals. I love to be constantly inspired by new music and will even watch Glastonbury videos all throughout the day to remind myself of my ultimate goal. Dave works as a therapist outside of the band and brings a lot of that real-world energy into our writing sessions as well. I think that going out and supporting your scene and making connections is another really important facet of music that continues to inspire myself.
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