Six Questions With Two Cheers
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 Los Angeles-based indie alt-pop-rock band Two Cheers. We have covered these guys before on the site, but if you missed it…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’re Two Cheers and we play catchy 80/90s-esque indie rock with a modern touch. Right now we’re based around Detroit, Michigan. I actually started writing, recording, and playing shows as Two Cheers out in Los Angeles, and then relocated here and put together the current group.
As an artist, how do you define success?
Well, on one level, getting a million plays on Spotify would be a success, but that probably won’t ever happen. On another level, just creating something out of nothing that expresses my world and touches people or makes them bob their heads is success too. On the most personal note, just being able to keep creating new songs and writing more and more lyrics without repeating myself is really fulfilling.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
As an indie artist, I’m doing everything from writing the songs to mixing and mastering to booking shows to managing the band to planning photo/video shoots to being my own publicist to running my own merch store and managing all the social media and the website stuff… I think it’s just the sheer amount of little non-music related tasks that I have to do, it sometimes ends up interfering a bit with the whole creative process, which is the whole point to begin with: making the music.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
Van Morrison, Bjork, a Japanese-band called Number Girl, The Beach Boys, and when I was younger, probably The Beatles and Saves The Day.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
I take pizza-making pretty seriously, I cook lots of pizzas from scratch, constantly refining and improving my recipe. I also have a decent-sized garden that I tend to in the summer, and plenty of chores around the house. I try to live a pretty simple life, I don’t really watch TV or read very much.
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