Six Questions By Looms
Welcome to “Six Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. It started as a quick, fun project, but has quickly gained serious interest, so we’re making this a permanent feature on the site. 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.
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Next in the hot seat is Brooklyn-based indie rock band Looms. It’s been awhile since we’ve covered Looms here on Indie Minded, so it’s great to catch up with them. If you’re not familiar with Looms, 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?
Looms began when I was living NJ in 2012. I had already tracked the first record with different musicians and was in the mixing process when Harry, Andy and I formed the core band. Louis joined us a little over a year ago after a succession of different drummers. We’re a singer-songwriter indie rock band, though we have a lot of different influence which we draw from depending on the kind of song we’re trying to write. We use elements of jazz, punk, RnB, electronic, alt-country, soul, and more to try and create different and unique sounds.
As an artist, how do you define success?
To me, there are two forms of success. The first one is about connecting to people. My goal as an artist is to write music that people can relate to in their own way, whatever that may be. Music has effected my life more than anything, and I want to write songs that can help people in the way that it’s helped and impacted me. If I could make a living writing and performing, that would be the other form of success.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
In this day in age (especially in NYC), I find the biggest struggle to be that of the failing music industry in the sense that it’s so hard for musicians to monetize their efforts. That, coupled with the fact that the cost of living is so high, it’s extremely difficult to have time to make art and still pay your bills.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
My favorite song I’ve written to date is called “Master Plan.”
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
Jeff Tweedy of Wilco.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
I’m a sound engineer and lighting designer by trade, so my life literally revolves around music. I don’t even know where to begin when it comes talking about the incredible artists I’ve had the honor to work with. I’ve cultivated so many amazing relationships and taken so much from all the years of working behind the scenes at shows. The effect on my own music is immeasurable.