Six Questions With Harmful If SwallowedSix Questions With Harmful If Swallowed

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.

Within in each interview, 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 melodic rock-punk band Harmful If Swallowed. We have not covered Harmful If Swallowed here on Indie Minded, so we will be getting to know them alongside of you all. If you’re not familiar with them, 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?

Carlos- We are a melodic Punk/Rock band from Los Angeles, We got started in our parents garage playing cover tunes of our favorite bands at the time (ie: Bad Religion, Green Day etc. and it kinda just excelled from there.

As an artist, how do you define success?

Greg- Success can be determined in many ways, I would say as an musician/artist success is when you finish a piece of music and you can then listen to it day in and day out and just be in ahh of what you accomplished musically. That to me is success. Everything else should follow after that, if it is done the right way.  

What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?

Greg- The greatest struggle when it comes to the music industry is that it doesn’t understand it self. If it did, it would then be so much easier for talent to break through.

If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?


We don’t have that one, but how about their brand new video: 

Who do you consider your greatest influences?

Carlos – Eric A (Jane’s Addiction) and Les Claypool (PRIMUS)

Jay – John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) and Brooks Wackerman (Bad Religion/Avenged Sevenfold)

Greg – Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen) and vocally I would have to say Greg Graffin (Bad Religion)

Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?

Jay – We all have our favorite things that we like to do away from the band. I love to work out, where Carlos loves to contribute more to the art world by teaching Japanese Anime to children. Greg loves to create graphics for us on his computer and he also love to stay in shape, so it all kinda ties into our music in some way or another.

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