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 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.
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Next in the hot seat is Atlanta-based indie Americana duo (and sisters) Beau + Luci. We have not yet had the privilege to cover Beau + Luci here on the pages of Indie Minded, so it is great to get to know them. 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?
Beau: We were born and raised in Waycross, GA, but have relocated and are now based out of Atlanta. We grew up singing in church and listening to our dad’s collection of classic rock albums, and that really laid the foundation for our own music and helped develop an extremely varied musical background. You can definitely hear it in our own music, which is Americana Blues-Rock.
As an artist, how do you define success?
Luci: I think a successful artist is one who stays truly genuine to themselves, and is totally honest and open, whether they’re writing, recording, or performing. That’s the only way the music will ever reach anyone else. Sure, you can look at an act like The Rolling Stones and say, “This is the pinnacle of success,” and my greatest hope is that we have the longevity that they do, but at the end of the day, as long as the music is real and we’re able to continue doing and growing with what we love and sharing it with other people, I consider that successful.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
Luci: It’s such a balancing act in this day and age. You don’t get to just be an artist any longer; you’re the marketing team, the business manager, the tour manager, the design team, and the artist. I do love it though, because we’ve gotten to learn about the business from both sides of it.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
Luci: Fifty Feet, one of our newest songs! We haven’t even recorded it yet, but I love it. It’s got so much energy and it grooves so well.
Beau: I love Fifty Feet, but since she chose that one, I’d go with either Black Boots or Like a Drum.
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
Beau: We were surrounded by so much music growing up, and to say our influences are varied would be an understatement! The Allman Brothers, Fleetwood Mac, Emmylou Harris, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles…they’re such a massive part of me, and their artistry, innovation, and soul inspire us both. And in more modern music, The Arctic Monkeys, the White Stripes, the Black Keys, Ben Howard, First Aid Kit have really influenced our sound and the way we go about creating our music.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
Luci: Listening to music is one of the best ways we’ve found to contribute to creative energy and inspiration! We’ve recently gotten into record collecting, and we spend a lot of our free time in secondhand stores, digging through stacks of records. There’s nothing like finding something new and exciting, or even an old favorite record, for inspiration and growth.
Beau: We love to explore new cities and go on our own little adventures, but we also make time to go out, cook, do yoga and hike, and really stay in tune with ourselves and nature. I think everything we experience everyday contributes to and inspires our creativity, whether we mean it to or not. At least for us, it’s not really one specific thing or another that helps us to tap into that creativity.