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 New York City-based indie rock band Little Person. We have not had the privilege to feature Little Person here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to bring you this short interview. 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?
We do a sort of Weird Al meets facial hair-inspired Motown mix. No, no. That’s a joke. Actually, we play vintage-inspired pop music with four-part harmony and chorus guitar. Think the Beach Boys meet The Smiths. The two front men of Little Person are Nicky and Max Weinbach who were born and raised in Hollywood, California. We went to college in Berkeley and started the band in San Francisco a few years after graduating. Initially, when we graduated, we worked on writing, producing, and starring in a couple original musicals. After staging the two shows (Nicky’s Made in China and Max’s A Match Made in Hell), we thought, “What next?” We had already written several songs some years prior that we’d always thought would sound good for a band. So, we decided to pursue something a little less stressful than putting on a musical: starting a rock band.
As an artist, how do you define success?
Making something really great, and being able to make a comfortable living from it….and, by “comfortable”, we mean ten story mansion, double decker private helicopter, double D implants for Max, and the complete Howie Mandel jpeg collection for Nicky.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
Getting people to listen to our music. There’s so much out there that it’s very easy to get lost in the shuffle. We truly believe our music has a unique sound, but how do you find your audience? We play lots of shows, but that’s not always the answer. In this modern Internet age, there is no right answer it seems. It’s hard to crack the code. Please tell us how. We promise to keep it a secret. And, if the secret means writing a parody song of “Soul Man” entitled “Soul Patch,” well we already did that, and it didn’t work. So now what?
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
Hmmm…probably “Soul Patch.” Just kidding. Seriously, though, we might pick “Perfect Girls,” especially if we had a huge band backing us up with backup vocalists and a string and wind section, because this is the song that truly encapsulates what we’re all about: its got melodic hooks, four-part harmony, chorus guitar, and it’s really fun to dance to.
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
Bart Davenport, the Beach Boys, The Smiths, Burt Bacharach, The Beatles, Foxtails Brigade, Michael Franks, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Carole King, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Harry Nilsson, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Brent Weinbach, Grizzly Bear, Of Montreal, The Zombies, Claude Debussy, Erik Satie, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, Andrew Lloyd Weber, George Gershwin, Joanna Newsom, Nobuo Uematsu, Hiroki Kikuta, Koji Kondo, Les Baxter, Vince Guiraldi, Horace Silver, Tchaikovsky, and the list goes on.
P.S. Here’s a link to the music video for “Soul Patch”
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
Comedy. We perform comedy pretty regularly, often as a duo, and just working off each other kind of has the same collaborative effect we experience in our music, even though Little Person is a non-comedic band. Even just sitting around the table with our siblings and joking around and laughing, we play off each other and go off on so many tangents that the initial joke morphs into something completely different by the end of the laugh session. It’s exactly how our song “Perfect Girls” started. I, Nicky, wrote the song right after graduating from college. I never thought it would be a song for a band; I thought it was just a Jobim-inspired bossa nova type acoustic solo song. But, when I finally introduced it to the band repertoire and we added the rhythm section and eventually chorus guitar and (when recording) strings, keyboard, organ, and four-part harmony, the song really evolved into something that was completely different from the acoustic sound it once had. I love that about it because, now, we have an arrangement for the whole band and an acoustic arrangement for one or two performers. By the way, what’d you think of that “Soul Patch” video? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to subscribe!