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 up is New York City-based indie rock band The Howlin’ Souls. We have not yet had the privilege to cover them here on the pages of Indie Minded, so it is great to get to know them. If you’re not familiar with The Howlin’ Souls, sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music. Trust us, you’ll want to keep your eyes on him.
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?
Hi! We’re The Howlin’ Souls from New York City. We play rock n’ roll. Most people say we have what you could call a “vintage sound”, but that’s just the way we play. It’s not by design. It’s probably because we’re influenced by the Stones, Lou Reed, New York Dolls, Tom Petty, etc… We try to have diverse sounds. There are some straight up rockers, and then some more melodic acoustic songs, and then also some songs that have a bit of outlaw country or southern-rock influence.
As an artist, how do you define success?
The short answer is that as long as you’re doing what you want to do, then you are successful. So for us, as long as we can keep making music and supporting the band, then it’s a success. Even if it’s a struggle sometimes.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
The struggle right now is expanding our audience. There are people out there who will like this style of music, so it’s trying to find those people and deliver the goods. There’s so much out there in terms of new music, and also TV shows, news, fake news, movies, YouTube channels, etc. We are just inundated with stuff to listen to, and watch, and read. There’s not enough time! Anyone creative, who is trying to get their stuff out there, faces the same struggle these days. It’s always been like that, but it’s more amplified. Everyone is on information overload.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
I don’t know, whatever people want to hear! The one a lot of people like off of this EP is “Free & Young,” which is a bit of a slower bluesy rocker. We just finished a video for that one as well. Look out for it.
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
Musically, it’s probably John Lennon and Keith Richards.. Keith Richards for guitar, and John Lennon for songwriting… But, in reality, too many influences to name. Primarily, 60s and 70s rock n’ roll.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
As far as songwriting, I get a ton of ideas from watching old movies. I try to come up with a sound, or a catch phrase that sums up the feeling of the movie.
I always have ideas that aren’t finished yet recorded onto my phone. I listen to those when I jog and get inspiration. It’s a good way to finish songs, because you can go through them quickly until you come upon something that sparks some excitement in you.