Six Questions With Stay InsideSix Questions With Stay Inside

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.

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 Brooklyn-based indie post-hardcore band Stay Inside. We have not had the privilege of featuring Stay Inside 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?

I grew up singing mostly – didn’t really play guitar until High School but it sort of clicked from there. my mom is actually an Opera singer, she used to put me in classical music classes (operettas, a lot of Gilbert and Sullivan) and that always kept me musical.

I stay pretty busy playing in a few projects. Right now I play and sing in a band called Stay Inside – it’s a post-hardcore/emo kind of vibe. I also have another band called Bartees and the Strange Fruit -an experimental, folk, Justin Vernon, indie, Black Keys rock vibe. We just finished recording an acoustic (wish) EP which will be reworked with a larger band early next year.

As an artist, how do you define success?

If I could quit my full-time job and make enough money by recording people, recording myself, and playing shows I would feel very fulfilled and successful.

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

I don’t know enough about music business to comment, but I will say that if you’re a musician/artist from the midwest or the deep south it’s really hard to find opportunities. The music business is too concentrated in major capitals, and it distracts people from having a more broad and representative musical experience.

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

A song I wrote for Stay Inside called “Daily News.” it’s beautiful.

Who do you consider your greatest influences?

Well – damn – Jimi Hendrix. I hate to say it – I’ve tried to change it – I’ve really really tried to not be “that black guitarist” but it’s James Marshall Hendrix. He made me feel like a god.

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

Seeing how other people live their lives. I grew up in a small town in Oklahoma. Military kid, so we moved a lot. I think that experience made me interested in how people live in different places. That feeling of exploring new things, people, places, feelings, sort of permeates most of what I write. Transitions.

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