Six Questions With The Sometimes IslandSix Questions With The Sometimes Island

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 Los Angeles-based synth-pop collective The Sometimes Island. We have had the privilege of  featuring The Sometimes Island 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?

The Sometimes Island started as a way for me to make music with a rotating cast of musician friends. The music is synth pop with a dreamy oceanside feel. We’re a collective, and I’m the constant thread! We are based in Los Angeles, and I’m originally from Austin, Texas.

In which ways do you enjoy interacting with fans (i.e.: social media, back stage, on the street), and do you find that this is an important piece of your career?

Interacting with fans is the most important part of my career! The more real, the better. If I could, I’d have a face-to-face conversation with everyone. I do that as much as possible. Since there’s only so much time in this life, social media is a great way to keep in contact. It’s what Malcolm Gladwell calls a “weak-link” network, and despite the name, is extremely important! It’s the gateway to meeting IRL.

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

Focus. There are so many different tasks, and I work hard to focus on only one at a time. There’s so much flying around in my head that I find myself doing two, three or even four things at once. While mental health is still a taboo subject for most of society, it is so, so important. Meditation and a rich spiritual life is the antidote to the modern anxiety that haunts so many of us every day.

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

Whoa. What an interesting question. That would be a really weird career. Can it be a really long medley of all of my songs? …or… Let’s say… “Can’t Move On.” I feel like the message of that would be fitting, playing the same thing over and over and over.

What do you think is the most realistic goal you can achieve as an artist/band? What do you hope to achieve?

Being “realistic” is another word for aiming low. If I were a reasonable person I wouldn’t have quit my day job, and I wouldn’t be doing this. The Sometimes Island will play the main stage at Coachella one day, and the day that is announced, this will become a really meta article. I know my path, the destination. I don’t know the steps. I don’t have to, because I don’t create them. But they keep appearing, and I keep taking them every single day.

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

I am inspired by people and their stories. I’ve gotten back into reading books, and I listen to a lot of podcasts. Stories are present in a lot of unusual places too. I’ve been inspired by really good food, football players, sequoia forests…making music is telling a story, so the more stories I can take in, the better the music will be.

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Kelly Murphy
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