6 Questions With Five Of The Eyes6 Questions With Five Of The Eyes

Welcome to “6 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 it has become a permanent fixture here on Indie Minded. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay the same. 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 Portland, ME-based indie progressive rock band Five Of The Eyes. We have not yet had the privilege of featuring Five Of The Eyes here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to bring you this short interview. 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 are Five Of The Eyes; straight outta Portland, Maine.  We got started about 4 years ago, when my brother and I decided to start a project after I moved to Portland.  We had played music with each other in numerous bands in our younger days, but the stars had never aligned to put together a project as more mature musicians.  Well we finally made it happen, and here we are today making glorious sounds with our FOTE brothers!

I guess the easiest way to define our music would be as progressive rock…but that term means different things to different people, that’s why we encourage everyone to have a listen and come to their own conclusion!

As an artist, how do you define success?

To me, as an artist, success is making the music that makes me happy.  Obviously, we want to be able to earn a living from our art, but I think that unless your art comes from a place of genuine love for creativity, what’s the point?  I believe that if you truly love what you are creating, then other people out there are bound to as well, you just have to find them and show them what you’re all about!

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

I think the biggest challenge that you face as an artist these days is that you are almost required to be a jack-of-all-trades.  You have to handle every facet of the business yourself, at least to start.  You have to handle promotion, booking, accounting, branding, copyright, social media, contracts, royalties, and so much more.  There is a lot to understand or at least be somewhat knowledgeable about in order to make smart decisions.  You have do all this on a shoestring budget (probably), while simultaneously still pushing yourself creatively and technically as a musician and songwriter.  It takes a lot of time, focus, and energy to keep every cog in the machine working.

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

Damn…that’s like asking me to choose my favorite child when I have like 20 kids.  That’s tough, but I would have to say “Delta,” the last song off our upcoming album.  That song just rips…

Who do you consider your greatest influences?

Soundgarden, The Mars Volta, and Queens of the Stone Age.

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

I really love watching other artists perform. That really gets my juices flowing.  It just makes me want to go home and start writing immediately.  Also, just sitting down somewhere busy in a new city and just taking it all in; watching people’s interactions and listening to everything.  Inspiration is all around us, you just gotta let it in.

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Kelly Murphy
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