Six Questions With Leisure Club
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 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.
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Next in the hot seat is Vancouver-based indie pop band Leisure Club. We have not yet had the privilege of featuring Leisure Club 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 are Leisure Club from Vancouver, BC, Canada. We write music that we like to listen to. Aiming for hooks while staying interesting, the goal is to invade your brain without boring you. If you want to define it with a label though you could call it “indie pop” haha.
We’ve all been playing music for years in various bands around Vancouver. It’s a big motivating factor in all our lives. Before Leisure Club, we had all played with each other (pun intended) in a few projects. It’s actually a kind of boring story if you weren’t living but basically one of those projects ended and the stars aligned to allow us to all get-together and start writing. The whole thing started pretty casually to be honest. We liked what we were doing so we decided to make a go of it and get in the studio. Now here we are.
As an artist, how do you define success?
I think the idea of “making it” has changed a lot in the last few years. The million dollar record deal is long gone and it really lends itself to a new definition of success. For us, it’s just being able to keep doing what we love and having fun while eating as many chips as humanly possible and constantly growing as a band. Opening for bands that you’ve grown up listening to is a huge part of that or playing festivals that you were in the audience for 10 years ago. The best part is it’s always evolving; as you grow, so do your goals.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business.
This is a big question. The music business is in a state of flux and has been for some years now. One has to adapt quickly to survive. There are lots of struggles with that. The biggest of those is usually the one in front of us in the moment. Booking tours, planning releases, coordinating schedules, making videos, paying for shit, the list could go on. There is a lot of crap to deal with and a grind involved with being an independent artist (as with most labours of love).
Ultimately though music is a force of nature for us, we can’t avoid it and we can’t escape it. There is no feeling like playing your creations in front of people and sharing a unique moment in time with a room full of strangers. The feeling of bringing a small, undefined idea all the way to fruition as a finished song is compelling enough that we continue to try and recreate it.
Struggles are everywhere in every walk of life. If you’re living without any sort of adversity are you really living at all? The silver lining of the passing of the “golden age” of the music industry is that it’s infinitely more accessible. We can record and release music on our own and have it heard by a whole bunch of people. That’s not something we could have ever achieved back in the “good ol’ days” when major labels ran the show. It’s a trade-off that we can definitely live with.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
We all love all our songs of course! That being said if there was ever a way to make sure we ended up not loving a song, it would be to play it for the rest of our lives.
You always hear anecdotes of bands that hate playing their big hit over and over again. Really it’s not about the song. At some point, everyone in that band loved that song and was genuinely excited about it. Repetition is the death of creation though. As a band, it’s key to find that balance of staying true to where you come from while always moving forward creatively. Playing ONE song for the rest of a career can be a vessel for getting people in the right place to hear your new stuff. It’s a funny kind of irony to hate playing the song that everyone wants to hear but I can understand it.
As an actual answer to the question though, if I had to choose a song to play forever it would be this little interlude ditty we’ve coined as “Space Jam.” It’s not on the album (it’s not even recorded) and it’s something we toss into the middle of our live set. It’s not improv since we follow a structure and a specific progression but because it isn’t recorded it’s not defined. It changes and every time we play it it’s a bit different. Which means we can keep it interesting for ourselves. If you want to hear it you’ll just need to come see us live 😉
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
We all influence and inspire each other. I think that’s more important than picking a band or another artist as a specific influence. We all listen to different stuff and have different tastes. Bringing that all together really defines what are as a collective. When I say defined though I really mean anything but.
Influence is fluid and it changes. One day it could be that new song from an artist you love, another day it could be taking a hike in nature or some other random thing. Influence is really what you make it. In my life, to date, I’ve found the people who can be influenced by the smallest and most mundane things to be truly inspirational themselves. Being able to pull meaning from an everyday ordinary thing is something that’s always put me in awe. I guess I’m influenced by seeing what influences others and being surprised by it. Influence inception if you will.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
If my answer to this is just “living” is that too general and vague? It is kind of a cop-out answer I suppose but it couldn’t be truer. What do we like to do that contributes to our creativity? If our perspective is on point and we have the right attitude the answer to that is “anything” – reading, conversing, watching films, listening to others, making love, going out, walking around, living, breathing, drinking, eating, being alive etc.
Do I “like” getting up for work in the morning, getting older, or screwing up something important (relationships or otherwise)? Hell no. Can I write a song about it? Hell yes.