6 Questions With Jocelyn & Chris Arndt
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.
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Next in the hot seat is New York-based blues-rock duo Jocelyn & Chris Arndt. We have not had the privilege of featuring this sibling-duo 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.
NOTE: Interview with Jocelyn Arndt.
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?
Sure! We’re Jocelyn & Chris Arndt, sibling blues-rockers from Upstate New York. We write and perform our own original modern blues-rock music everywhere we can, from NYC to LA and everywhere in between. We were raised in a teeny tiny town in the Mohawk Valley called Fort Plain. Growing up, we were always the music kids. We’d get out of school and go straight to the living room or garage to start practicing. It was just always something Chris and I did together. And then it started evolving, from an after-school hobby to something far bigger than we ever envisioned it would be. We met our producer David when I was a senior in high school, and from there on out we’ve really been going for this as a full-time career. Fast forward 4 years, and here we are!
In which ways do you enjoy interacting with fans (i.e.: social media, backstage, on the street), and do you find that this is an important piece of your career?
I guess the easy answer to this is that we enjoy interacting with fans any way we can. And yes, it’s absolutely crucial to our career. You can be writing the best music in the world, but if no one hears it, it’s not going to get you anywhere. Social media is great because it allows you to connect with fans from all over the world in seconds. I mean, I regularly talk about our music to people in The Netherlands and Australia and all these crazy places. Hopefully, someday we’ll finally get to travel to meet those people in person, but until then, it’s nice to have a way to connect with them on a digital level. I think chatting it up with fans at a show is my favorite, though, because the mood is always really upbeat and I really get a lot of enjoyment out of the fact that we’re making people happy by playing for them. That’s the ultimate goal for us; to make people happy. We were recently out on tour for part of July and all of August, and having the opportunity to talk to so many new faces was really an amazing experience.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
It’s always tough to consistently find an audience for our music. We can practice till our fingers fall off, drive across the country, and play the show of our lives, but in the end, there are going to be those gigs where there are 4 people in the room including bartenders. Sometimes that’s just the way the cookie crumbles. Honestly, though, those kinds of situations are really good for us as performers, because no matter how many people are out there, they still deserve the best show we can give them, and it’s our job to provide that experience. And don’t get me wrong, we’ve had some amazing turnouts in all sorts of places as well! But part of the deal with being emerging artists is that we’ve got to constantly be on our game no matter how many people are watching.
It sounds like you’ve got a great attitude about it. Just keep hustling, those rooms will fill up!
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
Ooh. That’s like asking a parent to choose between their children. Hmm… I think maybe “Jagged?” That’s a really groovy song to play live, and Chris goes to town with his wah pedal, which is pretty awesome to behold. I think you could probably just jam out to that tune forever. If I wanted to be perpetually sad, though, I might choose “Red Stops Traffic.” That’s the latest single from our album “Go.” It’s got a really cool groove to it as well, albeit a little bit on the darker side.
What do you think is the most realistic goal you can achieve as an artist/band? What do you hope to achieve?
Well, ideally anything would eventually become reality as we continue to work at this. Right now, I’d say a realistic goal for us would be to continue to build on the foundation we’ve created, to meet more people and make more music, and to keep pushing forward and making positive progress. That’s what we’ve been doing since we’ve started this, and it’s been working pretty well for us so far, fingers crossed. “Go” came out in May, and so far it’s been #2 on the Relix Jambands Top 30 for 3 consecutive months and its singles have seen some really good airplay on AAA radio. We’re going to take that momentum and run with it as far as we can. If somewhere down the road that lands us a Grammy or two, well, I wouldn’t be mad.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
Chris and I are both big readers and tv watchers, and I think we soak up bits and pieces of those stories when we write our own songs. We also like to listen to the stories of people we meet on the road and absorb those emotions. And we’re big fans of going on walks. You never know what craziness you might stumble upon that could be the makings of a new tune! Sometimes I get nervous that I’ll run out of ideas, but then I look around, and there’s always a new story to tell.