6 Questions With Pollens6 Questions With Pollens

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 Brooklyn-based experimental rock band Pollens. We have not had the privilege of featuring Pollens 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?

Not sure… I think we’re a rock band. Its drums and singing for sure… sometimes more yelling than singing. Is it dance music? I dance to it. Pollens started as a choral/trance ensemble, and then it grew into way more of a like, real band with guitars etc. But the music we’ve been playing lately is just percussion and dance beats and jumping around.

As an artist, how do you define success?

Art is indulgent and entitled and super not-practical, nor relevant… so doing it at all, in a world that doesn’t have any time for anything, seems like its own success.

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

Boys. 

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

I really like the idea of only playing one song forever. Let’s play “J-Train.”

Who do you consider your greatest influences?

I’m always thinking about Black Dice, Talking Heads, Abass Akande Obesere.

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

In New York, going to the deli or getting on the subway is a lot of humans and talking and/or yelling and clothes. Being interested in people and stories and costumes is sort of a common ground for us. Also, Elizabeth and I share a love for bad TV… I’m not sure if it helps anything, but somehow it feels like it might.

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