6 Questions With The Racer
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.
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Next in the hot seat is New York-based indie alternative band The Racer. We have had the privilege of featuring The Racer here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to also 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?
Originally we’re from Monroe, NY but now we mostly spread across the Orange County, NY area. The idea of the band was started when Pete and Mike were watching MTV in college at the University of Delaware, and basically just said: “let’s start a band.” That’s where it all began!
We fit into the category of alternative/indie rock music but honestly, sometimes we find it hard to describe what genre we belong to. There are bands out there – the likes of Radiohead, Bon Iver, and The National – that never really belong to one genre at a time and we like to think we are one of those.
Like most bands, we’re continuously evolving music-wise, especially with our newest music. Now that we’re able to self-record, we are finding it easier to experiment and try things out in the studio, which in the past was so limited due to the obvious restrictions of studio time and money. Within these past few months, we have grown exponentially compared to ever before and you’ll be able to hear it these pieces of music. That’s why we are so excited to get these new songs out there!
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?
The most engaging time for us to interact with fans is by far at our live shows. To see someone’s sincerity when they tell us how much they enjoy our music and live performance is of course just so humbling. It makes the struggle of being musicians 100% worth it. The interaction between people on computers and phones just will never compare to those real live human interactions. But don’t get us wrong, we also love seeing the reactions when we release something online and see how many people “Like” this and “Like” that. As silly as it sounds, it lets us know people are paying attention.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
One of our greatest struggles within the music business these days is trying to figure out the best way to release music and how to make an impact. LP’s vs EP’s vs Singles. Previously we’ve always put our efforts into making an LP and then figuring out the best way to release it. We found ourselves spending so much time, sometimes years, and a LOT of money into this investment of a piece of work. It was frustrating. It’s not that we didn’t enjoy making an entire album, but we felt it was restricting us from remaining relevant to our followers. Within the last year, we’ve been able to figure out how to self-record, which has opened so many doors for us. We are no longer beholden to anyone or have any restrictions on studio time. We can now record and release music on our own schedule which is what we are doing now: releasing music when its ready to be released. Not putting too much thought into the “is this going to make or break us” mentality. Our mindset is now “let’s keep putting as much music out there as possible”, as long as we all agree it’s worth listening to. Hopefully, our followers will be more engaged and inclined to always be checking in to see what The Racer is releasing today!
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
If we could play one of our songs for the rest of our career?? This is a hard question, especially since the new songs are still fresh, so they all feel great to play. Of these new songs, we can picture “Apogee” making the set each time due to the fact that it is so challenging for us to play live with all the vocal harmonies. Its the first time really that most of us are singing live and in all different ranges. So “Apogee” will have some sentimental value in that sense for sure, and especially since Apogee was the first release of the new songs. It sort of symbolizes this new era for us.
What do you think is the most realistic goal you can achieve as an artist/band? What do you hope to achieve?
With our music, we just want to get it into as many ears as possible. Our biggest goal as a band right now is to become simply a full-time band that can survive comfortably with our families. Sure, we want to become filthy rich off our music and play all the big arenas, but honestly, there are so many great bands out there these days how can everyone listen to everything especially with all the music platforms. We just love making music and if our careers can sustain the ability to make music with our bandmates, then we will be happy.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
Other than music, our band is pretty much all over the map with other hobbies and interests. From painting, sailing, reading, and Netflix-binging, to Jiu Jitsu, running, Crossfit, and basketball, they all contribute to our creative process and work their way into our music. Some of our best thoughts come from when we are divulged into these other interests. It’s just another way of expanding our minds to allow creative thoughts to appear and then translate them. We wouldn’t be making the music we do if we only focused on the musical aspects. And we think that develops over time and we are maturing as humans. Realizing that everything in life can be influential to making another idea or creation more impactful.
And of course, these hobbies can act as stress relievers. Sometimes working with the band can lead to insanely stressful times with everything that’s involved. From creative ideas to business opportunities and industry relationships on top of the travel and the sheer amount of time required…having a venting activity can be a lifesaver.