6 Questions With Whiskey In The Pines6 Questions With Whiskey In The Pines

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 Florida-based indie alt-country band Whiskey In The Pines. We have not had the privilege of featuring them 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 hail from the great state of Mickey Mouse and our state flower is the Orange Blossom.  I’m not a big fan of labeling music these days as there are too many sub-genres for the genres and I don’t know what any of them mean. But what I can tell you is we strive to write real songs with big sing-along choruses. We’re not afraid to throw the electric guitar on but at the same time we can cuddle up with the acoustic. We like to use a whole bunch of different instruments to add layers to the symphony of melody we conjure up. The pedal steel is our friend and we believe it could possibly bring peace to the world if used correctly. I can’t speak for the rest of the band but I’ve been playing professionally whether with or without a label since I’ve been 19 and I don’t plan on quitting anytime soon. It’s what I was born to do; it’s in my blood.

As an artist, how do you define success?

Success is a feeling you have–not really an end goal–and it shouldn’t be anything you ever stop pursuing. There’s always room to be more successful so chasing that can be a slippery slope. Knowing what you want and having the balls to go after it. That’s success. Taking the first step even though you can’t see where the staircase goes. That’s success. Laughing like hell while life throws you beautiful curveballs. That’s success.

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

The only definitive struggle any musician probably has is money. It’s the most expensive career to pursue with the least return on investment. You give me an endless budget and watch the fireworks fly.

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

“Sad Songs.”

What do you think is the most realistic goal you can achieve as an artist/band? What do you hope to achieve?

More and more fans. That really should be the only real goal is to constantly get your music out to a broader fan base. Let it grow. The songs are for them to hear. Let them hear them. I know what music means to me and I can only hope to provide songs that become the soundtrack to people’s lives…that, and I’d love to grow my leather and denim jacket collection.

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

I run my own woodworking business and watch my kid throughout the day, so finding time to do anything else is a juggling act. In the evenings I’m with the wife catching up on modern mainstream sitcoms and attempting to avoid carbs. Any moment I get where I’m alone, I’m doing something that feeds me creatively, even if that’s just shutting off at the local bar for a few hours or going for a run. Two polar opposites both with the same outcome…the ability to play music in my own head.

Thanks so much. It’s been a pleasure.

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