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 Jersey-based indie rock duo The Components. We have not had the privilege of featuring The Components 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?
Ronnie: We’re a two-piece grunge/garage-rock band from the NJ/NYC area. Zoe and I played together in another band for a few years and eventually, that band had to take a hiatus and during that time Zoe and I decided to keep playing together.
As an artist, how do you define success?
Ronnie: For me it’s really about connecting with people
Zoe: For personal success I would say trying to make the best out of each day. Practicing is always but being able to eat the bad times and learn from it is equally as important. As a unit, nothing is more successful than hitting the road with goals, ambition, and good times with your best friend and connecting with people who genuinely enjoy your music.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
Zoe: Pay-to-play is the worst. Nothing is more discouraging than bars/venues leeching off of smaller bands. The other downside would be that music isn’t really physical anymore it’s mostly digital. It’s lame. I see it’s slowly trying to come back though.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
Ronnie: I think I would have to say, “Glass Haus,” it always gets people moving and that bridge is probably my favorite of any of our songs.
Zoe: This is a tough one. I want to say “Parliaments and Witchcraft” takes the cake though. Its full of energy and really fun to play. Is it wrong if I just take all of them and make it into one track though? Haha.
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
Ronnie: I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from Frank Iero and Nirvana lately, and not just musically but from their energy, too. It’s very powerful and expressive, I admire that.
Zoe: I’ve always been heavy into Senses Fail. The Distillers, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins, and a ton of solo drummers. Honestly, I could probably keep this list going for hours. I keep my doors open and listen to literally everything to keep my mind creative.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
Ronnie: Comic books. Within the last year, I’ve been diving into comics and the originality and creativity that I’ve found in them really inspires new perspectives and ideas.
Zoe: Being outdoors. I hear a rhythm just about everywhere I go. I even do mini drum solos on my steering wheel when my blinker is on. Each place provides a different mood. I take it all in.