Six Questions With Crashing Atlas
Welcome to “Six 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 we’re making this a permanent feature on the site. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay intact. 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 Baltimore-based indie alt-electronic-pop band the Crashing Atlas. We have had the pleasure of covering the Crashing Atlas in the past, so we are excited for this feature! If you’re not familiar with the Crashing Atlas, 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 are a hard electronic pop band out of Baltimore, Maryland. Combined with Shelby’s pop sensibilities and our hard rocking edge, we create a sound that is familiar but always pulling the listen in a new found direction. Crashing Atlas’s roots came from Dougie, Felix, & Chris playing in a rock band together in 2015-2016. Due to differences in sound and the way the band was being operated we all decided to leave and form our band where we could write the way we wanted to and operate the band in a way that was conducive with our work ethic. We found Shelby Celine on a music add in late 2016 and started writing music with her.
As an artist, how do you define success?
I think everyone is different but for us as a collective it’s about playing songs that have meaning to people. The moment that we see hundreds of people screaming the words to our songs back to us, I think we all look at each other in acknowledgment.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
We don’t think there is a single thing that makes this a “struggle” for us. The music business isn’t for the faint of heart. There are going to be times for any artist where you want to quit and hang it up, but its about fighting through the “struggle” and using it to your advantage.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
I think we can all agree that song would be “Savages.” We are a different kind of animal when we are playing that song because it has so much power and we are able to get out all the anger we have during that time on stage.
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
We all have different ones. We are so eclectic when it comes to listening to music and finding inspiration, but the two bands the we all love as a band are Paramore & Palisades. Paramore, for the obvious reason of Hailey Williams being an inspiration to all female fronted bands. Palisades is just an amazing talent that we hope to one day tour with. They are such a hardworking band that brings it every night. Their newest record shows them at their best and Crashing Atlas loves jamming to it before shows!
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
All of us are so different as individuals outside of music. We think that’s what makes our music so diverse. Dougie enjoys playing in sports leagues. (he’s super competitive) Felix does some wood working. Chris likes playing video games. Shelby loves spending time with her dogs. It’s important for all of us to get our me time because we are able to come back with different perspectives on life to make great records!
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