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.
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 New Jersey-based indie dream-pop-rock band The Big Drops. We’ve not covered The Big Drops in the past, so we are new to their music! If you’re not familiar with The Big Drops, 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?
The Big Drops was founded by two brothers Greg & Vram Kherlopian in 2011. We lived together in a small log cabin in Hewitt NJ for three years, writing songs, saving up money to buy recording equipment (which we now own… success!), and generally figuring out how to be a band. After multiple lineup changes, we solidified the lineup in 2014 with Caleb Estey (drums) and the beauteous Steven Donahue (bass).
We write and perform music that we enjoy… music inspired by The Beatles, Radiohead, Syd Barrett, and Nick Drake. It’s a sort of 1960’s fun rock ‘n’ roll psychedelia blended with modern dream pop electronic subtleties. .
As an artist, how do you define success?
Success for us is creating music that makes us happy (artistic success) + creating music that can financially sustain our livelihoods (financial success). The next step in our Stairway To Success is being able to fund our musical endeavors with revenue generated from our music. Ultimately, we aim to affect positive political, economic, and social change in the world; but for the near future, we’re aiming for the freedom to create, record, and perform original music, without having to rely on a day job as a financial safety net.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
Probably the most difficult part about being the music business, and I think a lot of our fellow musicians would agree, is having the time & energy to dedicate to all the aspects of being in a band while financially supporting yourself. Money is blah! Music is great! But money also buys new guitar strings and even cooler music things!
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
Playing one song for the rest of our career would certainly make us lose our minds… so I imagine we’d choose to play “Boyfriend Talk” for the rest of our career, so that we could go insane as quickly as possible.
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
The Beatles + Radiohead. We feel like these two groups are the greatestttttttt. Not only do they write some of our favorite songs, but the way they evolved as a band over their careers is absolutely amazing and inspiring. The fact that Radiohead is still putting out new & amazing music is incredibly encouraging to us as artists.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
Staring at trees and big bodies of water! Nature is the ultimate inspiration for so much of what we create. Humans are also incredibly interesting and quite often unpredictable. All the people, all the crazy things people say & do. Like, dude, Donald Drumpf is President! Anything is possible!! This life is freaking wacky! If Trump can be president, then I can be a cheese doodle. So maybe I’ll write a song about that.