Six Questions With Upright Man
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 New York City-based indie rock band Upright Man. We have not had the privilege of featuring Upright Man here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to bring you this short interview. If you’re not familiar with them, 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?
Nick: I’ve been studying music since I was four. My father’s a bassist, and I grew up watching him and listening to his record collection. I never really considered being anything other than a musician.
Max: It’s rock and roll. If you don’t like it then there’s something wrong with you.
Aidan: I [have] been on a personal journey through lots of genres and disciplines in music since I started when I was 12. Upright Man is sort of coming full circle for me, back to rock and roll and singing, which is the reason I started playing music.
As an artist, how do you define success?
Max: Letting someone else feel what’s in your head; like stabbing a projector into your brain and getting at least a 75% accurate rendering of the pictures and sounds inside.
Aidan: Music always has lots of little victories along the way, but in a larger sense, success for Upright Man means getting our name out there and having fans that want to hear more from us.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
Nick: Oversaturation of the market, and the lack of a real infrastructure for the business right now.
Max: Struggling to understand or agree with the very idea of a money-based economy.
Aidan: One of biggest challenges in the music business is keeping up with the pace of the internet and building a brand for your band that goes beyond its music recordings. As musicians, we care most about the music, but that ends up being a small percent of the actual work that goes into making a band into a business.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
Nick: Oh god, that sounds like absolute hell.
Max: We’ll cover “Holy Diver” by Dio, and then that would be my answer.
Aidan: “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
Nick: Zev Katz. Colin Moulding, John Entwhistle, Duck Dunn, Kenny Gradney, Rick Danko, Paul McCartney, Chris Squire, Ray Shulman, David Hood, James Jamerson, Jerrold Jamat, Joey Spamponato, Jaco, and many many more have played a big role as well.
Aidan: David Gilmore, Pete Townshend, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Lindsay Buckingham, David Hidalgo, James Campilongo, Bill Frisell, Chet Atkins, just off the top of my head..
Max: A good chunk of what Nick said, and every drummer ever from Dave Grohl and Brian Blade to the guys I went to highschool with and the folks I’ve met on tour. I saw a band called Being The Living Thing in Portland that blew my mind.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
Max: Walk. A lot. Like Forrest Gump levels of meandering.
Aidan: Staying physically active! Traveling. Playing with the doggie.
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