We are all currently located in Provo, Utah and we all go to the same University.
Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills.
(I will be answering these questions as Dee Kei, the lead singer and will be representing the band)
Motion Coaster started as an idea of wanting to bring funky, upbeat pop tunes for the local music scene. Locally, there is a lot of synth pop, rock, folk but not much soul, funk, or any other genres more influenced by African roots.
Motion Coaster got the name from a combination of a long-board shop and a table company. Its also a fun name that doesn’t have any competition on Google and has the right vibe for the sound we are making.
Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.
The Genre is pop/funk or just alt pop. The idea was to take a very disco feeling tune and make it into a modern track while making it still feel very vintage. We used lots of synths in the chorus which is the big part of the modern flavor along with the kick and snare.
The music video was supposed to be just a ton of dancing. It worked out great because we got in touch with a professional choreographer in the area who was able to help a lot with the dancers and myself.
Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
I love the music business. In fact, I would say that I am a business man before I am a musician. I own a commercial recording studio, a music publication, and a small record label. Motion Coaster is the perfect outlet for me when I want to write something fun and really get the crowd going.
The hardest thing is keeping a mature sound. With so many instruments, sometimes its really hard to keep things simple and really just be groovy. But at the same time, because we have so many instruments, we can really get huge!
Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.
The members of the band are all students of the same university. I believe that only the guitarist and I are studying music and everyone else is studying something else. We self produced this one. I actually completely produced this for a songwriting class that I was taking last year.
The video crew is amazing. 2 guys who I grew up with. James Walbrecht and Josh Watson. We also hired an art director who helped with color coordination and planning. I think when we shot the video, there were a total of 4 directors which made it feel very legit.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.
We have only been together as a band for a little over 1 year. We do tons of corporate gigs for company parties as well as weddings, graduations, birthdays, etc. We play quite often because of our unique sound and because we are so easy to dance to.
I think the future goal of the band is to come to a point where we can make some decent income and be self sufficient with just the income from the band. It would be fair to say we are all trying to sign to a major someday, but we have a long way to go.
Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
Hm. This is a tough one. I think the thing that inspires me is something fairly simple. People make decisions with the music that we listen to. Especially when we are teenagers. Music has kept people sad, depressed. Or it moves people or makes them happy. We write music so we can add joy to whoever listens to our music. That life is worth living and that we can be happy.
Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
A good hook, groove, lyrics and a dash of crazy.
Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
We hope that you enjoy our music, and that you can continue to enjoy life. Through the easy times and the tough times.
Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Don’t be cheap. And don’t have a plan b. If you want to do music, give it all that you’ve got.
Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.
So we have won many battle of the bands locally. I guess people think we are OK haha. But the coolest one was when the 3 biggest radio stations in Utah sent us to LA to speak with Republic records. It was all expenses paid and we met with the A&R of the label for an hour! It was a super rad experience and we will be telling our kids about this experience someday.
List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.
We get played on a few big Spotify playlisters and bloggers. We have a great relationship with Alex Rainbird, who rocks. We also get played on a couple of Utah’s biggest radio stations from time to time. There are a few local stations as well that play our music.
We want to tell all of them thank you. We cannot thank you enough for all the support love and fans that you have helped us gain.
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
I typically have a chord progression and rhythm set before attacking the lyrics. Composing is tons of fun and we usually do some of it during the recording stage. We are very lucky because I own a recording studio myself and I give my band unlimited access. We usually record the drums, and the rhythm section live. Then do the horns last. The last thing we do is add effects and synths.
Name five biggest artists that you like.
Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Vulfpeck, Earth Wind & Fire and 24k Bruno Mars (not so much before uptown funk).
Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
We have worked with Mimi Knowles who is awesome. He’s been getting some major attention lately and has been writing some killer stuff.
We would love to collaborate someday with Vulfpeck. And if we can somehow work with Stevie Wonder… OMG.
Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
Spotify, Apple music, Google Play, Amazon, Pandora, etc.
Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
Me personally? The happiest day was when I found out I was going to go pro for skateboarding and move back to Japan. It all happened in one day and that was crazyyyy. This was my senior year of HS.
I don’t have sad days… lolol. Serious though.
Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
Immediately. Lololol that’s how I would spend it.