Tell us about the genre of your music.
Our music generally has a surfy feel with sinister synths layered on top. At times it can feel funky though.
Tell us about the problems you face as a musician.
The hardest part is finding balance. At this point, we are not at the point where we can be doing music full time. At times it’s difficult to keep up the momentum as we work full jobs. That being said, hopefully, it is a problem we overcome soon enough.
Tell us about the recording and production of the album.
We produced “Paper Cranes” with our good friend, the illustrious Will Rosati. We worked with him on our previous release, “Anthem City”. Will was really able to hone in on a lot of the sounds from twangy synth leads to spacey guitars. We mixed the album at Freshly Baked Studios in BK with the infamous Alex Almgren. Alex went above and beyond to make sure that no stone was left unturned in the mix. He manually mixed in hundreds of hidden tracks drawing automation for each by hand.
Tell us more about your music career, experience, and future goals.
We’ve been playing in NYC for a few years now. Our goal right now is to make our live show bigger and whackier.
Brief us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
For the most part, inspiration will come sporadically from the day-to-day of life. Overtime when enough morsels of inspiration are combined a song can be created.
Tell us the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Figure out what your purpose and goals are as a group/artist. Figure out the band dynamic. Once these are defined the rest will come naturally.
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
I constantly find that I have to put myself in new situations as a songwriter, embracing the uncertainty of the result. What worked for the last grouping of songs will surely be stale the next time around so it’s important to me to switch things up before a process gets too comfortable. This can come in the form of writing in a new space, with different equipment, collaborating with different people (generally non-musicians), etc.
Name the artists you are willing to collaborate with.
Definitely willing to collaborate with producers, artists, rappers…really anyone doing cool stuff.
State the links to your social networks and stores for the purchase of your songs.
Find the new album at any of these
Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
Happiest day, not sure exactly but I was probably on stage. Saddest day, I was probably very ill.
Tell us how you manage other activities with your music career.
Band time is necessary. We leverage other activities against our sleep schedule.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it
In my free time, I like to draw comics. Shifley is this comic character who is a sleazy car salesman. Often times we can relate as musicians trying to push our music.
State the title of the album and the reason for picking the title.
The name of the album is Paper Cranes and it is very much about time. In Asian folklore the crane represents longevity, and paper—as we know—is disposable. I was interested in the dichotomy of this one object representing something both finite and eternal. Certain people in my life are like paper cranes… the time spent with them is short-lived but their impact was life-changing (generally these are the people I write songs about).