Tell us what you know about music royalties and how to get paid.
We know that you absolutely have to copyright your work as soon as you create it. It’s also a good idea to register with a performance rights organization such as ASCAP or BMI. That way, any money that’s made from streaming will go where it’s due.
Brief us on how to impress fans during a live performance.
We put a lot of our focus into the sounds we’re using on stage that’ll resonate with the fans and give a completely unique version of the songs aside from the MP3 recordings. We do anything we can to throw things in our set that will constantly keep the attention of the audience. Everyone loves some phat bass haha.
List the names of your biggest supporters.
Our biggest supporters have been our parents, our manager Anthony Carraturo, and every fan that goes out of their way to be at every show.
Discuss what has motivated you so far in your music career.
Nothing has been more motivating than the feedback we get from shows and the new music we put out. It’s also very motivating to see much more established bands performing because it’s a reminder that anything is possible. We’re also in a very interesting time for music where it’s okay to try new and “weird” sounds so that’s cool.
Go into detail about your experience as an artist.
Being an artist now can entail so many things because you become responsible for every aspect of your music career. As a band, our strong point is creating music and making sure we can keep creating but then we have to manage social media, bookings, budgeting, publicity…etc. At that point, we decided it’d be a good idea to have a manager so that we can keep focusing on the actual artistic side of things. It’s way more freeing for the mind when you can sit down and create without worrying about the other stuff.
Tell us the greatest mistake you have ever made in your music career.
Probably rushing a recording process.
Discuss the story behind the song.
The song “Best Friend” is about falling in love with your best friend even though it’s such a forbidden thing. It’s a true story and it happened a couple of years back when one of us was struggling over the idea of being in love with one’s best friend. We constantly get asked who the song is about but it’s fun to keep it as a mystery. They didn’t end up together anyway haha.
Tell us how to fund a music project.
Sites like Gofundme do a good job at raising money. Merch sales can also go a long way.
Discuss your opinion on the safety of fans during shows and live performances.
Shows should be a respectful environment. Everyone is there for the same reason, which is to see the artists and the artists are there to make the fans happy. So, it only makes sense that everyone should work together to maintain a safe and happy environment. Otherwise, go home and watch WWE haha.
Tell us the greatest piece of advice you have ever been given as an artist.
The greatest piece of advice we’ve ever been given is to be ourselves in everything we do.
Tell us what you will like to improve or change in your music.
We are obsessed with production and definitely aim to take that to the next level. We just want to incorporate as many new sounds as possible.
Discuss vocal training and how you protect your vocal.
Scales, hot tea, honey, and staying hydrated. I heard singing while running is supposed to be good so that’s next on the list.
Tell us how you manage your team to make things work out.
Communication is definitely key. As long as we tell each other everything and are honest with each other, it all works out.
Discuss your best mood during a performance.
Our best mood during a performance is whatever the audience is sending out. We feed off each other and when we can instantly tell that you’re on the same wavelength with the fans during a song, there’s no better feeling.
List your best artists of all time with reasons.
Young The Giant is a huge influence. The songwriting is amazing and no other band sounds like them. They stay outside the box. Also love to Foster The People. They’re definitely the ones we look up to when it comes to production. And once again, no one sounds like them. The next biggest would probably be The Neighborhood. They’re changing the game as we speak and are even dabbling in fashion, which is so cool. As for classics, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles hit home. They’re the ones who changed everything and paved the way for all the new bands.
Tell us all we need to know about you.
We all met at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Patrick had known Jacob from high school in New Jersey but they really became close in college. The Penthouse started off with completely different members until it finally ended up as Patrick, Jacob, and Kyle. We’ve spent a lot of our time gigging in the NYC area and constantly working on new material. We’re moving to Los Angeles in April and it’s something we’ve had planned for a while now. We will meet a lot of our college friends there and really focus on some new material.
Give us the links to connect you and buy your music.
Tell us the greatest problem you think is facing society and the solution.
Gun Control. Ban them.
Discuss your songwriting and recording process.
The songs always stem from different things. One of us will usually have an idea and we all add to it. If the song is very personal then one of us will just write the entire thing. Music usually comes before melody. After that, we like to record a demo at home in Logic Pro so that we can constantly go back to it. Once it’s ready, we re-do it in a studio.
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
The name “The Penthouse” was a pretty quick decision. Our college dorm had a fire escape that was 6 stories up. We could see a lot of the Boston penthouses from there so we considered the fire escape our own little penthouse. So, right there it became our name.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
“Best Friend”. The inner conflict of falling in love with your best friend.
State the title of the album and the reason for selecting the title.
“Best Friend” was off our first EP, “Overnight”. The formation of the band kind of happened overnight on an impulse decision so it felt right to give that title to our debut EP.