Apr 28, 2011

Featured Artist interview: Awake! Awake! (E68)

About: Awake! Awake! from Nashville , USA

"We got off to a promising start...more promising than maybe we even realized. I think we underestimated ourselves. It seemed preposterous that people would actually want to hear our art. Near the end of 2007, we released our first record We’ve Been Strangers. It was recorded entirely independently in the upstairs bonus room of a college home in Murfreesboro, TN. The whole process was a blast! Everyone had tons of ideas and the energy was fantastic. The positive feedback we kept getting was both a tremendous shock and encouragement to us. It was a phenomenal atmosphere for a developing band.
But it’s been a whirlwind of time and circumstances since we released that first record. Being a part of this band has been one of the most fun and rewarding experiences of our lives...but it hasn’t always been easy. There were times when we were frantic and stressing, learning-on-the-go how to get our first set of songs out there, then re-assessing our hopes after band mates and close friends decided to move in different directions...even on the best of terms. In these last few years, we’ve experienced doubt, uncertainty, and the loss of both relationships and opportunities. We’ve also experienced countless new possibilities, new birth, and a re-invention of ourselves and our sound. We hope we’re better for it all. And we hope the proof is in the songs.
This is the story of Bittersweet Horizon..."

1). What musical instrument is the wildest/most fun to play on (from your point of view)?
Really anything that makes noise that we can have some control over. I(Andrew) do enjoy my guitar rig(2 Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifiers and 2X12 Cab) on full distortion and lots of noise. We use that sound live on certain solo sections. It's fun to play, but it's best used sparingly in our style of rock.

2). What has been the biggest challenge in your life?
Learning to take criticism and use it to improve as musicians. It's tough to hear the real view of where you may be at creatively, but if you can see it and accept it, you'll only get better. People that think they are already too good are the ones that will stall out. Being confident at the right times and discerning if the criticism is constructive are also tough things to learn. It's amazing how much learning to be a mature person equals learning to be a mature musician. We all play and began to play music for fun, but we've also learned more about personal character than we'd ever thought through music.

3). What song you can listen to again and again?
"Sweet Disposition" by The Temper Trap. It always chills us out and never gets old. (From Australia)

4). What is your favorite feature on R&R?
The music map. It gives you the chance to immerse yourself in a completely different culture of music across the globe. It's crazy to think that young musicians used to be so lucky to get their hands on music from foreign countries, but now it's possible to simply click the country and listen. I think discovery is such a big part of the new music culture.

5). If you could ask one question to the leader of your country, what would it be?
Could you give us an ETA on world peace?

Listen to: Awake! Awake! - Distance

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