Q&A with Little Tybee
– What are some of the challenges you have faced as independent musicians?
The music world feels chaotic and disheartening at times but, over the years, we have learned to be less concerned with how society views success and more with how we have progressed as artists. What used to be an industry circled around the numbers of albums sold, we are now looking at one of innovation. Bands that I am inspired by are the ones who are pushing the boundaries of how we have traditionally looked / listened to music in the past. The fact that there is no proven path to success is something that can make it hard to prosper but is also exciting in that you can pave a whole new way to how people interact with your art. I believe struggle is the greatest driving force in innovation and it is up to the artist to see where their strengths lie in this turbulent sea. We are really fortunate that we have a label that believes in our creations enough to help us spread it to the masses and that there is an audience that appreciates it. Our future goal is to be able to keep creating things that we are passionate about and to hopefully be able to make a living off of that.
– How would you describe your relationship with technology?
I see technology as a tool like any other. Whether it be technological advancements in the recording process or advancements in how we ask the listener to engage our art, I think it is important to be conscious of these developments and utilize them to best benefit your creations.
– What are your thoughts on music piracy? Do you think it is helping or hurting the music industry?
I think music piracy is hurting big music business more so than the artists themselves. Piracy and torrent sites are free PR for bands. Of course I would rather have the bands be paid for their music but I think the profit model is changing and many people in this industry are scrambling to figure out how to stay afloat. It is important for bands to build relations with their fans in order to give them incentive to want to support you.
– It’s often said that Little Tybee is hard to classify in any particular genre. Can you tell us a little about more about the music process and how you guys write songs?
Usually I will come to the band with a skeleton of a song. The band will play it for a while just to get the structure down but the solid parts usually will not come until we are in the studio. Even after the songs are recorded, they will continue to mature as we play them live. Often times the songs will change so drastically that we will re-record them on future albums (i.e. Hearing Blue.) I hope that our recording process will continue to change as we grow as musicians and artists.
– We hear your new album is just about to be released. First of all, I’d just like to say congratulations! Secondly, would you mind telling us a little something about what we can expect?
The album title For Distant Viewing was realized while I was on a hike in the North Georgia Mountains. I came across an old coin operated viewer with the words “for distant viewing” written on it. I thought for a while on the significance of the viewer as a symbol. I remembered into my childhood and the many places around the world that I had seen magnified through these devices and the nostalgia attached to those moments. The symbol seemed profound in its inclusion of all people, no matter their socioeconomic status.
We decided to make the viewer the cover of our album to hopefully trigger a sense of nostalgia in the viewers mind and to hopefully spark an event in the past that might have been forgotten.
If you listen to the album, you will hear a diverse array of genres littered through every song. We have crafted the songs to hint at many different styles of music but transition between them as seamlessly as possible.
It became clear to me that the viewer symbol possessed a similar function as the songs we were creating. The slight hints of country guitar licks, Brazilian Tropicalia and even Americana all serve as aural vessels transporting the listener to a certain time and place.
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