Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Interview with Dan Smith from Listener

So I am having another sleepless night and spending way too much time on Bandcamp flipping through bands after one quick listen trying for that one group that you just want to hear everything that they have. Of course it was like a complete Halt when I reached the page with Listeners albums. Great music and vocals with meaning and such a command which makes you want to listen to what he has to say. 
I was able to get a few questions answered by Dan Smith the Vocalist and Lyricist of the group. Enjoy..

How did you guys meet and form Listener?

We met in 2005 at a house show in Las Vegas and a couple years later we decided to tour together and make music.

I notice you've been playing shows in europe. Where do you like performing more in Europe or The USA. What are the major differences you notice in audiences?

Well, the US always feels like home, but it's been really amazing to tour and play shows in Europe. Everyone has taken such good care of us everywhere it's hard to play favorites, but it's always nice to come over and see places we've never been and play shows. The differences can be as much as language, but also customary things. In so many ways we are all the same.

With living in different states how is the music writing process? Also the Recording Process?

We always just write when we write on our own, and tour and get together to record. We spend a lot of time together on the road.

You just got transformed into a cartoon. What would be the first thing you do?

I would look at myself in the mirror then fly.

Dan you have some pretty powerful words you put together in your songs. Do you do a lot of spoken word at your live performances? Have you written any books?

Thanks... I used to do more spoken word live at shows, but lately it's been less of that. I've written some short books of poetry. I think I'd like to do that in the future too.

What is your most favorite memory in your life so far?

I really live to think about the times I got to play rugby in college. That's always fun, or eating the fall leaves in the ozarks. 

What is the ultimate goal for both of you guys and when are you going to release more music? DO you have any other projects that we should know about?

That's a great question... What is the ultimate goal. To live good lives I think :). We have new music written and have recorded and are sorting that out now. We do have other projects. Mostly Chris: He has his solo work, and also is starting a record label : Standards and Practices

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