5Q: Androcles and the Lion
Androcles and the Lion capped off what was a really nice month for new music on ONErpm. They revealed to us how Atlanta, Georgia can be more than just a hip-hop metropolis, but also a place for really solid indie-rock. The boys shared some time to talk about mp3 blogs and defining “selling out” in the music industry.
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For a band that only met in 2010, you guys sound really polished. Is that hard work or synergy and who do you consider your influences?
Paul - All three of us are classically trained; we all studied music at a collegiate level. This training lends itself to the ability to hear and correct musical issues quickly and effectively. As far as influences go, personally, I listen to a lot of contemporary classical music, hip-hop, and jazz. The music of Tom Waits, John Cage, ?uestlove, and Brian Eno has had a profound impact on me.
Describe the Athens, Georgia music scene? How much indie rock is there in Atlanta (otherwise a city dominated by hip-hop)?
Paul - It’s just that; a scene. It’s an amazing community of musicians and bands, but it’s something of a bubble. I like Atlanta, partially because of the influence hip-hop seems to have had on the musical community. Regardless of genre, people love a gritty, urban image.
A lot of people get into arguments about bands doing too much branding or selling out. What’s one band that does it right (without having that much support and not completely overdoing it with commercialism)?
Austin - Someone once said to us at a show, “What would Puff Daddy do?” Is there such a thing as too much branding or too much commercialism? Have you seen that Sprint commercial with a million people playing Wilco’s “I’m Always in Love” on their smart phones? I’m a huge fan of Wilco, but when I saw that commercial I understood that there is a limit. It’s just so disappointing to watch an established band with a huge following continue to license and brand themselves out. On the hand, it’s a great song and deserves to be heard by as many people as possible, but what are people going to do? Are they going to think: “this a great song! I need to buy the album!” or are they going to think “that is a really cool phone. I need that phone.” In the end though, Paul is right music is a business and business is business. I can’t say that I wouldn’t make the same decision given the opportunity.
What needs to change about today’s methods of music discovery? How much do you value mp3 bloggers?
Paul - The internet has completely changed the music industry, probably for the best. I hope everything is going to be streaming in the not too distant future; you’ll be able to listen to anything you’re interested in for a small fee. Additionally, mp3 bloggers are a great source for new music, especially the more obscure artists that you might not find anywhere else.
Austin - So much has changing already in the way people discover new music. I remember actually reading music magazines for release dates and going to record store a couple of years ago to buy albums on release day. Regrettably, I don’t do that much any more. For better or for worse, I stream a lot of music. I read a lot of music blogs, however, I’m not sure that the MP3 blog model is still as powerful as it once was and in a lot of ways seems kind of limiting in how much new music they can present to an audience. I think that music aggregators seem poised to be the next big player in online music discovery. Shuffler.fm is an example of one of these services that is doing music discovery in a new creative way.
In your opinion, what part of the year is the best time to debut a new album?
Paul - As long as the music is good, I don’t think it really matters