The only challenge is making greater and greater music. @thememo_boston
GETTING TO KNOW THE MEMO
by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio
An early start…
In about sixth grade, Martin, the lead guitar player and singer, started writing music. He had been playing guitar for a few years prior and usually kept to himself. In the eighth grade, Martin had met his friend Dom, who was a phenomenal musician, and inspired him greatly. After some time working together, they had grown apart. Enter Martin. Andrew first met Martin, our rhythm guitarist and they had begun to play together. At the same time, Martin had convinced Jack to start playing bass, after introducing him to the Arctic Monkeys. The three of us started playing Martins music (we only had about 3 songs at the time) over and over in Martins garage without a drummer. After 3 or 4 months of desperately seeking the right person to fill that spot, a kid named Jake who also sits at our lunch table, was discovered to be by far and away one of the best drummers around. So as the story goes, Martin kept writing and we just kept practicing.
The band: Martin Writer Vocalist, Jack Base, Guitar Andrew, Jake Drummer
(Martin) Every song except for time travel romance is about absolutely nothing at all. I write every song the same way, I wake up in the middle of the night, I have a full idea in my mind and I write it down. The song was recorded the old fashioned way in an old studio in a really beat-up part of Boston. We didn’t really have much equipment other than instruments so Tim, the owner, shared a few amps and effects pedals and what-not with us. When it was recorded, it was done the old fashioned way. The four of us in a room, playing live, and then just throwing some new vocals and over dubbs on top.
Its pretty significant to be able to say that we released one of the only rock records coming out, inspired by the visions from the Shoulders of Giants like Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, and Oasis. There just isn’t enough people being inspired by them. Its proper rock, its proper fun. There’s no use or righteousness in saying that it isn’t any good, I don’t like when people say their own music is bad.
All of the music starts with Martin and an acoustic guitar. The music is written and then shown to the band where it is practiced until perfect. When recording, we just use basic amps and drums, nothing special by any means, and we just overdub the mistakes and record, at least for the most part, live.
We live in Braintree, MA. It’s sort of a shit hole. There are only about 15 people in our school playing music and half of them left last year. They were seniors. To go anywhere fun you really have to go into the woods, that’s where we have most of our fun, anyway. I guess from a touristy standpoint, the mall is ok. We only go to the record store in there though.
The music business totally sucks. We hope to change it by bringing back the importance of albums and artists over the importance of songs. I think it’s really distorted and mislead, and could definitely use a point in the right direction. Taylor swift has the right idea with no streaming and stuff like that. It seems music is more like an activity than an experience. Hopefully people will get more into specific artists and albums than different and scattered songs. With a bit of hope iTunes will do something like an album-only or single-only system and spotify and other stuff like that will diminish.
its a good way to get information out fast especially for people to share our music and the tracks of other people’s music as well. The ability to say what we want is good as is to meet people from all around.
We feel if people like us, they’ll share us and show us to people who’ll also like us. It’s hard to market music, because everybody is so different.
I would love to have 5 minutes alone with…
One of the workers on the Egyptian Pyramids. I would ask them if they knew that they were creating something that would leave the world in awe for the next 6000 year. I want to know if their contributions were far more important than they thought at the time. Its curious to think they might not have had any idea of the vastness of their projects.
The only challenge is making greater and greater music.
I am most afraid of..
to me it mean being a household name.