Oddnote is a fresh rock band out of the heart of Nashville, TN that formed in the summer of 2017. Arman Asadsangabi, who represents the passionate spirited persona that is Oddnote, seeks to create a deep spiritual and meaningful experience for his listeners. October of 2017, Oddnote began recording its first album at DogFox studio in Nashville. With the full album tracked out, Arman looked for others to share his passion with him on his musical journey. With the additions of Joseph Downing, Rocko Beall, Nick Huff, and Mathew Millstein, the newly formed Oddnote is proving it is well beyond its age.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Hatred has always been my biggest enemy. Ever since I was a child, I would get bullied or pushed around for the way I dressed or the way I acted. As I matured, and understood my place in the universe; I realized that the only way to do justice with my existence... is to provide comfort and care for those who can't provide it for themselves. Love is my motivation and it will forever be the reason I write music. - Arman (Oddnote/Vocals)
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Winning an All-Access program at Belmont University. It consisted of writing & performing in a competition that lead to a seat in front of Sony/ATV's CEO & creative team. Needless to say, I won the competition and got to play music for them; I even had a meeting with them at their head-quarters. The experience taught me a lot about what I want and don't want in life (music)... it taught me that greed is the bane of any artist's legacy. - Arman (Oddnote/Vocals)
What has been the high point of your music path?
Releasing my album. I wanted a revolution when I saw the way the world was heading, and releasing my debut album Oddnote was the foundation for everything I strive to achieve. - Arman (Oddnote/Vocals)
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
The moment I hear a sound I can create a melody over it. It takes nothing but an instant to do so... however, lyrics are a bit more tedious for me. I try to find the best way to portray the messages I desire to send, and once those messages are curated; I like to add even more intensity in their delivery (usually by singing my ass off). Writing comes second nature to me, but genuinely connecting to my listeners is the skill I'm continuously trying to enhance. - Arman (Oddnote/Vocals)
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Being heard. I think the biggest issue in the music industry today is that the majority of people making music are making it for the wrong reason. I firmly believe that the moment you expect anything from music, is the moment you're expecting too much. That being said, if I could ask the music industry to change one thing; it would be to get rid of the monetary value they put on music. I wish money & greed were non-existent, but unfortunately; that's just a wild dream. - Arman (Oddnote/Vocals)
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If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Cage the Elephant. Because I appreciate the distinction they have in the field of music they're in. They are unique in many different aspects, and I resonate with that very much so. - Arman (Oddnote/Vocals)
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
A nonstop effort towards creating the best experience we can. Whether it is rehearsing our set again & again from start to finish, or video-taping ourselves to point out our flaws... we take pride in the shows we put together. To us, our live show is just as much an art piece then our album is; and we will forever create like that. - Arman (Oddnote/Vocals)
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Bad Tabs. It's the most honest I have ever been in a song. While it sounds up-beat and energetic, it came from a very dark and unstable place in my soul. Also, I wanted to make the shortest song I've ever written; and as of now... that song did just that. - Arman (Oddnote/Vocals)
What's coming up in the future?
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