Almost July - 10 Questions Music Interview
New York-based band Almost July is the creation of Skip Glogan, who writes, produces and arranges all of their ambient, alt-pop songs. Their pre-pandemic live show had Skip playing keys and fronting the band with a combination of live instruments, samples, and electronics created and looped on the fly. The duo is completed by New York mainstay Derek Broomhead on drums and drum pads. Almost July made their mark at iconic NYC venues Rockwood Music Hall and Mercury Lounge before sitting at home alone making music for locked down listeners.
They have been avoiding total insanity by collaborating over zoom and live streaming from Skip's home studio. The result is their new single, "alone" which attempts to lean into the good, bad, and honest aspects of getting to know yourself and your loved ones in this stay-at-home era.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
There wasn't really a specific moment or person that got the ball rolling, was more like hearing songs I loved and writing with friends that made me feel like I could do this forever and it would never get old. As far as writing lyrics/music goes, I really want to try and be as honest as possible with what's going on in my head or in my life at that moment.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Unfortunately this is going to be sort of a boring answer, but we really haven't had too many insane things happen; don't get me wrong there's tons of shenanigans while we're out playing shows, but nothing over the top.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Definitely has been seeing our fan base growth and having people reach out to us and say that they like our music, or even just to catch up with us; its an amazing compliment and gift that our fans care the way they do and for us, that's for sure the high point.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
For us the songwriting process is slightly different each time, sometimes it'll start with a few notes that I wrote down forever ago, or more recently it starts by having the skeleton of a track sketched out in logic and finding melodies and writing words as we get into it.
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?
At the moment Covid 19, not really sure if the industry can fix it but to whoever can, please end this thing so we can all get back to our lives :D
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Not really sure if I can narrow it down to one but truthfully there's tons of both up and coming and established acts that we'd love to head out to play shows with, for us playing live is like the reward for the long hours in the studio so we're pretty much happy to tour with anyone
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
We rent out a space, play the songs until we hear it in our sleep, make sure not to run into anything on stage, and then it's off to the races.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
The one song for me that was the most difficult to write was "Young" mainly because during that time in my life I lost someone who was extremely close to me and even though the song ended up going in a different direction the root of it was about going through those tough moments.
What's coming up in the future?
Writing more songs, getting a coronavirus shot, and playing live shows again
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Make sure to head over to Spotify and give us a listen!
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