NAS 10 Questions with Electric Sol
This time, we get to know Electric Sol, a band made up of Ed Sweet, Lead Singer and Songwriter; Lindsey Bair, Backup Vocals; Cody Hazelle, Octatrack and Drum Machine; Robert Bates, Keyboards; Eddie Rossi, Guitar
The track "Looking For Love" is featured in the New Artist Spotlight Family of Playlists.
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1. Tell us a little about where you are from and what you are currently doing.
Hey, thanks for talking to us about our music! We're really excited that we discovered the NAS community and what it does for indie bands like ours. We're Electric Sol from Phoenix, Arizona. We make 1980s-influenced indie dance pop/synthpop music for the masses! The five people in our band couldn't be more different, but we love each other and learn from each other's unique life experience. Our motto is no egos, no expectations, and no ideologies.
2. What inspired you to start playing and making music?
Music was my first love and I used to sing all the time as a little kid...talent shows, sporting events, holiday parties, you name it. But I must have gotten self-conscious along the way and gave it up for decades until Michael Jackson died in 2009. I don't know why his untimely death hit me so hard but it did, and that's when I started thinking about making music of my own.
𝟯. Who are your biggest influences?
We're influenced by all the great new wave, synthpop, and disco acts from the 1980s...A Flock of Seagulls, The B-52s, Depeche Mode, Thomas Dolby, Howard Jones, Sparks, Madonna, and so many more.
4. What are your goals in the music industry?
First and foremost, our goal is to get people on the dance floor! But we also want to make people feel happy and optimistic when they listen to our music. Most of our songs have a sense of humor or convey a positive message in some way, but I don't think we're preachy or gimmicky about anything.
5. Tell us about your creative process when you make new music.
I hunt for inspiration in chill instrumental music. If I feel a vibe I'll keep listening to the chord progression to see if it inspires any lyrics. Sometimes I get a whole song right away, sometimes just one line initially, and sometimes I'll listen to a song for a long time and nothing comes in. I do my best writing when I take long walks in the desert, so I try to do that as much as possible. So once I have lyrics, I send them, along with the reference track, to one of the producers we work with and they do their magic to make it an Electric Sol song. Sometimes a producer will send me a track and I'll write to it, so that's another fun way we've come up with things.
6. What is your all-time favorite song?
My favorite of all time is Happy Birthday because it's universal and marks a wonderful occasion.
7. What is the best advice or council you have either given or received in terms of music?
The best advice I've gotten is to just be myself and make music that I want to hear. Lots of people say this, but it really hit home for me when it came from legendary producer Rick Rubin.
8. Proudest accomplishment?
I'm most proud of the fact that there are people out there who really like my songs and YouTube videos. Every comment, every review, every stream, and post makes doing this all worthwhile. Even if I only reached one person I'd do it all over again. Music has so much power for good and to be able to use music that way is incredibly rewarding.
9. Just for fun! What's been your most embarrassing moment so far?
Hahahaha...There are so many, lol. I still get embarrassed when I forget my own lyrics or mess up on stage in some way. I've been bringing this on, even more, myself by starting to perform solo. I'm really just practicing on Instagram Live, but I want to be able to play more chill shows, like brunch, on my own. It's a lot easier to perform when you've got talented musicians backing you up!
𝟭0. Tell us about your lowest and highest points in music so far.
Our low point was when a producer we've been working with us took money for a song that he never delivered. He keeps saying he's going to, but I'm not holding my breath. And there are so many high points! We love making music videos, I loved when Rayman Rave, God Ton, and Toxxic Project sent us great remixes of some of our songs, and we really get a kick out of the fact that Steve Wozniak--co-founder of Apple Computer--is a fan of ours and will occasionally tweet about our songs.
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