From a young age, art + music were major parts of my life. My childhood was full of piano practices and painting lessons. Having parents who exposed me to all sorts of art shaped me into a person who appreciated talent and I started to look for it in hidden places. From unknown painters to budding musicians I decided to establish a series featuring the creators who I know and love and want you to love too!! Wanna help? Read about these amazing people, scope their work, and share their interviews with the artists in your life!!
Today I have the privilege of sharing an interview with DAISY, an alternative pop band based out of Arizona. Perfect for summer, songs like “Hear You” are simultaneously upbeat and mellow...ideal for summer drives along the coast.
Pop in some earbuds and check out the group's latest EP, “Beauty of These” on Spotify as you read this stellar interview with the men behind the music.
How did you get your start in music?
Anthony: My dad was always playing guitar and singing growing up. Usually anything from Clapton to John Mayer. He possessed me with the guitar/singing thing. Always playing when I was trying to sleep.
Michael: My mom took me to a "Police" concert when I was 13. And my mom was always playing [John] Mayer records around my early teenage years. And my dad influenced me at a young age to start playing drums. Drums were my first instrument.
Tyler: I started playing piano pretty young, but really delved deep into music when I was 13 playing in the metal scene until I moved out to Arizona and met these 3 dudes who took me in like family.
Dylan: Music has always been a passion of my dad's so there was always music growing up around the house. My first concert my mom and dad ever took me to was Sting and it changed everything for me.
You guys had the incredible opportunity to play a few tunes at SXSW this year, what was that experience like?
Anthony: Madness. Like crazy scientist madness. The good kind. I fell in love with Austin, and being able to play our songs to people from all over the world was a humbling moment for us.
Michael: It was really cool playing shows for the first time out of our home state. Playing in that environment of "Austin" was a really cool experience playing to musicians from all over the country. Playing to a different crowd other than phoenicians was also an interesting taste of just how small you are.
Tyler: Absolutely amazing. Honestly one of the best weeks of my life, though we lost my George Forman somehow.
Dylan: SXSW was an incredible experience. So many different styles of music and bands playing that festival. It's almost like you are apart of this huge family in downtown Austin with everyone else. Texas is great.
Which musicians/bands do each of you personally admire the most?
Anthony: U2, Imagine Dragons, Coldplay. Really any of those arena, atmospheric, larger than life groups where the music is real and from the heart.
Michael: The Police, John Mayer, Andy Summers as a guitar player.
Tyler: I’m probably the most unique when it comes to this but EDM producers like Armin van Buren, metal bands like Enter Shikari and System of a Down, and softer music like Ron Pope or Coldplay.
Dylan: U2 has been one of my favorite bands for a very long time so I would say the biggest would be them. I appreciate all different types of drumming and try to learn and grow from each different style there is.
What kind of music did you listen to growing up?
Anthony: A lot of Classic Rock and 70s Funk. Thanks dad. Plus the obvious "Dad" favs like The Beatles, The Who, Zeppelin.
Michael: Pop/Classic Rock/Alt
Tyler: Mainly metal for me.
If you weren’t pursuing music what would you be doing?
Anthony: I actually will be a Real Estate agent on the side so I can keep pursuing my music dream.
Michael: Collecting cans on the street.
Tyler: Probably pursuing a career in Aviation.
Dylan: Music will always be in my life but I do hair on the side.
What time of day do you feel the most inspired?
Anthony: Just based off of how it's gone in the past, late evenings are when I feel most creative. But it's always changing.
Michael: It's never a certain time. Usually after I see a show or have been listening to music for awhile is when I'll feel very inspired to write.
Tyler: Night time.
Dylan: Night most definitely.
Which comes first: lyrics or composition?
Anthony: Being a singer, I'm always more attracted to the lyrical side of things, but they are both important. Music is beautiful in the sense that there are so many different things that make a good song. Not the lyrics alone, not the music alone. To us, the music has to exceed on all levels .
Michael: Definitely composition. Sometimes lyrics have been written first and been added to the music that felt most right but most of the times it’s composition.
Tyler: Depends on the song and who has the idea.
How do you define the difference between a hobby and a passion?
Anthony: Hobbies come differently every day. Hobbies are fun. Hobbies are something that passes the time. A passion is the blood pumping in your veins. A passion is breathing the air that keeps you living. Music is my passion.
Michael: A hobby would be something that comes and goes I feel like and a passion is something that you just can't stop. You think about all day every day and you can't live without it.
Tyler: A hobby is something you do for fun a passion is something you would give everything for.
Dylan: A passion will always be in your life, a hobby is just there and can change in a day to day basis.
What motivates you to create music?
Anthony: Everything. Playing live and performing is like stepping into Narnia or a different universe for a moment. It's kind of like being in a fishbowl but being able to swim in the ocean when we play live. Also, I usually can't say all the right things. I have a hard time exhibiting all the things I want to when I'm talking. Music is a language everyone knows and can truly feel.
Michael: I think seeing the finished project and playing in front of a crowd and seeing them have fun. When you see true joy in someone's eyes from something that I created is a feeling that you just can't comprehend. You never know where that person is in there lives at the moment and for whatever reason you were able to make someone smile and just let that wall down, forget, and just have fun.
Tyler: Seeing the crowd react the way they do to our music live.
Dylan: Playing live is the best feeling in the world. Definitely its own kind of experience.
What advice would you give to an aspiring musician?
Anthony: Never stop doing it. The amount of effort you put into what you do, is what, generally, you will get in return. If it's as important as oxygen to you, you will find a way to breathe no matter what.
Michael: Find someone that inspires you. My favorite artist is John Mayer and my favorite band is The Police. I know that whenever I see those guys play or listen to there music all I want to do is play and create.
Tyler: Chase the dream.
What is your favorite song of all time?
Anthony: John Lennon's "Imagine". The world is in hard times, if we all loved and were able to be together as one people, than I feel we would be in a much better place.
Tyler: “Live Love Burn Die” from Atreyu's “Lipgloss and Black” because in life you live, you love, you have a burning passion (mine being music) then you die.
You can learn more about DAISY on their website. They are playing at several venues in Los Angeles and Phoenix this summer, and it’s not too late to grab tickets!!
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