So here we are on a Monday night – and we come to Doc Robinson. So I got the video ‘Drive Slow’ playing and after an 8 hour shift – 3 whiskeys and 2 beers and I am just vibing east coast style. These guys sound so good and we are excited to have them @skopemag – join us as Nick & Jon give us the goods.
@skopemag: What is the most current project that you are working on at the moment?
Nick D’Andrea- We just put out a new album Travelogues in April. It’s up on the internet, and coming out on vinyl this summer.
@skopemag: What is it about music that you knew this was more important than all other artistic endeavours?
Nick D’Andrea- With how long, difficult and full of disappointment the road is to being a full time musician can be, it really requires a blind devotion that comes from realizing you couldn’t live without being a musician. Without that there are too many crushing waves that can come along and push you off onto another path. It’s also been important to recognize what part of the process you get joy from, and try and focus on that as much as you’re able, and look at all the less enjoyable parts as a means to an end to getting to do the things you love. For me that’s the writing and recording process, and whatever else is required to get to keep going back to the studio is just the price to be paid.
@skopemag: When you are not doing music what else do you enjoy?
Nick D’Andrea- Family time is really important to me. I’ve got a wife, a daughter and another one on the way (daughter not wife) and spending time with them is one thing that always brings me a lot of joy and balance. Love playing pick-up basketball when i get the chance too.
@skopemag: Would you say that your family/friends suppport your music journey?
Our families have been incredibly supportive since day one. We simply wouldn’t be able to do what we do, if it weren’t for the love and encouragement we have received and continue to receive, unconditionally, from our loved ones.
@skopemag: How do you test whether your new song is a keeper or not?
We have had the unique opportunity to play quite a few house shows over the last few years, where our fans and friends have invited us into their homes for an intimate, unplugged performance.
We enjoy being able to play our new and unreleased material for them in such a relaxed setting, and we really value the feedback we get from the experience.
@skopemag: When are you most inspired to create music?
Inspiration can come from anywhere, but I would say I’m most inspired when I hear and see other beautiful artistic creations. There is so much beauty to behold when you’re traveling in a van across the country, and it’s quite hard to be left uninspired when most of it is brand new to you. 2019 broadened my horizons quite a bit.