Interview: Lost Arts

Published on 30 August 2021 at 10:21

1: How did you decide on the name, “Lost Arts"?

Caleb: There isn’t a great story behind the name unfortunately. It was an inside joke between my brother and I because our parents would always say things like “cursive writing is a lost art”. When I met the guys in college I was floating it around as a band name & it stuck. I’d like to think as we continue to grow as a band it takes on a deeper meaning.

2: What inspires you to create?

Caleb: I find being creative in disciplines other than music really helps me find my groove more when it is time to focus on the band. Cooking for example seems to clear my mind and allow ideas to flow better

Drake: The voice notes in my phone. When I hear a cool melody or riff idea I’ll hum it into my phone and browse through what I have to get inspired or bring it to the band to play around with it. 

3: What advice would you give to someone who wants to be in a creative profession?

Caleb: My advice would be to just start doing your thing, do not wait on anybody & be genuine in the connections that you make. Never try to jump the line, if you are being honest with your creativity it will resonate with people.  

Drake: Accept that rejection is going happen. A lot. Rejection is a crucial stepping stone to bettering your craft and I think lots of creatives take rejection too personally and that can cause a lot of doubt. But we have to accept that we aren’t our best right out of the gate and rejection helps shape you in the long run. 

4: Do you feel open minded about what you listen to? Do you like going out of your comfort zone?

Caleb: I like to think that I am open minded about what I listen to. Huge guitar riffs are always going to have a better chance at drawing me in but I also love when an artist “wins” me over after I have spent some time with their music. Variety is the only way to set your creative endeavours up for success.    

Drake: Absolutely, I’ll listen to anything you throw at me. Good music is good music. 

5: What outlets do you find out about music from? (Record stores, magazines, samplers, etc.)

Caleb: I generally find new music by word of mouth from other friends or floating around related artists on Spotify. 

Drake: Honestly my friends, it’s great to have so many friends in the music scene and lovers of music that word of mouth is my main source of anything new.

6: What is your favorite format to listen to music on? (CD, Vinyl, etc.)

Caleb: I acquired quite the CD collection in my teenage years & now I am too afraid to start a Vinyl addiction. As long as the sound system is good I am happy. 

7: What band/artist do you think everyone should listen to?

PLANTS - Incredible rock band & our tour brothers 

ISLA (now known as False Eyed Dolls) - Ripping rock band from the UK 

8: What motivates you to check out a new artist?

Caleb: I honestly believe, especially from a Rock music stand point, that some of the best music is coming from bands that most people haven’t heard of & I want to be the one to tell them. Plus in the age of the Internet it’s awesome to be able to build this “underground” community that stretches all the way around the globe.  

9: Who was the first band/artist that became your favorite band?

Caleb: Was - KISS. Now - Queens of the Stone Age

Nick: Was AC/DC. Now - Pink Floyd 

Drake:  Was Alexisonfire. Now - 1975

10: What was the inspiration for your song “Dead Eyes”?

Caleb: Dead Eyes is a song about finding confidence in oneself. There is this struggle that I have always had of wanting everybody’s admiration while simultaneously hoping nobody notices that I am even in the room.  As I grow up & experience more of the world I realize most things in life - especially what others think about you - just doesn’t matter. If you wake up every morning to do something that you love, there will always be a space for you.

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