1: How did you decide on the name, “Iron Point"?
Iron Point is the street I went to high school on in Folsom, CA. My friends Spencer Poling from back home was visiting LA and I was thinking of band names and he mention the street. So it stuck!
2: What inspires you to create?
I just love making things. Even if it’s not music I just really enjoy the feeling of seeing something come together. I get inspired by so much, musically, I go through phases all the time of wanting to sound a certain way or try an idea from another artist. But as far as songwriting the words have to come out from a real place and already be there or else I won’t write.
3: What advice would you give to someone who wants to be in a creative profession?
Be so great at failing you’re not afraid of it anymore. It really sucks to not land something you thought would work out. But the best artist never stop. Neither will I. Neither should you. If you have a passion just see it through until the end.
4: Do you feel open minded about what you listen to? Do you like going out of your comfort zone?
I listen to a lot of different music! I won’t say I listen to everything. But growing up my dad always played modern pop at the time and classics. Music for dinner parties. Music for the beach. Music when you’re sad… Music is such a broad and immaculate palette that there really is a color and flavor for everyone. I’m always open to hearing things that people show me. Lately though I’ve been going backwards on time as far as music goes though.
5: What outlets do you find out about music from? (Record stores, magazines, samplers, etc.)
My dad was a DJ in the 80s so he always had great music playing. My mom was the rock chick and would show me all the killer classic rock bands… But I just wanted to know what my friends listened to. So people would let me borrow concert DVDs and CDs and I’d just sit and learn these records to decide what I liked and didn’t.
6: What is your favorite format to listen to music on? (CD, Vinyl, etc.)
Fortunately/Unfortunately I’m a fan of convenience. So I stream a lot. I have vinyl but that’s for special occasions. I’d like one day to have a collection and leave records playing in the house.
7: How do you feel the internet has impacted the music business?
Everyone has a different opinion. I don’t like that streams have caused it to be so hard to make music as an up and coming act that isn’t viral. But on the flip it’s really cool how fast you can get music out and watching things catch fire is astounding. I think we all just need to move with the times. It’s really cool you can accidentally stumble upon a sick band through social media and what not. So the internet is great for that! But we need to learn and be more transparent about how streaming is not a reliable source of income for artist. So I hope we establish change there.
8: Who was the first band/artist that became your favorite band?
My first all time favorite was Red Hot Chili Peppers… amongst Led Zeppelin, etc. But RHCP was the first band I totally obsessed over and learned everything about and puke song you every word and bass line.
9: If you could open a show for any artist, who would it be?
I’d love to open for Foo Fighters. Just always thought that be a fun bill and great contrast. Their albums are so important to me so that would be a dream.
10: What was the inspiration for your song “Golden”?
Golden is a song about seeing people from the past in dreams. It’s about that strange line in reality after you wake up that you’re not sure to cross. Whether to call them or leave it be. I’ve had a lot of these circumstances come about from dreams and all have been important lessons. So golden just illustrates the culmination of feelings that transpire in dreams. Tension. Anger. Sex. Sadness. Loneliness. Regret… the song hits on all these in points instead of a full story being told. I like the John Lennon “I am the walrus” approach to writing songs. Where the lyrics just take you all over. As well as the music. Should always feel like a journey.