In this interview spotlight, we speak with Down and Outlaws about influences, their latest project, challenges and more.
Full Q&A along with links and a stream of Imposter below.
Where are you from and what style of music do you create? (In your own words, not necessarily in marketing terms or by popular genre classifications.)
We’re from San Francisco and we create music to mug your anxieties.
What led you down this path of music and what motivates you to stay the course?
I think it all started for everyone originally because it was fun. We’re lucky to have found a group of people to comfortably make music with that stick around. Each good show we have or new ‘favorite’ song we write gets us excited for what the next thing will be. The moment things start to feel stagnant is the moment when we get anxious. So I think a large part of our motivation comes from needing to be excited about what’s next. So we have to constantly be challenging ourselves and developing on what we’ve already built.
How is your new release different than previous ones? Did you set out to accomplish anything specific?
This release is the most ‘Down and Outlaws’ music we’ve ever put out. And by that, I mean that it truly feels like a sound we’ve developed that could only be a product of the four of us. The songs are more honest and the energy comes out in much more natural way than anything we’ve made in the past. We’ve been a band for a few years now and the longer we do it the easier it is to just do what feels good and be to ourselves.
Do you face any challenges as an indie musician in a digital age? On the flip side, how has technology helped you (if it has)?
I’m not sure that we have any unique challenges compared to any other indie bands. I think a lot of bands struggle with getting lost in the fray. Content can be so fleeting these days that you really have to be ruthless with how much and how quickly you produce music in order to stay relevant as a small band. With that said, it’s a blessing that we can make our music the way we want to for a fraction of the cost that people payed years ago. We all know that the music industry has always been a cut-throat world. We’re just trying to navigate it while staying true to ourselves.
Where can we follow you online and hear more music?
Our tunes are splattered across the interwebs on all the sites. You can also get hard copies on our website at www.downandoutlaws.com. Cheers folks.