- How would you classify your music?
We seem to blur the usual genre bounds from song to song and even sometimes within a song! I think we land on a contemporary Americana-type folk-rock combined with alternative-rock, a bit of jazz, even some Baroque themes and world influences thrown in – the commonality is that it is all song-based and emotionally driven.
- Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
The Beatles and The Band loom large in our legend (that itself is a Beatles reference, for those who are aware). Laura Nyro’s street soul invisibly influenced the whole culture (including us). We have been affected by all the great rock, jazz, and classical artists. And, no doubt Bob Dylan is the Shakespeare of the 20th Century.
- What do you want fans to take from your music?
We want our listeners to identify with the humanity in each song’s story – and to be pleasurably affected by the beauty of the music.
- Can you tell us a bit about your latest album? When will it be released and how does it differ from your previous work?
Stationary Sun is an independently produced and meticulously composed studio album, which was released 11/1/2015. Many of the songs were arranged through the actual recording process. The songs are poetic and tell about the twists and turns of real life. Stationary Sun rose out of a live concert series in NYC, which included an ensemble of some of NYC’s finest players. Producing Stationary Sun challenged our skills as orchestrators, and gave voice to years of honing our songwriting and musicianship skills.
- What do you love and hate about the Music Business?
It is miraculous that, through the Music Business, as artists, we might bring large groups of people joy, and hopefully help them to connect with their deeper selves. Like any business one needs to work hard and be relentless.
- What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
I think the one that contributed a lot to the choice of being a musician was seeing Simon and Garfunkel before they were famous in a small college gymnasium at 8 years old. The intensity and communication between artist and audience was life changing. The Stollers’s advanced age has enabled us to see The Doors, Hendrix, Zappa, Dylan, Nyro, the original Grateful Dead and lots more. We were born into an explosion of brilliance. We are forever grateful.
- Is there a song on this latest CD that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?
All the songs stand out. They each excel in different areas. It feels gratifying that a number of the songs address issues facing our trouble planet and species ‘The Two Julians says so much in a short amount of time. It tells a fascinating and heart felt story about family and culture, flowing seamlessly between musical genres.
- How have you evolved as an artist over the last few years? What made you decide to come back into the music business?
Producing Stationary Sun was a tremendous learning experience on every level; musically, personally, and commitment-wise to one’s work. Simultaneously, writing new songs and performing them for people provides a motivation to keep on keeping on. It feels to us that we never left the Music world. Different times of life have required different solutions – but we have never stopped and are still doin’ it.
- If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?
John Lennon. Hanging out with him would be fun and fascinating. Of course, We would have to figure out how to change history so that he would not have been taken from us. I know a very secret place…
- So tell us what’s next?
More songs, more performances, the next album, continuing to grow as songwriters, instrumentalists, and artists.