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INTERVIEW: Reverist

How would you classify your music?

An eclectic burrito of upbeat, engaging drum beats with catchy, scientific synth blends, soaring choruses, and powerful bass lines.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Keane, Passion Pit, Walk the Moon, Vacationer, and M83.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

We want people to have fun and be as happy as we are. Sometimes there are missed opportunities in life and things might not go your way, but sticking to your guns and following your dreams is the best thing one can do when faced with adversity and we think our music encompasses that idea.

Can you tell us a bit about your latest album? When will it be released and how does it differ from your previous work?

“Dreaming Onward” is our first EP as a band and we couldn’t be happier to have released it this past fall; but we’ve only recently started to mass market the EP. We think it really highlights what’s in store for us as a band—making catchy, fun songs that you can jam out to in the summer sun with the wind blowing in your hair.

What do you love and hate about the Music Business?

We love that the digital age has allowed indie bands like us to record music easily at home and get our music out there in front of fans. Even though this has caused somewhat of a saturated market, we think it’s good for the scene as a whole.

We don’t necessarily hate anything about the business, but we think that it’s unfortunate that some people would prefer to pop some ecstasy and go see a DJ turn some knobs instead of watching actual musicians play music.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

Seeing Keane live at the House of Blues in Houston tops the list. I’d die happy if I had an ounce of Tom Chaplin’s vocal ability or Tim Rice-Oxley’s songwriting ability. Tom’s vocals are so crisp and dreamy while Tim’s electric piano has such a grand, powerful feeling to it. I hope this hiatus of theirs is brief, ‘cause I need to see them again!

I think the thing we enjoy most about playing live right now is our shock value. Being a young band that hasn’t been around long, we’re often playing in front of people that haven’t heard our music. Watching those people go from having their arms crossed to dancing with a smile on their face is a real treat for us.

Is there a song on this latest CD that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

“Superhero” is definitely a favorite of mine. It’s about the feeling you get when you meet someone so amazing that you don’t care what they think about you—you’re just embracing an intense infatuation and running with it. Hell, you could even fly if you decided to jump. That’s the kind of feeling we want to give people, and I think this song is a good start.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last few years? What made you decide to come back into the music business?

I think I’ve evolved as a songwriter significantly over the past few years. I initially started writing a lot of ballads that could be found on an early Keane or Coldplay CD. While I have a spot in my heart for those songs, meeting Steve and Matt has really made me strive to make music that represents our personalities.

 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?

I would have to say Vacationer, mostly because Kenny Vasoli is probably my favorite songwriter of all time. He’s succeeded in multiple different genres and he’s just a machine when it comes to cranking out catchy songs. I had the opportunity to meet him briefly in Columbia, SC when I saw Vacationer live for the first time. He’s a chill dude that I’d love to work or party with…in my dreams.

So tell us what’s next?   

A lot! We’ve got a few music festivals lined up, notably the Florida Music Festival that’s held annually in downtown Orlando. We’re also gearing up for our first tour in early June and couldn’t be more excited to share our music with new fans. After we get back we’re going to start getting to work on our first LP, which could actually end up being a double CD because we have so much material that we want to get out there. Look out for a music video for “Superhero” in the coming months as well!

Omar Qazi

www.reveristmusic.com

www.facebook.com/iloveReverist

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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