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INTERVIEW: Astronauts of Antiquity

How would you classify your music?

AOA is a hybrid of our love of music styles. Alt-pop, trip hop seasoned with a hint of electronica.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

India: Joni Mitchell, Yukimi Nagano (Little Dragon) / Bradd: Jimi Hendrix, Daft Punk, The Police, / Ivica: Joe Zwainful (Weather Report).

What do you want fans to take from Astronauts Of Antiquity’s music?

First and foremost a sense of hope through our music/lyrics, transcending what might appear at times the opposite of hope in the world… upliftment and appreciation for AOA, as artists speaking our truth on matters of this world and spirit, breaking the illusion of separateness between each.

Tell us about your latest release, “Beyond The Maze”?

“Beyond The Maze” is a 6 song EP and a pre-curser to a full LP release next year. The songs are a testimony to 3 years of working in Ivica’s Venice studio in LA refining our sound and song craft. We are very excited about this offering to our fans!

What do you love and hate about the Music Business in your opinion?

On the challenging side artists need to make a decent living through his/her talent to be able to continue to be free to create. Otherwise one is juggling with a job that doesn’t inspire them and trying to artistically produce.

Most artists have to DIY it and struggle to live the dream. This means you must wear multiple hats and manage to be his/her own CEO, manager, social network wizard and PR firm while trying to create great marketable music. Gone are the days of a Major or even Indie label batting an eye unless you have, in their eyes made yourself worthy in all these areas along with proving to be and amazing, bankable entertainer.

It’s quite bizarre and mind-boggling really.

So what do we love about the Music Business?

It can be very exciting to have complete control over your art, total freedom of expression. Artists are super heroes in that sense, pushing forward in the quest to realize their dream against huge odds.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live? Do you have opportunities to play live in New York City often?

Bradd – Chili Peppers India – U2 / Sade

Ivica – Pink Floyd “Momentary Lapse of Reason”

We are LA based right now. NYC is def on the agenda for 2017!

There’s nothing that quite compares to connecting with your audience, when they are grabbing for every word and singing the melodies you’ve labored so hard to birth. It’s a very special union that is addictive.

How have you evolved as an artist or band over the last year?

As a trio we have marinated carefully into developing our song craft chops, creating interesting hooks and transparency of lyrics. We have worked with some incredible musicians and rappers from the LA West Side music gene pool. We also experimented deep into the night with electronic explorations.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get coffee or tea with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be and what would you talk to them about?

Bradd- Jimi Hendrix in a vegetarian café over an organic smoothie discussing higher messages in music that transcend superficial designations of culture, creed, race, politics.

India – Joni Mitchell at her home in her painting studio over green tea along with chatting on her singing and lyrical writing technique. Then take a drive along the Coast and write a song together.

Ivica – Jimi Norman talking about the good old days.

What is next for you?

Finishing the follow up LP to “Beyond The Maze”. Get on stage and put it all together to play live. World domination! Rock n Roll!

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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