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Interview: Blooming Fire
[gallery type="slideshow" link="none" size="full" ids="147999"] Hi Blooming Fire! Thank you for speaking with me today! What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today? Growing up with rock n roll. We're lucky to say that a ton of family members listened to some really groovy music. We grew up with our feet in the dirt, running around outside with tunes blasting, camping trips and playing music in the basement. Music has always felt a part of our DNA. Not getting into music wasn't an option. What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity? Spend as much time as humanly possible in nature, adventuring and cleaning up the trash...so much TRASH! Out here just trying to live minimally and do the best we can to leave it better then we found it. Sustainability and connecting to nature, inspiring people to get back to nature and connecting with people who are passionate about growing and building a better world are all things that inspire us to express this through creativity. How long has music been your career? 7 years Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music? Sierra and Ian on the vocals are a brother sister duo from Cleveland, Ohio. Dryden Van Cleave on guitar is from Virginia and Robby Coe on drums is from St. Louis. Home is where the heart is, the areas we're all from gave us that heart and soul. Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played. The Best show is tough because we love so many shows but a favorite would have to be Center Camp and the last Burning Man we just went to or the Teragram Ballroom show in downtown LA. Worst show we've ever played was at the Study in Hollywood. We brought out 40 people and they ran behind that night on all the bands so when it finally got to our set, we played 2 songs and they literally pulled the plug on us, plugged in a Dj that was supposed to close out the night . The venue turned all the lights off and then the security guards screamed at us on stage that they would throw our equipment and instruments off the stage if we didnt get everything off in 5 min. It almost doesn't sound real to describe this story but it was that rude and cold hearted, still can't believe it to this day. Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already? Favorite venue so far had to be Teregram Ballroom, it was the first time we played on such a professional stage and we had a huge crowd screaming for us, we even had a green room to get ready in. It was awesome getting to feel appreciated as a musician after many many years of working our butts off....Our dream stages are Red Rocks in Colorado and The Caves in Tennessee If you could play any show with any lineup who would be on the ticket? Grouplove, Cage the Elephant, Tycho, Courtney Barnett, The Movement, Iya Terra, Tash Sultana, Remi Wolf...we could go on and on about all of the people we want to play with! What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into music? Do it for the love of it, use it as a tool to keep the evil at bay in the world and your mind. If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be? Buckle up because it's going to be a long ride. Don't rush around like a mad person, just breath and let it come to you. Of your songs which one means the most to you and why? Our song Magnetic Freedom. It was the first song we ever wrote but it means so much to us because of what it means to other people. We've had many different fans share with us their interpretation of the song and how it has affected their life. We didn't plan that or expect that, especially some of the meanings we've heard. It really means so much to us that a song can heal and help others. Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most? Since we dont have a ton of music out yet people always request that small batch of songs, which we love but we are addicted to playing the new jams and can't wait to put them up online!
What is the creative process for you, and what inspires you to write your music?
As a band we write together, our songs usually birth from a jam and then we find things that really stick out to us and run with that. We begin structuring the different parts and pulling lyrics and everything together. So many things inspire us to write...The heaviness of the world and the justice that needs to be told about, the pain and struggle we all deal with and overcome. We want to be part of who keeps raw music alive, everything being so produced and perfect these days just really isn't our thing.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
We like to inspire people and remind people that we are part of nature, we are nature! We want to use real life experiences to share an open heart and mind to an ever changing world and how we don't have to roll over and accept all this garbage both literally and actually!
Do you ever have disagreements when collaborating and how do you get past them?
Oh yeah but not too often, we usually ride the wave together and the song finds itself. That awareness alone is a huge help. Since most of the time we're all on the same page and mindset it's easy to put differences to rest and leave the ego at the door to remember why we show up and do what we love to do. We also remind each other on the hard days, no matter which one of us is having a hard time or bad day that it's going to be ok and that this world isn't the easiest place to be a part of but we are needed. We have to keep shining our light. What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up? We have a ton of new music that will drop in 2022, ongoing tour dates starting in October and a very special release for our last EP Dunia. For the last 5 months we've been working on a 4 music video full immersive experience for Dunia. We will take viewers through a wormhole into another dimension...follow this link to find out more: https://www.bloomingfiremusic.com/dunia-visual-experience