Interview: The Foxtails
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What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Ethan and I (Kevin) got into music because it’s what comes naturally to us. Ethan has been on a stage since he was a kid and for me, music is the most honest way of expressing myself and understanding the world. We both use music as a dialogue and as a way of connecting with people we otherwise wouldn’t have. If not for music I, (Kevin) would probably still be a rocket scientist albeit a sad one and Ethan would probably be a nuclear physicist or something.
What do you like to do when your not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
Kevin likes to train in Boxing, read, and visit coffee shops and Ethan likes to skateboard and train jujitsu. We both have a diverse set of hobbies besides these which help provide us with different lenses and unique viewpoints for the stories we tell in our music.
How long has your band been around?
We’ve been around for roughly 2 years but in the works for over a decade!!
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
We’re based out of the Los Angeles and Orange County areas of Southern California and it’s definitely lended a carefree, sunny energy to just about everything we put out.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you.
We came up with the name “The Foxtails”, as a combination of words and themes we liked and a random name generator. We wanted something floral and we ended up fixated on foxes as an animal we liked and in the end we wanted a name we could add meaning to, instead of a name which would define us before people heard our music.
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
We haven’t played any live shows yet because of Covid but we’re excited and ready to get out there real soon!
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you haven't already?
One venue we really want to play at is The Troubador in Los Angeles. It’s a legendary venue and it’s the place where Elton John debuted!
If you could play any show with any lineup who would be on the ticket?
Definitely an eclectic mix of The 1975, My Chemical Romance, and Kanye West. Just absolute polarizing chaos.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band?
Don’t listen to any negativity and make the music that comes naturally to you. The music that feels right is true to you and all that matters is sharing your expression with others.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Change your haircuts in 9th grade and don’t care so much about what small minded people think.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
We have a song which we’ve put out as a demo and since re-recorded called Chill Vibe Girl and it means a lot to us because it’s the first song we finished all the way and to this day is still our favorite.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Most people really like Neon, Baby our newest single and Chill Vibe Girl which we’re excited to re-release now that it’s had a studio treatment.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
We get together, have a few glasses of wine and we either have a progression one of us has written or we just start singing words and build a song from there. Most of our songs are born from a moment or a feeling and we build the stories from there.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
We like to share messages of positivity, hope, and self love in our music. With these 3 things, you can accomplish anything in your life and be whole.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
Any kind of stylistic or philosophical arguments are promptly handled in a boxing ring.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that's coming Up?
We have an EP we’re working on coming out next year and a radio stream on YouTube coming out soon! On the stream we hope to showcase our music and that of our peers in a way that’s cohesive, thematic, and exciting.