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Interview with FROGG
-What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Will Brown here, drummer of FROGG.
Music got me into music, it was kind of an inevitability. At 13 I was already telling people I was gonna end up studying at Berklee, and I called that shot accurately.
I’m not sure I can envision a version of myself that isn’t a musician.
-What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
Film is often a bigger compositional inspiration for me than actual music, especially analyzing edits.
I think anyone who can understand the juxtaposition of any two shots in montage can get their head around songwriting, as long as they have mechanical knowledge of the instruments they’re composing for.
-How long has your band been around?
Frogg has been around longer than I’ve been in it, our frontman/guitarist Sky Moon Clark started it back in 2009 as something of a cover band. It’s become something very different since.
-Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
We’re based out of a small Connecticut town that’s closer to New York than anywhere notable in our own state. I think the existential boredom born of living in the middle of nowhere creates a good atmosphere for a whole lot of practicing, especially back in the highschool days.
-How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
Technically the credit for that goes to Sky’s sister, back in their cover band days.
As for what it means now, we just really unironically love frogs. They’re common in the area, and pleasant to have around.
-Tell me about your most memorable shows.
This new lineup is currently working on recorded material, so there aren’t many shows to speak of.
As for me individually, I had an interesting situation once where I had to play tabla and other Indian classical drums for an acoustic country set with my old metal band… kinda happy there were no cameras for that stunt.
-What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
Everywhere we haven’t yet played, we’d like to play. That doesn’t exclude the Vatican.
-If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Diablo Swing Orchestra, Bjork, The Mars Volta.
-What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
Register. Your. Trademarks.
BTC peaks 65K.
-If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
BTC. PEAKS. 65K.
-Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
There are two I wrote before joining that won’t be out until the full-length release, been keeping them in my back pocket entirely too long.
-Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
We typically enjoy the most recent the most, but the first EP has one called Nuclear Storm that stands out for being very easy to play. It’s kinda become the rehearsal warmup tune.
-What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
Instrumentals first, from there anything goes. Some things are more collaborative, sometimes one of us shows up with a full arrangement of very difficult material and says “good luck.”
Usually I’m the guy who’s guilty of that.
-What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
This band can be a bit lyrically ambiguous, we encourage individual interpretations with the stipulation that nobody projects their interpretations back onto us. If ever there’s a very specific subject, we’ll say so.
-Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
Perpetually, but Sky and I are both good at dropping our egos and compromising on what’s best for a song. Many disagreements, but never an argument to date.
-What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
Two more singles, then we work to top off the full-length proper.
Be on the lookout for the next single this December.
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