Six Questions With Town Meeting
We recently launched a new series here on Indie Minded called “Six Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay intact. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.
Within in each post, you will find all of their social media links, and also either a link to their music, or the ability to stream at least one of their tracks or videos, depending on the availability.
We hope you enjoy this series, and if you know anyone that might be interested in being part of it, please have them reach out to us for more information.
Next in the hot seat is Boston-based indie folk-rock band Town Meeting. We’ve covered them in the past, and are big fans! If you’re not familiar with them, sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
Town Meeting plays a mix of Folk & Americana with the occasional bluegrass or folk rock song thrown in too. We’re from New England but most of us live in Massachusetts & New Hampshire now. Luke, Russ and Brendan are all brothers so they got their start playing music together growing up. Dean and Tim are both seasoned musicians who were added later on to round out the group.
As an artist, how do you define success?
People wanting to consume our music. Either by seeing us live or listening to our music at home/work/driving etc…
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
Standing out- the music industry is over saturated with lots of really incredible artists and that can make it difficult to really separate yourself from the pack.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
Man. That’s a hard one- It would have to be a song with lots of room for improvisation like our song “Digging”. It’s a pretty simple blues progression but the end opens up to a jam section that is unique every single time we play it. So you never really hear or play that song the same way twice…
Who do you consider your greatest influences?
I’m sure this answer is different for all of us but i’ll try to hit on some for everyone in the band- Levon Helm, Dawes, Tom Rush, Elliot Smith, Fleet Foxes, John Moreland, Bob Dylan, The Avett Brothers, Chris Thile, Crosby Stills Nash & Young…. I could keep going but i’ll stop.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
We all like to disc golf. But other than that it’s different for all of us- hiking, reading, playing cards, drinking whiskey, podcasting…
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