6 Questions With Rausch
Welcome to “6 Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. It started as a quick, fun project, but has quickly gained serious interest, so it has become a permanent fixture here on Indie Minded. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay the same. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.
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Next in the hot seat is Philadelphia-based indie rock band Rausch. We have not had the privilege of featuring Rausch here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to bring you this short interview. 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?
At the risk of sounding cliche, my 2nd least-favorite question of all time is “what kind of music are you”… I understand the imperativeness of the elevator pitch, but alas, it remains the one ever-elusive nut to crack over here; and promoters be damned, I just don’t see that as the end of the world. “Queen on steroids,” it’s been said. “Queen and Pink Floyd and Muse somehow had a baby together,” the consensus has gone. So there’s a common denominator of Queen…and my classical piano degree helps in the exploring of new frontiers & coloring outside the lines…but there are so many influences from all over the place, RAUSCH sincerely IS something best heard before described. See, even that sounded pretentious. Ah, the perils of talking about one’s self…oh, I’m from Doylestown, PA by the way. So are Pink and (American Idol’s) Justin Guarini, both of whom my mom had in class. Fun fact.
Unfortunately, sometimes the tough questions have to be asked 😉
That said, I’m also now wondering what your LEAST favorite question is…
In which ways do you enjoy interacting with fans (i.e.: social media, backstage, on the street), and do you find that this is an important piece of your career?
Hey, great question! Ok, we’re even 🙂 Again at the risk of sounding cliche, I am happy to interact with fans however & wherever they wish to engage – well, within the limitations of reality, I suppose. I once had a rabid fan’s mother go out of her way to try to orchestrate my just showing up at her daughter’s surprise birthday party; by all means, it would have been great & creative as a gig, but just to put in an appearance on my own dime – 8 hours driving each way, mind you – well I love my fans, but some things just aren’t logistically feasible. I’ll interact whenever I can though! I do embrace the double-edged sword that is social media as much as possible, because while it can be a huge time-waster when people are just “attention-whoring” for themselves, at the same time, how else would I have connected with real super-fans in Australia, Switzerland, & Sweden? While the North-American music market continues to try to find itself, there are real music-appreciators all around the world where social media will have always been the only conduit.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
I talk about this ad nauseam, and I am trying to put less energy into this ongoing debate & more into the actual work that moves the ball forward. Piggy-backing off the last question, as anyone else will tell you, the catch-22 of today’s music business is that while certain things could not be possible for an “emerging” (let’s say) artist without social media, there is so much clutter (if 400 hours of content uploaded to Youtube every 60 seconds isn’t clutter, I don’t know what is) for a well-meaning artist to rise above, the time required in doing it all one’s self presents a solid gridlock against having any time to actually focus on making the music. And these days, the business (and thus the public) is more demanding than ever, looking for a new song out of you every day [laughs]! I will not sacrifice quality for quantity, no matter how many songs I have ready to go – and I probably have 5 more album’s worth right now, so DANG – the recording process & properly “delivering the baby” takes a little time, and there’s no way around it. I won’t half-a** it. I’ve always said, we’re not a 3-chord throwaway garage-rock “chunka-chunka.” The remaining labels want you to have sold an amount that is 99%-of-the-time unrealistic to have sold without the reach afforded by a major label contract (and I have this on good authority from an old contact at one of the majors, so it’s not just run-of-the-mill artist anguish here!) before they will even talk to you, so what is a non-cookie-cutter to do? Therefore, my biggest struggle has to be constantly being told: “you’re doing everything right, you’re doing everything right.” Catch-22’s make my head hurt.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
They’re all my babies… but “Irked.”
What do you think is the most realistic goal you can achieve as an artist/band? What do you hope to achieve?
Hopes & realities don’t always get along. But going off a little past experience here, I can broker a peace between the two by honestly answering “to continue to help people.” This music – and especially this new album – is often very dark, but with it comes truth, and I have found many people who also need that kind of “exercise-the-demons” therapy to pull them through, just as I do. “We can’t all write about flowers and sunshine,” said Metallica. “The only way out is through,” says my vocal coach Michelle. I can’t stand happy music.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
The Achilles Heel of RAUSCH… no other hobbies, cares, or distractions. Music is life, and that is what I eat, breathe & sleep 24/7. It is why I am here. Those around me have pleaded that it is not healthy, that I will burn out… but what can I say? Creativity comes from battle scars, not going outside to throw a ball around. There is work to be done.