Hello people of the internet!!! On today’s ‘Monday Memos’ I have another exciting interview for y’all. I recently asked Merritt Graves, and Skylar Funk of Trapdoor social some questions about the band’s musical influences, what inspired the sound of their newest EP ‘Science of Love’, and what they want their legacy to be. Whether you’re already COMPLETELY addicted to this rising indie pop band, or you haven’t heard of them but want to know more (you can read this previous blog to learn more about the band Monday Memos: Trapdoor Social. Great Music, Big Hearts | celindareyesblog), then please read on, and remember that their newest EP ‘Science of Love’ is available for purchase on ITunes.
Celinda: Hi guys! I read that you first formed the band at an environmental event at Pomona College. What initially sparked the idea of starting a band together?
Trapdoor Social: We were both very concerned about sustainability and wanted to make music, so we decided to combine the two into a single project.
Celinda: Very cool. So what bands or artists have influenced your musical style?
Merritt: For me it’s been Radiohead, Muse, Tears for Fears, Third Eye Blind and Death Cab for Cutie.
Skylar: Bon Iver, Jimmy Eat World, Postal Service, Macklemore, Third Eye Blind, Ratatat, Cake, yOya, etc.
Celinda: Are there any bands or artists that have influenced you that may be surprising to your fans?
Merritt: I don’t know about surprising per se, but our influences stretch pretty far apart and it can be interesting to see how we can fuse them. For example, I really like orchestral stuff, while Skylar likes rap and funk, so all of these interests come together in some unpredictable ways.
Celinda: That’s really interesting, so what inspired your sound for your latest EP ‘Science of Love’?
Trapdoor Social: We wanted to write a song you could really groove to, after that everything else just seemed to fall into place, once we had that feel locked in on the chorus. That’s what often happens on a song, you get a beat or a melody that you’re compelled by and it informs the next thing which informs the next thing – so on and so on.
Celinda: Definitely sounds like a really fun process. I know that this next one might be a hard question to answer, but what’s your favorite track on ‘Science of Love’?
Merritt: Science of Love
Skylar: Old Wings
Celinda: I love both those songs too! So, I feel that your music just continues to get better and better, how would you say your music has evolved from ‘Death of a Friend’ to ‘Science of Love’?
Trapdoor Social: Well, we definitely have some more electronic elements but the albums also reflect what we’re feeling and what we care about at the time, and of course some of that changes and some of that stays the same. For example, on Science of Love we still greatly care about and promote sustainability, but we’ve started thinking more about how sustainability applies to technology – those ideas definitely bleed into how we write lyrics.
Celinda: That’s really cool; it makes me excited to see what will be discussed on the next project you work on. Now I usually like to ask this question because I find that every artist/band gives me really unique answers, but how do you each prepare for a performance?
Trapdoor Social: We always try to think about the things that really matter to us and freeze everything else out . . . then it’s just you and the music and the people you’re trying to connect to. Also, It’s not very rock and roll, but we always do a vocal warm-up beforehand, too.
Celinda: I’m sure your fans appreciate the fact that you’re so mentally and physical prepared when you go on stage, it definitely makes the energy in the room feel different. Another question that I like to ask artists/bands is what’s one thing that you wished you had known about the music industry before entering it?
Trapdoor Social: We knew it was going to be tough so no surprises there.
Celinda: I love that you guys were prepared, makes the quality of your work so much better. So what would you like your legacy to be?
Merritt: To have always tried our best in the face of adversity.
Skylar: To leave the world better than we found it.
Celinda: Those are some really amazing answers; with this kind of positivity, I certainly think that you guys will be remembered fondly by your fans. So, is there anything else you’d like to add for your fans, or for people who are just now discovering your music?
Trapdoor Social: Just to stop by and say “hi” on Facebook or Twitter, or come see us on tour this summer! We love to meet the people who listen to us.
Celinda: Well that’s all for now guys, but thank you for your time and good luck on the rest of your tour!
So as I’m sure you can tell, Trapdoor Social is a band of musicians who love what they do, and love their supporters. If you want to be able to say that you heard of this band first (Hello bragging rights!!!), then please check out their music, and fall in love with their greatness.So if you’re not already supporting them, what are you waiting for! C’mon listen to their EP, check out their social media site, but a ticket to one of their shows, I promise you WON’T regret it (pinky promise ok? Great now it’s official!). I had an image that displays all of Trapdoor Social’s tour dates on the third leg of their current tour, but I couldn’t get the image to appear big and clear enough to read, so I will post the dates on my official Facebook page which you can get to by clicking here: Celindareyesblog | Facebook Keep in touch with Trapdoor Social: Twitter: Trapdoor Social (TrapdoorSocial) on Twitter YouTube: Trapdoor Social Facebook: Trapdoor Social | Facebook Website: Trapdoor Social