After cracking out a string of impressive offerings over the last few months, emerging US outfit Distopia are back once again to bring some sunshine to our lives with 'Good Day'.
Channelling a bright and uplifting direction from start to finish, 'Good Day' makes for a wonderfully inviting listen. Filled with soaring harmonies, killer hooks, and some truly enriching songwriting, these guys seem set for big things in the coming months.
So with the new single available now, we sat down with frontman Alex Silver to find out more about his background and what has been inspiring him lately.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
The first instrument I fell in love with was guitar. My dad put it in my hand when I was probably 2 years old. There's some very fun videos of me (trying) playing “Hey Bull-Dog” by The Beatles when I was barely three.
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
Definitely classic rock. Bands like The Beatles, The Stones, The Who, and Led Zeppelin were the biggest reason I got into music.
What was the first album you remember owning?
The first album I remember owning was actually “The Singles Collection” which was a compilation of singles by The Rolling Stones. If you’re talking about real albums, it was probably The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” or something like that.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
Wow, crazy question. I know these are very different types of songs but I’d probably say either “Lithium” by Nirvana or “Strawberry Fields Forever” by The Beatles. But it's good I didn’t write them, they did it better than I ever could.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
No, not really. Sometimes the song starts with the melody, sometimes a lyric idea or sometimes with a rhythmic idea. I just try to be open to anything, put the least amount of limitation on “the process” as I can.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
I’d like to shout out some new artists I’ve been really fucking with. Cowboy Destroy, Aeneas, Isaac Zale and Ben Beal. Others include Dominic Fike, Kanye West, Nirvana, and The Rolling Stones.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
Well, a band like Nickelback would be the easiest one to open for. So I’ll go with them.
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
The playing music part isn’t half bad, I’ll go with that.
And what is the most frustrating part?
I never feel like I’m as good as I want to be. I’m sure a lot of musicians and artists can relate to that.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
Be honest with yourself. Don’t start making/playing a certain type of music because you think it’ll make you more popular or make more money. Too many people do that. There will always be the people who do that. Be honest because being a “musician” is the greatest tool to express yourself with. So yea….be honest and always try to get better I guess.
Distopia's new single 'Good Day' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.