After delivering his much-loved EP 'Back Then' earlier this year, LA-based artist Friends Don't Die has now returned to unveil his vibrant new single 'Slowdown'.
Channelling a bold and driven indie-rock aesthetic from start to finish, 'Slowdown' sees the artist return in fine form. Jam-packed with soaring textures, a breezy atmosphere, and his own shimmering voice layered throughout, it definitely feels like we will be hearing a lot more from him in the months to come.
So with the new single available now, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and what has inspired him most over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
I first fell in love with drums, I started playing music on drums and wanted to continue learning, but I lived in a small house and had to pick another instrument when I was in high school. Although I’ll always love and want to play the drums, I feel like I connect more and can be more expressive with the guitar.
What kind of music did you love when you were younger?
When I was younger I loved all types of music because I was exposed to different types by my family all the time. Whether it was the old Tupac and Biggie I’d hear when in the car with my dad to the Cumbia my grandparents would always dance to in the living room, I loved it all.
What was the first album you remember owning?
The first album I remember owning for myself was the “I love you” album by “The Neighbourhood”. I thought it was always very nostalgic and reminds me of high school.
What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?
One song I wished I could’ve written myself would be “1979” by The Smashing Pumpkins. I always thought it was so inspiring and memorable. I love the way the song makes me feel as well, like a never ending summer.
Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?
When trying to write new music I usually write out the music first and play it over and over, imagining it live or in a movie scene first before writing lyrics over it.
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
Some of my favorites at the moment have got to be the bands Palace, Beach Fossils, and The Growlers.
If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?
If I were to have the opportunity to open up for anyone I would love to open up for either Kings of Leon or The Drums.
What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?
The most rewarding part about being a musician is seeing the community the music brings together, I’ve made many life long friends though being a musician and think concerts are such a friendly and inviting environment.
And what is the most frustrating part?
The most frustrating part for me can sometimes be feeling stagnant, like I’m not playing enough shows or putting out new music often.
And what is the best piece of advice you have received as a musician?
The best advice I ever got was, if you love the music you put out, people will see that and your community will grow bigger and bigger, so don’t ever focus on or be disappointed by listener, follower, likes, and stream numbers.
Friends Don't Die's new single 'Slowdown' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.