A couple of days ago I posted part one of my fantastic interview with Mt. Sinai’s very own Como Brothers Band (http://rootshed.com/article/mt-sinai-s-como-brothers-band-part-one?cid=rss). Yesterday I talked to Matt for part two. This section asks how in the heck they were able to get their music on ratings juggernauts such as The Real World and Keeping Up With The Kardashians and what their thoughts are on bands making a comeback in the somewhat pop world that we live in. Check it out.
Favorite song you have released so far and why?
My favorite song that we’ve released so far is Underneath It All — it’s kind of hard to choose favorites when it comes to songs because they each have their own meaning to me in a very personal way. Underneath It All is important to me because lyrically it conveys a longing for the ability to escape… to escape daily struggles… and at the same time it shows a desire for a brighter future. If I had to guess, if Andrew answered this question he might say “You Are My World” is his favorite. We’ve definitely been writing a lot since “The Speed of Sound” so there are a bunch of new songs that are my new favorites and it will be really exciting to see how people react to them.
How did you get your songs picked on “The Real World” and “Keeping Up With The Kardashians?”
Actually we were approached out of the blue by the production company Bunim-Murray who heard our songs online and loved them. That led to MTV hearing our songs and when they contacted me they said the songs were a perfect fit for a couple of episodes of The Real World St Thomas . Those episodes aired in July . After that in August E! Entertainment placed our song “Can I Be Matched With You?” in Keeping Up With The Kardashians. We didn’t even know the song was going to be played in the Kardashian’s show — so it came as a total surprise. An awesome surprise at that. The licensing deal we signed for the song meant they could place it in one of their TV shows without us knowing. Some of our friends actually surprised us by texting us the news. It was surreal hearing our songs on TV – it was so cool.
Do you think that bands in general will find their way back to the spotlight as pop music has taken over in the past couple of years?
I do think the public wants something fresh in music. There seems to be a genuine longing for something different and cool. In my opinion the dance pop that has been over-saturating the radiowaves is going to burn itself out — people are tired of hearing it so much. Bands and songwriters that are creative and are true to their own identity have a great opportunity at this point in time to start a new cycle of popular music. I believe we will start to see more “organic” music in particular in the pop sphere again. Our music is organic and our songwriting has been developed through hard work. We hope we can be a part of a new generation of songwriters and bands that bring organic music to the forefront again — music that isn’t so manufactured, but has feeling, integrity, and real meaning to it.
Do you have a dream artist you would love to work with or open for?
Andrew would agree with me that John Mayer would be that artist. He has been an inspiration to us in terms of songwriting and musicianship. Opening for him or collaborating with him would be rediculously cool for us. Also, there’s a singer on The Voice right now, Cassadee Pope, who I remembered listening to when she was part of a band called Hey Monday. I always thought she had a unique and awesome voice and that she’d be really fun to collaborate with.
What are your future plans for 2013 and beyond?
In January 2013 we are going to release a new 4-song EP. It is almost finished and is sounding really cool. Then sometime in mid-2013 we will be releasing our first full length album of material which will have 11 new songs on it. The album will show the great strides and development we’ve made over the last year in terms of songwriting, singing, and musicianship on the bass and guitar. We were also fortunate to be able to have our friend Dan Gluszak [Envy On The Coast/Killswitch Engaged] come to the studio to play drums for us on the album – it was a blast working with him. He is a natural groove master. As we start making these releases Andrew and I would love to put together the other components of the band to start touring and show people that we are a true live act. We’ve been honing our skills as instrumentalists as well as our live chops at local bars for years so we’re really feeling ready to get out there.
What is the one thing you want your audience to know about you more than anything?
I want our audience to know that we are working really hard to establish a career in music for ourselves and that we aren’t going to stop chasing that dream. Fans we’ve made already can feel secure and happy that they are not going to wake up one day and find that we have quit. We are going to continue to work hard to achieve our goals so that we can have a long lasting career full of great music. Thanks for taking the time to interview me Ryan.