Motopony

11 Sep

“Being in our band is much like this. We need each other desperately, even though we often repulse and dismay as we discover just how diverse creativity can be.”

Motopony’s members all met with one common goal; to make the music that inspires not only them, but everyone around them. Their debut self-titled album was released this past May and has caught the attention of many, including me. With songs like “King of Diamond,” “Vetiver,” and “Wait For Me” it’s no wonder these guys have been called the new kings of Seattle. I’m ecstatic that a band this great has come onto the scene with such refreshing music. I recently interviewed singer Daniel Blue and learned more about the band that is turning heads.

Q. How did you and the other three guys meet to form Motopony?

A. Buddy Ross and I met years ago working on a cancer research benefit album for a mutual friend, Aaron Spiro. Several years later we rekindled our musicality at a songwriters dinner in Tacoma. I began to email him all my song ideas. Once we had the album fleshed out we began the hunt for the musicians we wanted to play the parts, some his friends, some new friends, some of  my friends. It has grown from there. Now, we are five. Daniel Blue, Buddy Ross, Brantley Cady, Forrest Mauvais, and Mike Notter.

Q. You just released your self-titled album a few months ago. For someone who
hasn’t yet heard your music, how would you describe it?

A. Its like Westley Snipes punching Keanau Reeves on the “mom” tattoo on his left arm as hard and passionately as he can, repeatedly….

Q. You describe your band interest to be nature. What about nature influences
your music exactly?

A. Nature is a complex array of balance. Life and death. Hunger and Beauty.  Bloom and Decay. Things that should or could not…simply are…held in a system and a relationship with the whole. Being in our band is much like this. We need each other desperately, even though we often repulse and dismay as we discover just how diverse creativity can be.

Q. If you could open up a show for any artist currently on tour, who would it be
and why them?

A. This kind of question is so unfair because my answer is first about the music I would hear after we played, but mostly its about getting to be backstage and rub greenrooms with the interesting creative peers we have growling out there along our ribbons of asphalt. Sometimes I’m afraid that my favorite acts would end up being mean to me or giving me the cold shoulder backstage. I suppose I’m still the new kid on the playground in a lot of places in my mind. A few: Grizzly Bear, Antony and the J’s, The Grogs, Tame Impala, Of Montreal, Prince, Cee Lo Green, Leonard Choen, Sigur Ros, Girls, Dead Weather, Adele…

Q. Who in the band does most of the songwriting and what things inspire the
writing?

A. I have written words and melodies for every song we have recorded and performed except for “Merry Man” which is a Buddy Ross original. Everyone in the band is capable of writing however and I’m exited to see how our next album showcases this as we begin to write together as a band. I am inspired by emotions that hit a certain high water mark in my heart. I think, “Ok, if I’m being affected this deeply by this thing then other people will too.” 

Q. Are there any sacrifices your band has had to make in order to be a part of the music industry?

A. Yes. We are all eunuchs now. It helps us focus on the road. There have been other minor sacrifices, like some of us had to quit day-jobs we hated and dump girls that were bringing us down, but there’s nothing like giving up your family jewels. We consider it the ultimate sacrifice.

Q. What album, that’s been released recently, would you recommend to others?

A. Tony Kevin Jr –  “Poverty”

Q. If you were to give one piece of advice to someone who is thinking of
becoming a musician, what would it be?

A. Meet the author of the first song.

Q. If you had to cover one song that would suit your band the most, what song
would it be and why?

A. I’m sure every member of this band would choose a different song, but if I had to choose one for all of us right now? Welcome to the Machine.

Q. If you were stranded on an island for the rest of your life and could only bring one of your songs to listen to, which one would it be and why?

A. This is a trick question. I’m not falling for your ego tests. No song would be as beautiful as the waves crashing on the beach of our new home and we would write new songs to call back to her…

Here is the video for their breakout song, King of Diamonds.

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