Wednesday, May 09, 2012
Seven questions... with Ariel Loh from Stone Cold Fox
I covered Stone Cold Fox's upcoming EP yesterday... and was so impressed I wanted to know a wee bit more about the duo... so I asked Ariel Loh to complete my wee blog interview thingamebob... this is what he had to say:
1) Who are you and what do you do?
We are Stone Cold Fox, an independent band from New York. The creative force of the band consists of Kevin Olken Henthorn and myself, Ariel Loh, although we perform live as a five piece. We play rock music that has folk roots and pop elements.
2) What are you working on at the moment?
Currently we are working on playing live shows as well as recording a new single that will be out in summer and a new EP that will be released sometime at the end of the year.
3) Who inspires you?
- Name an artist who has inspired you.
Kevin and I have different inspirations and although some overlap, the differences is what makes us work well together. I think when we write we can both inspire each other. There are also bands such as Radiohead that inspires both of us.
- Name place that has inspired you.
Kevin is very inspired but childhood and his home in Maine. A lot of our songs are about growing up and nostalgia. For myself, it is quite the opposite: the future and the city (New York) inspires me.
- Name some "thing" that has inspired you.
The power of art inspires me, whether in the form of music or visual. Being able to bring a smile to someone's face and invoke emotion in them with creativity is one of the best things in the world.
4) What drives you to do what you do?
Often when I hear music at a show or even in the street, it can give me shivers through my body, and sometimes tears, because it is so good. I want to be able to reciprocate that same feeling with our music to others.
5) What values do you wish your creativity to express?
For the band, we write about different things. In this EP we wrote about something that could be interpreted as sad (growing up) but we decided to write it in a happy celebratory vane instead of a darker sad tone. The songs portray a bunch of aspects of life, some which are happy some which are sad but at the end of the day I think we like to write happy uplifting music.
6) What role does community play in what you do?
I think music and art is a very collaborative thing and I think the creative community is super important. Working with different people creates new possibilities with what you do. Music, video, and art all go together and I think the collaboration of creativity on different mediums is very powerful.
7) What is next for what you do?
Next for us is to keep performing live, gain fans, and keep writing and recording new music.
You've gained a fan in me, Ariel!! Thanks for taking the time out to complete the interview and give us a wee insight into your influences. It's appreciated!
PS... "the Young EP" drops on iTunes on the 18th May. Please buy it and support excellent indie music at the grassroots.