RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW BROOKLYN BAND THE BERGAMOT
Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.
What made you decide that music is a thing for you?
When I was 16 I threw a massive show in a coffee shop. I actually rented a full stage and brought it to the space. We had band members from 3 different schools so we all marketed it really hard. 300 people showed up that night and it changed my life. I knew then it was a choice that had already been made for me.
Introduce us to all the members and your musical history.
My name is Nathaniel Paul Hoff. I am a singer-songwriter who sings, guitarist, piano player, etc. I am classically trained in guitar.
Jillian Speece is also a vocalist in the group. She got her start in music performing with the high school church band and then started performing with Nathaniel in high school as well.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
We are doing great. We have created a full-length documentary called “State of the Unity” which premiered at the Sedona International Film Festival this spring and has been killing it in the film festival circuit with 10 wins and 21 Official Selections. We think as musicians you have to diversify your offerings. With over 60,000 new songs released on Spotify every day AND over 80% of music streaming revenue going straight to legacy artists – you have to think differently these days to survive. We are really good at that.. Hence we have made it this far!
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
Yes. Any platform that promotes indie music is vital. In a world dominated by legacy artists we need platforms like RGM USA to help get the word out about new music. So thanks for doing that!
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
Sure. America is turning into a giant monopoly owned by less than 1/10 of the 1%. Music, art, and culture is all up for sale going to the biggest bidder. It’s harder than ever to be independent.
Let’s share the love, what bands are doing really well in your City?
We are technically homeless and so are many of the bands that we tour with and meet out on the road. So “doing well” is an interesting concept… but we have some friends like The Oshima Brothers and Dawson’s Hollow – we are all out there doing our thing.
What advice would you give other artists starting out?
Just focus on making music. Loads of distractions out there – but the music transcends time social media doesn’t. So put your time into something that matters.
Did you buy anything you don’t need during the pandemic?
What was the worst experience on stage?
Opening for the X-Ambassadors and the stage crew shut off our power during our third song.
Tell us something about each member that you think people would be surprised about.
Jillian loves sleeping in and I still love playing golf.
If you had to describe your band to an alien how would you describe it?
Rhythm good – melody strong – guitar wild. Want some coffee??
What makes you stand out as a band?
We are musicians and filmmakers. We made a film in which we directed, filmed, starred in, and helped to edit. That is a one of a kind groundbreaking thing! And our film has actually won at film festivals! So take that Taylor Swift! Haha, We don’t care too much about trends and being cool. Our music is what it is and I think that is really important these days.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it.
We just opened for the Barenaked Ladies at the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend, IN, and released a new album “Far Out”. The album was an ode to the surfing term far out, but also to the fact that we were living in Sedona during the pandemic. It’s a really fun album. Definitely give it a listen and follow it on Spotify.
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.
Sit down. Start writing. It doesn’t matter what happens, just do it over and over and over. At some point, it will click. Hit record. Rinse and repeat.
What was the recording process like?
For our last album “Mayflies” we recorded in London. That was dope and really pro. For “Far Out” we recorded it all over the place during the pandemic. Bedrooms, hallways, closets, bathrooms, we just kept moving it along even though our lives were in complete chaos.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
I wrote 52 songs during quarantine. The biggest thing was to just keep going. Keep pushing. Keep writing.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Nah. It’s perfect. Nailed it.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Hit us with an email and we will drop you a private streaming link to our documentary “State of the Unity”. Coming to a city near you in 2023.