|In One Wind
|Inspired by a bit of everything beautiful
Angelo Spagnolo - July 7, 2011
Blending and often juxtaposing elements of pretty much any genre out there, from Pop to Doo-Wop Jazz, from Americana to Math Rock, and using all sorts of instruments to do so, Brooklyn's In One Wind can be described as a big musical carousel. The band is about to release their debut album "How Bright a Shadow!" on August 16th and the 2 songs available for free preview (embedded below) are very promising. This is obviously a group of people belonging to the that category of musicians who are trying to find new musical paths within the pop realm, and these tracks succeed in being at once entertaining and interesting - something too often both pop and experimental music fail to achieve.
Your music has
influences, from rootsy music to jazz to classical and experimental.
How did all
these influences converge into one music?
I don’t think it was a conscious decision to have such a wide range of
but just sort of the way things have worked out up to this point.  There is so, so much good
music to check out
and sometimes it’s hard to keep the boundaries up (not that anyone
should though).  We’re
starting to find
our way around the current music and that is definitely guiding what
batch of songs will be.
Where did the
band name come
ANGELO:  When the band was started I
was reading a lot of
Wendell Berry and I came across this poem:
seemed (and still seems) to have a ton of connections for me.
are your biggest musical
MAX: My everyday
surroundings and particularly my
friends and peers.  There are a lot of really talented people
friends and their friends and their
friends and I'm frequently influenced and inspired and motivated by
ANGELO:  I agree
with Max. I’m never as motivated to
create as after I hear what the people around me are up to. Sometimes
like, “Damn.”  Also,
seeing the groups
that have been around for 10+ years is really inspiring.  Two examples: Zs and Dirty
both went through so many different phases
that all have importance to the amazing music that’s happening now.  It’s so exciting to hear.
you mean with In One Wind):  Cuddle
Magic Gym, Deer, Zs, In One Wind
One Wind, Cuddle Magic, Pattern Is
Movement, Becca Stevens Band
your dream four band
this had to
include In One Wind, I guess I'd have to say Fred Frith (solo guitar)
(backed by the San Francisco Symphony)
dream lineup for any group
I perform with almost always includes Clap your Hands and Say Yeah, Tom
and Bjork, which I think would work really well with In One Wind.
were a tiny venue, I think IOW with Madeline, Wildbirds and Peacedrums,
Story of Modern Farming would be excellent.
What's the first concert that
you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
concert I saw that truly inspired me to pursue
music was seeing the Dave Holland Quintet at the SFJAZZ festival. The
record I bought was "The Best of Paul Desmond"
first CONCERT, and not like, kid field trip or something like
that, but real concert that I was really excited about attending, was
Matthews Band when I was 9 years old. Yes.
album I bought was from one of those mail order CD forms. My parents
use to get
them, and one time, I think I was 9 at the time as well, I convinced
fill one out and let me make a pick. I picked "Odelay" by Beck.
first concert I attended was Tom Petty and
the Heartbreakers at Summerfest in Milwaukee, with my mom- nothing
grass seats at the Marcus Amphitheater. The first concert I ever went
to without a parent was Britney
my cousin Megan she won the tickets on the radio. We tried our best
have fun, but it was pretty cool.
first CD I ever bought was from a used CD shop called 'Music Go Round'
grandparents house in WI. It was Matchbox 20, Yourself
or Someone Like You.  I bought Del tha Funkee
Homosapien's I Wish My Brother George
Were Here on the same day, but Matchbox 20 was definitely on
top of the
ANGELO:  My first concert was a
triple bill:  Lynyrd
Skynyrd / Deep Purple / Ted Nuggent at
the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pavilion when I was thirteen.
My earliest music I owned was on two tapes.
The first was a Michael Jackson mix tape and
the other was from that Jim Henson Show, The
put out this strange
do you love about the
NYC music scene?
ROB: It offers
extremely high quality music of any
type.  You can see a symphony orchestra, an improv night at
the Stone, a
singer-songwriter, an experimental rock band and a jazz group all in
(if you have the attention and energy).
love the convergence of
every culture in one place. It unbelievable, in the true sense of the
can go see classical Indian music one night, an indie rock band the
next, and a
west African drum and dance corps the next. There is inspiration coming
every direction, and in any way you can digest it.
What would you like to see change in the
wish there was more of a sense of music for
music's sake, rather than as a revenue stream, with many
the financial realities of running a business in NYC often conflict
sometimes I hear bands
that play really, really loud and while I know people are into that and
everything, I'd still like to listen to music when I'm an old man and
they could turn it down just a little?
are your plans for the
releasing our first full length record
"How Bright a Shadow!" on August 16th via Primary Records.  We
just finished a June tour and will be touring again in the fall as well
playing around the northeast through the end of 2011 and into 2012 to
Is there someone who has helped your
band grow through support?
MAL:  There are many
people! This band has been
helped along by so many of our family members and friends, it almost
feels like we are working toward something for more than 6
STEVEN:  We recently
campaigned on Kickstarter.com
where we raised over $8,000 to record How
Bright a Shadow. Crazy, right? These supporters have become
our backbone -
allowing us to take our music to the next level. We have a beautiful
thanks to our dear friends and family!
Is there a piece
you couldn't live without and why?
ROB: My double bass.
It's a John Jusek German workshop bass from the 1960s.  I
connected with its unique sound the first time I played it in a shop in
5 years ago and knew it was the bass for me.
MAX: I have a cymbal that I
found in the attic of my middle school's band room that I absolutely
though I don't use it all the time. It's the only thing I have that's
I’m never as motivated to create as after I hear what the people around me are up to. Sometimes it’s just like, “Damn.”
In One Wind
""How Bright a Shadow!""
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Indie, experimental rhythm and structure, diverse influences