Mosaics often described as an emotional post hardcore band. That’s an appropriate label, only I would add “atmospheric” as well. The single “Orchid”, which you can stream on Spotify at the link below, is a brilliant example of this experimental genre mash up.
- What are your biggest musical influences?
For this project, probably Thrice, Listener, Casey, and La Dispute. However, everything from Hundredth to I the Mighty has an influence on what I’m doing right now.
- Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
I don’t know I’d necessarily say surprised, but I love Hans Zimmer
- What’s next for the band?
I’m releasing some scattered singles, but I’m looking forward to longer releases that are concept albums
- How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
They’ve definitely made it easier to put music out and made it cheaper and more accessible for people who wouldn’t have been able to reach people otherwise, however due to the market tanking under the rules about paying artists from streaming, it makes it more difficult to stay afloat or ahead in a market that becomes more and more saturated
- Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
A lot of things I’ve read/things I’ve experienced filter into my lyrics, and I have a handful of sounds I’m working on inspired by nature sounds. However, because of how all-encompassing music is, it’s hard for me to separate the influences from the source
- Can you describe your sound?
Existential post-hardcore, soft sounds for heavy emotions, background noise from thoughts that keep you up at night
- What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
I’ve been listening to a variety of material, but Spring of 2019 was mostly dominated by Better Oblivion Community Center, the newest release from The Damned Things, and Holding Absence’s self-titled album. I’d really recommend the new Comrades album or the album Death Spells from Holy Fawn, both are amazing and have recurring themes so the whole albums just sound whole and mesh so beautifully
- What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
I was in the 6th grade when The Black Parade came out. That was the first album I ever bought. I just sort of fell in love with sounds and wanted to play my favorite songs which then transitioned into me wanting to make music for myself and people like me to enjoy.
- How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
Some start with an idea and work backwards from there. Some, like Orchid which I released a while back, start with a line or lyrical thought and work forwards. I’m the only one who does lyrics for Mosaics, but sometimes I lean on producers telling me what would flow better in order to insure I put out the best I can give.
- If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
Definitely The Night God Slept by Silent Planet, and it’s being rerecorded and remastered right now and I’m SO excited for that
- Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
Plenty, but one of the first artists I’d like to do shows with would probably be Hotel Books
- What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
As someone who grew up listening to amazing albums from amazing artists, I really value those days of regular album cycles every other or third year. However, as someone who has watched successful artists go broke and as someone who is single-handedly paying for all their production, merchandise, and promotion, I understand the benefit of singles and I don’t begrudge people doing the best they can for themselves and their fans.