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Artist Spotlight - COIN

We got to interview alternative superstars COIN! Their album 'Dreamland' drops this Friday! Check out our interview with the band and be sure to check out 'Dreamland' when it drops!

1. How did you come to pursue music and how long have you been at it?

"We all moved to Nashville to further our music. I wanted to write songs, Ryan wanted to play drums, and Joseph wanted to sing. I don’t think any of us expected to be in a band, especially the founders of one. It’s not that a band wasn’t a dream of ours, separately, but I never saw it as a reality. By absolute happenstance, we met each other; and by our lack of definitive plans, we started a band. For seven years, one show has led to another show, and one song has led to another song."

2. Could you walk us through your process of writing music?

"For our new album, Dreamland, our whole process was unintentionally turned on its head. Over the last three years, we’ve spent a lot of time together in hotel rooms, buses, & dressing rooms. But over the last year, we all moved to separate corners of the country. This space allowed us to be more creative & collaborative than ever. Through voice memos & the most beautiful garage band recordings you’ve ever heard, we harnessed a new process. But in a way, it nods back to our early days jamming in my dorm room. Each of our voices, creatively, are so loud in this album."

3. What artists have inspired you in your career?

"We could go on for a while about the impact bands like The Cars & The Cure have had on our band – emotive pop music done perfectly."

4. Do you have any favorite music gear (guitars, amps, effects pedals, keyboards, etc.) that you love to use? If so, what’s the story on them?

"I have close to 20 synths, and I love them all. The Dreamland sound is my Roland Juno 60 with the plug-in Valhalla Vintage Verb. I bought my Juno from a man in a parking lot at 10pm for $600, decorated with an apple shaped sticker baring the quote “I’m not perfect, just forgiven”. I’ve played many Junos, and there will never be another like this one. Sticking to the Roland wave, Joe plays a 1980’s JC-120. You can’t get better than that chorus."

5. Can you describe the vibe at your live shows? Also, what do you enjoy most about a venue when you do a show?

"Our shows are freeing, open, transparent, & loud. I love all places where people are, but I especially love playing venues with historical significance."

6. What is one thing that you want the public to know about your music?

"I want the public to know that we are honest – our songs, especially now, are lifted directly from the past three years of our lives. Every high & every low, it’s all on display. We just hope someone else can find meaning in it."

7. Do you have any upcoming projects you would like fans to know about?

"Beyond Dreamland, we’ve probably written another two albums worth of songs. I predict you’ll hear new music more frequently than ever :)"

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