Artist Spotlight - The Aberdeen
We chatted with up-and-coming Brooklyn-based musicians The Aberdeen! Their new album 'Decent Human Beings dropped recently, you can listen to it here. Check out their interview with us!
1. How did you come to pursue music and how long have you been at it?
"We started playing together in college. Our freshman year, this senior girl told us each individually that she’d sleep with us if we started a band with the other three. We played three years together before realizing that she told us all the same thing, and never slept with any of us. By the time we found out, we obviously didn’t care. We owe her everything."
2. Could you walk us through your process of writing music?
"Blake plants the tree. Michael provides water and sunlight. Max strings it to little wooden stakes so it stands up straight. And Jon takes a selfie with it—uploads it to 1milliontrees.com to build the movement (we’ve planted four)."
3. What artists have inspired you in your career?
"Basquiat, Cake, the homeless guy named Rich (actually a phenomenal painter, check him out if you’re ever coming out of the L stop on Montrose), Bob Dylan, Jeffrey Epstein’s killer, Scorsese, Kodak Black, and Spicy Mike." 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?
"Max plays a cowbell with spikes on it when no one else is around and Blake will occasionally use garlic powder as a shaker. Michael doesn’t own any of the equipment that he uses because he’s so rich in spirit. And unfortunately we are not at liberty to discuss Jon’s favorite gear."
5. Can you describe the vibe at your live shows? Also, what do you enjoy most about a venue when you do a show?
"Jon spends a large portion of time meandering off the stage spitting his vocals at the crowd. We have some die-hard fans who will help you with the words if you want to sing along. Also Max and Blake have been known to fistfight on stage. If the crowd yells at Michael enough, he will do whatever they ask him to (dude has no backbone). Shout out to all the venues who were reaching out to us for shows, only to go out of business because of Corona!" 6. What is one thing that you want the public to know about your music?
"We were recording one day, and Max was absolutely plastered on Bud Light Limes. He was going through a rough patch with work and I think he was taking online classes that weren’t going well. I don’t know if it was the beer, or maybe he was channeling the rough patch, but he was on fire. He was playing better than I had ever heard him. I’ll never forget it, because he kept whispering three names in between takes. He must’ve blacked out because every time I ask him he swears he doesn’t know what I’m talking about. But if you really listen at the end of Not Confusing, you can hear him screaming in the background of the mix."
7. Can you speak a little bit about the writing, recording, and promotion process for your debut LP Decent Human Beings?
"Everything went pretty well considering it was our first go at an album, but Michael gets standoffish in cramped spaces, and at one point he swung on the studio engineer for asking if he was thirsty. Needless to say, it’s not actually him playing on any of the recordings. Elliot Shiang is the bassist on the record."
8. What’s next for The Aberdeen?
"If this album flops, we’re thinking of quitting music altogether and starting our own investment banking bank (also to be named “The Aberdeen”) If it doesn’t, Jon will to use this blossoming music career to launch his campaign for the White House."