Interview with Stephen Sigl, from the american indie band
People in LA have kind of a profound hatred for each other.
First of all, how did you enjoy your show last night?
The show went really well! We’re going to be recording our fifth album this Saturday so we played all of those songs plus “walk on the wild side” by Lou Reed. The audience response was really good and we’re looking forward to playing more shows.
Is it really expensive to have a band in LA?
Having a band in LA is very difficult. Because the cost of living is so high everyone has to work a lot and has very little time to rehearse. It’s also expensive because you have to pay for rehearsal spaces. There are very few places where independent bands can play, and the places that do let smaller bands play don’t pay the bands.
How is the recording process?
We’re going into a studio and are going to play the songs live then do some overdubs after that. We want to capture the sound of the band and not for it to be overproduced.
That sounds cool. Many bands do that in order to get the “live” sound. And definitely its cheaper.
How do you feel about rock music? Do you think that it is dying?
I don’t think rock music is dead or dying, but I do think that music in general, the way we experience it or think about it has changed drastically.
It used to be the case that being a great musician or being in a great band could make someone a celebrity, but that’s not the case anymore. Celebrities are reality stars and youtubers -purely ephemeral individuals. Unless you’re the pop music equivalent of those kind of trends like Lady Gaga, or whatever, being a musician will not make you a celebrity.
-How is the music scene in LA nowdays? Is there any indie/under band you like?
The only current indie band I like is Foxygen.
-Are you “friends” with other bands”?
We’re friends with Haunted Summer, Manhattan Murder Mystery and a few other local bands.
Who are The Happy Casualties’ members? Has it changed through the years?
The Happy Casualties essentially started in 2004. There’s been all sorts of different members. I’ve lost track. I’m the only consistent member.