We were fortunate to catch up with Alec Koukol (lead-singer, guitarist) of Safari Room following the release of their latest single ‘Young Water’ on 5th May 2020. Check out the interview below!
Tell us about yourself?
We are a 3-piece indie rock trio from Nashville, TN. Safari Room has been making music for over two years and have been touring the U.S. for the last year.
What is your songwriting process?
I write the majority of the songs on my own, and then I bring them to the band to flesh out and assemble collaboratively. The process runs the gamut, but most ideas and sparks come to me while driving or right before I fall asleep at night. Voice Memos are crucial to the process.
Tell us about your latest release?
‘Young Water’ is our newest single for a full-length album we’re releasing this Summer. It encourages a break from the monotony of life and the work we have to do to push further in goals and life.
What message do you think your music conveys to your fans?
Releasing this song during a global pandemic and subsequent quarantining, the message for ‘Young Water’ has dramatically changed for us. The original intent was to uplift folks into making things happen for themselves in their own lives. Now, it’s more of: “Stay strong, do what you need to in order to push through, and we’ll be there with you to dance and find peace with along the way.”
Who are your musical influences?
There are a handful of them throughout the band, but to name a few… Elbow, Soccer Mommy, Midland, Death Cab for Cutie, and The National.
Who are your non-musical influences?
Director Denis Villeneuve, the colour of Daniel Craig’s eyes, and Baja Burrito.
What’s the best gig that you have ever played?
We recently played to an almost sold-out room in Omaha, NE at Reverb Lounge. So many friends, family and fans packed out the space, and we had an absolute blast. Can’t wait to go back.
What is your funniest gig moment?
Hm… It’s not ‘funny’ per se, but one of our collective favourite gig memories is at that last show in Omaha: Hunter (our bass player) spotted a disco ball in the ceiling. Front of house was able to turn it on, and we played ‘Young Water’ close the show. Pure elation.
What do you think are the biggest obstacles for bands/artists today?
Currently? This damn pandemic.
What advice would you give to other bands/artists starting out?
Wait until the pandemic is over! Or have a strong digital presence. We’re thinking that times are changing rapidly with the fact bands won’t be able to tour quite a while, or at least until there’s a vaccine. Be honest and genuine. Most listeners can see through facades and put-ups. Play what you love for yourself and make it good — others will follow.
What are your hopes for the next two years?
Continue to release music while we’re not able to travel. Really just taking our time to make this release everything we want it to be. Once we can be in the same room safely again, we’re gonna get working on whatever comes next after LP1. Then from there, we’ll see how the world looks.
FVMusicBlog May 2020
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