We had the good fortune of connecting with Ambient Village and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ambient, what do you attribute your success to?
What brought Ambient Village so much success is that we think, act, and move like a village. Over the years we’ve individually developed our many talents and have found that we have many resources to offer one another. Whether it’s as simple as laying down a guitar part for someone’s song or as brotherly as lending a couch to a family member in need, we’ve always extended out to each other to strengthen our community that we’ve created and maintain our foundation.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Ambient Village has been a long time in the making. We basically have always known each other and all separately had our own relationship with music. It wasn’t until about 2017 when Tony, Destin, and Gabe moved in with eachother as a last minute, last resort. This is probably when we were at one of our lowest and brokest with Tony and Destin sharing a bedroom. With 3/4 of the group living together and Bryan frequently visiting, It wasn’t until this situation where Ambient Village really formed and the brotherhood solidified. This would also be the last time any of the members would rent or use studio time, becoming completely independent and self-reliant. We really taught ourselves how to stage our equipment, record, produce, mix, master and make sure we didn’t depend on anybody or anything besides ourselves and that’s what sets Ambient Village apart from everybody else.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If we had a best friend in town we would first take them to Columbia City for breakfast at Geraldines, where we would have the best french toast in the city. Followed by a walk down sunny Alki Beach in West Seattle! Next we would stop by The Bakeréé for some goodies before taking them up to Capitol Hill for Molly Moons Ice Cream and Hot Mamas Pizza, one of the best pizza spots. We would wrap up by heading to Columbia City, where we started, for some delicious soul food from Island Soul, where the Mac and cheese glistens in ebony brilliance.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
*Mujale who has always helped us book shows, he’s been the photographer, and shown us so many connections. He has always been apart of the village and seen our vision throughout.
*Greg Cypher who has always been a life long peer, supporter and fellow artist to Ambient Village.
Personal Photo by Emily Un: instagram.com/byemilyun