We had the good fortune of connecting with Lamarr Family Values and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi LFV, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
We’ve always been passionate about music, but once we got into recording music in college we realized there was no need to deal with labels and studios if we could operate on our own. At first we were recording our albums at school or in our bedrooms, but two years ago we got our space, No Seasons Studio. We wanted a creative space separate from our regular lives that we could operate more professionally. It made creating our own stuff even more fun and allowed us to record other people and collaborate. Our last album is the first album we recorded here, but we are starting to work with other local artists and hope to keep growing the studio. Recording is always super fun and we’re passionate about finding other small artists and projects that we can support. We’ve also been having fun making some video game and film music recently. We care a lot about owning our own work and being to move freely, so starting our own business was never a question.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We love to experiment with our music. We started a punk band in 2016 and quickly realized we also had interest in making hip-hop, so we started Lamarr Family Values as a side project. We all grew up listening to hip hop, but found a lot inspiration from R&B and Funk music as well. We tried to keep a lot of the punk energy in our hip-hop stuff but started to make our music more elegant and fun. We love finding new music and due to our variety of influences our sound is rarely locked down. A key value of our music is authenticity, and our songs tend to reflect whatever our feelings are in the moment. We care a lot about making our songs emotionally engaging, and making music we haven’t heard before. We’ve learned that changing your process is important to create different results, and trusting your instincts will always produce something good, even if it takes time. We don’t force anything, we try to let the music make itself. Collaboration is also a huge part of staying fresh. It’s nice to bounce ideas off of each other, but we also like working with other artists to as a way to vary our process and sound. Our goal is for people to have as much fun listening to our as music as we do making it.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Anybody visiting Seattle should visit the public parks, like Carkeek, Discovery or Golden Gardens. The Ballard Locks is also a cool spot see wildlife and they have a great botanical garden. Our studio is in the neighborhood of Fremont, in their brewery district, our favorite of which is Lucky Envelope. If we were going barhopping Capitol Hill has lots of great places. We suggest getting fried chicken at Ezelle’s or poke at 45th Stop & Shop in Wallingford, and we’re always searching for Seattle’s best bahn mi. Top of the list currently is at the food truck Momo Express. It’s always fun to see a movie at Majestic Bay, or The Crest for unique theater experience with bulk candy and half-priced movie tickets.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We would love to shout out Shoreline Community College, where we all learned the basis of our producing and recording skills, We had great instructors, Jim Elenteny and Kevin Bressler, and made some great connections including our masting engineer Steve Turnidge. Steve not only mastered our last two albums (Seed Money, No Seasons), but he also answers all of our random questions and has served as a valuable mentor. Shoreline’s music program is the sole reason we are able to produce our own music and own our own studio, and is a great option for people who want to learn more about making music independently.
Other: Check out our Bandcamp to see our merch!
Images provided by Kimi Rutledge and Lewis Gregerson-Spencer.