We had the good fortune of connecting with MODERN COLOR and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi MODERN, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I think most of us in MC chose to pursue an artistic / creative career in music because it’s something we genuinely love doing. It’s been a positive outlet for us to express ourselves and a lens for us to navigate through life. The experiences we have through music and just being able to explore something we’re passionate about are a different kind of wealth that we can’t get anywhere else.
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.
We’re an alternative rock band from Los Angeles influenced by bands like the Pixies, Duster, Dinosaur Jr, and the Deftones. We’re a group of close friends and we’ve been at it since grade school haha. I think recently we’re most proud of how much we’ve grown over the past year, even despite the fact that we released a brand new record (From The Leaves Of Your Garden) in the middle of the pandemic and couldn’t tour to support it. Everything from our fan base to our streaming numbers to our merchandising revenue exploded. Our music really did a lot of talking for us and I think that was a moment where we knew that we were doing something right, it only makes us more excited for the future.
It wasn’t easy getting where we are. It used to be that nobody would book us because they didn’t know who we were and we could barely reach anybody with our music. We had people in the industry telling us we had to be this way or that way in order to be successful and none of it seemed like it clicked with us. But we took the time to hone our crafts, to gather the resources we needed to book our own shows and tours, and to go to every town big or small and play for anyone who wanted to see us. We built our own community from zero doing it completely our way and it’s taken us around the world and back, giving us a platform to really express ourselves. If there was one takeaway from our experiences so far, it’s that you should always follow your gut and heart and keep everything you do true to yourself, no matter where you go.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Number 1 spot I’d recommend visiting is Portuguese Bend near Palos Verdes. It’s a beautiful cut of nature and wildlife along the coast with a seemingly otherworldly flare to it. We’ve always loved exploring the area since we were kids. There are plenty of trails to hike and views to take in. After that you can head into San Pedro and visit Busy Bee for some of the best deli sandwiches in the area.
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?
We would love to shout out our families and partners who all show us some pretty unconditional support, especially when things have been tough. Tom, Jesse, and Savannah at Other People Records for putting in endless work behind the scenes and giving us the resources we need to explore our creativity freely. Corey Coffman and Erol Ulug, some of the hardest working producers and engineers we’ve worked with and essential to our sound. Last but not least, Ron Yamasaki and Hiro Ito for being core supporters of our band since day 1.
Ron Yamasaki, Fleming Valenzuela