We had the good fortune of connecting with THEM and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi THEM, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
The answer to this has definitely changed over the past year. Going into 2020 most of us would do anything for a day off but I think we can all agree a lot of us ending up having a bit too much time on our hands. The effect covid has had on musicians is exponential but I think come 2022, the fans will really be able to see the exponential growth their favorite artist have made during quarantine. I know we can at least speak for ourselves to say that before covid hit we were not great at the work-life balance. Your passion can easily be hidden by things like school, sports, friendships and jobs, but we found when we were really given the opportunity during covid, while it felt like the world was on a ‘pause’ we were actually able to see what we could accomplish! While we were out of commission from the regular day to day tasks of life we actually developed our brand with creative with no limit, I mean it was crazy we wrote 90% of the songs we’ve ever written DURING quarantine. It was a real inspiring time for the band and a whole album came out of it. It was almost like we finally had the time to reflect on all of the breakups, losses, gains and heartbreaks we had been through in the last year.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
THEM is a teen-pop rock band from Seattle, WA made up of four multi-instrumentalists. Most would be surprised to know that aside from THEM representing we do not want to be looked at as another ‘girl band’ THEM is an acronym for all of our names, Thompson (16), Hudson (15), Ellie (19) and Maia (19). Being in high school everybody in the bands plate has been overloaded with sports, school, college applications and part time jobs so aligning our schedules has definitely been our biggest challenge. But when there is something you love that you are passionate about you will make time for it and thats what it has been, we have all made the space in our lives to dedicate time to the band and I don’t think we would be such a success without that.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ooo! We would definitely first take them out to a nice brunch outside at Creme de la Crepe in Redondo Beach followed by paddle boards rented from DIVE N’ Surf that we would take out in the Marina where we could relax and see the barking sea lions! Then we would probably head to Venice Beach where we would walk along the water at the sunset. After that we would rent the BIRD scooters and ride them all the way to ROSE Venice to have a beautiful dinner outside their patio.
After filling up on my favorite pasta from ROSE Venice we would head over by foot to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Four years ago we all participated in a weekly rock band class at a small music school called, Mode Music Studios that we were all individually enrolled in private lessons at. We met every Sunday playing our favorite songs from artists like No Doubt to Neko Case, but after spending about a year covering songs we really found a love for songwriting with inspiration from the group teacher Eva Walker (of popular Band, The Black Tones). Eva showed us what its like being a touring musician and writing songs with our band, and in 2018 we finally wrote our very first song. As a full band of multi-instrumentalists we quickly found our sound in songwriting and began performing them live. We really could not have discovered what we could do with each other and the mutual feelings we had felt through friendships and relationships if it wasn’t for Eva Walker who showed us the depths of writing music and bringing it to life on stage!
PERSONAL PHOTO BY Destin Mai ALL ADDITIONAL PHOTOS BY Emily Un