An Interview With The Indie-Pop Duo, OCEANLUX!
Posted On 22 Mar 2019
Get to know the alternative indie pop band Oceanlux! Their new single and music video “Hurt Me Harder,” were both released on February 1st. Check out the music video here: https://youtu.be/qEzBpEIvA6s
The duo combines pulsating beats and introspective lyrics to create their upbeat, electric sound. We’re seeking band interviews, features, guest blogs, and reviews to promote “Hurt Me Harder.”
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Thanks for your time! What is on tap for the rest of your day?
Daisy: Thank you for having us! Lots of editing and writing new material.
Now that a new year has started, what musical goals does this band have for 2019? What are you most proud of about 2018? Do any of you make any New Year’s Resolutions?
Brandon: We have many goals for 2019 as a band. A few include making multiple placements through licensing, landing on Spotify curated playlists, and playing many shows in the Midwest area. Our number one New Year’s Resolution is definitely to make a placement on some sort of commercial or TV show.
Can you recall the moment when you thought you could be in this group together? Was it hard to think of a name that you could agree on?
Daisy: I knew from the beginning that Brandon and I would work perfectly as a band. We also agreed on the name pretty quickly. I am absolutely obsessed with the ocean and lux translates to light. It’s a perfect fit!
How do you think your hometowns have influenced the sound and how you all carry yourselves in this group?
Brandon: Growing up in Winamac, IN, I listened to bands like Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco. There were heavy influences of rock and pop-punk in the area, but I decided to pursue pop music for more opportunity.
How has your various musical backgrounds helped shape the sound of this band?
Brandon: I listened to more pop punk bands growing up. I believe that has shaped our sound in the past with wordy lyrics and busy instrumentals. We’re heading towards more of a pop sound but still have hints of bands like Panic! and FOB.
Daisy: I listened to Stevie Nicks, Madonna, Avril Lavigne, and Ellie Goulding. I believe the sound of my voice has evolved from listening to these artists growing up. Especially my pronunciation while singing!
How do you think that you have grown as a band since forming? What has remained the same?
Daisy: Well, the band is still pretty new, but we have grown a lot as people and established a great fan base thus far. Brandon and I better understand each other and the talents we possess. We have a great understanding of how we work and use our individual strengths to help each other’s weaknesses. Also, our sound has definitely evolved since the beginning and will continue to evolve as we work together and grow as people!
Let’s talk about your newest single and video for “Hurt Me Harder”? What was the inspiration for this song? What was it like making the music video for it? How creatively involved were you with the making of it?
Brandon: “Hurt Me Harder” originally came from a dark place. The lyrics are personal and describe overcoming a toxic relationship. We wanted to offset this subject with bright colors and a sarcastic tone. We wanted to just look over it all with pure sass! We gained inspiration from The 1975, Real Friends, and Andy Warhol for the music video. Our goal is to help motivate and inspire others that have or are currently experiencing a similar situation.
Do you have plans to release more new music and a full album of songs soon?
Daisy: New music will be your way sooner than you think!
Generally, how do you all go about writing your music? Do you write together or separately?
Daisy: We generally right separately. Brandon will come up with a rough demo and I will normally write melodies and lyrics to fill it out. Sometimes I will even write a song on my acoustic guitar and send Brandon ideas. Specifically for “Hurt Me Harder” we wrote together in person. I feel we write better separately but in this case it helped us to be more vulnerable during the process. The instant feedback from each other was great and I’m super happy with the outcome!
Where do you think you are all happiest- in the studio recording new music, on stage performing or elsewhere?
Brandon: Music isn’t very fun unless you have the opportunity to share it with others. Personally I enjoy playing live more than anything else. We can actually be ourselves as musicians and just have a good time.
Daisy: This is a tough one. I love playing live but there’s something magical about being in the studio and creating new music. I love collaborating on ideas and hearing our visions come to life!
Where can fans see you perform next? What do you think makes an ideal show for this group?
Brandon: As of right now we have a show planned on May 11th at the Ignition Garage in Goshen, IN. Bring all your friends! We’ve recently added a drummer, Kyle, to our live performances. It has helped us immensely with our energy during our set.
Do you find that all of social media and keeping up with your fans has gotten so overwhelming? Or do you rely heavily on others to take care of that for the band? Which platform would you say that you enjoy engaging with the most?
Daisy: Brandon and I have a pretty good balance with our tasks for the band. We can rely on each other to get things done. I’m normally the designated social media coordinator for the band and Brandon is great at project planning and delegating where we go next. I personally enjoy Instagram the most because it’s focused on photo and video, plus we both don’t understand Twitter. Haha, Facebook is fun as well and we’ve great interaction on the platform.
We are currently living through a very trying and politically charged time right now so I am curious to know how you all think being musicians and in this band still gives you the most joy in life today? Do you find that your music is an escape to all the current events?
Daisy: I honestly don’t even own a TV and go out of my way to ignore every news channel. I am totally not up to date with politics because I don’t allow it to affect my energy. The band brings so much joy and creativity to my life. Of course, it’s a lot of hard work. Song writing doesn’t always come quick and creating marketing campaigns take time and dedication. But creating and collaborating with Brandon and the rest of the team is such a great time and I am excited for new content in the future.
What musicians would you love to work with in the future? What artists have really been inspiring this group and your music since day 1?
Brandon: I’d love to work with Loote, Fall Out Boy, and Ryan Tedder.
Daisy: My dream is to work with ToveLo, Ellie Goulding, or Halsey! I’d even love to do a song with The Chainsmokers!
What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope people continue to take away from your songs?
Daisy: Our goal is to inspire others and make them feel good. We want people to feel like they are understood, not alone, and happier after listening to our music. I really dislike the word hope because I’d rather have faith. I have faith and know that our music is helping people out there.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about this group?
Brandon: We are releasing new music very soon and you can keep up with us on all social platforms with Oceanlux on Facebook, @Oceanluxband on Instagram and twitter, and sign up for our mailing list on www.Oceanlux.net! Thanks for having us!