Nite Sobs – Do the Sob! (Q&A)

Nite Sobs, like many a power pop band, are throwbacks to a golden age of rock and roll. They write two-to-three minute pop songs about the ups and downs of love – timeless stuff both musically and lyrically. But while the Beatles are often ground zero for this sort of band, Nite Sobs’ inspirations go back even further to doo wop, the Everly Brothers, and Buddy Holly.’, writes Faster and Louder.

Sweet Sweet Music spoke to Jittery Jeff about crafting clever rhymes, finding Ralphie and making art.

What was the moment you knew you were on to something?

When we were looking for a drummer and Ralphie, after hearing our demos, contacted me and said he lives an hour and a half away but he was willing to commute to band practice because he believed in what we were doing.

As an artist, you chose to show your emotions to the world. Is it always comfortable to do so?

Well, one thing that’s nice about it is that you can say things that no one would ever want to listen to you whine about, but if you put it to a catchy melody, then it’s art.

Is recording a record easier than getting it heard nowadays?

Bands like us have to fund the recording of our own albums, and it’s expensive to make one that sounds good, and it’s hard to recoup that cost since people these days tend to stream music rather than buy it. But as far as getting it heard, the internet has leveled the playing field to a large extent for all bands. The fact that you live in the Netherlands and are interviewing me about it means that it can’t be that hard to get heard.

Recording music. What’s all the fun about?

When you first write a song, it’s partly a theoretical thing that exists only in your head. Then when you take that song and start to work it out with the band and it comes to life, that’s very exciting. And then when you go into the studio and record the song, you hear it in a way that you hadn’t before, and that’s a whole other stage. Sometimes that can give you fresh ideas to try out. If money was no object, I would love to spend all my time in the recording studio. Although, I really don’t have fun when I have to track my vocals.

You can’t control the way people ‘hear’ your music. But if you could make them aware of certain aspects, you think, set your songs apart. What would they be?

I’m going to say the lyrics because I think I put a little more time than most people into crafting clever rhymes and such. But whatever level people enjoy it on is great with me.

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