Rolling through Dallas next week is Against the Current, a pop rock band from Poughkeepsie, NY. The band’s members took a few moments to sit down and speak with SMU Campus Weekly to give some insight into what has made them the band they are today.
SMU Campus Weekly: What inspired you to become musicians?
Against the Current: “It’s always been with us. We feel like it’s who we are and what we do. It never really felt like there was a precise moment that we decided to become musicians, it’s just what we’ve always wanted.”
SMU CW: Where’s your favorite place to perform?
ATC: “New York, London and Tokyo are always some of the best shows, but we love every night that we get to play.”
SMU CW: What are some tips to aspiring artists?
ATC: “Be genuine. If you’re trying to emulate another artist or band, you’re trying to be something that already exists, when you should be trying to bring something new to the table.”
SMU CW: What’s life been like since choosing to be professional musicians?
ATC: “It feels really natural. We’ve been working like crazy, but we’re doing what we love.”
SMU CW: When did you start playing?
ATC: “We formed in 2011.”
SMU CW: What was the first song you learned?
ATC: “As a band, we did a Taylor Swift cover of ‘Love Story.'”
SMU CW: Who are some of your inspirations?
ATC: “We draw inspiration from all over the place, it would be hard to narrow it down.”
SMU CW: What are some of your best memories of the road?
ATC: “Getting to play an arena in Japan, or shooting off confetti at our London headliner!”
SMU CW: How do you balance music with other obligations in your life?
ATC: “Music is our life, our job and our career, so it pretty much is all of our obligations!”
SMU CW: Do you ever get nervous before a performance?
ATC: “Typically, no! Performing comes naturally to us.”
Against the Current is playing at the House of Blues Dallas Nov. 11. Their album “Gravity” is available now.