Seven Questions In Heaven With BRAEVES

Today, we're spending Seven Questions In Heaven with BRAEVES!

Describe your music for our readers who may not be familiar with you.
Derek: It's atmospheric indie pop that can make you move. We cover a wide range of styles and sounds without getting too far off base from the theme of the album. Drifting By Design features peppier songs like "Guest Of The Gun" that have the falsetto hooks, while "Souls In Transit" has more of an ethereal vibe. Overall there is a narrative to this record that is very sincere and personal to us and we hope that comes off in the music.

Who are your musical influences and idols?
Ryan: George Harrison, David Bowie, Sam Cooke.

Nick: Over the last decade I've been in differing stages, from casual obsession to meth-like addiction, with Bjork. Hearing the classical elements that I grew up studying, mixed with dance beats and pop production that I was enjoying outside of school together had a dramatic influence on the way I now approach my own song writing and production.

Derek: Paul McCartney, The Police, Radiohead, and Elliott Smith.

What was the first album, cassette, or CD you bought with your own money?
Nick: Silverchair, Frogstomp.

Derek: Definitely Weezer's Pinkerton. I remember absolutely loving "Pink Triangle" and "Falling For you," so much so I had all the lyrics typed up on my AOL profile page. Either that or Chumbawamba.

Ryan: I wish I could answer this with complete assurance, but It was either Green Day's Dookie or Big Willie Style. The 90's was a magical time.

What was the strangest gig you've ever played?
Ryan: Hands down a show a few years ago (in a different band) in Dalton Georgia. Somehow we were tacked on to a teenage metal night, everything from thrash to the most "bro" hardcore known to man. The opening act was a father-son guitar duo with a drum machine. I'll leave the rest to your imagination.

Derek: Ryan is forgetting the crabbing metal band who had a "keyboard player" whose instrument was unplugged for the entirety of the show. So in the middle of the heaviest breakdown, he threw the keyboard down and ran into the pit. I guess he had enough. This memory will never fade.

What is your current favorite guilty pleasure?
Ryan: Right now? Definitely Doug Benson's Podcasts. Completely stupid and amazing. Total brain junk food.

Derek: I watch a lot of sports, is that a guilty pleasure? I hope not.

Nick: I've never been embarrassed about any kind of the art that I like, so this is my way of avoiding that question.

If they named an ice cream flavor after you, what would be the name and why?
Nick: Braeverian Cream? Or if they were to hit on the album maybe Drizzled By Design? Why? Cause we love puns.

Derek: A Vanilla and Chocolate mix called #penguincity

Final question: You're the opening act of a music festival. You can get any five artists, living or dead, to perform on the bill with you. Which five do you choose and what song do you all perform as the final jam?
Ryan: I'll go with an obvious, but no less necessary choice, John Lennon. Final jam: "God Only Knows."

Derek: The Beatles, The Talking Heads, The Police, Refused, and Diana Ross and the Supremes. 100% the closing song would be "Burning Down The House."

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