Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Fialta Q&A

Your name:
Mike Leibovich.

Where are you from?
San Luis Obispo, California.

Name of band:

Who is in your band?
All four Fialta members are multi-instrumentalists and vocalists and regularly swap roles during our live set.
Beth Clements - Vocals, Piano, Percussion, Glockenspiel, Synth
David Provenzano - Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele, Percussion
Michael Leibovich - Vocals, Drums, Synth Bass, Keyboards
Sarah Shotwell - Vocals, Piano, Synth, Glockenspiel

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
Fialta is a dual-couple quartet from California specializing in ornate indie pop rich with multi-harmonies, keyboards, ukulele, and electronic elements.
Synth-laced, harmony-driven indie pop delivering incisive lyrical observations with sun-drenched, melodic fervor and a touch of irony - qualities that have earned us comparisons to bands like Vampire Weekend, Stars, and Best Coast.

Who are your main influences musically?
Paul Simon, Vampire Weekend, Stars, Foster the People, Jr. Jr.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
We hope to put out records for years to come. And getting to perform on Jools Holland or Jimmy Fallon would be pretty amazing. 

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
We've had some exciting moments! Hearing our song Sleepy Time featured in a Chipotle commercial was pretty surreal. Touring up and down the West Coast has been so much fun. And surpassing one million plays between Soundcloud and Spotify was something we never thought we'd achieve! 

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Questioning whether we ever wanted to start this band in the first place! 

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Our latest song, Do The Best We Can.

Where can we listen to it?
Where can we find out more about your music?

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
We have a new album coming out this summer, called Shadow of a Drought. The album is a hooky, wry, pop meditation on life in the 21st Century. The album title’s pun was pulled from a line from our forthcoming single, “Do the Best We Can,” a soaring, harmonic, millennial anthem inspired by the dangerous drought conditions faced by California. The rest of the album follows suit thematically, wrestling with the implications of drought of all kinds: environmental, spiritual, creative, and relational. We have a preorder up via Kickstarter through April 30th: www.fialtamusic.com/preorder and every album will be bundled with an additional 5-song EP to arrive just in time for the holidays!

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