“This time last year, we had written about 3 songs”, explains Christopher Moll about how far The Lovers Key have come as a band. It’s a year later, their album is complete (they’ve started a fundraiser to master and press a first run independently for the moment), and here we were, reflecting on the two debut shows they’ve already played ahead of their upcoming gig at the world famous Art Basel Festival 2013. Read what Christopher and Maco had to share.
What did that mean for you to play your debut gig at Moonfest 2013?
Maco: …actually, Moonfest wasn’t our first gig. We played a private gig at a studio for a select audience, and then we played a “secret” gig at Churchill’s in Miami. Those were just as great as Moonfest…and Moonfest was a blast.
Were you guys nervous? I mean, I’m assuming it had been some time since any of you had stepped onto a stage.
Christopher: Not too much…it actually felt really nice to return to the stage after being away for so long with The Postmarks last live shows being around three years ago. We were very rehearsed and I just wrote the songs to have a lot of energy and be really enjoyable to play live. Hopefully that comes across.
Maco: No, I wasn’t at all. I get nervous during interviews…when there’s a camera rolling. We filmed something for Russia recently and I was dying. The stage is fine…it’s home. We’re just coming out to the general public and I’m always curious to see how we behave as a band when we’re out.
And are you guys well-behaved?
Maco: I can only speak for myself, on this one and I’ll plead the fifth.
Christopher: Depending on the county or state…I don’t think too many laws were broken. (laughs)
What are some interesting or memorable things that happened at any of the shows so far? Can you share?
Maco: Everything’s been interesting…at the studio gig, I felt a bit uncomfortable cause there were several cameras and our friends and family were there…the good thing is, we got an honest response cause family and friends wont sugar-coat. If they don’t like a song, they walk out.
Christopher: This is the third Moonfest I’ve played at and it’s just as crazy and chaotic as ever. Crazy time booking the show? Check. Difficult parking? Check. Psychotic load-in? Check. Stressful 10 minute switch over time between bands with a 3 minute soundcheck? Check. You gotta love it though!
Maco: Yeah…Moonfest definitely was crazy and so much fun. It took me twenty-five minutes to walk to the venue, cause I was too cheap to pay for parking and I got there maybe five minutes before we hit the stage. My sister was with me, and in heels, so the walk felt like an hour and she cursed me the entire time…but this is Florida, not New York…I’m not paying for parking unless I absolutely have to. I’ll give Miami a pass, but not West Palm. I can’t wait til next year. I’d love to play there again.
I hear you guys are playing Art Basel 2013…just tell me more about that.
Christopher: It’s an honor…it’s one of South Florida and Miami’s premier international attractions. Artists from all over the world display their art at the Miami Convention Center and local galleries and huge throngs of the international jet set fly in to view and purchase. Just to be amongst it will be a thrill and we’re so looking forward to it.
Maco: We get to stand in a community of artists, and say “this is what we made over the last year”…and the art that we’re presenting…the music and lyrics come directly from personal influences and experiences. That’s very special.
Maco: We’ve decided to include everyone in the process of bringing out this album. We’re using indiegogo to raise funds. There’s a link floating around. And anyone who clicks on it can choose to donate, and receive anything from a digital download, to a copy of the album, to a private show from us. Once the funds are raised the album will be out.
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