Almost July - Music Interview with Skip Glogan
New York-based band Almost July is the creation of Skip Glogan. Skip writes, produces and arranges all of their songs. Their live show has Skip playing keys and fronting the band with a combination of live instruments, samples, and electronics created in Ableton Live. The band is completed by New York mainstay Derek Broomhead (drums, drum pads). Almost July has made their mark at iconic NYC venues Rockwood Music Hall and The Delancey.
What got you into music?
I started playing piano when I was really young, later I started watching MTV and all I wanted from that time on was to be in a band. Then I started playing anywhere I could with friends and the cycle continued up until now. I always feel lucky that I still get to play music everyday.
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?) Tell us why.
I think its a little of everything because of the possibilities you create when you come up with new songs, a new live show, new records, etc. its so easy to get hyped when you finally come up with an idea that everyone's happy with.
Check out the video of "We Were Young."
Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?
Truthfully its a lot of hanging out, staring at screens, pressing buttons, and turning knobs. I'm sure some people think its like a giant party with microphones but its definitely a lot of long hours of us trying come up with the best ideas, concepts, and songs we can for our fans.
As a songwriter or musician, are there any obstacles you have had to overcome or obstacles that you are facing right now in your career?
Totally, for me personally I have the worst habit of second guessing just about everything I write or record. Some days I'll listen to something and will constantly rewrite over and over or if its something we record I'll try to add more and more things even though the song probably doesn't need it.
Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why? Anyone whose still trying to make it as a band with their friends because now it seems like we're seeing less and less of them.
To date, what do you think your best song is? Can you describe the song for us?
It's pretty tough to say because again I am definitely one of my own critics but usually my answer is whatever our latest release is because after hearing our songs 1000 times during the recording process, its easy to get sick of them pretty quick, so the most recent thing we release we haven't heard a crazy amount of times. So in this case that song is called "Hearts" which was about this nostalgic feeling you get when you look back on a breakup.
Listen to "Hearts" on Spotify.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year? Definitely, we'll be releasing a bunch of new music this year and also be playing a few shows both in and around the NYC area.