Four-piece Indie Rock band from Sydney, The Griswolds, named after the fictional family from the Vacation film series, are currently on the American leg of their High Times For Low Lives Tour and are set to return to Australia for a string of shows. The boys have a stellar touring history since their debut in 2012, we caught up with the band to discuss their most defining moments in their career and any tips they have for up and comers, let’s go!
1) Who was your first musical inspiration? Why?
The band Nirvana were my first notable inspiration, I loved the ‘who gives a fuck’ attitude and the long hair, also the songs were really easy to play and sing, even though we played them very poorly it had a way of sounding ok.
2) What advice do you have for someone who is about to set off on their first tour?
Party it up, enjoy the fuck out of it! The excitement of your first tour should be cherished.
3) What has been one of your most defining moments in your career?
Signing to a really good label in the U.S. That was a huge defining moment for me. All the international touring we’ve done and the success we’ve had in the states is a testament to their belief in us. They believed in us and invested a lot of money to build us into the band we are now, I wouldn’t be who or where I am now without that label.
4) How has your music practice changed over time?
I practice way less now than I did then.
5) My top business tip for new artists is…
Remain really hands on in all your business dealings. Understand your business and be a part of all the meetings. Know how your accounts work, being an artist is so much more than just showing up to play shows.
6) My biggest career mistake has been…
Trusting my career in the hands of anyone else but myself. To reiterate the above point, you have to stay really hands on, you are the boss, you have to oversee everything or you could be getting taken advantage of. Just don’t trust that someone else can make a decision for you that you’re going to be 100% down with. As the artist earning money is nice but you’re the only one that’s working for you that isn’t fuelled by $$.
7) In my opinion, the most important issue facing the music industry is…
I think we need to be encouraging young artists to be creative and keep the music industry alive. Gotta stop cutting artists legs off and pay artists what they deserve. We need some big believers in live music to open more live venues. We need schools to encourage creativity and push kids to explore their creative sides. We need less exploitation of talent and more empowerment and encouragement.
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