Q&A: Surf Rock Is Dead


I chatted with Kevin from Surf Rock Is Dead about their influences and new song “In Between.”


Q: How did the band form?

I had a ton of musical ideas floating around and had a devious scheme to record in a professional studio for free by meeting a studio intern, building a relationship, and leveraging that into free studio time. In my old rehearsal space I ran into Joel who was interning at a studio and the bulb went on. We hung and chatted music and got to know each other. Eventually we finally got around to drunkenly jamming- we threw on a simple beat on, i picked up the guitar, he the bass, and just starting goofing off and it was fun! From there we just made it a regular thing and finally decided to give it a name.

Q: Is there a story behind the band name?

A series of non serious text messages to come up with a name that ended with “lol surf rock is dead? nah we can think of something better.”

Q: What is your song “In Between” about?

“In Between” is about feeling in limbo between where your roots are and where you currently are in your life.

Q: Who influences you professionally? Personally?

It’s difficult to say as we are inundated every day with so much information, but definitely in a musical sense I’d say a strong one is Animal Collective. Being music though, we are influenced from a million other things too.

Q: What is the hardest part of the industry in your opinion?

The music market overall is over saturated. It’s an incredible challenge to stand out and rise above the crowd.

Q: What song is on repeat on your iPod right now?

Wurp by Birthday Sex

Q: What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done in life?

Probably the time I smuggled heroin through Southeast Asia inside my body.


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