Recently, I had the privileged of interviewing Max from the San Diego indie rock band Inspired & the Sleep. The band released a new single this spring called “First Time”. The track is very personal to the band as it is about a DUI in a relationship and how it brought the couple closer together. Here is Max from Inspired & the Sleep:
If you could play anywhere in the world, where would your dream location be? (This can be anything from a beach that you love or a huge arena or Red Rocks, etc).
Oh man, I mean there’s tons of venues and places I would wanna play. Not sure if I could give exactly one dream venue cause I’d like to play them all and I feel like you could have just as an amazing experience playing a some basement house show over some huge arena. I will say I would like to play other countries, we’ve been talking about getting over to Europe and I’ve always wanted to play Japan I hear that’s a surreal crowd.
Where do you look for your inspiration when writing songs?
It’s not really tangible. It just comes when it comes. And I would say it all comes from the human experience. One thing I will say is I tend to write about past events in my life years after they happen for some reason.
The single “First Time” was released in April, do you have any other new music you are working on?
We do! Can’t really disclose what’s to come or when, but there will be new music this year so look for that 🙂
You guys were the winners of the 91X San Diego Battle of the Bro-Am competition and are playing at Bro-AM this weekend in Encinitas, California. Congrats! Are you pumped for that experience? Have you attended Bro-AM before?
That show was amazing! There’s so much love and positivity going around with Switchfoot’s crew, fans, and causes. It’s truly inspiring. The event saved over 250k for charity towards kids in need in San Diego which is just insane. Also I’ve been a huge fan of Sure Sure for sometime now and it was an awesome experience to share the stage with them and meet those dudes :). And yes, I’ve been to the Bro Am many many times starting back when I was in high school.
What is a lyric from your music that sticks out to you?
‘And there’s that night that we drove drunk, you went to jail and my heart sunk. Cause it’s my job to keep you safe’ – That’s probably my favorite lyric from ‘First Time’ just because it’s straight honesty. Not trying to hide behind metaphors or complexity. Just truth.
What is your favorite song right now?
Hmm well that’s always just changing, but I would say ‘(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano’ by Sampha is this week’s favorite jam.
Lastly, you guys have been making music for a couple of years now, what is the memorable experience that your music has given you?
I would say my most memorable experience isn’t defined by a single event, but rather the ongoing experience of being able to make art. Music is what gives me purpose in my life and If I didn’t have that outlet I don’t know where I would be.
We look forward to this new music by Inspired & the Sleep, and here is the new track released in April, First Time: