by The Alchemist
Beachwood Coyotes are an incredibly interesting band from the LA area, that features Jason Nott (vocals), Yan Clermont (guitar), Bryan King (drums), and Drew Smith (bass). They are an extremely fun group of guys that create indie pop music, that often use a bit of humor in their live shows to differentiate themselves from other bands. Their music reminds us of Panic At The Disco, but with an indie feel to create a very unique sound. We interviewed them below.
What first got you into music?
A: I grew up in a house with parents that weren’t musicians but loved music, it was always playing. My mom took me to my first Concert to see Billy Joel when I was 6 and that changed everything.
How did you first start developing your career?
A: I started playing guitar when I was 11 and by the time I was 16 I was touring the country, playing guitar in a punk rock band.
Being on the road that young taught me so much about the music business and it solidified my love for traveling and performing. Now I’m 30 and Beachwood Coyotes has been a band for about 5 years.
What is the most challenging of your creative process?
A: Just getting things done in general. I feel like the king of procrastination – I’m sort of a perfectionist and it can be hard to move forward in the process when I’m constantly second guessing what I write. Lyrics are probably the hardest part.
Do you sing in the shower? If so what songs?
A: I like to tell myself I sound like Frank Ocean in the shower so I almost always end up singing one of his songs. Everyone sounds soulful in the shower, right?
Who would you most like to collaborate with/what music artist do you most admire
A: I’ve been listening to a lot of Rex Orange County this year – I like that he’s sometimes so unapologetically pop but also incredibly honest and self-aware with his lyrics. I would love to even be a fly on the wall for a session of his.
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment in your career so far?
A: I’m going to give you two because it’s hard to decide:
In 2016 we booked our first tour on our own, we did like 15 shows up and down the west coast and also the southwest – getting as far as Texas.
We’ve also been lucky to have had our music placed on TV shows like Shameless, Teen Mom, Life Sentence, and more…
It was super exciting hearing ourselves on TV
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
A: No one is ever going to care about your art as much as you do and that’s okay! Be proud of your work and be your biggest proponent, just make sure you’re happy doing it
What would you be doing right now, if it wasn’t for your music career?
A: That’s a hard one to answer since I’ve been playing music most of my life… but as a kid I did help my dad paint houses, maybe I would have done that.
What’s next for you?
A: Next we’re putting out a video for our new Single “Stay” and after that we plan to release an EP with a few more songs – we would have been on tour this year but looks like that’ll have to be postponed because of COVID, so until then we’ll just write and release music
Their newest track is called, “Stay” and we feel it is very fitting for where the state of the world is at the moment. With the upcoming election, corona virus, and everything else stressful going on in the world, this song still brings a calming feel to the listener, and relaxes them. It is a great song that has a very strong bridge towards the end of the track that sticks out most to us. Check out the track below.
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