by Daniel Warren Hill
Given Eye is a lesson in friendship. Vocalist and guitarist Ian Robinson, and drummer Markus Gerhard cultivated a decade-long friendship that began at Jason’s Deli in Fairfax, VA long before collaborating together. “Soops Hoops” sets the tone for what fans can expect from this newly launched endeavor (though Ian and Markus are both seasoned veterans of the local music scene). “I’m a ‘feels’ kind of guy, and the music is a joy to work on, so that’s what I want people to feel when they listen to this music,” says Markus. The music, the lyrics, and the music video all perfectly capture this childlike innocence while encouraging listeners to focus on concepts of togetherness and self-improvement as a means of combating negativity in any and all of its various forms. “This track is about striving for self-positivity from a place of hope for the future, and staying positive throughout the journey,” says Ian, noting that a ‘butterfly effect’ works both ways. Fans can expect future holistic expressions of fellowship and global community later this year, but you’ll have Given Eye’s “Soops Hoots” on repeat until then.
Daniel Warren Hill is an American musician, writer, and motivational speaker. He is best known as the frontman for Washington DC area Alternative Rock band YellowTieGuy, as co-founder of Capitol Groove Collective, and increasing the exposure of artists on a global scale through his work with Alchemical Records.
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