Hey everyone! At last the time has come for us to share some awesome stuff from our Battle of the Bands finalists from last year - U Know / I Know and Pib! About a year ago we were supposed to have the BOTB finale which unfortunately got messed up by COVID-19. However, we are so excited to be able to share some of their awesome stuff with all of you now including this interview with Pib! Keep reading for a look into Pib’s musical journey and some funny stories from along the way!
How did your band form/why did you start doing music?
I was in a couple bands in high school but decided to go solo and take music production lessons.
Tell me about the evolution of your band.
I started out wanting to make rock. I made an EP in that style and hated the recording process. My tastes would eventually gear towards pop and I started making beats instead.
What are your sources of musical inspiration?
My source of musical inspiration is melodic pop that pushes the envelope.
Describe the vibe of your music in 3 words.
Melodic, Sad, Bangs.
Can you share any crazy concert/house show stories?
A drunk middle aged man danced on stage with us. Truly life changing.
What do you like about the Kalamazoo music scene?
I love how accepting it is. You could literally bang on a pot and they’d give you their full attention.
If you had to pick a band to tour with, who would it be and why?
The Voidz/The Strokes. Julian Casablancas is my Gawd.
Favorite song that has come out this year?
Favorite song of 2021 so far is the 100 Gecs cover of Linkin Park’s “One Step Closer.”
What advice would you give to younger musicians just starting out?
There’s no shortcut. You just gotta put in the 10,000 hours. And STOP OVERTHINKING.
Pib has been keeping busy during the pandemic making new music! Check out the music video for his song “The Art of Getting to Know You” here. He also released the songs “All 2 Much”, “Oops”, and “When You’re Shut In” during quarantine so be sure to give those a listen! You can check out the rest of Pib’s awesome music on Bandcamp here! In case that wasn’t enough Pib for you, check out his side project with Shankool, “MASTER_FILE_DEFAULT” here!!
We also did an interview with our other BOTB finalist U Know/I Know which you can read here!
And of course don’t forget to check out the videos from both bands on the home page of our site here!