Well we are a 3 piece punk/pop-punk band based out of Indiana and Tennessee. The biggest thing for Amuse is to make sure we are having fun with our band. Don’t get me wrong, we are very serious about always getting to that next step. Anyone who has ever seen us live knows what I mean. We don’t try to come out and act awesome. We come out, we joke, do dumb things that make us mess up, and make sure everyone is having fun even if they don’t like our music.
What do you feel are some of the ways that indie bands should adapt and change in today’s music industry? What qualities should a successful band have?
Today’s music industry is hurting so bad. I don’t think fans (or anyone who isn’t a musician these days) get how hard it really is anymore. The biggest thing is to just keep going. If you want it and love it then you are going to spend lots of money and get very stressed. It’s all apart of it for today’s Indie bands. In the end it’s all worth it though. You just need to find those loyal fans.
What have you found works well for you as far as promotion goes?
Promotion is such a trial and error thing. Sometimes you will think ideas are going to work so great and it flops. Recently we have decided to break from shows for a bit to tackle new promotion ideas. We tag cities on your, hang up fliers, have contestest to gain new friends, etc. That’s the norm for bands though. We need to step out of that. As of now, we are going to be sending promotional postcards to big record stores and skate shops all over the country to sit on the counters. Hopefully people will grab one and check us out. We could always write our url on one dollar bills. Strippers have money, maybe they will look us up and buy
Who in music today do you most admire most and why?
That is a hard one. What we love is that 90s/early 2000s sound. Back then it wasn’t all so digital. You had to be a decent musician back then to sound good. Some of the bands that are still around that influence Amuse are Alkaline Trio, Blink-182, Teenage Bottlerocket, Weezer, Face To Face, Less Than Jake, etc.
We all feel discouraged sometimes. One month things could be booming and everything is going great. The next month nothing could happen and you have to work so hard to get it back. It’s neverending. My only advice is to keep on doing it! If you love the music you are making and you are having fun doing it, then do it.
How can music fans keep tabs on Amuse?
We are pretty active on our facebook. We also have twitter. Please come give our Facebook page a like! Check out our bio, listen to some songs, watch our music video, share us with your friends! Our album is also available on iTunes and most online retailers!