We’re excited to bring back an oldie but goodie column from Think Like a Label called, The Band’s Perspective. Rabbit and the Hare are a talented New York City based duo whose music is sultry and very pleasing to the ear. This hard working band has taken the time to talk to us about their experiences living and working in the big apple. It’s many musician’s dream to move to New York and give all they have to playing shows and recording in order to connect with fans and their music community. Rabbit and the Hare are living the dream, and we wanted to get a more realistic perspective on what it’s like to make it as musicians in NYC, and a practical look at how they perceive their own music and personal talent.
How long have you been living, writing and recording in New York City?
Marisa: I was born in CA and moved to NYC two years ago. I’ve been writing music since I was about 12
Neill: I was born and raised in NYC and started writing music around the same age, 12.
What are the personal touches that you create to make your music stand out in such a vast market?
Neill: We are still trying to figure that one out. We think song writing is our strength, and the male/female vocal lead helps us sound a bit different than some other bands. We know that there are lots of great bands out there, doing really cool things, we enjoy seeing them perform. We try to focus on what feels right in the moment, currently for us that is lots of songs driven by piano grooves.
Do you consider yourselves artists, and if so have you made your art your profession?
Marisa: I definitely consider myself an artist. With Rabbit & the Hare and through our songs, we express our feelings and perspectives on life and that, to me, is a way of making art. It’s been a transitional time to take something we love doing and turn it into a reciprocal investment, but we’ve been working hard to turn our passion into a profession and getting closer because of it.
Tell us about your general goals as professional musicians.
Neill: Lots of different goals. First of all we want to connect with each other as people and band mates. Then we want to connect with our audience and entertain them with our songs. We enjoy improving our songs by adding or subtracting where need be, and writing new ones. The ultimate goal is to be making timeless music that everyone can relate to. That would be a great moment.
If you could live and work in another city, where would it be?
Marisa: I’m really inspired by World Music from other countries like Brazil and Spain, so if I could live in another city it would be somewhere completely outside of the U.S, like when the Beatles went to India, to be inspired and influenced by different cultures and places.
What are the benefits of making music in New York?
Marisa: This city is so alive and you can be part of that with whatever you’re pursuing, so making music in the city means you are a part of that ‘pulse’. The hustle to succeed and make your dreams a reality is also a huge factor in this city, so there is definitely a feeling to push yourself past your comfort zone and keep reaching.
Do you find the digital age of music to be profound and helpful, or a tool that over saturates music of quality?
Neill: The digital age of music is great. You can watch interviews or live performances of any band anytime you want. For writers and listeners alike there is more to absorb and its easier to find.
How do you measure the quality and worth of your music/art?
Neill: Right now, by how it sounds, and the general feeling in the room. Maybe one day we will be more concerned with record/ticket sales but for now we just want the music to sound as good as possible.
If you could give any advice to young musicians, what would it be?
Marisa: Always have a support team whether it’s your family, friends, or mentors, they are the ones to turn to. And always write and perform from the heart. It makes a big difference.
Do you believe in investing in promoting your work or are you completely DIY?
Neill: Yes, music is also a business and so investing in it is a good idea.