Something which doesn't happen too often on The State Of Music is finding a band or artist who is at the very early stages of their current performing cycle. Although they have been more prevalent lately with Justin Lewis (Kentucky) and YOMAHA (Alaska), there is still something quite endearing about finding someone demonstrating promising early signs of all round goodness within their first couple of songs. Old Earz is the alter ego of Boise resident David Wood. Very electronic, mainly using old Casio keyboards and various other thrift shop musical instruments gives the music a very endearing quality. On top of that, I find Lotta Nerve a very catchy tune indeed.
CMM: Welcome to Choose My Music. I suppose the first question is - who is Old Earz and where in the world would we find you?
Originally from New Jersey, then moved to Boise, ID in 2008. Moved to the “middle of nowhere” Idaho called Pocatello to go to graduate school.
CMM: How long have you been recording and how did it all start?
I have been making music since 2003, in all different forms/bands. Currently I play in the surf garage punk band the band TEENS www.teens.bandcamp.com, and I make solo material as OLD EARZ. Making old “casio keyboard” music has always been a passion of mine, and find it to be a nice relief. I feel I can make whatever type of sounds I want under this alias without having to fit any specific genre. I just sit on the floor and hook up old keyboards to different guitar pedals to get interesting tones.
CMM: How best would you describe your music?
I would describe the music as simple, and to the point. I like to make soundscapes / music that brings me and I hope other people to memories and emotions they have felt in life. I am not a message kind of musician; I rather let the listeners mind make the connection to something in their own life.
CMM: What is the music scene like in Idaho right now? What the genre of choice out there at the moment?
The music scene in Idaho is kind of wack, lots of country and twang. The only cool music coming out of Idaho, is coming out from Boise, ID. Acts like Youth Lagoon (http://www.facebook.com/youthlagoon), Shades (http://www.facebook.com/ShadesBoise), Art Fad (http://www.facebook.com/ArtFad), Atomic Mama (http://www.facebook.com/mama.atomic) and Owlright (http://www.facebook.com/owlright) are really making some killer tunes worth checking out. The genre of choice that used to be in Boise was the wanna be Built to Spill sounding bands. Now that’s not the case, and Boise has such a wide variety of styles of music going on. There is no one genre of music taking over that scene. It is really refreshing. Stereogum did a article on the Boise music scene here for more information, http://stereogum.com/824712/area-codes-boise-id/mp3s/ .
CMM: One thing I am hoping to find in this series is some kind of link between where a band is based and their music. Do you feel as an artist you are influenced by your surroundings and the scene around you?
I am currently going to school to obtain my doctorate in hearing science (audiology), and live in a backwards college town. Pocatello, ID has no music scene, and is overall a very dismal place. I don’t think my music reflects or would even be accepted in Pocatello at all. Lots of country, religious, and radio nu-metal types of music listened to by most that live here. When thinking about it, I guess I make this music as an escape from this place.
CMM: What other influences do you have, musical or otherwise?
I listen to garage rock, rap, oldies, electronic, punk, dance, folk, pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I think being a huge fan of all these types and genres of music really comes out in my own music/writing.
CMM: Could you perhaps give a run down of the music you have released so far?
I plan on releasing an EP in the summer time (2012) of OLD EARZ material. The only other album I have released was the self-titled TEENS album last year. Before officially pursuing OLD EARZ, I would just put songs I recorded on the internet as soon as they were mixed down. I don’t spend lots of time on my songs, I would like to write them and get them out as fast as I can while the feeling I have for the song is still fresh. This OLD EARZ release this summer should be fun to introduce these songs as a collection rather than just singles as before.
CMM: Are you able to get out an play live much?.Any favourite venues that you have either played or like to go and watch shows?
I have yet to play live as OLD EARZ, but I am hoping to play a show when the album comes out with my some friends to accompany me. Looking forward to this a lot, I really enjoy playing live. Some really cool venues in Boise, ID are the Red Room, Visual Arts Collective, and the Neurolux. The real gem of the Boise / Caldwell area is the house shows. There is a house called the Manor in Caldwell that has had some of the coolest shows I have ever seen. That place gets wild, and the vibe is amazing.
CMM: What's next in the pipeline for you?
Just mainly recording. Maybe if I’m lucky, picking up another cool cheap vintage keyboard at the thrift shop. I mainly use my thrift store finds, the Suzuki Omnichord and a Casio SK-1 (sampling keyboard) to make all the songs. It would be nice to add some other tones to the OLD EARZ sound.
CMM: And finally, where can people reach out to you online and where can they get hold of your stuff?
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