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With that in mind, I was able to contact Todd Goldstein (the man behind the band Arms) and ask him thirteen questions. Here's what he had to say.
LAS: How Long you've been playing/writing music?
Todd Goldstein: As Arms, i've been playing for about two years. I've been playing music in various forms since I was about eight.
What influences you the most when it comes to creating your music?
I'm such a music junkie, that I'd have to say other bands. A great song makes me want to write another great song. Also the other people I work with are pretty inspiring. I guess talking about inspiration is always going to make you sound like a sap. Ugh.
What is your most favorite personal music accomplishment, at least right now?
Maintaining three bands - Arms, the Harlem Shakes and The Sea and The Gulls - makes me crazy, but I've never been happier in my life. I get three separate creative outlets, all with their own vocabulary and feel and mood, and they all just sound so good and fun to me. I listen to so much crazy shit, I need as many outlets as possible to work out all of my stylistic leanings - and I lean in a lot of different directions.
What is the worst album in your home collection?
I will say the Half Japanese album Loud And Horrible on Drag City. I love it despite or maybe because of its complete terribleness.
Do you have any superstitions?
I have a wax monkey wearing a fez I bring with me wherever I live. My brother gave it to me.
What is the difference between what you originally thought the music industry was like and what you're finding out it is about today?
I'm not really "in" the music industry yet, per se, just sort of dipping my toes in. But I guess it's a lot lonelier than I thought it would be. You forget that actual work and creativity is required on your part, and that's a lot of holing up in your room and writing and writing. Right now the music industry looks like the inside of my apartment, and a lot of addressing envelopes.
Could you see yourself making a living from music alone?
Yes. That's all I want, really.
!Cheesy Question Alert! What prompted you to have a "Super Day" today?
I will say it is an excellent song from the new Sufjan Stevens album called "Henney Buggy". I swear that guy doesn't know how to write a bad melody. Plus, the song has two drum sets going at once and that's AWESOME.
If you could go back and score the soundtrack to any film that has already been made, which film would you pick and why?
It already has a great soundtrack, but Rushmore. What a perfect movie! Or maybe Wet Hot American Summer. I am capable of shredding 80s-style and I gotta find a way to use it somewhere.
A lot of independent artists today give their songs to television show soundtracks, commercials, and teen-retail stores in hopes to get a bigger audience. Where is someplace you might enjoy hearing your music played to appeal to a bigger audience?
A hardware store.
Being from Brooklyn, have you noticed a significant difference in sound between bands from the Left Coast to bands on your East Coast?
Not really. I guess there's a stereotype of a "California sound" and a "New York sound" to some degree... maybe West coast bands are more laid back and East coast bands have poles up their asses. Yes, actually, that is my answer.
How often does writing a song feel like Work?
Pretty much all the time. Its like pulling teeth for me. I'm not sure why I keep doing it really, but there's something that keeps me going. Probably magic!
What's the best advice you've ever been given or received?
Where do you hope to be a year from now?
I really hope I'm still doing this. It's my favorite thing in the world.
Okay, so that was fourteen questions. SEE ALSO: www.armsarms.com
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he's afraid of really growing up.
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