Interview: Miner

    Miner have been on the rise ever since they began. Formed by husband and wife Justin & Kate Miner the uplifting duo have created quite a name for themselves.

    With their forthcoming EP ‘Headwaters’ coming out soon the duo joined us for an interview.

    Hi, how are you guys?

    Now that we’ve had coffee, great.

    So, how did you guys form?

    In 2012, sort of accidentally. We (Justin & Kate) recorded a couple songs in a spare bedroom, put them on the internet, and the response was strong enough that we put a band together and have been able to keep at it since then. Happy magic, basically.

    How did ‘A Morning Song’ come about?

    It started as a kind of meandering demo that had this one strong hook, which ended up becoming the chorus. But then for a good while we couldn’t figure out a verse we liked enough. Eventually we ended up pillaging another song we had never recorded called “Blue Skies” and adapted the verses to “A Morning Song” which worked out great. Once the demo was sorted, we ended up working with Matt Linesch in the studio, who had been involved with the Edward Sharpe records, and he really understood the energy and vibe we were looking for and was able to translate that to the recording.

    Who/what are your influences?

    Too many to count in this day and age, so let’s impose an arbitrary limitation. Sticking to the first two letters of the alphabet, and keeping in mind we sound like almost none of these bands but they consistently inspire us nonetheless: Andrew Bird, At The Drive In, Arcade Fire, Beach House, Beck, Beatles, Beach Boys, Bob Marley, Bright Eyes, & Broken Social Scene. Tune in next week for the Cs and Ds.

    Describe your music in one word.


    Describe yourselves in one word.


    What are your goals for 2017?

    Just continuing make music and share it with as many people as possible.

    What is your definition of culture?

    Culture is what makes living on this planet with other sentient beings interesting – the beautiful, messy collage of ideas filling the metaphorical community swimming pool.

    To find out more about Miner follow them here on Facebook.

    Modestas Mankus
    Modestas Mankus
    Modestas is the Editor-in-Chief at Our Culture Mag. He regularly delves into modern art, fashion, and photography. Modestas is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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