How do you describe your music to people?
A small Texas town gets overrun by blood thirsty raptors, but the raptors play accordion and have tambourines.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
Joe and Evan met in a recording class for college in Brookline, Massachusetts in the winter of 2007, they needed to record a project for a class and signed out the biggest of the studios the school offered. The day of the project, they entered the studio with only a singer-songwriter friend and a full studio worth of microphones and gear. Since singer-songwriters don't require much in the way of engineering, they decided to set up and mic a drum kit as well to do the studio justice. Evan played drums in high school but hadn't been playing for a while, and Joe was playing solo around town during that time, but the two hadn't really talked about playing together. After the session when Joe heard Evan play, the two made plans to jam as soon as Evan could buy a kit of his own. Shortly afterwards they got together in the basement of a hair salon in Arlington, Massachusetts, brought in some friends and began putting together Quixote.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Aside from playing music, and all trying to learn new instruments, I'd say we all have a deep appreciation for food. We all love to cook, especially Anthony and Justin, and we all love trying new exotic foods, especially if its SPICY (sans anthony). Justin has been vegan for years, and Joe has been vegetarian most of his life. Ask Anthony to come over and make ravioli for you--he makes them by hand!
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Trying to be in a band in your early 20s is tough, when your non-musical peers are all graduating and starting to make a steady income doing 9-to-5's and your parents are wondering when you're going "settle down" or "figure something out" or whatever, when you just want to play tunes for anyone who will listen. The biggest challenge is certainly money, and trying to stay afloat while doing the art you want to on your own terms. You can't tour without gas money, and you cant get gas money without working or playing enough shows to deserve it, but you can't work a full-time job and take two months to go on tour -- where do you find a compromise? Its tough, but if you love it enough, you make it work and don't even really realize how you did it--it just sort of happens.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
One thing that we've all talked alot about, and a big reason that this is the group that plays together, is that we were always the kids who knew music was the only thing we'd be happy doing for the rest of our lives. When you're in high school everyone plays a guitar and has some band, but within a few years of college the strat-packs get sold and the old drumset gets stored in the garage unless you're one of the ones that decides to take it seriously. We could certainly find things that we could do and make a living or to make a few bucks, but music is still the only thing we've ever wanted to do.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
Being from around Boston, you encounter a TON of musicians --its both a good and a bad thing. Between Berklee and the Conservatory, and even the assorted recording programs around town, there are plethora of people who play; they vary in musicianship and commitment, but there are a ton nonetheless. We all played with and jammed with countless people before we decided to play in this group, and we've all taken bits and pieces from each person we've played with prior to now. You dont grow as a musician by playing guitar in your room, you grow by learning covers and writing songs with your friends and figuring what chord you go to next or how to transpose two parts that you like so they both work. This is a musical city and we wouldn't be who we are without our surroundings and the people we've already had the pleasure of working with.
What other artists out there do you love?
So many! Everything from 60's standbys like The Beatles, The Zombiesor the The Mamas & The Papas to modern folks like Of Montreal, Wilco or Cap'n Jazz. We'll even dig on a Yiddish polka band or two. No, seriously--I saw Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars this past weekend and they blew me away.
What does your future hold?
Probably a whole shitload of draft beer and arguing over what to put on the iPod next.
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