Tonight is the night. We are looking forward to jamming the night away with you as we listen to good music for a good cause. Tow'rs, the final band, took some time out of their travels to answer some of our questions.
How did you get started with music?
Gretta answers “Music was a part of both our experiences growing up. I always loved doing piano, guitar, choir or whatever I could get my hands on. Kyle and I started playing music together in college and it just grew from there. We started dating and getting opportunities to play local shows, campus events, and youth camps! Tow’rs was born from our love for music, our love for each other, and the urge to share what we were creating with the community around us.
How long have you been making music?
Tow’rs started in 2012. We have been writing and recording for about 4 years and we have been touring the last 2 years.
How would you describe your music? What genre would you give yourself?
The genre seems to be a constantly evolving thing and honestly and can differ from song to song. A friend called our music “indie relationship rock” this summer and I felt like he nailed it, haha!
How long does it take you to write a song?
There hasn’t been much consistency in how long it takes. Sometimes it's a year sometimes it's a half hour. We try not to put too much pressure on finishing them in a certain amount of time.
Tell about one of your most recent songs. Can you fill us in on the context of a favorite?
We're really proud of our new record as a whole, but one of our favs is ‘Alight’. There are these moments in song writing when you feel like something is giving you the words. Like a gift from a ghost in your room. Gretta and I were working through some mental things I had going on early in the year and the words to the chorus came through that conversation. I love poetry that just says what it needs to say. Not to say I don't love being a little cryptic sometimes but the longer I write the more I want to just find the language that pins down our humanness and then share it. That song I felt like we did that.
What’s your motivation?
We feel like we are most alive when we write songs. It feels like If we didn't do it we'd explode.
Who of other musicians do you look up to the most?
We love many different artists for different reasons. Sam Beam from iron and wine, Zach Winters & The National are just a few. We've really looked for people who are doing what we're doing but are also parents and husbands and wives and good friends. It's cool to be an excellent songwriter, but not at the cost of family and loved ones. Most of the musicians we look up to are good at the other stuff besides
It's hard to say one is the best over another but one of our favs was in Chicago last summer. We were playing a festival and staying with friends outside the city. We pulled up to their house at dusk and got out and started stretching. We started seeing these flashes of light in the air all around us. We're all from AZ so It was the first time any of us had seen fireflies. We were all running around like kids chasing them whooping and hollering.
Where are you from?
We are from Flagstaff, Arizona
Music isn’t easy by any means. What keeps you moving?
Similar answer to what motivates us. We feel really alive in making music. We feel lucky and blessed to be doing what we're doing as well. Part of what makes us feel alive in that is the gratitude of what we're doing. We hold it loosely like it's not even ours. That keeps us waking up excited.