1. What’s the name of your band? What’s the origin of that name? Have you changed the band’s name before?
- We are The Bows and Ties. Our name is taken from our own personal styles and also a little from our personalities. Sarah has rocked a hair bow since she was a little girl, and even now still has a patterned and colorful style that is reminiscent of her childhood. Meaghan grew up playing video games and watching star trek and has always loved wearing things with a boyish touch to them such as bow ties or suspenders.
The band’s name has never changed. We really like it and think it is a good representation of who we are as a duo.
2. What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
- We mainly have an indie folk sound. We like to explore different styles and incorporate both rock and folk instruments as well. One of our influences is Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros because of their multi-instrument ensemble and ability to create such a diverse and rich sound. Growing up, Meaghan listened to a lot of music from the 40′s and 50′s, such as Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, and Hank Williams.Sarah grew up listening to disco and rock and roll. Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline was the first album that introduced her to a country/folk sound.
3. How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
- We are both music therapists and we work part time at the same therapy clinic in Hollywood. It was probably Spring of 2012 when we first met, right after Meaghan began working at the clinic. We didn’t hang out or do any music related stuff until last November. We ended up playing our work instruments and recording our first YouTube video “Brand New Key”. It just all came together from there!
4. Do you have a record label?
- No, not yet. We are still trying to get more original material out there and spread the word about who we are and the kind of music we play.
5. What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
So far, two of our favorite places we have played are THE KULT and Gramps bar in Wynwood. We love playing at parks or doing other busking style gigs. That’s one of the great things about our duo, we are very flexible and can jam anywhere.
6. What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
- Coming up with funds for better equipment has been difficult, and also money for recording in an actual studio.
8. How long are your rehearsals ?
- We usually get together 1-2 times a week for at least 2 hours at a time. Most of our time is spent networking, planning, and writing/practicing songs.
9. How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
- As a duo, we have gotten much more comfortable with each other as musicians. We know our strengths and weaknesses and are now able to organize our music in a way that represents the best of both of us.
10. What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
- Make sure it doesn’t sound like karaoke.
11. Do you have significant others?
Yes, we are both in serious relationships. They are extremely supportive and understanding. We lucked out!
12. Anything else you would like to add?
We do birthday parties.
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