Today I got to sit down and interrogate Cloud Queens – a rock band based out of Nashville. Consisting of Ben, Christian, Seth, and Brock, Cloud Queens is more of a close group of friends rather than a band. Now, don’t get me wrong. These guys can absolutely kill a track. Let me show you what they’re made of in this week’s installment of INDIE Focus. Enjoy!
1. Introduce yourself (state name, where you’re from, how long you’ve been making music, etc … )
The band is called Cloud Queens. We’re based out of Nashville, but we’re from all over. Our drummer, Ben, is from Tulsa and he made a lot of trap beats back there. Our guitarist Christian is from Cincinnati, where he played in bar bands, and I’m from Connecticut.
2. Why do you make music?
We make music because we love to rock. We like to make music that makes people want to move, dance and sing along. We want people at our shows to be able to let go and have a fun time, no matter what is going on in their life or how bad of a day they could have had.
3. What is the most important variable to your creation process?
Listening, playing, and writing all go hand in hand. The drummer and I will just drive around listening to music, finding songs that we would want to play. then we go our separate ways, practice, play and keep those influences in mind. Usually, I’ll come up with a bass or guitar riff and then we’ll all just play around until we find what we want. But definitely, the most important thing is just listening and having an image of the sound we want in mind at all times.
4. What influential moments have affected your styles of music the most?
I have a lot of roots in the DIY local scene from my hometown, so some of the moments when I realized I wanted to play were going to battles of the bands, the first time I went to a house show, and seeing the support the local scene has for itself. It’s powerful when you’re 17 and you see the lead singer of your favorite band at a show supporting another local band. Guitar hero was also a pretty defining game for me. It made me want to be a rockstar so bad!
5. Why do you think you deserve a chance in the music industry?
Fuck the music industry, we’re just here to rock.
6. If you could pick two artists that influenced your style to perform, alive or deceased, who would they be and why?
I’ve always loved Blink-182, and I wish I could emulate their care-free, crude, but hilarious on stage banter. I also love Led Zeppelin. They were some of the best rock musicians of their time, but they weren’t afraid to hold anything back live. They got on stage and rocked every night.
7. When you’re not making music, what do you guys do for fun?
Outside of our music, we’re pretty nerdy. We play Magic the gathering, board games, all that kind of stuff.
8. Describe your sound in one meaty sentence.
Punk rock you can listen to with your dad.
9. What is music to you?
Music is a lifestyle. You wake up to the radio, put a cd in when you’re driving somewhere, talk about it with your friends. Going to shows every day on the weekends, or at least most, plus some scattered throughout the week. There’s always something musical going on.
10. What’s next?
Right now we’re focusing on just playing more, widening our fanbase, and then hopefully releasing an album sometime next year. We have a lot of new material to write and record, so hopefully you’ll be hearing it soon.
Listen to Cloud Queens below and follow their socials for more!