What advice would you give someone starting out?
It depends on who’s asking but I think “don’t take things too seriously” is usually a good one. It’s tough to recognize when you’re doing that so practice noticing too. But yeah, most of the times in my life where I was freaking out, or anxious, or upset, or whatever I was taking things too seriously.
On your TikTok, your bio says you post every day. How do you continue to come up with ideas frequently while also doing everyday tasks and working?
This is an easy answer. I simply post bad ideas! I just love posting videos and sometimes videos I think aren’t very good perform way better than ones I thought were great. Also posting a TikTok is a small thing I can accomplish everyday and that feels good. Often I’ll take a day to shoot TikToks for 4-5 hours and slowly post them over the course of a couple weeks. That makes it easier for sure.
How would you describe the content you make? Is there a particular Niche you feel like you fit into? Or are you continually watching trends?
I make lots of different content! Maybe even to my detriment! But it keeps me interested. I post lots and lots of music-related bits, mostly “pop punk” or “emo” or “scene” or whatever you wanna call it! Lots of nerd content too. Anime stuff and references to Disney channel jokes from when I was a kid. But some of my biggest videos are just about whatever is going on that day. I pay attention to trends only because I spend all day on the internet. I participate in the ones I like best for sure.
What was the first TikTok of yours that "blew up," what resulted from it and how did it make you feel?
I think the first TikTok that blew up...was a joke about how Disney channel movies are all pretty similar to the movie Grease. That was the first thing I’ve ever made that had 1 million views or likes or anything like that. I was very excited. TikTok is very good at serotonin boosts!
When I first became a fan of your music, you were based in Wyoming; you recently made the move out here to LA. Did the whole band make the move? How was that process of moving while still keeping an online presence?
Three out of four of us have now graduated from the University of Wyoming and Ed is still going to college in Denver, Colorado. Noah got a great job selling real estate in Wyoming. Just Nick and I made the move to LA. Keeping an online presence during the move wasn’t too difficult because we can post from anywhere. We did take a bunch of group photos before we left! Our plan is to all get together to practice a few weeks before new tours. Obviously, that hasn’t happened yet, but if we hit snags when it does, we’ll re-adjust.
Your band, Not My Weekend, released a debut album earlier this year. How long did you guys work on it? How did you plan to promote it? Were any of those initial plans ruined due to the Pandemic?
Some songs were written years ago, but we recorded it all in Fall 2019 with plans to release it Spring 2020. Our plans were basically put on hold with the hope we could release the album later in 2020 and still tour. When it became clear that wasn’t going to happen we began releasing singles and dropped the LP the first week of 2021. For the most part, we’ve been promoting via playlisting, TikTok, and with fun giveaways and games our street team puts on. We love this album and still hope to tour it in 2021 (fingers crossed).
You've accomplished a lot recently. Tell me about some of your proudest accomplishments you've made and why you're proud of them.
My proudest accomplishments are definitely our three tours in 2019 as well as still being able to be a growing band three years into being active. I’m pretty proud of graduating college and moving to LA, too. I’ve talked about doing both of those things for years and it's a really nice feeling to put my money where my mouth is.