After the discharge of their new single “Bury Me,” native band We Are the Films is again and able to drop information on up-and-coming artists.
The band, consisting of vocalist and guitarist Tim Waters, guitarist Dan McMillan, drummer Bryan Overholt and bassist Stephen Goldstein, stated they hope to supply perception to new artists as they navigate Columbus’ music scene.
Overholt stated the band shaped in 2011, with Goldstein and Waters as authentic members alongside two different artists who later left the group. Overholt joined a 12 months later after he responded to a Craigslist advert Waters posted looking for a brand new drummer for the band. McMillan joined in 2014.
The entire band’s recommendation to younger musicians centered across the identical thought: staying engaged within the music scene whereas being concerned locally.
Waters stated a number of fashionable bands — together with Columbus’ Grammy-winning duo Twenty One Pilots — shaped by way of the dismantling and restructuring of a number of bands throughout the music neighborhood.
“You may need three guys in Columbus that in the event that they bought collectively, they might create magic. Like that will be your subsequent Twenty One Pilots. However they don’t know one another,” Waters stated. “It’s by no means like, ‘Oh, this group of fellows which were enjoying music since they had been youngsters collectively.’ No, it’s like, often, ‘Effectively, this massive band and this massive band broke up and shaped this tremendous band.’”
Waters stated he believes that it will be significant for musicians to become involved of their native music scene. He stated networking in and navigating the scene helps musicians kind new bands and create tasks whereas encouraging collaboration.
“I’ve shaped and located fairly just a few bands simply on Craigslist,” Waters stated. “It’s simply social media. Like that was simply the unique social media platform for that particular objective, however now Fb or no matter.”
The band believes that Columbus has the market to help native artists and assist them rise to stardom similar to that of Twenty One Pilots. Waters stated that with bars and soccer being staples in Columbus and on campus, bands can simply discover locations to carry out.
Though town can present the publicity up-and-coming bands want, Goldstein admitted that Columbus’ music market is “unusual.”
“Columbus can also be only a very unusual market as a result of it’s so pushed by school and schooling and sports activities,” Goldstein stated. “There’s all these individuals right here for a sure purpose, so it’s attempting to interrupt that or getting it into these locations.”
Waters stated that these within the Columbus music scene should collectively resolve to maneuver town’s market in the direction of musicians. He stated that though town competes with Cleveland and Cincinnati for fashionable performers to carry concert events, Columbus can present an setting that will enable these artists in.
Waters additionally emphasised that folks can see native bands play in Columbus day by day and that the extra individuals who get engaged with native musicians, the extra the music scene can be cultivated.
Overholt stated he considers We Are the Films to be mentors in Columbus’ pop-punk scene because of the expertise all the members within the band have.
“No matter recommendation we can provide to youthful bands, we’re at all times open to that and at all times open to collaborating with them as properly,” Overholt stated.
We Are the Films’ music may be discovered on all streaming platforms.