I got a chance to sit down with the lively and adorable Sean Silverman of This Century. Donning a perfect Arizona bollo tie and obviously excited to play in his home town, he is very intelectual for his age.
This Centruy was originally on a major label for their first album and has recently moved to an independent company to produced their sophomore album. With international fame, it is a wonder how these boys can stay so grounded. Honest music, according to Sean, is something that he truly strives for.
Infectious Magazine: Being from Arizona, how have you seen the music industry evolve and develop?
Sean Silverman: When I started when I was involved with it in the beginning; it was more of a pop scene. It has evolved into a much more diverse scene. There is so much music going on in Arizona that people just don’t even realize. There is a big indie following I think in Arizona that people aren’t aware of as they could be. Yeah, and it has kind of evolved from a pop thing to an indie thing.
IM: What did you do when you found out how popular you were getting in Southeast Asia, with “Sound of Fire” and “Everywhere, Everything”?
SS: I don’t think we really anticipated anything. When you put out songs, your anticipation is that you like it and then anything above that I feel like is just awesome. That has always been my thing, is that if I’m satisfied with it and that I can listen to it and enjoy it. I never expected it to be anything but when it does happen it is so surreal and so cool. And the people there are so great.
IM: So you have traveled over there?
SS: Yeah we’ve gone over there four or five times now. And the most recent time was just so nuts. I mean every time we go over there it is so nuts. It’s just crazy to know that people so far away know your songs and know your lyrics and care about your band on a level that you just never anticipated.
IM: Where do you see the band in the next five years?
SS: The next five years! Wow that is so long. I mean we’ve only been together for six. I hope we’re making really honest music. That would be my most realistic goal. I think it’s hard to…there are so many things that I want, but all I would need is to know that we are playing honest music.
IM: It seems like more bands are touring more often these days. Do you think touring more often helps a band grow their fan base?
SS:I think that touring has to be more strategic. There are so many bands that do tour and when we were growing up in the scene people would tour all the time, we thought that we had to. And really what we should have done in the beginning was toured regionally. And we didn’t think that way. We just wanted to be on the road. There is a sense of like, adventure with touring and life and doing that and like getting out of wherever the fuck you’re from. But when you do it you realize you may have wanted to reconsider. Like if I could tell a band that is touring for the first time, build your regional following. We should have played California and Seattle and Colorado more first and let people kind of find us and want us to come to the east coast versus just like thrown into the fire, which was great because we learned so much.
IM: You just kind of did it backwards!
SS: Yeah we kind of did it a little backwards, but that’s fine. Sometimes you have to make mistakes to know how to make the right decisions.
IM: You were once a part of a major label. What is the best part about being with an independent company?
SS: The major label thing is weird. It’s great. [Sean’s phone started ringing and apologized, it was a home show so lots of people wanted to say hi]. You have all this access to things you never thought you had access to, but it tricks you into thinking that you’re in a certain place or that you have more control than you actually do. This kind of goes back to the whole thing with making honest music. Integrity is so important these days because it’s so easy to do certain things. It’s easy to be a musician in a certain sense and it’s easy to create and record music, but it is really hard to write a great song. And I really do believe that. Being on an independent label gives you the freedom of time and the freedom of control to hone your craft and be a better song writer and a better musician. So maybe you don’t get some of the luxuries from being on a major label, but you can go to sleep at night knowing that you did something special and it was something that you can stand by.
IM: Other than Brian Marquis, all of your tour mates are from Arizona. Does that make for interesting and nostalgic conversations?
SS: We’re all really good friends. Brennan is from here and Austin did live here for a while but he is in Nashville now. We’ve toured together a bunch before and we’re such good friends that it good. They’re just good people all around, Brian included. And the Arizona thing is nice because now we’re home and it’s funny because we were just saying how, like, we went home and we wish this was the last show on the tour and it feels weird being home and then playing another show because we’re so used to being home at the end. But its great we’re very fortune on this tour with being with great people that care about each other and make a really conscious effort to put on a special show every night that is unique and improvised and something that people can walk away thinking that it was something they have never seen before.
IM:Is there anything else you’d like to add about the band?
SS: Not really. Hahaha. We’re putting out a new record in the spring probably and we’re finishing up recording right now.
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