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Eleven Dollar Bills – Waves

What inspired you to make this song? I was talking with a friend about how there are no guarantees in … Continued

What inspired you to make this song?

I was talking with a friend about how there are no guarantees in this life.  John Lennon said “Life is what happens while you’re making other plans.”  The only thing we can really do is try to keep our spirits up as life pulls us into situations like a broken heart or a busted fender.  All we can do is ride the wave of the situation and maintain our joy as best we can. 

What’s your favorite song you have ever made?

My favorite song is probably Lucy.  It’s one of the first songs I wrote on electric guitar and it stays with me as one of the most powerful sounds I’ve crafted.

What song are you most proud of that you have made?

I’m most proud of the title track off our new EP ‘All Our People’.  I wrote it shortly after I decided to take responsibility for the energy and message conveyed within every new song I write.  I decided I wanted to put positive energy into the world and I think I accomplished that with ‘All Our People’.

Why did you choose this song to make a music video for?

We chose ‘Waves’ for our video because it had a very fun, summer vibe.  We knew we’d have fun making the video and we were doing our best to make the fun pass through into anyone who watches it.

Where do you see your career in the next 5 years?

In five years, we’ll be playing massive shows to massive crowds that love our music and want nothing more than to sing and dance with us.

Who have been your biggest influences to your music?

Our band is named after a Bob Dylan song, so he’s definitely a big one.  But The Beatles and Ray Charles are way up there as well.  

When did you realize you wanted to make music your career?

When I was 16, I started taking lessons with a new guitar teacher in Chicago named Mitch Lavin.  He taught me just enough theory to allow me to play along with all my favorite records. Once I could communicate in that way, I felt like I was part of the club and I was in it for life.

Do you have any advice to young artists that are just getting started? 

I’d tell young artists to simplify your goals down to creating sounds and imagery that you like, and delivering it to as many people as you can in the most powerful way you can.

Would you do anything different if you could go back in your career?

I don’t believe in regret so I’d keep everything just about the same.  Going forward, I’ll make sure to juice life for as much joy and fulfillment as I can.

Eleven Dollar Bills Website – elevendollarbillsband.com

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