What I Learned at Bandcamp: Inspired and the Sleep
Inspired and the Sleep is a California psych-pop outfit featuring singer-songwriter Max Greenhalgh and multi-instrumentalist Bryce Outcault. In October 2015, the duo released Eyelid Kid on Bandcamp and has since filmed multiple music videos, including a stop motion film for “Die Slow” that came out Jan. 12.
Below, read The Spec‘s interview with Greenhalgh and listen to tracks from Eyelid Kid…
Tell us a little about Inspired and the Sleep…
We like to call our music “psych-pop” seeing as we take conceptual experimental elements and center them around groove to weave pop songs. The project has started and remains a recording project with a live band extension.
How long have you been making music?
I started playing bass when I was around 12. Shortly after I joined several bands. When I was 15, I started writing songs and my instrumental focus turned to singing and songwriting. Bryce started playing guitar in middle school and spent a good portion of his youth playing black metal until developing his tastes elsewhere.
Who/what are your influences?
In terms of songwriting, I would say everything you experience is an influence to some extent as it affects what songs you write. As far as other artists go, I am very much into Canadian pianist Patrick Watson. I’m obsessed with the production of the Menomena. And Jeff Buckley is my favorite singer of all time.
What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
My favorite song I’ve ever put out is “In My Labyrinth Mind.” I always love the songs that just fall together perfectly
Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
We have a ton of music recorded that we are currently mixing and deciding what to do with. About two albums worth. We have a tour in April and a self-made remix for the “In My Labyrinth Mind” tune coming out soon.
If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
I’m in school for web design and coding. So building websites would be my profession.
What musicians or bands do you look up to?
I used to be obsessed with this San Diego band called Cuckoo Chaos, which is currently no longer active. Also, my old bandmate and friend Aaron Dennis taught me everything I know about songwriting.
Why do you make music?
Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
That we are a striving to touch their souls with our music.