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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Adam Arcuragi and The Lupine Chorale Society

 

Adam Arcuragi is 33 years old and has been involved in music for all 33 of those years.

His mother played guitar while she was pregnant and took him on a musical education in the womb, by playing records through headphones onto her stomach. Arcuragi says he began with piano, then moved to cello, saxophone and later on, guitar. Throughout his childhood, he sang in the church choir twice a week and at the age of 14, began writing songs. It’s safe to say Acuragi has music running through his veins.

He currently resides in Los Angeles and records music with a revolving network of musicians knows as The Lupine Chorale Society. The most recent album, Like a Fire That Consumes All Before it…, was released in January and can be streamed and purchased on Bandcamp.

Sit on your porch, drink some whiskey and listen to the folky tunes of Adam Arcuragi…

Who/what are your influences?
I always want my voice to be like Rachmaninoff‘s piano and my guitar to sound like Darlene Love. In terms of writing style, I’ve got so many influences. The Flaming Lips, Bob Dylan, Belle and Sebastian, Jeff Barry, Hope Sandoval, Hank Williams, Faron Young, Stephen Merrit, Robert Graves and Ride are just the tip of the iceberg but are the ones that come most readily to mind.

How did you come up with your name?
My mom gets all the credit for that. She initially wanted to name me after the word, in Cherokee, for the part of a river where it turns from fresh water to salt water. My dad insisted I be given a family name. They compromised on Adam. The ‘Arcuragi’ part comes from an ancient tribe of Arab weapon smiths who ended up in Sicily, which is where both paternal great grandfathers came from.

In terms of The Lupine Chorale Society, that name came from needing a name for the group to play under. Since it wasn’t a standard band with fixed, regular members I figured it should sound like a musical association rather than a ‘band.’ Singing and harmonies are alway of the utmost importance to me so I liked the idea of all these folks as wolves howling to the Moon.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
We’ve already started on the next record. I’m toying with the idea of putting out various artists that I really like on The Moon Recording Company. The next few months are going to be extremely busy. It is very exciting.

What inspires your music?
An invigorating day at a museum, a great song, a fascinating book or being around good people will all inspire a song. Sometimes, it is just as simple as being in the right mood and walking down the street.

Why do you make music?
I’ve asked that of myself quite a lot. It’s just what my brain picked. It is magical and I do enjoy it tremendously.

 

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