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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Andrew Collberg

Andrew Collberg, Bandcamp, Interview

Andrew Collberg has been passionate about making music since he was a child. The Tucson-based artist began playing drums when he was eight, at 16 he won his first band contest and he debuted his first album at age 18.

Collberg plays in a number of Tucson bands including Golden Boots, Fur Family, Jazz Telephone and Ohioan. He is signed to German label Le Pop Musik and in November 2013 he released Minds Hits, his third full-length album.

Listen to tracks and read The Spec‘s interview with Andrew Collberg, below…

How long have you been making music?
I started playing drums when I was about eight or so, and then continued to pick up other instruments and teach myself along the way… I started writing songs with my sister as a kid and then after playing in a few bands as a youngster, decided to write my own songs because I got fed up with being in bands (too much drama and debate versus actual production). Later on, I changed my mind about bands once I started to meet like-minded people.

Who/what are your influences?
Levon Helm, Harry Nilsson, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Bill Fay, Kinks, Beatles, Golden Boots…too many…etc., etc.

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
Right now, I’m fond of the last single I put out “SUN” on PIAPTK because it was done all live in my apartment with the band. I live in a shotgun space so we were all lined up from the front of the house to the back playing together, then tracked straight to tape. I love that kinda thing…

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
I’d like to keep touring… try the States for one. I’ve mostly toured in Europe because of the label I’m associated with there (Le Pop), but I’d like to travel here more. Also, finishing other music projects that I’ve started, one is almost there…

And of course making more albums, but that shall come…

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
I really look up to The Band as a group of musicians who were a band but were also amazing studio guys. They all wrote, sung, and played amazing, but also added their own personal stamp to whatever project they were involved with. Their group dynamic is something I look up to when thinking about what makes a band of people special. Their curation was great.

Also, I play drums in a group in town called Golden Boots. Even though I play with these guys, I’ve learned from being in their group and recording with them; out of the norm and stupid ideas that always seem to work or kinda work… which is part of the beauty of music..

Why do you make music?
There aren’t that many things I’ve done so far that are quite as fun…

What would you want to be if you weren’t a musician?
Really, anything creative… paint…film…

One Comment

  1. This is so damb good .Sounds like it coulda been on the a.m.radio in a differnt world (circa 1971) this is a terrific single….
    -billy sedlmayr

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