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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Clay Dudash

Clay Dudash, Bandcamp, interview

Clay Dudash plays indie folk music out of Tucson. He released his debut five-track EP, Keep You Company, in January and the album is currently available for download and streaming on Bandcamp.

Read below to see what Clay Dudash had to say about Bloc Party, women, and why he makes music…

Tell us a little about yourself…
I list on social networking sites that I make “party music,” but I really don’t.

How long have you been making music?
I started taking classical guitar classes in high school back in 2008, and then I started trying to write songs in 2009. I don’t think I had anything decent until 2011 though.

Who/what are your influences?
The people that made me want to make music, initially, were Foals, Bloc Party, Interpol, Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes, and Editors. Those were the top on rotation on my ipod for a long time. I remember listening to the song “Rhododendron” by Bloc Party back in high school and I was like, “I have to start writing, I need to take this seriously” because the song just affected me so much.

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
Freight,” because it’s the only song that was written with all of the accompanying parts in mind. When we were recording I was able to track the drum parts and I had a blast just hitting shit all day, hahaha.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
I have an EP with my friend Loop Analysis that we’re recording right now, which is a little different than the stuff I currently have out, but it’s a lot of fun. I’m also demoing a bunch of songs for another solo EP, maybe two, depending on how much material ends up being good. I won’t be recording a full length unless it’s warranted, and right now I don’t think it is.

What inspires your music?
Women and death inspire me the most right now, I think.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Any band or artist that regularly plays stadiums and arenas. That’s a lot of hard work, both to get to that level and maintain that status. Like, they record an album and when they’re done they play in front of thousands of people, that’s crazy to me.

Why do you make music?
To help people through life. That sounds really sappy, but when I listen to really good music it helps me get excited about living life. The excitement you get when you discover a band you really love is amazing, and I want that affect on people. I want people to play my music to get excited about living, whether they’re happy or sad.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
We have more videos on the way, and I’m rehearsing with my friends Neil, Luke, and Abel to start playing full band shows. So hopefully in the next couple of months we’ll be tight enough to go out and play the EP songs together. That’s it, really.

One Comment

  1. Blogger.
    Hey give us fans more than same day notice for yer shows por favor. Speaking of women and death , check out my NY pal Dyke McVinnie
    Superb songwriter produced my red dress cd too
    Anyhoo he has a great cd called Sex and Death. He usually will give people copies of CDs if they send him a bubble envelope and address. Look him up

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