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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Crocodile

Crocodile, interview, Bandcamp

Crocodile is a the brainchild of Gianni Sarmiento and features Erik Gatling, Savanah Shanks and Ben Humphreys in the live band. The four piece released its album, Love During Wartime, in July 2015.

The 12-track album is available for name-your-price download or to stream on Bandcamp.

Below, read an interview with the Austin-based pop rock band…

Tell us a little about yourselves…
My name is Gianni Sarmiento and I am Crocodile. I started this as a solo project about three years ago after my last band separated. Since then, I have recorded two studio thingies. The latest album, Love During Wartime, was done on my own at my old place in Austin, Texas.

How long have you been making music?
I have been playing music more or less my whole life but started taking it seriously at some point in high school. So, I’ll say… about 10 years or so (I am 24).

Who/what are your influences?
Musically, I really like the classics like The Beatles and The Beach Boys and stuff like that. My songs are mostly about dealing with anxiety and whatever fears happen to be filling up my mind at the time. I always looked to writing music as a way to cope with the rest of my life.

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
I don’t really have a favorite as they’re all my beautiful babies (even the ugly ones). If I had to say, though, I’m really proud of “Falling” on the latest record. Everything from the arrangements to the lyrics, to the recording, came out better than expected, and it still surprises me to this day. You know, in a “how did I do that?” kind of way.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
I’ve been writing some new songs I’m very excited about and am planning on letting the band in on the process this time. It’ll be the first time Crocodile becomes a group effort and I am very excited as it can get pretty lonely sometimes.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
I recently started programming and making video games, so probably that. I love games with a hot, fiery passion.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
I’ve been a big fan of Dr. Dog for a few years now. Those guys work hard and put everything into their performances, that’s something I aspire to. Other than that, I have my incredibly talented friends to thank for giving me a reason to keep working.

Why do you make music?
I’ve always felt like recording is my own little way to leave my mark or something lame like that. I’m also not very good at too much else, so, I guess it gives me some sense of accomplishment as well. Basically, it’s what I do to keep from going crazy.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?

I really love Ramen.

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