Great time #NYC

At their live shows, GREAT TIME's range inspires a kaleidoscope of emotions (not to mention dance moves). Their music attracts all types of ears, and is influenced by artists that go as hard as Nirvana, as gentle as Sufjan Stevens, and as dancy as Little Dragon. GREAT TIME is excited to present their long anticipated release GREAT ALBUM. One listen front to back will have you forgetting whether you’re couch surfing or crowd surfing.


How has your music evolved since you first began?

Z: I think it’s fundamentally pretty similar, at least in terms of our general workflow and the types of ideas we’re drawn towards. We’ve definitely improved over the years (better recording techniques, more interesting sounds, better mixing/mastering), but nothing has changed drastically in terms of the types of things we create. We still record hours of jams and cut them up, we still write riffs, we still make beats, we’re just slowly improving at all of those things.

What drew you to the music industry?

Z: I would say I was more drawn to creating music, originally as an instrumentalist, then slowly broadened my interests into other areas like writing and production, engineering, etc. It’d be great if we didn’t have to worry about the commerce side of things, but that’s not realistic for a sustainable career...

What's your biggest struggle?

It’s definitely a constant grind trying to get your music into new ears and discovering new fans. There are so many platforms now that we can use as artists, and many of them have great tools for connecting artists with new listeners, but sometimes it’s difficult to get over the threshold of “rising band” instead of “complete nobody”. We’re fortunate to have such great fans already, and we try to make the most of every opportunity.

What are your rehearsals generally like?

Since we live together, we’re always working on something, whether it’s new music, videos, business stuff (emails etc). When we actually sit down to rehearse the live show, usually the first few rehearsals are a lot of stopping and starting, trying to figure out the best sounds for each part of the song, really nailing down our roles and trying to cover as much as we can. Eventually, we’re good with just running the set straight down, maybe making a few tweaks here and there, but mostly running it down and pretending like it’s an actual show.

Who are you inspired by?

tons of music. I think we’re open to pretty much anything; we all have a lot of crossover in terms of the stuff we grew up on (and listen to now) like Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderley, Thomas Mapfumo, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, J Dilla, D’Angelo, Feist, The Police, Nirvana, Incubus and so much more. We’re also inspired by different instruments and workflows to not get bored with taking the same approach to every new song.