House of Creatives is upon us again! Last year brought a killer set by headliners like The Flaming Lips and Crystal Castles, however we love this fest because it shows love to local bands and showcases the Magic City. The venue has changed from the North Miami Beach Bandshell to the Historic Virginia Key Park this year, but the bands booked keep getting better! Tremends, a raw melodic rocking band has been working hard in the Miami circuit for quite some time and they talk to Culture Designers about their experiences here and abroad.
Read our interview with local darlings Tremends below!
Culture Designers: We had an activation with you guys many moons ago at our old space Yo Amo 305, what have you been doing since then?
Tremends: We’re mostly playing live in Miami and writing new music
CD: What’s the story behind your band name?
T: It’s just a play on the word tremendous because we thought we were tremendous and the word kinda stuck around.
CD: Being a hard working band in this city is no feat. What have you observed changing in the Miami music scene for better or worse in the past few years?
T: Miami has definitely been a challenging place for artists and still is to some extent but we have seen an increase in the demand for live music. More venues have opened up to live bands and to us instead of sticking to the easy, usual, DJ format – which is a great thing for us.
CD: Venues come and go here, any special spots you’d like to send a shout out to?
T: Yes! The Anderson, the North Beach Bandshell, the Electric Pickle, Las Rosas, Gramps and of course Churchill’s… we’re probably forgetting a few the list is quite long!
CD: In almost every corner of the city you can hear Reggaeton and homegrown Rap wafting through the air. Your music is described as melodic rock, where do you find your audience in this raucous city more keen on rewarding DJ culture?
T: It’s more like they find us. People who don’t usually like that kind of music will tend go to the more underground spots, where they’ll usually find bands like us, or some underground electronic music. Surprisingly, even those underground electronic music venues also have been opening up to live music in the past year or so.
CD: When you have gone on tour, what have been your favorite places and why?
T: Our favorite place would be Los Angeles. We’ve just always had a great time there, the crowd is very different from Miami and so is the culture but we’ve always seen a good response.
CD: Tell us about your new EP. Style, inspiration, studio sessions. Did you record it here?
T: Yes we recorded it here in Miami. We tried a different approach to our music by including more electronic elements to it than our previous work. We also tried to be more spontaneous in our workflow because we feel that the best work is the one that comes out fast and naturally flows. At the end of the day, we just want to make something that we like and hope that people will like it too.
Words by Lauren Ruiz.