We’re back this week with a brand new interview, introducing you guys this time to the punks Sean Nolan and the Heartmakers. Frontman Sean Nolan took some free time to answer a couple of questions for us. Learn more about his way of spending time during quarantine, as well as more info about the band’s upcoming record “The Machineries of Joy” .
Hello Sean Nolan and the Heartmakers, thanks for your time. Would it be please possible to introduce your band to our readers, as well as your roles in it?
Hey! My name I Sean. I play the guitar and sing. My friend Chris plays guitar and sings. My brother Kyle plays synthesizers and keyboards. My friend Matt’s on bass and our friend Kenny’s on the drums.
I know it’s hard for everyone but how do you personally live this quarantine?
This time of self-isolation, while initially a welcome escape from my daily grind, has become quite the challenge. Personally, I’ve had to sort of create my own daily routine; without some kind of plan I fall apart. It’s been nice having some more time to practice some of the other things I love; I’ve finally had the chance to start painting again, writing fiction. I have been playing the guitar and writing music. It’s been good. But there’s a lot I miss. A lot I’m not sure I’ll get back.
This crisis unfortunately impacts the entire population. What advice would you give to bands to continue developing their project and their online sales?
Honestly, I don’t feel like there’s much anyone can do right now aside from promoting their projects via social media, maybe do a livestream. It’s rough. I also think it’s a great opportunity to reflect. As artists we sometimes get so wrapped up in the hustle, we lose sight of why we create in the first place. I know I’ve got to take some time, sometimes, to take stock, figure out where I’m at. The last thing anyone needs is to burn out.
What is your opinion on Facebook lives, especially during this quarantine? Do you plan on making one with Sean Nolan and the Heartmakers?
We’ve done a few. It’s tricky. Honestly, it’s a whole new platform that requires some planning and preparation, not unlike an actual live show. Especially now, everyone’s doing them, fewer people are watching. The challenge is finding the right way to promote it, the best time to make it happen. It’s easy getting a million people to watch your livestream if you’re the Dropkick Murphy’s. I find it interesting just how similar it is to planning an actual show.
Let’s face it: the timing is not the best due to the pandemic and all shows cancelled, but you guys will release your record “The Machineries of Joy” on May 13th. How excited are you?
We’re all so proud of this record. It’s a huge bummer we had to cancel our record release show; three records in and we’ve still yet to throw a proper release party… But we’ll find a way. It’s a big deal for us. We’re really excited to finally share it with everyone.
Any funny story to share with us from your recording sessions?
When recording the acoustic tracks there was one part in particular Matt was having a hard time with. He was getting so frustrated with himself, shouting “fuck!” and throwing his headphones against the floor. Happened a few times. We were recording live, playing to a few room mics. I looked at him and said, “Hey, listen, it’s fine! We can just plug you back in; you’re the only one going direct right now. When you shout in the middle of the take, we have to start the whole thing over.”
He was having a tough time at the end; it’d been a long day. But I just found it so funny. I mean, it was funny at the time. Might not appreciate me telling that story… It’s alright. Love you Matt!
Is there any way we can support your upcoming release by buying some merch or pre-ordering the album?
You can preorder the record here (I got to get some more shipping info for folks not in the US):
Also, feel free to email me at email@example.com and we can work out shipping. I’m going to try and get some more merch up soon.
The last words are for you. If you have a message to convey, here’s your chance to talk about it!
This pandemic business is tough. But I do think it’s a great opportunity, like I said before, to reflect and take stock, see where we’re all at, collectively and on a personal level. It’s hard to say what’ll change on the other side of all this. But one thing’s for sure, we will carry on and we will grow. Let’s take care of each other. Thanks for reading!
Thanks for your time Sean!
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