One of the great conundrums of our time is coming to accept that most of our favorite musical artists in fact… do not write their songs. This is so deeply engrained in us now that it can be shocking when we hear that some one like Bruno Mars actually had a hand in writing one of his songs.
This is one of the reasons we were so stoked to sit down with this up and coming group, ARIZONA. They are writers, producers and creators who love the process just as much as the product.
Check out the interview below to be apart of their journey!
1) WHO ARE YOU GUYS?
We’re just a group of guys who hail from humble upbringings in New Jersey. We all come from various creative backgrounds – Zach & David came up producing and writing songs together since high school. David grew up with the Jonas Brothers as family friends through church (their dad was his pastor), and there met PJ Bianco – who Zach and Dave both mentored under. Zach went on to work side by side with Sean Paul, Stacy Barthe, Mya, JoJo, and more before he reached the age of 20. Nate grew up playing music in the church before attending Berklee. We all ended up meeting in Boston while living together. There’s no denying that we’ve all had and continue to have great opportunities to work in and grow from working with more people than we could ever list here, but we honestly just hit a point where we’ve become a little spent making great stuff for other people. We just want people to hear our art from the source. So we made “A R I Z O N A”.
2) WHY DO WE EVEN CARE ABOUT YOUR BAND? WHY DO YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR BAND?
Well we care about our band because its the first opportunity we’ve seized for ourselves to take all of our collective experience and express ourselves creatively. Art imitates life, and ours have been unique, to say the least. As far as you guys go, I guess its up to what you like – As creatives we’re excited for the opportunity to have an audience… but this is really for us, to get our voices and experiences out there. But literally.. we’ve always put it like this: the drums are gritty and the synths are pretty. We hope you dig it.
3) YOU GUYS SEEM TO BE KILLING IT ON SOUNDCLOUD. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?
We’re killing it on SoundCloud? Dope! Guess the music speaks for itself. Also, Nate’s kind of an insta(gram)stud. That being said, follow us on IG (@corollastudios | @zachhannah | @nathanieljesse | @dlabuguen)
4) ARE YOU COMPLETELY DIY OR ARE YOU BACKED BY A LABEL MUCH LIKE MANY OTHER “DIY” ARTISTS THESE DAYS?
We’re completely DIY. 100000000000% From recording in trailers, car-studios, and closets, to mixing in basements and on trains.
5) CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE YOU AT COACHELLA NEXT YEAR?
Yeah, we actually just had an argument about who gets to go hang on HAIM’s bus first. (Hint, its David .)
6) WHAT THE HELL IS THIS COROLLA STUDIOS THING YOU KEEP TALKING ABOUT? WHOSE IDEA WAS THAT? BECAUSE…. ITS PRETTY AWESOME.
Corolla Studios I think is one of our most inspired projects, but it’s sort of a long story. To keep it as brief as possible: We all spent a little time apart when we were moving around the world, doing lots of different things. When we finally all got back together at home in New Jersey, we were all pretty poor and had no place to work on anything, including “A R I Z O N A”. Zach’s mom always let him use her old Toyota Corolla to use when he was home. So one day, we had the bright idea of tearing out all the consoles and refitting the interior to house our equipment. We had built a mobile recording studio in an old busted car…basically. We decided to get some of our other friends together and crowd fund another car to take to new cities and make a YouTube series with. It’s all explained here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ffadscXLvk
7) WHAT IS YOUR LONG TERM GOAL WITH COROLLA STUDIOS?
Well I think it’s just a fun project that let’s us all spend time together and has the potential to inspire a lot of other creative people of all ages and backgrounds, especially those who feel like they’ve hit a brick wall. Its always going to be a vehicle (literally and figuratively) to get us out of our monotonous workflow and comfort zone – and bring us to new experiences that inform our creative lives.
8) DO COROLLA STUDIOS AND A R I Z O N A WORK WELL TOGETHER OR DO YOU SEE HAVING TO GIVE ONE UP IN THE FUTURE? IF SO, WHICH ONE WOULD IT BE?
We’re consistently working on more than one thing at a time. Creating is our life, building brands and fuelling movement is what we do. I think we try to keep the “one hand washes the other” mentality when it comes to our projects in the sense that if one particular creation gains notoriety before the others, it will only fuel the fire for more things to follow.