Atlas Genius: Aussie Indie Rocker Keith Jeffery Has No Complaints About Being Buzzworthy
[Laughs] Well, thank you. Thank you. [Laughs]
It might be something we can never know. I guess what we try to do as musicians is focus on the music. I think the mistake you can make is try to sound like one band. In one song, we might be referencing a spawn of bands we love. Every band I like, I like for different reasons. Some bands I love the lyrics, some bands I love the rhythm, some bands I think have great guitar. When you go to create a song, a certain song, depending on the mood of the song, will dictate what you want to put in, and mentally you go back to well, I think this keyboard sound will work great here because it has that sense of revive from a song of another band.
That's kind of how we work, whether it's consciously or subconsciously. So I think, if you're focusing on that, just an air of it has been we're all different human beings, going through different standards of experience with different parts of music, nobody has ever been exactly the same band. So, if you kind of just use that as a guide that will separate you from other bands. If every band did that, every band would have their own sound. We also try to focus on each song individually, as well. Especially with this album, we didn't set about to make, you know, an "indie dance album" or an "acoustic folk album" or whatever. Every song was individually inspired.
One of your bios explained you were discovered on a music blog called, Neon Gold. How did you find out that you had been featured?
Actually it was Michael, the drummer, who found out. He came to me and said, "Ah, look this blog has written about our song." We actually didn't know anything about Neon Gold. We didn't really know they were actually bigger than your average blog. So we just thought it was cool that someone liked our song. Turns out, it was a pretty good blog to have like your song.
Favorite song on the album?
Um, I mean, it changes day by day but maybe the song I like the most is a song called "Centered On You".
What's it called?
"Centered on You." Spell it the Australian English way, "C-E-N-T-R-E-D," the way we would bastardize the American English way. Put it on you [laughs].
Alright, one more random question: Did you see Beyonce's Super Bowl performance? How hot is she?
I'm sorry to say I missed it.
I missed it. Should I go to YouTube?
You have to. It's the hottest thing you'll ever see.
Alright. Well, if I have to, [laughs] we'll cut this interview short.
Atlas Genius is scheduled to perform Friday, February 8, at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe.