Who is Seeing Blind ? – Unique, Powerful, Electrifying

Who is Seeing Blind ? – Unique, Powerful, Electrifying

I have recently had the opportunity to talk with MOe Levi: Seeing Blind Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist.

I have spent several days listening to their record trying to figure out how to best describe their music and the two things that first come to mind are unique and powerful. Vocally, lyrically and rhythmically Seeing Blind throws down on their newly released  record   ‘Let’s Paint Our Whole Room With It’.  With singles like “I’ve been wasting all this time” this dynamic, self described alternative rock, creative musical cartel is big stage bound with their unique sound and electrifying melodies.  I cant quite put my finger on a genre… and that is not at all a bad thing. It’s actually refreshing to hear the unique, almost alternative, almost rock and roll sounds that Seeing Blind is able to fuse together in perfect harmony.

Well enough of what I think…. here is what Seeing Blind  had to say during our Q&A session.

 

Why did you pick your band name? How did you form? Why did you decide to play the genre or genres you do?

[quote]The band name “Seeing Blind” came about because I was looking for something that was interesting and would make people think (I also really wanted a name that was an oxymoron. I guess that’s a bit of the writer-nerd  in me coming out). Seeing Blind means many things to us, but one of the main ideas is that we as a society in general are seeing the world that we live in through blind eyes. Which is actually worse than not seeing at all, because at least then you are aware that you don’t see.[/quote]

[quote]Jessika and I met in Ypsilant, MI in 2000 at a college party. I was looking to add cello to a recording I was doing at the time. Little did I know that I would fall in love with her! We moved to Seattle in 2002 and have been together playing music for 12 years now. We met Dylan a few years back through craigslist. He is an amazing young drummer who really gives Jessika and I the solid foundation we need to let us shine.  We are currently auditioning bassists.[/quote]

[quote]I just write what comes to me. I like writing to be as organic as possible. I have influences from all over the musical spectrum and I let that come through in my writing. The cello definitely changes the way I think about the music…I need to make sure I leave room for her and her frequencies. But, Honestly, we still aren’t 100% sure what our genre really is! ;)[/quote]

If you wanted to convince someone to buy your record… How would you best describe your music to a person that has never heard it?

[quote]If I wanted to convince someone to buy our record I guess I’d probably lie. I’d tell people they could lose up to a pound a play, that our album would make them sexier and cooler and would guarantee to lead to eternal bliss. Since I’m an honest person, I guess I’d have to fall back on the fact that what Jessika and I create together with her cello and my vocals is truly unique. That Seeing Blind is a passionate display of musicianship and grit. That they will never hear anything that would even come close to comparing to what we all create.[/quote]

 

What recording artist has had the greatest infuelnce in regards to Seeing Blinds artistic approach to music?

 [quote]This is, of course, a tough question.  I guess there are many but one that sticks out for me is Jeff Buckley. He didn’t get a chance to write very many songs, but the ones he did were superb. If you listen to the double CD ‘To my sweetheart the drunk’ you can really hear that he was not afraid to try something different. The second cd is one where you can really hear how he challenges himself. His beautiful soul shines through.[/quote]

 

Do you write out your lyrics? Do you ever change a song’s lyrics in live sets? 

[quote]Yes, I write out my lyrics. How else am I supposed to remember them? 😉 I have been known to change song lyrics during live sets. It is just something that happens in the moment and is never planned.[/quote]

Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?

[quote]Songwriting for me is like picking fruit off of a tree and baking a pie. The fruit is already there for the picking. Mother Nature did all the work. All I have to do is climb the ladder and reach out for it. When I bake the pie I get all the credit. ;)[/quote]

 

Do you have a band website? Why or why not? Do you have a Facebook or Twitter? Do you use Bandcamp, Spotify or SoundCloud to share your music? Do you think that online presence is important for fans to find you and critics to find your music to write about?

[quote] Yes, we have a band website: www.seeingblindband.com FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/seeingblind TWITTER: www.twitter.com/seeingblind We don’t really use Bandcamp, or soundcloud but do use Spotify. There are so many different music sites that I honestly get tired of trying to keep track of all of them. I am the manager, booker, social networker, webmaster, etc. and there is enough to do without trying to be everywhere online all time. However, I do firmly believe an online presence is important. Online is where it’s at, literally. I really don’t like being on computers because they suck the life out of me, but is a necessary evil at this point.[/quote]

 

What do you think about online music sharing? Do you ever give your music away for free? Why?

[quote] We do give away music from time to time. We just released a new album produced by Jack Endino and have three songs we are giving away www.reverbnation.com/seeingblind. The main thing is to get our music out to the people. And, hell, everyone loves free, right? I just want people to hear it. And if they like it enough, they’ll buy the album.[/quote]

 

Do you have any advice to give to young aspsiring musicians?

[quote]My main piece of advice is don’t give up. I have been close before to giving up and each time I haven’t it’s gotten better. Dreams are not some unreachable things. They are only what you perceive them to be. I think the trick is to turn your dreams into goals and then act upon achieving them, one step at a time.[/quote]

 

Anything you would like share, from new merch to upcoming shows/tours or songs/albums?

[quote]We have a lot going on right now. We just released a new album produced by Jack Endino (Nirvana/Soundgarden/L7) entitled ‘Let’s Paint Our Whole Room With It’. It is something we are all very proud of and are excited to share. We have brand new merchandise including Amercian Apparel t-shirts hand printed by Jessika (Our clothing merchandise is always – American Apparel – made in the USA)!

We will be performing at Seattle Pridefest June 30th @ the Mural Amphitheater stage @ 4pm. We also have a show coming up in Olympia, WA at The Fourth Ave Tavern on Saturday July 6th @ 8pm.[/quote]

 

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Christian Hamilton

Christian Hamilton

Christian is the founder and Editor of Rock Paper Rock as well as a freelance concert and event photographer serving the Pacific Northwest and Beyond. He is a certified member of the PPA and Gold Level member of the CPS. He has recently began working with Mental Itch Records and has launched his own Photography website.



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