What are your names?
Molly O’Malley and Matthew Adam
Tell us the story behind the name ‘ Aeves’.
We both took Latin for a few years and we were looking for a cool name that represented the aspirations for the band, and what we wanted to do with the band, and it translates to “those who fly” and flying makes you feel free, and liberated, and that’s what we wanted our music to do for other people.
What is your genre of music?
We are an indie pop band! Woo. Or whatever you want to label us, that’s fine. We’re a band. We play music.
Give us a little bio about you as a duo and individuals.
I (Molly) was born in Jeffersonville, Indiana. I grew up in New Albany, IN, spent more time in Louisville so I decided to call it home. My family is actually from Cleveland, Ohio. I’ve played music since I was about 14? Piano was my first instrument. I didn’t actually start singing until I was about 19. I’ve played in a few different bands prior to AE. I like corny jokes and vietnamese food. I have the best cat in the world named Pouchy.
Matt: I was born in Kissimmee, Florida. I moved to New Albany when I was two. The same thing happened for me, I spent more time in Louisville so it’s easy to call that place home. I started music lessons really early starting with guitar (guitar isn’t my forte) at the age of 5. I also started singing around the same time, around August of 1999 I sang at a vigil for the Dalai Lama. After that I didn’t get back into lessons until around 2006. I love sushi and play a lot of video games.
Duo: We met in middle school, we’ve been friends since. We met through mutual taste and appreciation with music, and with all those ingredients it was very easy and organic to start a band. We went to the same high school and middle school, and grew up together.
Are you a signed?
We were, and then the label owner passed, and the label is now defunct. So, no.
You work with 258PR, how did that come about?
Hope found us and contacted us, and we checked it out, she seemed to get “it” and so we went from there.
Tell us more about your track ‘Loaded Love”.
It is a love song about vulnerability and how that vulnerability can also come back to bite you in the butt. It’s about dealing with the stuff going on inside yourself all the while being a supportive partner, and how sometimes it’s hard to balance the two things out, but it doesn’t mean you love the person any less.
What was the writing process like for ‘Loaded Love’ ?
I originally wrote it on piano with some lyrics when I was singing about what I was feeling at the time, and it kind of stuck. We took it into the studio and revised the chorus, and tweaked it with Marc, and it was good. It came very naturally.
What Was the recording process like?
We recorded with Marc at his studio, and it went fairly smoothly. I think we spent about two days on the song. Maybe one. There was this dang dog kept trying to come after everyone, whose name is escaping me, and I will just say that dog didn’t like anyone. Any time you went out to go to the bathroom or came in the dog was just like YAPPING. I don’t think that has a lot to do with the recording process, but it happened while in the studio, so I’ll apply it as such.
You are set to release the music video, what can you tell us about it?
The music video was shot in several beautiful locations, we went out for around two days with the director and our good friend, Sean Highley and just had fun doing it.
HERE IS THE VIDEO!
Will you be releasing an EP or album? If so can you tell us more about that?
We’ll be releasing an EP soon, we can’t tell you exactly when but it’ll be soon. The EP will include Wild Hearts and Loaded Love and some new material as well too. We’re excited to share it.
Will you be touring this year?
We currently have no plans just yet for touring. We would like to and maybe we can soon but we’ll most likely be playing shows here and there in nearby cities.
If So where will you be heading?
What made you go in to music?
Passion, for me, purely. When I first actually got into music, and by that I mean obsessing and becoming a part of a community due to music, it was because of how it made me feel, and I felt like I belonged to something for the first time in my life, and it felt right. When I started playing, I wanted to be like my favorite musicians, but I always wondered why. I realized it was because they created a safe space where I could be myself and I felt less alone, and like I didn’t have to hide certain aspects or parts of myself to fit in. I wanted to create that for other people, and give back to other people, the way my favorite musicians have given me something. When your talent, passion, and purpose line up, I guess you’ve found your “thing” and that’s what music was for me. It’s my thing.
Do you play any instruments?
I play piano, a little bit of guitar, dabble on bass, and sing. I cannot play any drums for shit.
Matt plays piano.
Who are your influences?
I have so many. Early years can go anywhere from NSYNC to Fall Out Boy to Simon and Garfunkel. Nowadays, I’m just as across the board. I really like to listen to anything and everything and use all of those influences to create a new sound. Lately I’ve been really into the new Manchester Orchestra, Will to Die, White Reaper, Oh Wonder, Rozwell Kid, and Shawn Mendes records, as far as records that have come out this year. I seem to always keep Touche Amore’s Parting the Sea and Oso Oso’s Real Stories on my backburner. There is so much music, oh my.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
It depends. I’ll hear something when I’m listening to the news, I’ll get super in my head and have a crisis and then verbalize that via writing and reword it. I’ll have a conversation with someone and they’ll say something that really hooks my brain, and I’ll write it down and reword it. I’ll sit down at my piano and just sing what I’m thinking, and it works. It really does come out of nowhere for me, seemingly.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Molly: Still writing music, that’s for sure.
Matt: Still doing AE, touring.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
Molly: Either writing, reading, gym, binging on shows, or my friends and I are picking each other’s brains. Sometimes I will get into drawing kicks or whatever have you. I really enjoy drawing.
Matt: Watching shows on Netflix, hanging out with friends, or just trying to keep busy.
Where would your dream venue to play in your hometown?
This is where I’m supposed to say The Yum Center but I’m gonna admit I’d like to play the Brandeis Basement one more time, RIP, I miss you.
If you could collaborate with one UK Artists or Band who would it be?
Years & Years. I love their songwriting so much. It’s very catchy songwriting with genuine lyrics. Also, I do enjoy Oh Wonder and I do highly respect how well Charli XCX can write a dang hook.
If you could collaborate with one US Artists or Band who would it be?
For both of us, Patrick Stump. We both love Fall Out Boy and Patrick has been who we’ve wanted to collaborate with since forever. He’s an all around talented individual.
Personally, I would say anybody whose music I listen to. If I get super super into a record, I always think about the songwriting and nine times out of ten I have already wondered what it would be like to write with them.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
I don’t know if I could pinpoint a particular SONG. Lordy, there are so so so so many. If I had to pick one ALBUM, I would say From Under The Cork Tree. If I had to pick one song off of that album, I would pick XO (here’s also a liner note about do your part to save the scene and stop going to shows, except, not really).
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Okay I will be the first to admit that if someone gives me advice, the first thing I’m doing to do is not listen to it. The second thing I’m going to do is go with my gut instinct and do what I want because I am stubborn and hardheaded. So I will just say go with your gut.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Do not be afraid to take risks, and do not be afraid to be yourself. Stay true to yourself, don’t be afraid to fail, don’t be afraid to write a terrible song, don’t be afraid to do what other people aren’t doing. Do you.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Well I honestly don’t really have a quote to live by, and I don’t mean that in a bad way aha. Stick to your moral compass, and try not to hurt others in the process,, I guess? That was a bad answer.
Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4y3815zqDHQ maybe that’ll help.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Confidence, sound check, everything you’ve practiced, humility, and also my personal mic.