Lise Nox interviews Daniel Correa, lead singer of Miami indie rock outfit The Collective Bus. They talk about re-adjusting to the music scene after the pandemic, the pop punk revival, his relationship with his audience and more.
Lise Nox interviews Daniel Correa, lead singer of Miami indie rock outfit The Collective Bus. They talk about re-adjusting to the music scene after the pandemic, the pop punk revival, his relationship with his audience and more.
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Lise Nox 0:00
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Lise Nox 0:28
Hi, this is Lise Knox and you’re listening to Eye on the Triangle. With the rising people being vaccinated against COVID-19 in North Carolina as of July 2021. More and more local venues are hosting shows again. In this episode, I had a conversation with Daniel Correa, the lead singer of Miami based band The Collective Bus was going to play a show at the Pour house Music Hall in July 2021. The band is going on a small tour around North Carolina right now. And I was super excited to be able to interview someone from Ben at this time, as things are progressively going back to be more stable for the music industry. We talked about the feeling of getting back on stage after months without any live shows his relationship to his audience, the pressure of social media, the revival of pop, punk, and many other things. I hope you enjoy the episode.
Lise Nox 1:18
My first question is pretty obvious. But how are you feeling about getting back on stage
Daniel Correa 1:22
it does feel like it does feel good to finally propel ourselves back into the new normal. I feel a bit nervous wrapped up in excitement I try to not set any expectations for anything because I’ve philosophically I feel like that’s setting yourself up for disappointment. So for anything, I’m just like, it will be a show. That’s my response when any when anybody tells me like, Oh, I’m excited for it, it’s gonna be great. It’s gonna be fantastic. I’m just like, it’s going to be a show. Yeah, it’ll be an experience. Because I feel meaning in and of itself is retroactive, we we decide that afterward, after we’ve experienced the thing that may be bad or good, or whatever it’s on. I’m actually doing a gig tonight, there’ll be my first gig in since March of 2020.
Lise Nox 2:10
Good thing that you’re not putting too much pressure on yourself, even after a year and a half of not performing like it’s a good way to look at it. Wait, no, sorry, march of march of 2021. Oh, sorry. Okay, so you played recently about not that bad? Did you feel more stressed out at the time? Or were you like, you know, just feeling the same? Like, oh, it’s just a show, like, I just had more time to rehearse or
Daniel Correa 2:31
Yeah, it was it was just a show, we had been doing live streams in the interim, it was like this is a bar gig chance to stretch our legs and do some stuff that I had, obviously, so a lot of stuff happened in the world, especially close to home and in the political sphere, the capital rights specifically I was deeply affected by and that sort of accelerated my mindset to be I was going to start with pop album then like an arena rock then then go into punk and, and because of the the political state of the world had accelerated so fast, because COVID I was just like, my, I need to use my voice in some way. I need to use my privilege to the fullest extent that I can and just exercise my voice at every opportunity. So that’s what I did at this bar gig. And when I went on a little rant towards the people who’s from the Capitol riot, and I’m not we can’t play that. I got I got that it’s fine. We only played there like once a year even even if there was a COVID or anything. So not not a loss. You just like made your point and then left forever. I’m sorry, buddy. We’re not we’re not for you. I’m not I don’t care. I don’t care to play Hey,
Lise Nox 3:52
you will have so many more opportunities and then you’re going on tour right
Daniel Correa 3:55
now. And yeah, we’re doing that’s the whole reason for the interview that we’re doing a little micro tour in North Carolina playing at 1/58 on Main during the food truck festival then doing playing a bus Viking and Concord and then finally at the poorhouse co headlining with former guitarist, but a longtime friend, always a friend, Ben Ben Youngblood we actually listened to your show all the time. Big fan. That’s so cool. Yeah, it’d be great for you guys to have them on. Yeah.
Lise Nox 4:28
Have you ever been to the poorhouse before like have you ever played in North Carolina or
Daniel Correa 4:32
the only time we’ve played in North Carolina is in just in a bowling alley? retrofitted part of it to have a like sort of dance floor.
Lise Nox 4:44
Daniel Correa 4:44
the my experience in playing in North Carolina is there a few times and then another bar?
Lise Nox 4:49
Yeah, I was gonna say it’s only playing an actual venue with like, you know, a crowd of people and like, you know, the place is actually made for shows. It’s not just a little thing. On this side, it’s like the host shows all the time and it’s going to be like a full on like high quality experience for everyone.
Daniel Correa 5:06
My mindset in regards to performance is you give you give 100% even when it’s not needed, especially when it’s not needed. I think of mature endo, the punk band Stalin in Japan, he there’s a video of him and his band playing for a moaning morning show in front of a bunch of Japanese housewives. Totally not their audience, but he’s just giving it his all he you know, he goes on the floor, he’s like, kind of doing a squeal, kind of like running around. And then the the clip ends with him diving into the audience. And that’s the energy that I that I tried to embody his and Angela Cujo, who once you get out here, you check your ego at the door.
Lise Nox 5:45
Yeah, and matter the audience or the place your way out, you like give you 100%
Daniel Correa 5:50
just do what you came to do exactly. The audience and itself doesn’t I don’t care if they’re there, I don’t care if they’re not there. If I can just curate a good time. That is what matters. Even even if there’s no audience, you know, they’re still there still could be there. So as the owner, there’s still the staff, if I could still curate a good time, there’s still the band part of my job is to be able to curate a good time for them so that way they want to stay involved and keep keep riding riding the bus as it were, that’s important to me, not just from an employment coworker perspective, but also just like as friends as people.
Lise Nox 6:28
Yeah, that makes sense. I guess you’re any way your way of performing is going to change going forward, like after the pandemic, and all of that like is your adult looking at you instruments are going to play on stage or something new. You want to try that you didn’t used to do before the pandemic? Oh, for sure. The
Daniel Correa 6:45
biggest change is one, the music itself a lot of whatever recently is a byproduct of the pandemic and is going to take a more political subversive edge take into the natural extreme of some of my early work, like don’t stop and fold it back, or the that certainly had political themes, but it was definitely subtext, it was definitely the secondary layer. This is going to operate in the primary primary layer is going to be more aggressive.
Lise Nox 7:14
Do you think in terms of genre, even if you don’t stick to a specific genre, but in terms of genre? Does that mean you’re going to be playing like punk music? Or is it just in the lyrics per se?
Daniel Correa 7:23
More on the punk end? Yes. 100% of them. Yeah. And then we’re starting to write stuff as a band for really the first time with Linkous between the main three of us David Aldo, and I and we all collectively have a similar taste towards math rock progressive rock, and so we’re writing stuff akin to that this this will all slowly make its way into our show. But for right now, you’re gonna see little bubbles of it, especially at the poorhouse show.
Lise Nox 7:53
Are you going to stuff at the shows are going to play in North Carolina? Like stuff you haven’t released yet? Yes, yeah, cuz I was going to say when I looked you up on Spotify, I mean, the collective buss and then you on your own, I listened to you like the latest single you’ve released with your band. So take time, and was more of a like soft Ed rock ballad kind of thing. So you guys were like, gonna take the leap of faith, hoping your audience is like going to get on board with like, more aggressive stuff right away. Because I mean, that sounds super cool, as far as I’m concerned. But it’s like, in terms of your discography on Spotify, like it’s gonna go from like, soft India until like, straight up, punk.
Daniel Correa 8:30
Yeah, well, here from my perspective, we’re not going to do it immediately. And we have stuff that’s just kind of all over the place, you did the burning down a house cover, that’s kind of like all funk. And then we did a jigsaw falling to place by Radiohead definitely rock left to center, the transformation depends on multiple factors that are up in the air, it’s fighting between the artist and then the brand. And you don’t want to alienate people check out the gate, but it’s also on this on the same wavelength, like Who are these people, because of COVID, we’re kind of starting from the bottom, we don’t have a fan base to begin with. So it’s whatever we want. And that’s kind of why I’m doing it. I want to cultivate an atmosphere for everybody to enjoy for everybody to feel safe to resonate with to have an outlet for the anger that I’m feeling or to feel welcomed, and to know that we don’t tolerate any sort of bigotry in this band.
Lise Nox 9:23
But yeah, it’s like the perks of being a relatively small band is that you don’t really have huge expectations from your fan base. If you want to switch to punk, let’s say tomorrow really play a completely new set of songs. I don’t think people are going to care that much. And I think they’re just going to enjoy your night just like they would have if you had played any other kind of music. The only difference is that you get to play the music first of all that you like playing. And second of all, you get to write songs that are more aligned with where you are at right now. You know, just like you were saying about your anger and the political issues you want to tackle and I just think it’s really great like you get to write about Anything you want and you don’t have to fear people not being on board or leaving your fan base or anything like that because you’re still growing
Daniel Correa 10:08
precisely that Thank you. Yeah the only the only thing we’re concerned is repeats of what happened at the guitar where we we got banned for being overtly political. So again, this is a safe space this is a place for LGBT people of color, etc um
Lise Nox 10:24
yeah it’s a really positive message like just like is it like a safe space for everyone involved? Like Have you ever like done a full like US tour like all around the US
Daniel Correa 10:33
before? Yes, so before this before COVID only stuff we were we support act for Anna nolleke and john Wait, which were one was a new wave act back in the 80s john and and the other had a big hit in the 2000s breathe and then did like small tours. And regardless, we we did do we did see a lot of the US played a lot of these reputable places like Iron Horse music call Rams had em city winery circuit a bunch of bunch of other places. And that was a great experience that was that was pre pre all this and obviously we were playing a lot of the pop stuff and that’s how we were able to get get that at all.
Lise Nox 11:22
Like what was your favorite show you’ve played up until now? Like Did you have like a specific venue or band you’ve played with or I don’t know, just something you remember in a positive manner.
Daniel Correa 11:33
You know, there’s this this one time we’re playing in Bay City, Michigan, and we as probably one of our best shows you got a standing ovation or walking outside just like doing anything well like john has it was a john lake show while john doing his we’ve seen like 100 times so like you’re just hanging out and a lot of these people were like coming in and out to do their smoke breaks smoking is pretty popular in that area. apparently one of the one of the guys comes out to me is like hey drunk is all hell and like Hey, can I can I buy you a drink? And I was like, sorry sir. I don’t drink I’m like and he’s like, how about us? Nope, um, like maybe I’ll see see you around sir. And he continues on his way I think nothing of the interaction. Fast forward to like probably 2030 minutes later I’m hanging with the band band outside and some people come to talk to us and then like Rob doll that was really good. What’s your backstory? Where are you guys from the typical like know about you three questions etc with a What instruments do you play and the same guy passes by a one hands my basis like $50 like here we go I was gonna spend it on gambling but this is this is better yeah honestly it’s it’s kind of it’s kind of funny because my favorite place on the entire tour is is the one that we never did shows in Pittsburgh Yeah, why didn’t you perform we just didn’t have shows there Oh,
Lise Nox 12:55
he’s just like when you go to Pittsburgh for
Daniel Correa 12:57
it was just the stop along the way that we were able to stay it’s a few days before the next run and they just got great food I like the I like the scenery I like the mix of industrial era blended with forests. It’s not it’s not as Brian ease people make it out to be I mean, not as grimy is like any other city like like New York or New Jersey or any anywhere else like or Baltimore and then like exploiting like that South End trip so many great stores. We found like a guitar shop with Pittsburgh guitars, wear a tie back to Ben Youngblood who were co headlining in and tour of us who was with us on that tour, got his acoustic guitar, his thing is a tailor for pretty pretty cheap he traded his guitar right then the guitar that he was using before right then in there for that one, and he’s kept with it, and we re revisit it at that place and they know us. Oh, we also wrote the song on the collective bus take time in there. So you’re definitely getting inspired by the city. I just just serendipity I guess.
Lise Nox 14:04
Cool Yeah, I mean, that could be like a long term goal of yours to play there. If you guys are going on tour that means like venues wants you there they’re ready to have this kind of music to be played in their place. So yeah,
Daniel Correa 14:15
for sure. Like the way I go about is like see like, oh, here’s the city I want to play let me do some research takes it takes a few hours. I go through every possible venue as journal lotto results of seeing who’s survived post COVID and who hasn’t. And a lot of that has to do with laws were put in place on on the whether those were self imposed, or whether those were put in by the government like the contrast between a place like Miami versus Boston, Miami, that was all pretty much self imposed a lot of the bigger vein of the kind of holding on a thread but they they still exist in some fashion. While a lot of the pop up places in Boston have closed down because there was a guy From an ordinance to, to not have those like reasonably because you can’t have people gathering
Lise Nox 15:06
some places we’re lucky enough to, at some point during the pandemic get money from the government even though you know, it wasn’t for everyone,
Daniel Correa 15:14
it’s depending on whether they had money saved up prior. So like a historic venue like pumpkin biscuit where I’m playing tonight or Churchill’s, they’ve had money on the back end to be able to prepare for something like this. But something like a pop up in Boston, which are rather frequent because Boston has a far more diverse in in the opportunities of venues like in Florida, everything’s a lot more commercial like you would in Boston, Boston, you can go see free jazz avant garde stuff pretty readily comparatively, what happened because of that government ordinance where you had a lot of these places that didn’t have anything that supplanted like a like a restaurant or a bar, or that backend income? They just are we’re just purely relying on volunteers. Do you think there’s any way at some point in the future where they’re going to be able to open back up again or like the similar kind of concept that’s that’s definitely what’s what’s going to happen it’s either they are going to come back or somebody else is going to fill in that spot here I’ll use Miami’s example so Miami Are you familiar with so far sounds on no so so far sounds is a worldwide for profit initiative where they do how shows us how shows is that because it could be a workspace a theater excetera for these kind of small and acoustic shows supporting small artists and fostering ecosystem I volunteer for the so far Miami for like two years before all this stuff hit the fan basically because of COVID so far, so so far, Miami chapter that was trying to get off the ground died flatline. Now that we’re getting back to this new normal in my research, I found a company called Nomad or nomadic I don’t know how they pronounce it. And they’re basically doing exactly what so far is doing for the local Miami area. Yeah, they’re doing so far, but it’s on a small end, they do like once a month from what I hear. And they started in like in South America, and they’re only in three cities compared to so far as like 440 cities. But yeah, in this current market, where people are dying for for live, and people are literally time people are starving for live music, someone is going to fill in that need because that’s kind of how capitalism works. For better or worse, it rides off of pure efficiency, which is kind of why it hit hit America so hard, because it because it forced United States to face realities about the nature of a capitalist environment that were really unsustainable to human living.
Lise Nox 17:53
I’ve heard the phrase capitalism breeds innovation, which when you look at it in details is not necessarily true for most industries. But what you were saying about like, how people are starving for like music, and so far sound or no made or no money, however they’re pronounced, what they’re doing is like bringing a new aspect to the music industry. And since people are going to be wanting to go to way more shows than ever before, this kind of innovation sounds pretty cool to me,
Daniel Correa 18:19
you know, whoever is like, Hey, I have the space. Do you want to host the show here? I love the cost concept. I volunteer I volunteered for so far for two years. And I love whatever I can can to foster an ecosystem for art one of my dreams is actually being able to move out on my parents house and being able to like run a little venue and like a basement somewhere that would be that’d be cool as hell but I wouldn’t necessarily call what nomadic or so far doing as innovative but rather profiteering off of stuff that has already existed like no money is just copying so far so far has been doing had been doing it for like 15 years at this point.
Lise Nox 19:02
It’s good to see that the music industry is expanding that way because if there’s like a second version kind of so far, that means they know there’s a market for it that people like it so there is you know going to be more opportunities and yeah, that’s sounds pretty cool. If you watched cuz it was released recently on Netflix inside Bible Burnham. It’s okay. Oh my god. You have Yes, cuz Oh my God, I watched it like two days ago. And when I you know what I realized I was going to be interviewing someone from a band. So if you’re someone who’s been playing music for quite some time, and someone who had to go through the pandemic as an artist, I instantly like made the connection. I was like, Oh my God, because for people listening. Bo Burnham is a comedian who usually does comedy in the form of music. He writes and records his own songs. He usually plays them live, he actually quit. I think a few years ago, he stopped doing comedy on stage because he was having severe panic attacks. And he like the year he wanted to get back on stage, which was 2020, the pandemic hit, and he had to write record and just do you know, everything musically speaking from the inside of his own house, hence the title inside by Bo Burnham. And at some point during the show, keep pretends that there’s a live audience inside his house, like he plays little audio clips where you can hear people cheering or people clapping or laughing or whatever. And I was like, that is the saddest thing I’ve seen all year of like, you know, you can tell as an artist and as someone who plays usually plays live music, he’s so lonely inside his house, and he has to pretend that there’s a like an audience cheering him on like, it’s just have you experienced this kind of willingness during the pandemic where you would just wished there was like an audience cheering for you? Or were you not really affected by that?
Daniel Correa 20:53
I don’t necessarily need an audience my my concerns and a lot of actually a lot of the musicians around me were kind of focused monetarily
Lise Nox 21:04
that was more in terms of like how you were going to survive as a band as a muse. Yeah,
Daniel Correa 21:08
like that’s, that’s why a lot of bands have fell apart or couldn’t keep together turning in him itself requires like a huge front end monetarily speaking to do this our our goal realistically for the rest of this year is to try to break even on all the shows that we’re doing. If you can’t retain that frequency, then you’re you’re just losing money. A lot of people quit a lot of people find jobs like I had to find I’d find my first real job after doing mainly just volunteer work and then the touring nationally all my band had to get real money on my drummer works at a pet store I had I’m a cashier at a Whole Foods my basis is doing graphic design. My former guitars, Ben You know, he he left because of those monetary reasons. A lot of the anxiety we felt was because of like, oh man, how are we going to support ourselves in the coming future for my base bases? Like how are we going to how am I going what how are we going to support our family going to get any independence from my family being inside with another thing is hell is other people things things can get really toxic, especially with people who are opposite politically from you. I’m so glad my my dad and I have been able to hash things out and and be able to have actual conversations again as human beings and not condescending to one another or not being vitriolic, but it was vitriolic at one point my sister and I we were vitriolic to each other on point
Lise Nox 22:43
how do you cope when you’re trying to survive financially and not argue with your with your family every single day and also maybe try to make some music for when venues are going to reopen again, reopen again, like how are you able to like balance everything out?
Daniel Correa 22:57
that’s a that’s a great question, which I think there’s a lot of anxieties about inside that I felt were like lead close to home, like what Bo was saying about I wouldn’t have been able to watch that special like six months ago with stuff like the D realization, whether the lot the audience is laughing with you, or at you wanting to have control of your perception and always dealing with that element of control because we’re in the middle of being pitched to labels but then we were in and so being that level of dependency kind of drove me crazy and on the other content generation the his whole his whole statement when he’s like talking during his quote unquote stand up set and being like the outside world is like a coal mine a sort of thing that you have to engage in in order to make content for the very real and valuable digital space. Yeah, that really got under my skin because social media has really tore me down as I tried to make content trying to push myself in dealing with levels of body dysmorphia dealing with the perception of how others perceive me whether they’re laughing at me or laughing with me goes back to that control how to deal with all that stuff. I basically had to mentally and physically transform myself my transformation started after the capital riots I’d begun meditation and then started to change my relationship to social media as well and engaging with it. When I’m ready to engage with it I take breaks every now and then I recently and I think my friend Mel Mel bright for this who really showed me like the style of content that she’s making. I kind of I fell in love with and I’m directly inspired by I was like you could make kind of short songs that could be about anything you want that could voice your frustrations and people will resonate with that rather strongly. I started doing that I started doing these little micro songs on Tick Tock the you know deal with a song about how I almost died because my mom The gas stove on or like, Is it a real story? Yeah, that’s that actually is crazy. Um, because the week the week before that happened, I was just I was really in a stressful state I was talking to my therapist, my therapist was like, you know, you need to refocus and value the relationships you have and like live in the present moment because focusing on a future that hasn’t happened is not going to bring any resolution to you because there is no future. So when that when that happened, I really kind of clarified to me how the fragility Oh, even more so the fragility of life. It was a night we had dinner, I went to bed like normal, and then I woke up to see my friend, my old friend Paul, who’s a firefighter. With my my mom, I’d like a normal morning. I’m like, What the heck is Paul doing here? What a What a weird. I haven’t seen him a long time. I might as well see what’s up. And then I find out she left the gas stove on and she had been staying up all night because she was so worried like that something might might happen or like she didn’t know what to do. So then she called Paul just make sure that everything was all right. Unfortunately, everything was
Lise Nox 26:08
really because you’re gonna tell me that your entire house burned. I mean, I could have died in my sleep. So the reason you were telling me this story is because you’ve been trying to write like short songs for tik tok? Are you trying to use the app just like every other artist is trying to use it as a marketing tool for your music? Or are you just like going about it? I
Daniel Correa 26:29
was like, Oh, it’s fine. Like it just you know, passes the time. Before I answer that question of going out the tail and that that divergent story that I went, Oh, my mom, my mom is a really good mom. She’s one of the sweetest people in the world. And that smallness. That mistake is not reflective.
Lise Nox 26:46
Daniel Correa 26:48
That’s not that’s not for the treat. That’s for those that’s for those listening. Because when I did post, that that song people were very critical. My mom was like, nope, but anyway, to answer your question, half, half and half it’s definitely a way to promote myself. It’s a mean, sir, to flex myself artistically. And if I blow up, I blow up. Oh, yeah, one of those things that definitely that is encapsulated in the Bo Burnham special that I’ve felt is the passage of time and the feeling that your glory days are over that the success the time for success has escaped you. Like he’s done with like turning 30 as I’ve watched several my friends like Calico or kid sister, my friend, Mel, like just blow up in popularity, I am happy for them. But it’s also like the back of my head, little voice like out like they’re doing better than you. They’re working hard. And you’re not if there’s a place for them, they’re not a place for you. It’s all like, when is it my time is like if there? Is there even a time do you even belong? Because you get to the conclusion is like Why? Why do you not have that access? It’s because you’re not them. And you can never be them
Lise Nox 27:57
the creative process of like, not knowing what you’re supposed to be doing to be more popular. If people like figured something out that you don’t know, like a secret solution to like making better music or being more famous, it’s like, well, it’s easy to fall into this competition.
Daniel Correa 28:13
Well, it’s not even like just that, like there’s this there’s some secret sauce and maybe there is well, it’s also like I it feeds back to the body dysmorphia thing where it’s like, I am not viewtiful I don’t fit into the current normative, westernized standard for beauty. So like you could be you could be too fat, you could be to scale. And I think getting that dose of self awareness and just checking like, Oh, this is where my body’s at. This is where I need to be in order to get better in order to be healthy or to meet some sort of arbitrary standard in order to get into the pearly gates of acceptance but for my own internal mechanisms, so I can live longer live better and and happier in order to sustain the relationships with those around me because like your body is also a reflection of your mind they’re the same thing Do you think there’s going to be a way for you to find a balance between like or like to apply this mindset that you have for your music to apply to yourself? Because if you’re able to be so like laid back and chill about like, Oh, it’s not the audience that
Lise Nox 29:17
matters is like what I do as a person like do you think there’s going to be a way for you eventually to like be able to apply that mindset or is it more complex than
Daniel Correa 29:25
that? That’s definitely what I’m that’s another good question. I that’s definitely what I’m trying to do well there where I’m trying to apply no expectations to anything like to the extra musical stuff and even even to work. I know at the end of the day, I might get a write up it makes no difference to me. It is it is what it is. As long as there are the sunshine people in my life. I think I’ll be good.
Lise Nox 29:53
If your like long term dream or goal is to open some kind of venue or some kind of project or in music. Or keep on touring and eventually maybe tour ad or like play at bigger venues, like, you’re going to have to find a way to use social media in a way that feels healthy. Because you know, it’s kind of weird to say but social media doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere. And it’s a growing marketing tool. And so if you’re struggling with it, which is so normal for a lot of people, but if you’re struggling to like put yourself out there and create content like in the long run, you’re probably gonna run out of marketing tools like you’re gonna have to you know, always go back to using social media in some way like it’s like you’re not gonna have a choice so I really hope you are able to get that support system and I really hope you’re able to you know, get better and apply the mindset you already have within you to like those other parts of your life to like just make your dreams come true. It sounds super cliche, but like you have it in you and it just takes the right people supporting you and the right mindset.
Daniel Correa 30:52
Yeah, things are things are getting better. I’m I’m my I mean, my my mood like again, I mentally and physically transformed myself and my mood has definitely gotten better. I don’t again, like meditation has helped so much in feeding about fighting intrusive thoughts, and I have them less and less, I’m on the spectrum. So I fall I tend to have very repetitive behaviors that just like sort of trying to filter them out better through through meditative practice has has helped me a lot in my day to day,
Lise Nox 31:22
I just have two last questions I want to ask you and then you’re pretty good. You have to be somewhere I don’t know for rehearsal or anything like that. First question I wanted to ask was, what advice would you give to someone trying to start a career in the music industry right now like someone trying to make music on their own in their bedroom or someone forming a band or you know,
Daniel Correa 31:42
my first thought is, depending on what you want to want to do, don’t do a music degree, find something that has applicability to the current job market, because that’s going to help you with your music career, as well as outside of music, career, anything, anything you can learn as a musician is already available online. You don’t need to pay the exorbitant fee unless you’re getting a salt scholarship or something go for it, but like you don’t need to pay so much money to learn stuff that is so free and like which ties back to my next piece, which is collaborate network. The you know, I my success, I think is very much tied to putting myself with people who are far more capable, far smarter than I am. I bet you know, I’m I’m Adam Sandler, being myself if, if that makes sense, you don’t, you don’t need to, you don’t need to shoulder everything yourself. Obviously, the more you can learn, the better, the better. The more diversified your your skill set is, the better your chances you have in in the job market, especially now where you are essentially a content creator and the more different kinds of content you create and the quality of content that you create, the better your chances are, you don’t have to do do it all by yourself, you can find that basis find that guitarist find that that person that you want to collaborate and synergize with that’s going to lead you down down a new rabbit hole creatively or even on an extra extra musical level. You know, that’s a that’s a really that’s a relationship that could not be forged otherwise.
Lise Nox 33:17
So last question I wanted to ask is I found a playlist on your Spotify account so the collective bus, Spotify account, and I think it was like music wrong, like your music from your friends from the music industry? Sorry. And the question is, if you had to make a playlist of songs or artists or like albums you’ve been listening to a lot recently, like I don’t know, just stuff you’re listening to right now. Like why would you put in the playlist? The search is over by Ben Youngblood another
Daniel Correa 33:47
Ben young plug Leon the harvests, covet the Tony Danza tap dance extravaganza that’s probably danza for is probably one of my favorite albums definitely my favorite metal album of all time. The needle sister Riga he’s been a longtime influence for me like even from like his pop Potter puppet doll days and he’s
Lise Nox 34:09
there like a song or an artist that you’ve discovered during the pandemic while browsing like Spotify or the internet or
Daniel Correa 34:15
Yeah, I think getting into a lot of just like this this new wave of of like pop punk or in Scott like these bands have always existed, but they’re just releasing it. They’ve just decided to release music within the 20 2021. So like bad, bad operation. They just released a Mr. Scott album last last year, and it’s probably one of the best scar records I’ve ever listened to. So good. The ob gmms Mimi at the altar. They just got signed to feel by Rahman I love them. I can’t believe they’re not opening for paramour. That’s, that’s crazy to think that. Yeah, they’re opening for like, all time low or something like that. Which I mean, that’s so amazing. But like, I didn’t see that coming. Because it’s
Lise Nox 34:59
not exactly Like the same extension or are you going to like see any shows yourself like the bands you’re planning on seeing?
Daniel Correa 35:07
I haven’t really thought about it before the pandemic I was gonna see Kero Kero bonito but then their shows got the lid so maybe maybe see care care of Benito planning on coming to Miami but knows I’m kind of I’m getting my own shows good right now before I see anybody else is what do you what do you like to listen to? Oh, I
Lise Nox 35:26
listen to a lot of things. I can listen to pop punk or plus hardcore, but it can also listen to like, indie stuff, indie music, I listened to classical like, just I don’t know. But right now, I’ve been listening to a lot of pop punk music because I really I’m trying to like get back in the mood of like listening to my favorite bands from what I used to be like, you know, emo kid in middle school or whatever. And so since I’m planning on seeing maybe I haven’t gotten my tickets yet, but maybe seeing the story so far movements grayscale at the sad summer fast, which is happening this summer. So I’ve been listening to a lot of pop punk
Daniel Correa 36:01
recently. We’re in that we’re in that revival with like, with a transparent soul by Willow. Oh, yeah, it’s
Lise Nox 36:08
so good. Because I feel like Travis Barker also he’s just doing so many collaborations with literally anyone and yeah, any product which is so cool, because the final product is always really nice to listen to like I just covered a song recently. I think it was released in 2019. But I might be wrong. I found out he made an EP with those suicide boys, which is definitely not a kind of music I listened to usually but the drums on the songs they did together and we’ll say whoa, that slaps It’s so good. It’s
Daniel Correa 36:38
incredible. Like he’s kind of fielding the whole revival right now. I mean, as far as the mainstream line goes, Yeah,
Lise Nox 36:45
I think I’m done with my questions. Is there anything else you’d like to add? Or like tell the audience before they come see you at the poorhouse or I don’t know just anything else you’d like to say be happy, be safe.
Daniel Correa 36:58
Listen to my band, I guess if you want to, but look, listen to Ben Youngblood the search is over.
Lise Nox 37:10
Thank you so much for listening to this episode of Eye on the Triangle. This was Daniel Correa from the Collective Bus has been is playing at the Pour House Music Hall in July 2021. And they’re going on a small tour around North Carolina as COVID slowly but surely makes its way out. Check out our music on Spotify, the collective bus. I hope you enjoyed the episode and I guess I’ll see you around. Take care.