Playing music as a hobby can be a lot of fun, but making it a career takes a ton of hard work.
Miguel Arballo and Sean McCune know all about it. Both have been involved in a number of local musical projects and both are part of Krystofer Do’s backing band. (They recently appeared on the battle-of-the-band YouTube series No cover.)
Arballo and McCune recently decided to start their own project, a multi-genre collaborative group called Analog Lab. Lead single “Swallow the Sun” has a 90s alt rock and grunge feel, with some bright indie effects. On Friday August 5, the band will release their first EP, also titled swallow the sun.
“The project started a long time ago; I used it as a nickname to write music and stuff with different artists,” Arballo said during a recent Zoom chat. “I met Sean playing with Krystofer Do; he actually got called up to play drums with us in 2019, and we sort of had a musical connection. We showed each other some music that we were each writing and decided that we would like to create music with each other.
McCune added, “It was interesting when I first met Miguel, because when you meet someone, you never really know how it’s going to be. I think it was really interesting how our relationship through Krys turned into our own little musical connection. I was just really surprised to hear the type of music he had, and I was impressed when I heard it was music I was listening to myself. Now that we’re working on music together, I feel like it’s creating really good things for both of us.
Arballo said it’s rare to come across musicians who share a similar passion.
“I really connected with his personality,” Arballo said. “Besides being a badass drummer, he’s very receptive to ideas, and we’re really great at bouncing that around instead of just having that come off the side.”
McCune added, “Besides playing drums, I play guitar and a bit of piano, so I’ll have some ideas on my own that I’ll bring to Miguel, and then we’ll work on them. Recently, we’ve been writing music together just sitting in his little studio in his house, just messing around, listening to stuff. Maybe we will hear something; maybe he’ll have an idea. I think our workflow is pretty fluid and we both have pretty similar ideas, so it’s easy to know where we’re going with something.
While Arballo and McCune play rock music in Krystofer Do’s band, their individual projects span hip hop and pop-metal, and their musical tastes go even further.
“We each listen to different music throughout the day,” Arballo said. “Sean’s also a local rapper. I’m not a rapper, but I love to rap, and sometimes he has some mean beats, and there are times when I can take a melody and implement it. Sometimes he m ‘bring an idea, and I sit on it for a day or two, and I listen to, like, bossa nova or heavy metal or something and I’m like, ‘Whoa; that fits.'”
Analog Lab is already preparing music release plans beyond swallow the sun.
“We give ourselves a bit of a deadline to write certain EPs or music,” Arballo said. “I told Sean that I would just like to write EPs because of the release style of things. I think people want more music a lot faster, and since we don’t have a lot of music, I prefer dedicating three months to maybe four or five songs, putting them out and playing them live as we continue to write more…. It’s more about structure, and making sure that we’re dedicated to that amount of time. time, for that number of songs. I’m sure once we keep playing more, it’ll be a bit more organic. Having those timelines really puts you in that timeframe of, ‘Yeah, I gotta do that; I gotta focus on that.
McCune said he was determined to do the work necessary to make music a career.
“One of my biggest dreams, in general, is to be able to work on music and do it as a job,” McCune said. “We discussed three months for four or five songs so that we could work on the music cohesively. Once a week we get together and spend a lot of time working on the music. I think a big part of what drives us and creating music is that we have our passions, and we see where we’re going. We want that as soon as possible, so we’re trying to work hard right now to release a good amount of songs. ”
For more information, visit www.reverbnation.com/analoglabband.