First Time in Color Interview by Chayne Court
Chayne Court had the opportunity to sit down with Alex, Zevia, Miguel, and Rix from First Time in Color to talk about their upcoming album and The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians!
Chayne Court: When you formed the band in 2015, what hopes did you have for your future music?
First Time In Color: I think we wanted to get to the touring aspects, but we're still on the move for that!
C: How did the name First Time in Color come about?
FTIC: We were at a coffee shop hanging out and joking about wearing the same synchronized outfits and doing a Jackson 5 theme, and then they were like, “yeah when TV was first in color” and it hit us that it sounded good! So we just tried out the name and stuck with it!
C: I read on your about page that you found Ricardo in college and then later found Alex, but how did you find Migel?
FTIC: He found us actually! We’re both from Mexico, so we met at this organization for students, and it was kind of weird because we were studying the same thing. I asked if he wanted to go to one of our shows, and he did. He liked our music and everything, and yeah that's about it!
C: What has been your favorite venue to play so far?
FTIC: I think as a whole group, the Backstage in Austin, and also the Rattle Inn was really good! We had a good turnout especially for a Thursday night, so it was kind of surprising! Those two have been the best atmosphere and sound wise because it always makes a huge difference when everyone gets going!
C: Do you guys have a favorite song to perform live?
FTIC: I like “Between the Panels” which is usually the song we end on, because the crowd really gets in on that one. It's the most energetic song. Also the song “Times on You”. I feel like that one was on back burner for a long time and then we started working on it more and tweaking it. We played an acoustic set of it a while back and dove into the song and changed the dynamics of it. “Strangers” is our newest song, and it's fun to perform live as well, the outros are really fun to play.
C: If you could play any venue, where would you play?
FTIC: I really want to play ACL just because it’s in Austin, and Samsung stage! Or London, like the O2! Touring in Australia and New Zealand… i don’t know i just want to tour and travel!
C: Being from Austin, do you feel that the eclectic vibes of Austin have helped influence your music in any way?
FTIC: I think over the years I've been to a lot of local shows and what not so I think the people I listen to are really down-to-earth, and when you are listening to their music you start to support each other. Austins very friendly musically!
C: Your EP “Time Capsule” was released in 2016, should we be expect an album anytime soon?
FTIC: We do have an album coming out this summer! We're shooting for late June or early July but it's going to have an intro and six songs on it, we won’t go into whats on it, but we’re really excited about it! We are very proud.
C: What is your most memorable experience as a band?
FTIC: The most memorable experience has to be go back to the favorite venue thing! When we played the Rattle Inn during SXSW. The most negative thing is when we played this venue we won’t name, I'm not looking to put them on blast! It was in this very random warehouse in the middle of nowhere, you couldn't hear anything, and we had another show that night but it was crazy. We can definitely say with confidence It was the worst type of vibe and place we’ve played so far! But I think our best shows are our worst shows, because we learn from them and come hit back harder afterwards. Those shows are what makes or breaks you as a band.
C: What's the best thing about playing for an audience?
FTIC: Just the vibes! You can see people face-to-face and see them enjoy the music! When you're in the studio and your recordings it's cool or when you see your plays on Spotify it's cool and all, but when you see them in person and they're dancing it’s what we enjoy the most.
C: What charity did you guys want to bring awareness towards?
FTIC: We would like to bring awareness to the HAAM, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians because a lot of times musicians in Austin have two jobs and are always working to find the time to play! I believe that kind of organization will help them have insurance. It's a real struggle.
C: Do you guys have a group or person that really inspires you everyday?
FTIC: I find inspiration in other bands, especially when I've seen them when they were smaller. I like seeing bands like Highly Suspect, Bad Suns, and COIN is just now getting bigger and stuff like that! Artists like Foals, The Killers, and Royal Blood that you see everywhere. it's kind of what we're doing, you have to start somewhere and they were really small at one point. It's crazy how they're playing in front of thousands of people, it's what we aspire to be. We want to we believe in ourselves and in our ability so I guess that's what inspires me the most.