Interviewed by Violet Krause and Chandler Barksdale; Written by Ramisha Sattar
Rock-band, Happy Incident, made up of Zach Smith, Adam Drake and Andrew Howard, has always had a special place in their hearts for helping others, so when they reached out to us, we couldn’t resist the opportunity to interview them!
Happy Incident aspire to “live first and foremost as good people and responsible role models”, and to use any platform they have to “point people towards what really matters in life”. In this case, they chose to draw attention to Save the Children, as they recognize the importance of investing into the next generation. They appreciate the many things this charity does for others, such as “providing support and protection for those who can't support or protect themselves”.
All three boys, focus on making a difference in their communities and speaking out about issues, for example, the negative influences they have witnessed on social media, and the importance of recognizing self value. Along with “attending and investing into the local music scene by connecting with the people involved”, the band are active members in their Church's activities, while Andrew has also taken a role as a music educator!
Being based in Indiana, Zach explained to us how the city’s Indie-Rock scene, helped develop the sound in their first EP, while their new single “‘Reverie’ explores a bit of the Indie side of things with the extensive instrumentation, white noise, and the use of unconventional chord changes and tritones”. Along with the sound of “Reverie”, the concept of the music video was very unique. Lead singer Zach, had always been a fan of stop-motion films, gaining inspiration from Rankin/Bass holiday films, so the band reached out to Ann Bailey of the Canary Camera, and Chloe Worthy, to create their own! The entire process of staging and manipulating figures, to create an illusion of movement, took roughly four months from start to finish!
When Happy Incident began making music, they pictured their audience to consist of “thinkers, philosophers, theologians, and poets”, but recently began to aim to help those working through some of the bigger questions in life. So far, 2017 is looking great for Zach, Adam and Andrew! With recording underway, we can look forward to several singles in the near future, along with the possibility of a full length album, exploring new sounds similar to Sigur Ros and Passion Pit! Like any band, Happy Incident want to be recognized for their great mixture of creativity and skill, however in the grand scheme, they would rather be remembered as “a group of all-around solid people, not just musicians”.
View Happy Incident’s latest music video for "Reverie" below: