In Interview: Motopony
One of the bands heading this way for DeLuna Fest is the Seattle-based group Motopony. The four young band members are lovers of any and all music with a pulse and a good vibe, so they naturally incorporate that neverending reach of influences into their music to create something magical and different with each tune.
Already rising up at a tremendous pace, Motopony has attracted the attention of Southwest Airlines, who have asked the band to perform as part of the airline’s 40th anniversary celebration on June 29. Making things even more interesting, the band will be doing four shows in one day, all in different cities across the United States. Motopony will fly to four cities and do a show in the terminal of each airport.
When that adventure is over, the band will continue to tour until stopping at beautiful Pensacola Beach to rock the crowd at DeLuna Fest. IN shot the band a few questions, and this is what we got back. (We don’t know who exactly answered each of them, but they are quite the characters.)
IN: You guys have been tapped to play DeLuna Fest here in Pensacola, which is a pretty big deal for the local economy. Are you glad to lend a hand in boosting up an area that has been hit so hard by the oil spill, not to mention the impending doom of hurricanes?
MOTOPONY: Of course. We feel the main purpose of any art form is first to bring people together, but we also recognize that music is an industry built on people and their places, and I love the thought that everyone from the patron to the hot dog guy comes out on top at a successful festival.
IN: I personally haven’t heard of a lot of bands on the lineup. However, there seems to be a good bit of anticipation for this event. Do you think that festivals like this make for great opportunities for little-known acts to get out and play for bigger, more diverse crowds than what they might be used to?
MOTOPONY: Big acts draw a certain kind of crowd for certain, but I’m willing to bet the anticipation for the event is due to a genuine fan-to-band connection, which is possible now due to the dawn of the web-based DIY marketing. We are exited to play anywhere outside of our hometown, whether people have heard us or the album, or not. It’s our chance to shine and connect with people in a real way in a real place at a real time.
IN: You guys get lumped into the “indie rock” category more often than not. However, most of the so-called “indie” bands are on major labels and have tons of money. Where do you see yourselves between the lines of a scene that becomes more and more generic?
MOTOPONY: I’m not so sure that the term “indie” is synonymous with “independent” artists. It has become a genre, but at one time there were independent punk bands and independent folk bands, etc. At this point, I’m concerned with the myth of “independence,” culturally, politically and in individual identity. No band is an island. We see ourselves where we need to be and partnered with who we need to partner with in order to get the music we play to your ears and our ugly mugs into your eyes. All healthy, socially conscious, willing parties are invited on this party train.
IN: Seattle is a hub for the arts. How has being from a place where music lives and breathes helped you develop your passion for playing?
MOTOPONY: It’s very inspiring to be surrounded by such creative and talented people. I find the most fuel for art in healthy relationships with open-minded, creative people.
IN: How much of the year do you spend touring in order to make ends meet?
MOTOPONY: We would tour even if the ends met.
IN: How much of the money you earn as a band goes towards purchasing sweaters?
MOTOPONY: .0001 percent. We all own yaks and alpacas, so we just wear their fur instead.
IN: What’s the story with you guys and Southwest Airlines? How did you hook up with them?
MOTOPONY: I started flirting with a pilot from Continental and they got jealous. Naw—actually, they contacted us.
IN: “King of Diamonds” has become quite the popular tune. Did you plan on that one becoming the hit, or are there others that you would rather have had become the single?
MOTOPONY: We like “Seer,” but we really like “Bear Trap,” which you haven’t and can’t hear yet.
IN: So what’s next after the touring stops?
MOTOPONY: We hope it does not stop, but there will be breaks for hermitages in cabins where we make new music to tour with all over again.
MOTOPONY AT DELUNA FEST
WHEN: October 13-16
WHERE: Pensacola Beach
COST: $149.95 General Admission Weekend Passes (in advance)