Brittany Smith interviewed members of a Cincinnati band.
BS: Growing up, did you all always want to be musicians? Can you recall your earliest musical memories?
MA: We’ve all been playing music since our early teenage years and it’s safe to say we all wanted to make music our careers. For John (vocals/guitar) and Ben (drummer), it all started with watching live footage of Led Zeppelin in Ben’s basement, downing salt & vinegar chips and Jones soda. It was a magical time. For Matt (bass), it was first hearing the bass parts in Red Hot Chili Peppers songs while playing Guitar Hero as an adorable youngster.
BS: How did Public first come together? How did you come up with your band name?
JV: We played in the high school jazz band together. After practices, we would jam on Muse tunes and eventually started meeting up to jam on original material and things fell into place very quickly. Our band name is short and simple – we like that. By nature, it’s an inclusive word, like an invitation to hear our music without any preconceived notions.
BS:Who are some of your favorite artists and what bands continue to inspire you and your music? Who would you still love to work with in the future?
BL: All-time favorites include Maroon 5, The Killers, and Muse. These bands have a special place in our hearts. Lately, we are really digging DNCE – they are such a “band” and we will relate to the sound they are pumping out.
BS: At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music?
JV: Overall, we want listeners to identify with our music. We have very normal life experiences, and that’s what a lot of our music is about. Our fans know that we aren’t “too cool” and that’s often how we connect.
BS: What do you hope listeners take away from your songs?
BL: They aren’t alone. We are probably going through the same stuff you are.
BS: Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
MA: Just that we are so excited to keep rolling out new music for you. We are hard at work and we can’t wait to share!