Though the name Bassh may be new to you, it’s members shouldn’t be; the band is comprised of CJ Hardee and Jimmy Brown of Matrimony. Though they have only released one single so far, Bassh has already managed to catch some buzz from sites like NPR and Perez Hilton.
We caught up with CJ and Jimmy in Austin to talk shop about SXSW and what it’s like being a new band working towards their own sound.
How did SXSW go for you guys?
CH: It was exhausting, but fun.
You did four shows?
CH: We had four shows, plus a couple of other things, we were running around nonstop, basically.
JB: We had a lot of fun, though. It was really awesome.
What sort of things did you do for fun?
CH: We went to a castle. We finished a show and met a photographer, and she invited us to this castle. It was literally a castle.
Was it nearby?
CH: It’s in Austin, somewhere. There was a pool-moat, it was literally a castle. I’m talking spiral staircases, the whole nine yards. And they had a full bar, they had a bass rig, a guitar rig. We just hung out and played as a band all night. So that’s what we did for fun.
How did your shows go?
JB: They were really good. There were lots of different venues, we really had a good time. We saw some new bands, and we were all just kind of exploring and figuring out how to do live shows in the best way. All of us have been in different bands before, so I really value that opportunity to acknowledge the fact that [Bassh] is a new thing and it’s raw and we’re still figuring it out. I think for me, to put it in layman’s terms, when something is happening to you it’s a lot more exciting but a lot of the time you don’t realize it in the moment. And then you look back and think, “That was a really good time.” We try to keep up with how fresh it is, and really enjoy it, not put too many expectations on it, and just let it happen.
Was there anything you learned in your past bands, that you carried over to Bassh?
JB: You learn a lot of stuff along the way. You learn how to play better, you learn how to sing better, how to deal with things going on better, how to cope with being really tired better.
How do you cope with that?
JB: You just have to get over it. Sarah, our PR girl, she brings us water and stuff to rehydrate us.
Have you been to Austin before?
JB: I’d been there a few times to play shows with other bands, Austin’s a great place.
Do you have any pointers for bands going to their first SXSW?
JB: Don’t expect to get a soundcheck. For someone that’s never done SXSW before, they might freak out that they might not get that. You get there, you have five seconds to set up, and they feel like “This is South By, I thought I was going to make it this year.” You never know who you’re going to meet, or who you’re going to see. You just got to kill it.
You’re based in Nashville now, right?
JB: I’ve been there 10 months or a year, something like that.
How do you like it so far?
JB: Well I’m still there. It’s one of those things where you move somewhere and you learn a lot because your environment changes. You get to enjoy the new things, and also the pros and cons. I think for Bassh and for the music side of things, I think Nashville is a good place.
Are there certain things in Nashville you feel you can benefit from, versus being based in a place like New York or Los Angeles?
JB: Probably, it depends on what your goals are. If you want to write with other people, and perform with other people, than those are all good places. Some people don’t want to do that, a lot of people realize that’s not for them and they just don’t want to do that. It just depends. It’s a good experience and it’s good to feel it out, and you’ll definitely learn something from it.
You released “Body”, your first single, recently. Is there an album coming?
JB: We’re going to do another single pretty soon, and we’ll put out an EP or an album. We’ve got a plan. Once you put an album out, it’s out, so it’s like the way the music industry is, everything is very instantaneous. So once you make an album, then you have to make another album. I think for us, we’re a band still defining what our sound is. I think doing it this way allows us to be more creative.