[quickquestions]: The Escape Agency
The Escape Agency is an experimental rock band.
"Real creativity starts with a blank canvas, and a head full of ideas." - Oscar Garcia, The Escape Agency
Spotify: The Escape Agency
The Escape Agency will be playing at The Golden Bull THURSDAY, MAY 2ND.
Additionally, The Escape Agency is gearing up for a Mini-May TOUR!
May 20th - Riley's Bar [Bakersfield, CA]
May 21st - X-Bar [Cupertino, CA]
May 22nd - The Honey Hive Gallery [San Francisco, CA]
May 23rd - Oakland Secret [Oakland, CA]
Learn about The Escape Agency's creative process through some quick questions!
SYF Collective: Oscar -- Where does The Escape Agency find inspiration?
Oscar Garcia, The Escape Agency: I find inspiration in all of the music I listen to, and my surroundings. For example, sometimes a song will be inspired by a cool building I saw, or a special moment in time that has passed. The music that I tend to gravitate towards is usually more on the experimental side so I draw a lot of inspiration from avante-garde artists like La Monte Young and Rhys Chatham.
I find inspiration in all of the music I listen to, and my surroundings.
S: And how do you turn your inspiration into creative pursuits?
O: I think in its most basic sense, creativity (to me) means to find a solution to a problem. My problem usually starts with, "I want to make a song, but I don't know where to start" and the creativity kicks in when I start to write and tackle it down. I usually never write a new song the same way, I don't like sticking to formulas because they aren't generally as creative. Real creativity starts with a blank canvas, and a head full of ideas.
S: What hurdles, if any, do you have to overcome in order to create?
O: My greatest hurdle in creating is easily myself; sometimes the music comes effortlessly, and sometimes it doesn't. It's always about making sure my head is in the right space to do what it needs to do, and that might mean taking a week off of writing just so I can clear out my head and make way for new stimuli to influence me.
S: Your most creative moment to date?
What resulted was a very beautiful sound that really accentuates the guitar in a special way.
O: My most creative moment was while I was recording a song for The Escape Agency's debut album. I'm fascinated by the overtones that are generated by vibrating strings and I wished to capture it more vividly in this song, since they're usually hard to hear. My engineer has a baby grand piano so we opened up the lid to expose the strings, placed the amp nearby and pointing towards the strings so that any vibrations would (hopefully) vibrate them and cause any overtones to spill out. We mic'ed up the equipment and hit record, and what resulted was a very beautiful sound that really accentuates the guitar in a special way.
S: Lastly -- how does the support of your friends impact what you create?
O: Some people think that nobody would take the time out of their day to go see an underground artist but it happens and I cherish the people that support the art and what we're all trying to do.