“I see people appreciating the act of going out to a gig more than they have in decades, and I think that’s good for music” – All Get Out stop by to offer their take on the current state of the musical landscape.
Blending their gritty, emotional sound with carefully penned lyrics, All Get Out could be one of the industry’s most underrated artists. The alternative outfit, hailing from South Carolina, have built a reputable following over recent years, amassing widespread critical acclaim for its eclectic discography – most notably with their 2018 effort, No Bouquet. Now, ahead of recording their latest LP, we asked the band’s guitarist – Kyle Samuel – a few questions to discuss how these times are affecting musicians and find out a little more about how the landscape of the music industry will look moving forward.
What have you been listening to recently to ease the boredom of being cooped up?
It’s been an interesting time to consume music. While, obviously, putting out new music at the moment is tough for artists who need to go out and promote their projects, for the listeners, there’s never been a better time to lose themselves in a new album. That being said, I’ve gravitated to newer music that feels right for the moment. Cayendo and Dear April by Frank Ocean, the new Kehlani project, the new 1975 singles, as well as podcasts regarding mental health and awareness. Since I don’t completely live in a bubble, I’ve also been exposed to the tastes of my three-year-old niece, so I’ve listened to the Trolls: World Tour soundtrack pretty much every day. Banger.
How have you found the extended period in isolation has impacted your creativity? Have you found it to be a blessing or a curse?
I had just gotten married last October, which followed a move, and was followed by the holidays and my honeymoon. I landed with my wife back in Virginia from the honeymoon, and five days later we started practising stay-at-home. In other words, I was already a little overwhelmed by life for creativity and this sweeping change of our lives further impacted me!
I didn’t see it as a curse (eventually), I saw it as an opportunity to just live my life with my partner and embrace that. However, the past couple of weeks, I’ve felt the bug finally bite, and we’ve been hard at work on our next album. Thankfully, the guys have been working on it even in my absence, and for that I’m grateful.
Have you taken to any social media platforms to deliver live performances during this time? If so, how did you find the reception?
We haven’t. We plan on restarting these when we have more to show. We’ve done some fun videos where I’ve taught a guitar lesson and a “rig rundown” is in the pipe.
Do you think this time will see a rise in ‘DIY’ musicians stepping into the spotlight? Do you think this is a good thing for the industry?
I think this situation is continuing the trend over the last couple of decades where the internet is flattening the playfield in a very real way. The situation is not addressing the problems that have come of that. There is still an information overload for consumers, there are still algorithms that encourage you to listen to the songs you like and only those. This definitely disrupts the status quo, but I’m not sure to what end.
It is hard to see it as a “good thing” when all my friends in road crews are jobless and small bands can’t get out and do what they can do to promote their projects. How it plays out, in the long run, is up to our elected leaders seeing that our industry is very vulnerable to a pandemic like this. I have my doubts about those elected leaders, obviously.
How do you think this period will shape the music landscape for the years to come?
In the short term, I see people appreciating the act of going out to a gig more than they have in decades, and I think that’s good for music. There’s also a chance that live music doesn’t recover for years, so that will have its own ramifications. Whichever way that goes will ultimately dictate the music industry’s next moves.
What is the first thing you are going to do when this is all over?
I’m gonna just bring my entire recording rig to the corner of King’s Coffee and scream “ISN’T IT GREAT WE’RE TOGETHER” while working on the album. Also: haircut and the gym.
Have you got a message for any of your fans that might be reading this? Any means by which they can support yourselves/the band at this time?
Take care of yourself, don’t worry about productivity, maybe throw on one of our albums if you’d like. If you want to support us directly, buy a record digitally. I teach guitar lessons on Skype, and you can find me @ksamuel on Instagram if you’d like to inquire about those. Nathan is still mixing and mastering projects, so hit him up @mnhussey on Instagram if you want him to work on your quarantine project.