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Glimmers is another band that I discovered and wrote about a few years ago and they still hold a place in my frequent song rotation. They’ve been up to so much and have done so much since then that they deserve another spotlight.
Fun Fact: Prior to making a 8 hour drive in a U-Haul in a snow storm, I just discovered their song “The First Thing.” I then drove almost the entire 8 hours with the song on repeat-that’s how much I like this band.
Enjoy today’s interview with Glimmers and check them out on the socials.
Ian: We spoke about a year ago when I was writing a blog and it’s great to reconnect! Before we get into the questions, tell everyone who you are and where you’re from. (please include names of everyone in the band and what instruments they play)
Band: We are a pop/rock band from Atlanta, Ga! Thank you for chatting with us today, it’s great to connect with you.
Maggie: Lead Vocalist/Piano/Acoustic Guitar
Alex D: Lead Guitar
Alex N: Rhythm Guitar
Ian: How did you meet and how long have you been playing together?
Band: We all met by playing in different bands in the Atlanta music scene. It’s a tight-knit community where everyone knows each other. It all started when I (Maggie) was a solo artist looking for musicians to play with. It was fun playing as an acoustic artist, but I always wanted the camaraderie and collaboration that comes with being in a band.
In 2019, I received an opportunity to play a Paramore cover set with some friends in New Orleans for a tribute show. But of course, I didn’t want to just play those songs acoustically. That’s when I asked the guys to play with me for the gig. We had so much fun and we decided to keep going. When the pandemic hit in March 2020, we decided to rebrand from Maggie Schneider, to glimmers. The rest is history!
Ian: I’ve been a big fan for a few years and your song, “The First Thing” has been one of my top played songs for the past two years. You’re sound goes from pop to rock with a little pop punk sprinkled in. How would you describe your sound and who are some of your influences?
Band: I call our sound “hopeless romantic pop rock,” and I think that describes our sound well! We love everything from musical theater, to Warped Tour bands, and I try to mesh these influences together. I personally am inspired by artists and bands like The Band Camino, Mayday Parade, and Julia Michaels. Really for me, I just want to make sure our listeners can emotionally connect with our songs. That’s the end goal for me always!
Ian: So you are from Atlanta, GA and unfortunately, I’ve never made it down there. How would you describe the music scene? Are there any other bands up there we should be on the lookout?
Band: The Atlanta music scene is full of so many awesome and diverse artists. We are also all supportive of each other which is nice. It never feels like a competition, and I’m constantly inspired by our friends. I highly recommend Abandcalledlove., dim, and Meet Me At The Altar.
Ian: I remember seeing you wrap up 2022 with a big tour and played some shows on the west coast, can you tell us about that? What big plans do you have for 2023? Touring, studio or maybe both?!
Band: Our first west coast tour was a huge success! It was a dream come true playing Emo Nite’s 8th anniversary party and meeting so many internet friends in real life. In 2023, we plan to tour much more. So far, we have announced 4 dates with Boys of Fall and Archers. We will also be announcing more midwest and southeast dates in March.
We are currently in the studio as I type this response! Working with ZK Productions on our next songs has been an incredible experience, and I can’t wait to share these tunes with you.
Ian: Right now, your most streamed song on Spotify is Not Good at Goodbyes with over 442k streams. I think it’s an incredible song but so sad! Listeners clearly connect with that, as I think most of us have felt the feelings mentioned in the song. How do you interpret that song and why do you think it has such a strong connection with listeners?
Band: This was a song I had to write. “Not Good at Goodbyes” was inspired by my difficulty saying goodbye to someone. I know that a song is going to be a special one when I cry after writing it, and this was one of those times. Looking back two years later, this song is about me growing up and realizing what love is and feels like.
Every Time someone tells me that song has helped them through something, it means the world to me. I think it connects with listeners because saying goodbye is something we all do at some point in our lives. I can’t thank people enough for giving that song so much love.
Ian: I love that you write your own songs and I think that you’re excellent song writers. What is our writing process like? How do you normally go about making a song?
Band: I typically start the songwriting process with a lyrical phrase or concept that I want to dive into. Then, I’ll write the basic chords structure on piano or acoustic guitar. After I figure out the basics, I go to our lead guitarist Alex Downtain and ask him to play with the song’s structure. He has recorded and produced the majority of our songs thus far, and he has a great ear for turning one of my stripped-down ideas into something that incorporates the full band. Then, Jeremy and the guys come in to add their fresh perspectives on the track. It’s so cool seeing my first idea turn into something fully-realized by the rest of the band.
Ian: If you could play/work w/anyone, who would it be & why? You’ve collaborated with some pretty cool artists like Crooked Teeth on I Want Out. Who would be your dream guest-artist on one of your tracks?
Band: Oh wow, I would absolutely love to work with Knox or The Band Camino on a song. I love their songwriting so much and that would be a dream. In terms of a dream guest-artist, I’d love to have Chrissy Costanza from Against The Current or Dev Papadol from Honey Revenge. Both are such talented female vocalists and it’d be so sick to have a song with either of them.
Okay, Patrick Stump or Kellin Quinn would be a dream to have on a track too.
Ian: Other than your hometown, what's been favorite city (or cities) to play?
Band: Oh wow, that’s so hard to say. As of right now, Nashville, Raleigh, and Chicago are three of my favorite cities to play. They each have such a great energy and the fans who go to the shows are so passionate about music.
Ian: It’s been great to get to know you more and hear about all the exciting things you have going on. Where can readers find you so that they stay up to date with all the great stuff you're doing?
Band: Readers can find us on all platforms as @glimmersband! We are on IG, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, etc. You can also check out my IG and TikTok at @itsmaggieschneider. I am always singing covers mashups, and teasing upcoming glimmers songs!
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