ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Two Cheers

Answers by Bryan Akcasu

How do you hope your listeners feel with your music ? 

We want our audience to be bubbling over with unearthed emotions while succumbing to the urge to dance. 

What's been your favorite live show you've ever seen and why?

Bryan says, "I saw Taking Back Sunday while they were touring for their first album. I was blown away by Adam Lazzara's total abandon -- like swinging the microphone 20 feet in the air and crashing into things. And if I remember correctly he was on crutches too. Anyway, they really brought the energy that night and I never forgot it. On the other side of the spectrum I saw a little-known folk singer named Mark Geary at Hotel Cafe who really just mesmerized me. It was very low key; just acoustic guitar and a kind of soft-spoken vocal approach but when he sings he really means every word and he holds you captive. That's the mark of a master in my opinion."

If you could collaborate with any current artist, who would it be and why?

I really liked the production on Ellie Goulding's album Halcyon from a couple years ago. I think it was mostly her and Jim Eliot from Kish Mauve. I'd love to bring that range of textures and sounds into our music -- like blaring synths alongside delicate harps.

Why do you think local music matters?

I think the main reason local music matters is that bands like ours make music whether it matters or not. What I mean to say is that people today really want to see musicians making music that is out of the bounds of what the consensus says is music that matters. The best way to do that is to get in on the ground floor, so to speak, and go see first hand what people do when they are making music because they love to do so and because they can't help themselves.