Coming up from beneath our holiday food hangovers, we took some time to talk with self-described Alternative Energy Rock group Trapdoor Social, one of our SB7 Artists. Trapdoor Social is one part Merritt Graves (informed by symphonic British rock) and one part Skylar Funk (with singer-songwriter influences), so the resultant sound is an eclectic collaboration.
The guys have been pretty busy and just last week released a new video. Their unique video storytelling is an important part of their music identity and their constantly evolving visual style is compelling and entertaining. Check out the new video below!
Along with releasing the new video, Graves and Funk are also working on raising $15,000 to put solar on the roof of a local Los Angeles non-profit. In fact, eco-conscious activism has been a part of their music mission since they met in an Environmental Analysis program in college. Here is a little more about their activism and process.
What are some different types of venues where you would feel really good and excited about playing?
- A non profit event (especially related to alternative energy). For example, we played at GRID LA’s event Solarthon, which was an awesome renewable energy construction event in South LA. We plan to stay involved with this kind of volunteer work and we think our music is our best way to contribute to this cause we care about.
- Intimate house party setting. In this kind of relaxed performance situation we’ve found we can really unlock new energy, and it’s a blast.
- At a festival. Coachella is the dream.
What is a source of inspiration when you are feeling stuck on something?
Knowledge and life experience are the raw materials your mind uses to make it’s own ideas with, and so if you don’t put anything cool in, you can’t expect anything cool to come out. So we just try to load up; learning, and living, and hopefully we’ll have something to say worth saying as a result.
What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
It is a risk to be vocal about alternative energy issues. Some listeners will disagree and not give our music a chance. Some may say we should just focus on the music. But we’re activists, so this is what we do. I think the biggest risk you can take is to not doing something you have your whole heart in, even if it’s considered risky by conventional standards.
For more on Trapdoor Social, check out their unique Songbird page here: http://www.songbird.me/artists/trapdoor-social