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Art & Life with Scatterplot

Today we’d like to introduce you to Scatterplot.

Scatterplot, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
We are a music duo called Scatterplot. Steve is our singer, songwriter, and keytar player. The Masked Man is our anonymous musician who dances on stage and wears a red mask and tuxedo. We’d say we’re something different and strange!

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
We create music that is epic, lush, and beautiful. We are not trying to be “cool” musicians, in fact, we’re kind of nerdy at heart. Steve, our songwriter, fully believes in creating something different that also is emotionally impactful. The songwriting is highly influenced from the 70s, from artists such as the Beatles, Queen, and Electric Light Orchestra. There’s a lot of piano in there too.

So how do we create the songs, you ask? Basically, Steve will sit down at the piano for an hour or so until something good comes out. If nothing good comes out, he’ll walk away, and if something good comes out, he’ll work hard to finish it. Then, he and the Masked Man will get together and create a demo in Logic and take it to another producer or mixer to finish. Steve has written hundreds of songs he was a teenager, and has and playing piano since age four, so he’s got a lot of years of music-making under his belt. The Masked Man has been wearing masks since he was born.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
One word that comes to mind when thinking of the state of artists’ lives today: overwhelming. We believe if a musician wants to make great art and be heard, not only should they study the craft and be great musicians, they also have to know how to work with other people, know how to market themselves and create a brand. How do they do all this? Well, we’re still trying to answer this question, but we think a musician should be good at ONE thing, maybe two things at the most. And then have someone else help them with what they aren’t good at. Oh, and being really organized and efficient with their time is key because 24 hours in a day just isn’t enough.

Our favorite quote about LA is something Frank Lloyd Wright said: “Tip the world over on its side and everything lose will land in Los Angeles.” We think that’s really true; there’s so much to absorb, see and do, and there’s every kind of person in this wonderful city. There will never be enough time to take in all the different places, sights, and sounds of LA, and that’s a good thing.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
We are on Instagram all the time: http://www.instagram.com/scatterplotx, our website: http://www.scatterplot.me, Spotify: http://bit.ly/scatterplotx. We are also going on a five-city Sofar concert series in Europe, in May of this year! We’ll post soon about that.

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Streetshooter LA, OdapMusic

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