One Mile, the new Video for the single by The Bergamot, an American indie-folk-rock band is based in Brooklyn, New York is a modern and sophisticated story of life as seen from many points of view, and of how life between many people, some that never know or even see each other can intertwine, a “Butterfly Effect” that is unarguably real and true.
The band formed in 2009 by lead guitarist/vocalist Nathaniel Hoff and lead vocalist Jillian Speece in college at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). After college Hoff and Speece began touring America extensively sharing their positive music and vibes with their fans. In 2012 The Bergamot won the Bud Light Battle of the Bands and it helped them gain international notoriety.
Through the years they have opened up for artists such as All American Rejects, Young The Giant and Wiz Kalifa. The duo has performed at SXSW, Taste of Chicago and Bud Lights Port Paradise Music Festival located in the Bahamas and they have graced the pages of People Music, Rock Band, BuzzFeed, Paste Magazine, Icon Magazine, The Daily Record (UK), The Daily Mirror (UK), The Chicago Tribune, Brooklyn Vegan, The Deli Mag, CMJ, Skope Magazine, Pancakes & Whisky, WGN Chicago, CBS, and HGTV.
The Bergamot’s uplifting songs are powered by unbreakable harmonies with seamless songwriting adeptness that combines a story of both the joys and heartaches of life.
We introduced the group to you a short time ago, and we wanted to follow up on this release and share with you the bands thoughts of their time in music and what is important to them and why music is created in their way is so important in this time, when we need a new type of socially motivated music in our lives.
IPM: What inspires you to write music the way you do?
I just believe that music is something more than just sounds to buy groceries to. I think it has the power to change people – it changed me. So I write music because I am just writing the types of songs I would want to hear more of.
IPM: What are or were some of the challenges you have faced producing or performing while keeping true to your vision of your music?
Staying true to a vision is always challenging. No matter who you work with, it is always a push and pull. Be willing to give on some things, but know the core of you are – and be firm on those. Great work can always come from a little bit of compromise – especially in the studio.
IPM: What Was the Inspiration for the Song One Mile?
In 2016 we traveled to all 50 states across the USA. We believed we could unite people by having them sign a message of unity on our car. Public collaboration transformed the car into a symbol of hope, something to resist the narrative of hate and division. One Mile is the thesis of what we learned out on the road.
IPM: Tell us about some of your recent feedback on your release of the track and Video for One Mile.
It has ranged from amazing – to a bit of pushback. The pushback comes from critics who want a much more ‘flashy’ production with autotune and lots of flare melodically and rhythmically. So much of music has to be flashy and overproduced. However, I love music that is simple and the lyrics tell the truth. The black and white nature of the video speaks to the simplicity. I love the work of Al Hirschfeld and the early work of Walt Disney. I also love early experimental film – they did so much with so little. Nowadays it seems like everything has to be over the top – and lacks real meaning and depth. I hope this song gets to the deeper issue of empathy. To state something we have heard before, in a way that makes people stop and reexamine the truth. I think the people who have connected with the song see the value in the message. We have to come together – One Mile provides a way forward that is tangible and real – no matter where you come from.
IPM: Tell us about any additional upcoming release news?
We are dropping our album this fall – with a single coming out every month until the release on Sept. 19th 2019. We have a full-length documentary called “State of the Unity” coming out this year as well. A tour this summer and fall. So a couple of things in the pipeline.
IPM: Any “strange tales” or things that may have happened during a show that seemed too weird to be true?
I sat on a plane where a guy across the aisle tried to light something on fire. I was scared shitless – the stewardess had to detain him. Still freaks me out..
IPM: Where do you see your music going, where would you like to be in the near future, goals, dreams and passions?
I just want to keep creating meaningful music. I could have sold out a hell of a long time ago and made some soulless crap – I hope my music can continue to create deep meaning for peoples lives. Make life just a little bit better and improve myself and my songwriting craft along the way too. Maybe sell out a few stadiums along the way…
IPM: What would you like our readers to know about you?
The creative brain never stops. So stay tuned… You never know what we might do next!
IPM: Where can our readers find your music?
Official Site: www.thebergamot.com
Spotify – Stream us all the time (even when you sleep – yes this helps!!!) – https://spoti.fi/2HTYUBZ
iTunes – https://apple.co/2WkjrbX
Apple Music – https://apple.co/2Hy2BhI
YouTube – https://bit.ly/2WoiIqi
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