by Danielle Holian
For our readers, please describe your musical background.
Why did you choose ‘The Soft White Sixties’ as the band’s name?
We had to come up with something to put on the poster. It’s a lightbulb.
Who or what are your influences?
The last 70 years of recorded music.
Tell us a bit about the background and songwriting process of your new EP The Ocean Way.
The early germination stages of these songs began in the fall of 2014. We had a week off between two southern tours but were too far from San Francisco for it to make sense for us to try to go home so we decided to stay in the south. We set up in our friend Jordan’s 1 bedroom house in East Nashville, ate some local venison (“Rudolph stroganoff”), hung at the Tin Dog, and wrote songs for a week.
Where can people view your music?
YouTube or come to a show. You can listen to it on all the major platforms where people rent music too.
What has been the biggest challenge for the band so far?
Moving to Los Angeles this last year was a big step, but I think we handled it pretty gracefully looking back now. Moving 5 people 400 miles isn’t the easiest thing in the world but we pulled it off.
And what has been a highlight in your career so far?
There have been a lot of memorable shows – opening the Saturday main stage at Outside Lands, playing with the Hives at the Fillmore, selling out the Independent for the Get Right. release show, penny pint night at Bash Riprocks…
How has your music evolved since the band began?
We’ve gotten better at hiding our influences. Octavio also has a 4 ft. vertical leap now.
And do you have any for aspiring musicians?
Any last words?
Thanks for having us!