Featured Artist of the Week: Futures

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Futures

What are your band member’s names?
Robby Atkinson | Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
Cody McLeish | Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
Jon Dolan | Bass

How and when did the band start?
The band started as a two piece about a year ago. Robby and Cody had worked together in a band prior to Futures. They began writing the material and then entered the studio to track the EP. Jon joined the band later on and we couldn’t be more excited about the contributions and energy he adds to the group

Where are you located?
Montclair, New Jersey

What genre would you place your music in?
Alternative Rock

What are your musical and non-musical influences?
Robby – For me, I am influenced by jazz. My dad, who has always been a driving influence, would always play Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea when I was younger. Beyond jazz, bands that have played a huge role in shaping my music are bands from the late ’90s, early ’00s, like Blink 182, Copeland, Death Cab For Cutie and The Early November. I also pull influences from Flood of Red and Incubus, but, to be honest, I try to be open and receptive to everything; influence come from everywhere.

Cody – I grew up listening to all kinds of music. One fond memory I have from my childhood is sitting in the backseat of my fathers blue Chevy Suburban, listening to tapes of Eric Clapton, James Taylor, and The Police. These artists have shaped my guitar playing. In terms of newer music and material, I’m a huge fan of Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, and Artifex Pereo.

Jon – Any bands that are genuine about what they create and represent. Some of my biggest influences have ranged from bands like Underoath and Architects, to Young the Giant, and Taking Back Sunday.

What are your dreams and goals?
Our goals are the same: to make music for the rest of our lives, even more so than we already have. We want to play music that makes people feel the way that we do when we listen to a song that we all love.

Who writes the songs and what topics do you like to touch on?
Robby writes songs in multiple different perspectives. He draws inspiration from his own experiences and the experiences of people around him. He chooses topics that are relatable, so that the listener can find at least one song that they can connect to on a personal level. “The Things We Leave Behind” is about recovering from an ended relationship and highlights the realization and acceptance of moving on. Robby usually comes up with a skeleton to the song, which is brought to the table for the rest of the band to write their own parts.

What inspires you to make music?
Robby – Music is a connection and universal link that we all share. It’s a form of communication that we all understand. It evokes emotion and feelings we have all felt or can relate to. It’s a type of relationship you build with your fans that is completely different than anything else. Creating this connection with people is what inspires me.

Cody – Being able to communicate and connect with the world through song is truly what inspires me.

Jon – Seeing how strong music can be as type of guidance in young people’s lives is inspiring. Music changed the course of my life as a kid. The feeling of playing live is something that cannot be replicated otherwise.

What do you want your fans or potential fans to know about you?
We want everyone to know that we’re all just a bunch of humble guys who love to play music and will never be too cool to simply hangout or share a conversation.

Do you have any upcoming events?
None as of yet, but much is in the works! You can follow our various social media outlets to keep up to date with everything Futures.

Where can fans buy your music/merch?
Be sure to check out Futures debut EP titled: “The Things We Leave Behind” available for stream and purchase at:
Futuresnj.bandcamp.com
Keep up with the band:
www.Facebook.com/FuturesNJ
Follow on Instagram:
@FuturesNJ