Arms and Sleepers
Arms and Sleepers is an ambient/trip-hop duo consisting of Max Lewis (Boston, MA) and Mirza Ramic (Portland, ME).
The band was formed in 2006 and has since released a handful of albums and EPs, most notably the Bliss Was It In That Dawn To Be Alive EP from 2006, the well-received album Black Paris 86 released in 2007, and Matador, which was released in November 2009.
ARMS & SLEEPERS
Arms and Sleepers
1. Top three (or more) tips for new and emerging talent to stay afloat and last long term.
Never quit school for music (never worth it, and usually leads to a bad place)
Be smart with your finances (try to record albums yourself, make your own website, tour lightly, be diligent with expenses, etc.)
Have more music releases than t-shirt designs (seriously)
Have a strong and consistent online presence (have music easily available, tour dates posted everywhere; remember that social media is largely free, so take advantage of that)
Be patient and work, work, work on music!
2. What has been one of the toughest music related experiences you’ve faced?
The experience that sticks out in our minds was having to deal with writer’s block. There was one summer when nothing we seemed to do worked. It’s tough to deal with because you spend many, many hours working and yet come up with no tangible results.
3. How did you get through or deal with it?
We got through it by simply accepting it as a temporary state and as something that many others go through.
4. What did you learn?
We learned that sometimes—no matter how hard you try—good ideas just don’t come and you have to be patient with the creative process.
5. What music/entertainment related book, Blog, film or documentary would you recommend to inspire someone and why?
We would recommend the film “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart,” which is a documentary about Wilco recording their album “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.” It shows the writing/recording process of what we think is a great album. It also shows the difficulties—both creative and personal—that artists have to overcome in the process of creating a great piece of art. At a simpler level, it’s sometimes inspiring to see rare and cool equipment that some bands have and imagining how to recreate the sounds of that equipment.