Today, I talk with Tim Maiden from the Phoenix, AZ-based band, IAMWE. We talk about how the band came together, some of the best and worst experiences on the road, and what it's like recording their first album.
Ryan Sprague (RS)
Tim Maiden (TM)
RS:What's the story behind the name of the band?
TM: IAMWE in a nutshell is a passionate pursuit to take our listeners outside their worlds into somewhere captivating and mesmerizing leaving them wanting more. We loved this name because musically we wanted to create pieces that went beyond our individual ability and to somewhere almost orchestral but in rock form. Hopefully we impact our listeners most when the music stops.
RS: How did the band form?
TM: A few of us we’re friends and we started jamming together and the rest is history. We’ve been together for 3 years (2010).
RS: What instrument do you play?
RS: What inspired you to make music together?
TM: We all had been so affected by music that we couldn’t resist.
RS: What bands have you toured with?
TM: Anberlin, Morning Parade, The Almost, Future of Forestry. Touring with Anberlin was an obvious favorite. It was an East Coast run and our first time out there as a band and we fell in love with it. The venues were incredible and the shows were all 600+ so we had nothing to complain about. On top of all that Anberlin were great guys.
RS: What is your process of writing music? Lyrics first? Music first? Mixture of both?
TM: It’s a mixture of both. I’ve found that it’s best to stay in the moment when writing and as long as you can. Sometimes it’s when I’m alone at 3am and other times with the rest of the band. I’m listening for something and don’t care when or where I find it I just don’t want to miss it, so I’m always listening. Our debut record, Run Wild, was definitely a combination of both but my favorite moments on this record were when we discovered pieces as a band. It was a magical time with a lot of experimenting and failing and other times of creating and feeling timeless.
RS: What would you consider both your worst and best experience playing live?
TM: Well, we’ve had some interesting shows that we now humor ourselves with and are glad they happened but at the time they felt demoralizing. Our first show in Vegas, all the stage power went out and I only had 1 joke in my pocket so that got really awkward. Another bad show was when I broke my mic & piano in the same night and I wasn’t too happy about it, but it supposedly made for an entertaining show.
Our best show has to be our CD release show we just had here in Phoenix (Jan 19th, 2013). It was at our favorite venue (Crescent Ballroom) with our favorite people. We could really do whatever we wanted and get away with it and that was special. We put a lot of thought and planning into the night and took some chances but it all seemed to come together and create what we call our “magical night”. Oh and it was sold out which didn’t hurt.
RS: Who writes the songs for the band?
TM: Well, everyone contributes in the writing process in some shape or form. I usually bring an idea sometimes just a melody and other times a complete song and we start from there.
RS: What was the process of recording your first album? What did you set out the accomplish with it?
TM: We just spent countless hours in our space till we felt at peace. When thinking about the album as a whole, I wanted to release something I could enjoy in 10 years. Now is obviously to soon to say whether we accomplished this but that’s the goal. I just wanted peace with it all and put that over everything.
RS: What has been your biggest challenge as a band?
TM: There are many challenges you face when you have individuals passionate about their work. As cliché as this sounds, the biggest challenge is to simply stay together. Not technically or physically, but mentally, emotionally, relationally and spiritually.
RS: What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
TM: Follow your own convictions and ideas not someone else’s. Find your own voice/sound. Don’t pretend to be someone your not and express yourself. Music has no boundaries and it should stay that way.
RS: What's next for IAMWE?
TM: We have had some cool shows the past few months. One of them was opening for Anberlin on their Vital tour here in Tempe. Starting in March, we head out to SXSW, which we’re excited for.
Below, you can see a short video from the
CD Release show of IAMWE. .
You can learn more about the band at
their Facebook page by CLICKING HERE