Post-pop band, Akiba, speaks with me in this Norman Music Festival performer question and answer session. They will perform at the Fowler Automotive Main Stage on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 12:00 pm (Noon). Since this is the tenth year for the festival, here are ten questions to get to know the band as answered by Garland Moore (bass/electronics/lyricist).
1. To get people to know you, how would you describe yourself and your music?
We’ve had a lot of trouble explaining our style to people. We recently threw around the term “post-pop” but I’m unsure if that even really captures it. It’s somewhere between Sleigh Bells, M.I.A, or Lorde mixed with your favorite Square Soft game soundtrack and a live band with drums/guitars/electronics. The end result is pretty unique, or at least I’d like to think.
2. What song would you like a person who hasn’t heard your music listen to first?
Well that really determines on their taste. We have an album that came out last November with a number of different sounds and styles on it. Overall, my favorite song to show first time listeners is the first song on the record, Alan Kulwicki.
3. What’s your song writing process?
Usually Kevin and I come up with the electronics side of things first. Kevin usually writes out an entire piece where as I make loops. We practice on them as a full band on those and songs usually write themselves from that.
4. What are your thoughts on the Norman Music Festival?
Norman Music Festival is a really great event and is a great opportunity for musicians in the area. A lot of places don’t have music scenes/art culture established enough to have an event like this. This is personally my fifth year playing the festival, and it’s Akiba’s fourth. It kind of acts like the SXSW of OKC/Norman music. It really builds a great sense of community.
5. In general, what inspires you?
I derive inspiration from many different places and that absolutely reflects in the music. Namely, in recent years, I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration from motorsports and the culture around North American motorsports. More specifically, the song I mentioned earlier, Alan Kulwicki, is actually named after the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup champion. Underdog stories in general are what motives me.
6. You’ve just been offered an all expenses paid trip. Where would you go?
I feel like each of the three of us would be split on where to go. Personally, I’ve always wanted to visit Sydney, Australia but I would definitely need to sleep on that question before giving a real answer.
7. Any plans while you’re in the Norman area?
I’m definitely going to get one of those pineapple drinks like they have every year near Gray street. I really hope they’re back this year.
8. Anything else you want the public to know about you?
9. What do you think should be the Ninth Wonder of the World?
Daytona International Speedway
10. What was the most extreme adventure you’ve had?
As a band, we’ve had some fun adventures. Personally, the most “extreme” adventure I’ve had was getting attacked by hundreds of fire ants and staring death in the eyes while on tour with my friend’s band in Shreveport.