Composed of “friends who like to make the kind of music that we’d want to listen to,” the Art / Alt-Rock band, The Fills, talks about their energetic EP, Negatives. In this Creator Conversation, The Fills also share their music-making process, their thoughts on the best moonshine, and answer, “If time is your worst enemy, what or who is your best friend?”
How do you describe yourself and your music?
We’re just four friends who like to make the kind of music that we’d want to listen to. We all come from different backgrounds, and from different areas of the state, and we love putting our heads together to make music that we’re proud of. We would describe our music as a mix of all of our unique influences that we’ve picked up throughout our lives. 80s goth bands, 90s grunge icons, Hip Hop, early 2000s indie rock, and everything else under the sun. – The Fills
What pushed you to share your music with the world?
The main reason we wanted to share our music is pure self-expression. We started out just making 7-minute jam tracks in our bedrooms, but once we started churning out some songs with structure, we felt compelled to put them on the internet for others to hear. Also, we feel like rock music is falling out of the limelight, and we’d love to play a part in bringing it back. – The Fills
Use only seven words to describe your album, Negatives?
Energetic, independent, angsty, personal, eager, youthful, spinning. – The Fills
What was the greatest challenge you had when making your EP?
Definitely the mixing process. We recorded, mixed, and mastered this EP all by ourselves in our home studio, with gear we bought with our show money. We found out firsthand just how much work really goes into putting your songs into existence, but the process was very rewarding. – The Fills
What’s something positive you try to keep in mind or do when negativity surrounds you?
When negativity surrounds us, we try and realize how far we’ve come in the first place, and usually just crack jokes with each other. We’re friends first and foremost, so we’re pretty good about venting, picking each other up, and enjoying ourselves. Also, just going outside for a walk and enjoying nature does wonders with staying positive. – The Fills
If time is your worst enemy, what or who is your best friend?
The fleeting moments in our lives. Time loves to take these away, but thankfully there are always more to come. – The Fills
Who has the best “moonshine” in Oklahoma?
Red Brick Bar sells good moonshine jello shots, but the best moonshine in Oklahoma is usually the homemade kind! – The Fills
What are some of your favorite places to perform or listen to live music in Oklahoma?
What else would you like people to know about your music?
Just how much we enjoy creating art and putting it out for people to enjoy. Hopefully, when people listen, they can recognize all of our influences with a little something unique mixed in. We’re proud to be doing what we do, and we’re so thankful to anyone who checks us out. – The Fills