New Jersey Stage Issue 75 - Page 65

What direction are new songs taking The Happy Fits ? Calvin : This newest set of songs really hammers on the 2000s indie-euphoria vibe we all grew up listening to . We are so happy with the production job Ayad did and our mixing engineer Jim Stewart . They took our sound to the next level and really made the sound we all dreamed of having since releasing ‘ Awfully Apeelin ’.’
Calvin , do you think you ’ ll make other music at some point with the cello outside of The Happy Fits ? Calvin : Definitely ! With the rise of the BLM movement in the past few months , I ’ ve found myself drawn to bands that tackle social issues like IDLES and Parquet Courts . In the future , I really want to follow in the footsteps of musicians that used their platform and music for good . For now , we ’ re still working toward making a living wage off of this , so I ’ m going to be taking it a year at a time .
Why do Asian parents place such importance and priority on classical music in regard to their children ; what positive and negative impacts does that have , and to what degree does it have as much , if not more , to do with preparing the mind for math and some science rather than just music and culture ? Calvin : I think classical music has its own diversity issues to face , as access to classical instruments and western music education has been for some time now a middleclass privilege . Lessons are really expensive and to make it in the industry you have to pay to attend expensive camps and seminars to network with other classical musicians . Any parent that forces their child to get into classical music definitely just wants the best for their kid . There is a proven cor-

What direction are new songs taking The Happy Fits ? Calvin : This newest set of songs really hammers on the 2000s indie-euphoria vibe we all grew up listening to . We are so happy with the production job Ayad did and our mixing engineer Jim Stewart . They took our sound to the next level and really made the sound we all dreamed of having since releasing ‘ Awfully Apeelin ’.’

Calvin , do you think you ’ ll make other music at some point with the cello outside of The Happy Fits ? Calvin : Definitely ! With the rise of the BLM movement in the past few months , I ’ ve found myself drawn to bands that tackle social issues like IDLES and Parquet Courts . In the future , I really want to follow in the footsteps of musicians that used their platform and music for good . For now , we ’ re still working toward making a living wage off of this , so I ’ m going to be taking it a year at a time .

Why do Asian parents place such importance and priority on classical music in regard to their children ; what positive and negative impacts does that have , and to what degree does it have as much , if not more , to do with preparing the mind for math and some science rather than just music and culture ? Calvin : I think classical music has its own diversity issues to face , as access to classical instruments and western music education has been for some time now a middleclass privilege . Lessons are really expensive and to make it in the industry you have to pay to attend expensive camps and seminars to network with other classical musicians . Any parent that forces their child to get into classical music definitely just wants the best for their kid . There is a proven cor-

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