Indie-pop trio You to Me’s latest single is ‘Just Say Something!’. Influenced by The 1975, LANY and Oh Wonder, the Santa Cruz collective combine hark back to the 80s synth-pop golden era. We caught up with the band to find out more.
We are consistently criticised for writing songs that are shorter than the norm, but I couldn’t care less what they think.
First up, tell us about yourselves - who are You to Me, and what were you doing before making music together?
You to Me has been for the past 3 years, myself (Travis), Zach (the drummer) and Corbin (guitarist). We were college students and musicians who were deeply moved by some emerging artists at the time. I started writing music on my laptop and Zach jumped on board caused he liked what I was writing.
You caught us at a strange time though because we formed the band as college roommates in Florida, but I am about to move back home to California and pursue this thing full-time in the LA area, while Zach and Corbin will be staying out here for the time being. Not quite sure what the future holds for us three, but what I do know is that You to Me won’t stop, and the music won’t stop. That’s for sure.
Who did you take inspiration from?
We are inspired by a plethora of different bands and each song we create is a bit different from the other. Lorde, LANY, Breakbot, Joan, Flor, Wallows, the 1975. These are just a few people/bands we love and draw inspiration from. For [‘Just Say Something!’] in particular, though, there’s obviously a big influence from the 1975. I feel like with each song we create there is always a particular group in mind which we draw our inspiration from. We try not to think about it too much, but we are always being inspired by a lot of dope music.
Why the name ‘You to Me’? What do you stand for?
I tend to overanalyse and overthink every minimal detail which is a complete nightmare when it comes to picking a name, because I am always changing my mind. Zach and I were throwing around ideas over text, at one point we were seriously considering something completely whack like “Space Cat Drama,” but Corbin wasn’t into it so we kept brainstorming. We knew we wanted a name which people could easily find on the internet, and one night Zach texted me saying “You to Me” and I loved it so we ran with it.
This band stands for a lot of things. It stands for independent artists who want to push the boundaries of the music industry. This band stands for people who struggle with the anxieties of daily life. Anxiety, love, and depression seem to be themes that I personally struggle with, and themes that everyone I know struggle with as well. I want this band to be an outlet for these people and a community which people can feel safe and free from their own insecurities.
How would you describe your musical style?
Our musical style switches up a bit from song to song, but we consider ourselves to be an indie-pop band, although we are not even sure if that’s right. I feel like there are so many bands today doing this sort of thing where they are releasing singles that are each unique in their own way, so they label themselves as “indie-pop,” or maybe it’s all just in my head, not quite sure to be honest. What I do know is that we pull a lot of inspiration from the 80s when it comes to tone and overall composition of our songs.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would you love to work with?
If I could collaborate with any living artist it would probably be Lorde. I love her. Pure Heroine is the most nostalgic album in the world for me.
Your latest single is ‘Just Say Something!’. When did you write it and where did you record it?
I wrote this song almost 3 years ago in my college dorm room on my laptop. I recently went back to it and was like, dang this song slaps. So I re-vamped it and released it within a month.
How does ‘Just Say Something!’ represent you?
‘Just Say Something!’ first of all represents us in the way we write songs. We are consistently criticised for writing songs that are shorter than the norm, but I couldn’t care less what they think. Sometimes I write songs that are simply meant to be a minute and 20 seconds long and I am not going to force it to be longer simply because radio stations are telling me how a song should be written for radio play. I have a few more songs like this that will eventually be released, and I think this characteristic is quite unique to us as a whole.
What are your hopes for ‘Just Say Something!’?
I just hope people like the song to be honest, and that they listen to it. And if they do, to stick around for more of our music in the future.
What are your other plans for 2019, can we catch you on tour?
Our plans for 2019 are simply to release good songs and continue to grow our online presence and audience. We are completely independent right now so we just want to take it one step at a time. We will be doing some local gigs for sure, but no tours are planned at the moment.
Finally, if you could go back in time and give yourselves one piece of advice, when would it be and what would you say?
The piece of advice I would have given myself is that that anything worth anything takes time. We have evolved immensely in 3 years, and we wouldn’t be who we are without those three years of growth. Breaking into the music scene takes a lot of time, and I am prepared to put in the time to get there.
Listen to You to Me on SoundCloud below. For news and tour dates visit the You to Me Facebook page.