Circus Season, an indie dance-alternative band, was the focus of an Artist’s Spotlight in March 2018 when they released their EP, “Say Hello Wave Goodbye.” The band is comprised of seniors Brandon Do, Nick Eremsta and Alex Tatsman. The Foghorn sat down with Do, vocalist and guitarist for Circus Season.
Kate Sagara: Can you tell me a little bit about how you got involved in music?
Brandon Do: It went back all the way to when I was a kid, like seven or eight. When my dad started playing the blues on his acoustic guitar, I was like, “Woah, what is this? I like it,” and I got my first acoustic guitar.
KS: What’s your favorite part of playing in a band?
BD: I think the communal aspect. When you’re busy in the day and you have your own schedule, sometimes you don’t have the time or energy to socialize, but with a band you have this time where you’re all together playing music, and the music itself is what really keeps you together. So it’s really fun because of that communal aspect.
KS: What’s your own genre of music, and is it different from your band’s?
BD: My genre is very similar to what I want to create for Circus Season. It’s primarily indie, dance, alternative, with a tiny bit of electronica and definitely dance punk. So when it comes to Circus Season together, the sound is very dancey, but also indie rock. And then the electronica is what creates the concept of what discography we want to throw out.
KS: Who are some of your inspirations?
BD: It’s my uncle. He’s in a band called Cathedrals. He was the one who inspired me to get things going and really invest in music and put my heart and soul into it. I think going to music festivals [also inspires me] –– the right music festivals, where they have a little bit of everything. BottleRock, Outside Lands, Not So Silent Night. As well as going to local, good, midrange concerts. The live artist experience influences you to work harder, as well as just seeing them perform and seeing the kit or the instruments they use can inspire you on how you use your own instruments or production.
KS: Is there anything else you want people to know?
BD: Support your local musicians. I’m a senior now and for the past four years, I’ve seen that USF has a lot of great bands and artists and people getting involved and collaborating. I think the biggest [idea] here is the people that want to create, collab, jam and express who they are musically. We have phenomenal bands and I want to create a tradition of all these musical people coming to the city where they get to collab, they get to jam and no matter what –– they get to stick together.