Up in the Attic is a little indie band from Tacoma WA. Made up of Alex Wick, Abby Carlson, Mya Woods, and (insert drummer name here) their homemade, melancholy yet fun, original music is perfect for being moody or screaming in your car. The Attic cannot wait to release new songs, and play more shows as they live up to their singer-songwriter goes “soft-core punk” genre. Listen to their EP Talking everywhere music is streamed!
Thank you for taking this interview! How has the New Year been for you so far as an artist?
Thanks for having us! It’s been really fun. We’ve been spending a lot of our time on playing shows and getting more immersed within the Pacific Northwest music scene. We are all students as well as musicians that are still dealing with the backlash of the pandemic. So music has been sort of a way to stay connected with the world around us.
How did you come up with your latest project?
Our latest and also first project is our EP entitled Talking. This project was what started our band actually which is why it’s really special to us. We met in a music business seminar class at the university of puget sound. The project was to create a song but once we teamed up we knew that we wanted to do a bigger project. So we came up with the idea to make an EP and mini documentary on YouTube .
Where are you from originally?
Alex is originally from Oakland California, Abby is if from Nampa Idaho and our bass player Mya Woods is from Colorado.
Where do you live now?
We all are currently living in Tacoma Washington for school.
Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
For sure! I think we definitely have been influenced by the Seattle are and all that but I also think we had a tone before Alex’s songs were arranged for a full band. Instrumentation is something we like playing with but we all love the “west coast indie” sound and we also like messing with it. It keeps building off of all three of us and it’s fun to see the layers and the end product compared to the voice memo demos.
What was the inspiration to make music your career?
We both have musical backgrounds myself being in a band throughout high school with an incredible teacher and Abby was obsessed with choir and for the last 6 years has been teaching music and who knows what else at summer camp in Idaho. Both spaces have us the chance to take music more seriously and dive deeper into what we love. Our music business seminar really made things fall into place though.
How do you want to shape your career?
We are students right now and really want to graduate so we are juggling band practice and shows and making merch with classes and grades. We are seeing where the attic goes and want to share our tomfoolery with anyone and everyone.
Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
When writing music I tend to take my time with projects. My creative process has always been slow but In the best way possible. The time has allowed me to look into the details of the music. After I’ve written the songs I share them with abby and we workshop the music together until we both feel satisfied with the work that we’ve created together.
How did your latest title of your music come to be?
Talking came to be because each song kind of focused on a relationship. “Gone away” a song off the EP centers in on a relationship between one person who wants things to end but goes back and fourth between when it ends. “Utopia” takes the idea of talking to a different level with the idea of talking in your head about the future and present and a far off utopian land. “Taking” the title track, also looks at a relationship that’s at its breaking point but the two are looking for ways to fix things.
Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
No at all! I want everyone to be able to listen to the music and find their own meaning behind the lyrics and Melodies. So if only one person is listening, then my job is done. It’s harder for Abby because of creative control issues and there’s always something we can add or tweak a little.
Do you feel an emotional attachment to your music?
I definitely do because the music is really personal to me. The songs I write have helped me get through so many personal experiences and life events. I don’t know where I would be without my music.
How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
Melancholy yet fun
Where do they go to listen NOW?
You can check us out on most streaming platforms including Spotify, Apple Music, and Youtube!
What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
The best fan reaction was walking out of the venue at our last show and having fans cheer as I left the building. That felt full circle and made me so happy.
Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
At the moment I’m really excited to start writing again for the band. The summertime is usually when I write most of the songs for the attic.
Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?
Our plan is to continue playing the songs live at shows starting this fall.
Give us all your socials and links so fans can link up with you!
@upintheatticmusic - Instagram
Up In The attic music - YouTube