Q&A: San Francisco Local Band Mosaics

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How’d you first get together to play music?
Serendipitously! We all met at a party.

How’d you come up with the name of the band?
The project began with the concept of creating pieces of music solely using samples derived from the acoustic guitar. When we looked at the samples in our software the term “MOSAICS” popped into our heads and has stuck ever since.

How would you describe your sound?
We’ve been called “Electronic Rock”. It’s a blend of synth-pop, indy rock, and folk.

When did you first become interested in playing music?
Devon: It took over in college when I switched my major to classical guitar performance after realizing that science didn’t grab me in the same way anymore.

May: It’s been a lifelong pursuit of mine starting in my childhood with the violin. I discovered I could sing much later in life and songwriting become my main focus.

Scotty: I’ve been passionate about playing the guitar for as long as I can remember and have gotten more serious about it recent years.

What are you listening to these days?
Caribou, Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Kurt Vile, Tears for Fears, Dave Matthews, Prince

What’s your take on musicians saying it’s getting more and more difficult to be a working musician in San Francisco?
We’d say its highly accurate. San Francisco is and always will be an expensive place to live. All of us have jobs in either tech or the restaurant industry and have accepted bifurcation as a necessary aspect of this path. We hope that our strategy of focusing on making the best music possible will give us the opportunities to do this full-time.

What does music mean to you?
That’s a great question. Music is something we love creating. To us, it’s ultimately a harmonious mode of creation (no pun intended) that brings joy to us. It is fulfillment.

What are some of your favorites hangs in the Bay Area and why?
Zeki’s Bar – We basically all met because of this bar.
The Page – legendary bar
Sightglass Coffee – great coffee
Rodeo Valley/Stinson Beach – incredible outdoor experience

An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.