One21music, in our quest to find the best up and coming Christian musicians, is featuring the bands from the Cornerstone 2011 New Band Showcase. The Cornerstone New Band Showcase has launched many huge careers for Christian musicians including P.O.D., Sixpence None The Richer and Over The Rhine. The Cornerstone 2011 New Band Showcase features sixteen bands who will be performing on the Cornerstone Main Stage from Thursday, June 30th through Sunday, July 3rd. In the two weeks leading up to Cornerstone 2011, One21music will be featuring interviews with 11 of the showcase bands and a 10 song free music sampler, which will be available, exclusively on One21music.com on Wednesday, June 22.
We continue the Cornerstone 2011 New Band Showcase interview series with Beggars. Guitarists Adam, Luke and Manny were kind enough to answer some questions for us.
Beggars started unintentionally in late 2010 when guitarist and vocalist Adam and Luke felt they should start a band after they had set base in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Realizing this was a ministry band and having a ‘think outside the box’ element to the band, Joanna was quickly added to the roster with her amazing ability as an artist.
They all believe there is more than one way to worship, and music and art are one in the same, so it felt natural to blend her in as a part of the team. As a result, Beggars live shows not only feature dense, layered alternative rock but also live worship through art.
Beggars released their debut Beggars in January 2011.
Beggars is in a full sense of the word, worship to their Lord and Savior and the refusal to bear witness to the idea that they are just another band trying to make a dent in the world of music. Their cause is to bless and love with deepest sincerity and show who they are and why they chose to be this band in the first place, because Beggars are desperate for and begging to know the heart of God.
Interview with Christian Musicians Beggars
O21:Tell us what we need to know about Beggars that is not in your bio.
Adam: I would only say that the point that needs to be solidified is that Beggars is a band that is after the Lord’s heart. We want to write and play music to the best of our abilities but we are about the kingdom first and foremost. When we say that we are about getting to know and building relationships with people we truly mean it! Well, as much as regular people can.
O21: How would you describe your sound? What artists influenced you?
Adam: Beggars has many influences and if you take the time you really can hear bits of all of them in our sound. Bands such as My Epic, Blindside, Future Forestry, As Cities Burn, Thrice, Means, the list goes on and on. We are passionate people that are passionate about music and the bands we love to listen to on an everyday basis are who make up our influences.
Manny: I feel like we all add our own style to the music we play. We do listen to a lot of the same music but I think we stylistically take different sounds that we make our own and that all combines into what our music sounds like.
O21: Tell us about your recordings? What is your favorite Beggars song?
Adam: Our recordings are very new and so we are simply happy to have them!! I think I can speak for everyone when I say that our favorite song is “Words Like Fire” but our favorite recorded song is “Closer.”
O21: What is the best thing about making music?
Adam: Music making is amazing because you share in creating something totally unique (well you hope it is) and that represents the group as a whole. To me its like singing a song in one voice, as one heart. For our group its worship and it is an amazing feeling.
Manny: For me there is no feeling like making music. It’s a time where I feel closest to God and I use my guitar to worship. It’s just awesome!
O21: How does your faith influence you musically and lyrically?
Adam: Our faith is the reason we do any of this at all. Without the Lord ordaining it and being the driving force behind the inspiration it simply would not have happened at all. He put it all together and I hope with all I am that it will never stray from being about him.
O21: What is your view of Christian music?
Adam: I think true honest Christian music is very beautiful, now if we are talking about people who call their music Christian and what I think of that, that’s a different story. But honestly, it’s not mine to judge its validity.
O21: How do you think the general public and the mainstream music industry view faith based music?
Adam: Honestly I haven’t put a lot of thought into that so I would say I would guess that it all depends on whether or not you are real. At least from my experience people can respect people that keep their word and other than that I would say the there will always be a wall there in some form.
O21: How do you think that will impact your career?
Adam: I think it will heavily impact our career in music for good and possibly bad. We are not going to hide behind our music we are going to treat our time in music as a ministry and with that comes endless opportunities for anything to happen.
Luke: When it comes down to it, people love good music, and love to hear a good message behind it. There are plenty of bands spreading hate through there music, so from experience when there is something positive to get behind, people really appreciate it.
O21: What responsibility do you think an artist/performer has to its listeners?
Adam: Music is about being who you are and that is what should impact the listener. If you don’t have the listener in mind when your writing and thinking about what your music means to you, and in turn them, you are “walking blind”.
O21: In today’s music scene, with the demise of record companies and mySpace, how does an artist develop a large enough following tosustain a career?
Adam: I have no idea how to sustain a career. I will continue to go back to this every time, that your career doesn’t mean much at all. What the Lord is calling you to is what means something, and I believe that the Lord has called us to impact this world through music so no matter the outcome we have already had a “successful” career.
O21: What is your best memory of your career so far?
Adam: We played amazing shows on the one small weekend “tour” and kids were wonderful and God moved. For sure the number one memory for me. Well and that I get to sing alongside my wife!!
Luke: We for sure had a good time on that small weekend tour, but for me playing in our hometown Winnipeg with friends at the front screaming your lyrics with you was a pretty unreal feeling.
O21: What are your road traditions?
Adam: We are as “new ” as a new band gets, we’ve only been together for 7 or 8 months and we only did one weekend on the road. Our road tradition is that we need to make traditions!!
O21: What do you love about music?
Adam: I love the passion that is shown through music, the way it moves my heart is so much more than good.
O21: What is your favorite song?
Adam: My favorite song!! Dude depends on the day!! …“Perfector” by My Epic is up there.
Luke: Easily “You Will Become” by Means. How can you top that?!
O21: What is the best live show you have ever seen?
Adam: Underoath is a sick show. I’ve seen them lots and all were the best!
Luke: Means played their last shows in Saskatoon and Regina, and those were experiences that you can’t really duplicate. The energy in that place was crazy!
Thank you Luke, thank you Adam, thank you Manny for taking the time to share yourselves with our readers.
It is pretty clear that Beggars are passionately focused on the ministry of their music . Come experience their multi-media worship experience as they play the Main Stage, as part of the Cornerstone 2011 New Band Showcase, on Thursday, June 30th 1 at 1:45.
If you want a sample of Beggars music check out “Falling” from the One21music Cornerstone 2011 New Band Showcase sampler that will be released on One21music on June 22nd.
Or, better yet click through to Amazon and by Beggars self-titled EP Beggars.