After releasing his much-loved debut single 'Easy Love' earlier this year, Florida-based singer and producer Nick Garcia aka Lost Club is now looking to continue his positive ascent with his latest delight 'Breakfast Club'.
With nods to the likes of Passion Pit and The 1975, 'Breakfast Club' is a masterful piece of 80s-tinged alt-pop. Filled with a rich and diverse production, a sweeping melody, and his captivating vocals, this return spells the beginning of very big things from him in the months to come.
So with the new single available now, we sat down with him to find out more about his background and what has inspired him most over the years.
What was the first instrument you fell in love with?
My first instrument and first real love of music came with playing guitar. My older sister had gotten a guitar as a birthday present and didn’t seem to pick it up much. I would sneak into her room and attempt to learn how to play it. Eventually, she was kind enough to let me have it and I started taking lessons at a local music school.
What has been the most prominent inspiration behind your music so far?
One of the biggest inspirations behind this project, which is my first attempt at fronting and singing in a project, is an interview with Charlie Fink from Noah and the Whale. He expresses that he never really thought of himself as a singer, but he had these songs that he had to get out. Throughout my musical career, I’ve been a writer but not a singer and I realized that I had these feelings and ideas that I wanted to express and if I wanted them to be an accurate representation, I would have to be the one to express them vocally. I’m definitely a guitarist before anything else, but I’m now at a place where I can express myself comfortably.
What kind of music did you love as a teenager?
As a teenager, my first real love of music came with singers like Jack Johnson. I had terrible taste in music as I was growing up. I would download songs from people like; Weird Al, Tenacious D, AC/DC, Kiss, and other groups or artists that don’t seem to fit together. When I really dived into Jack Johnson, I started to realize how amazing music can be and how it can take me places emotionally that I had never been. From Jack Johnson, I started getting into the folk revival scene and became interested in The Head and The Heart, Noah and The Whale, Johnny Flynn, and similar acts. Those artists really made me fall in love with music.
Can you remember the first song that made you want to pursue a life in music?
Though I’m far off from this genre of music, I remember listening to The Dirty Heads and wanting to start a group with a buddy of mine in the same vein. The song was probably Lay Me Down.
When you wake up in the morning, what kind of music do you like to listen to?
I don’t have anything specifically that’s been part of a morning ritual and honestly, I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately. However, on my way to work, I like listening to bands in the post-punk revival/garage rock scene. Bands like The Strokes, early Arctic Monkeys, The Cribs, etc.
How many of your songs have you written about people in your life?
Most of the music I’ve written is about people in my life. Whether the song is about how I have personally felt or how I imagine someone I know feels in a particular instance.
What have been the most memorable moments in your career so far?
This is a pretty small accomplishment relative to big acts in the music industry, but when I was in a local band that had some sort of local success, I was able to plan and book my first real tour. The tour lasted for about 10 days and we made our way from Jacksonville, Florida up to New York City and back down to Nashville. This was a huge accomplishment for me and something that I was very new to and we didn’t have the horror stories that you hear about from bands on the road. It was definitely an amazing experience traveling with some of my best friends up the East Coast to play music.
Outside of music, what are your biggest passions?
Outside of music, I really enjoy exercising and fitness. At the risk of sounding like a pretentious musician, my biggest passion outside of music is reading and discussing philosophy with my close friends.
If you weren’t a musician, what other path do you think you might have taken?
I think it’d be great to move to Japan to teach English for a few years. I’d also like to further my studies and attend a graduate program in the field of clinical psychology.
And what advice would you give to those looking to start a career in music?
Music is an art form and with all great art it shouldn’t be forced. It should come as a true representation of the artist. That’s what makes a good song great. When you focus on “making it” or only trying to make money, it’s easy to lose sight of the reason you initially started writing in the first place. Enjoy the music, enjoy the process, don’t force anything, and accept what comes without expectations.
Lost Club's new single 'Breakfast Club' is available to stream and download now. Have a listen to it in the player below.