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A few weeks back we welcomed American Authors by our Brooklyn abode for a euphoric, acoustic session. Being local boys, we asked Zac and Dave for some thoughts on our beloved borough. "It helps you work harder," Zac told us. "If you're really not putting in the time and you're not committed, you're not going to make it." "The city will swallow you whole," added Dave.

OK, that's kind of scary...but that's always been the New York way, hasn't it? Make it here, make it anywhere kind of sentiment. But, the good news is there's a place for creatives on the East side of the East River...something the band found out after dropping out of the Berklee College of Music and moving to BK to pursue the dream of American Authors.

"So much of American Authors as a whole has been influenced by Brooklyn," Zac told us. "To be surrounded by so many different artists and musicians...with all that energy constantly circulating around us as a band, that's kind of what shaped who are today." Thank you Brooklyn, I suppose.

The band also had a ton of other interesting tidbits to enlighten us with over the course of our conversation, dealing out advice for younger bands ("don't be afraid to suck!"), talking about how cool it is that a band like American Authors (or any band at all, for that matter) gets to be a part of the "pop scene", and of course touching on the phenomenon that is their ubiquitous single, "Best Day of My Life".


been living in Brooklyn for like five years now and yeah Brooklyn's been great, man.
I feel like so much of our music has been influenced and so much of American Authors as a whole has been influenced by Brooklyn and being in New York City because we dropped out of college.
We dropped out of Berkeley College of Music and we moved here pretty much with nothing.
So to be surrounded by so many different artists and musicians and with all that energy constantly circulating around us as a band that's kind of what shaped who we are today.
York is such a trendsetting city and so when you're here you automatically, you're like, "Oh my God.
I don't feel good enough.
I don't look good enough.
I need to get the latest fashion.
I need to stay up to par with everything.
" And it makes you just feel like when you're walking around here that you're feeling like you have value and it's all worthwhile.
So that's what Brooklyn's done for me it's kind of like-- - It helps you work harder too because it's the kind of thing where it's like if you're really not putting in the time and you're really not committed you're not going to make it.
- The city will swallow you whole.
...tonight. I'm thinking life's too short it's passing by.
So if we're going to go at all go big or go, go, go, go big or go home.
Go big or go home.
- Advice for younger bands, just keep writing-- - That's what they tell me to this day.
- And keep working hard.
That's what it is because that's really what it is, man.
For us, I know everyone has their own path.
For us we just had to keep writing better songs and get better and better until we did write those right songs that really reacted with people.
So and you got to be committed too.
If you're really passionate about it, you got to go all in.
None of us had backup plans.
We weren't working towards anything else.
And people ask us a lot, "If you weren't a musician right now, what would you be? Like if you weren't where you're at today, what would you be doing?" And we say,"We'd be broke musicians.
" We'd still be struggling artists.
It'd be the same thing, man, so... - One thing that really resonated with me in the creation process of this is that we went in with a kind of old school writer.
He's a big writer and he told me something that I don't think I'll ever forget.
He said, "Don't be afraid to suck.
" And I think that that is such a thing that you need to know when you're a new writer.
Don't be afraid to make mistakes.
Don't be afraid to give it your all.
Don't be afraid to throw something at the wall and see if it sticks and erk people and take chances.
Because you never know what you're going to find.
- Yeah, really, man. You got to...that's it, man.
Go big or go home on it.
Go big or go home.
Go big of go home.
The pop scene that we're part of it's very cool that a band like us gets to be a part of that pop scene.
Because I feel like once again it's such a rare thing for a band to break through into the pop scene that with the way that pop music and bands and the whole music industry's changing right now.
It's kind of a rollercoaster and it's very interesting to see the behind-the-curtains and the behind-the-stage inner workings of it all.
So it's a fun time for music and it's a fun time for pop and we're excited to be a part of it and bring in the band sensibility to that.
Whoo! This is going to be the best day of my life.
My life.
This is going to be the best day of my life.
My life.
We've run into the music in a bunch of different places.
it's always fun to hear it in foreign countries for me.
That's always such a trip.
I think, for me, my favorite place that I heard it was I heard a remix of "Best Day of My Life" at a club in Mexico City, which was pretty awesome.
You're in the club, because it's like-- - I was in the bathroom.
- Totally not that vibe and then we just so happened to be in the club and it's like dance remix comes on and then you see everyone in Mexico City singing along to the song.
They're loving it and just going crazy.
So that's pretty cool.
- Where was I? I don't know where I was.
I was on a lot of tequila that night.
I can't comment.
This is going to be, this is going to be, this has got to be the best day of my life.
Well everything is looking up everybody up... - Hey, what's up? We're American Authors and you're watching Baebel Music.
This is going to be the best day of my life.
My life.

Artist Bio

American Authors are an American indie rock band based in Brooklyn, New York.The members of American Authors met each other while attending Berklee College of Music in 2006. The quartet spent their first years in Boston recording and performing music under the name The Blue Pages. In 2010, the band relocated to Brooklyn.


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