We interview The Score about their new single, musical inspirations, and the road ahead
The Score, an indie-pop band from Los Angeles, California, is on their way to stardom after their hit single, “Oh My Love” gained exposure when it reached number 17 on the iTunes Chart, and made an appearance on the UK Singles Chart. Their album, Where Do You Run, provides feel-good tunes and offers a new bubbly and anthem-like sound. The duo, consisting of members Eddie Anthony and Edan Dover, talked to Trebel Music about their journey to this point in time, and where they’re headed next.
Trebel: So, which artists did you listen to growing up?
Eddie: I grew up on my dad’s vinyls. I listened to a lot to Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Marvin Gay and Elton John. As I got into my teens, I got into the whole emo scene so listened to Taking Back Sunday and Brand New and bands like that.
T: What’s your favorite song or album at the moment?
Eddie & Edan: Zayn’s [Malik] new album is fire.
T: What were you like in college and what did you study?
Eddie: I went to Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. I went there to play football but quickly learned I wasn’t going to the NFL and fell in love with the music scene in NYC so started writing songs and playing open mics at dive bars in he city. I studied Business Administration and minored in Biology. I also have an MBA in finance which no one knows about.
Edan: I went to NYU, I studied Jazz Performance and Music Business. I’ve always done graphic design, web development and other nerdy computer stuff on the side though.
T: If you could go back in time, what do you wish you knew during your college (or younger) days?
Edan: Probably that pursuing a career in music is not easy and requires a lot of patience. It’s a slow climb and comes with a lot of rejection. Don’t get phased by it.Eddie: Yeah 100% what Edan said. Also that there is A TON of rejection and hearing the word “No.”
T: Since you have begun touring, which city are you most excited to visit?
Edan: I’m excited to visit Chicago. It’s the biggest city in the U.S. that I haven’t been to yet. And New Orleans too because it’s a cool fun town.Eddie: Yeah I actually spent the first 4-5 years of my life in Chicago and haven’t been there since I was like 13 so I’m super excited to go back.
T: Which venue would you give anything to perform at?
Edan: Madison Square Garden. That’s the biggest venue in our home town so that’s really the ultimate for us.
Eddie: Yeah I mean MSG would be a dream come true. That’s like the pinnacle of “I’ve made it” when you get to play there.
T: How do you find inspiration for your songs, specifically, the new single “On and On?”
Eddie: “On and On” started as an idea that I had on the piano. I had his verse idea (words and melody) that started from the point of view of writing a song about writing a song (“play until my fingers hurt, write until I find the words”) and how everything is kind of fleeting. Nothing lasts forever..songs have a life, relationships have a life, and I think “On and On” is about trying to fight for something to last even when it can’t. We wrote with our friend Dave Bassett who is this incredibly talented writer (Co-wrote Elle King’s “Ex’s and Oh’s” and “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten).
T: Do you like playing more acoustic or electric versions of songs?
Edan: Electric– as you can tell from our records, we envision our songs with epic production. Replicating that live and rocking out for an audience is the best.
T: Which artists do you hope to
someday have the chance to collaborate with?
Eddie: That’s tough. There are so many haha. Working with an urban pop artist like Zara Larsson would be awesome. She’s super talented as a songwriter and singer and that would be so much fun. Also working with guys we look up to like Ryan Tedder or Danny from The Script would be awesome too.
T: Did you ever think you would gain the popularity you have? And how do you hope to keep growing as musicians in the future?
Edan: We never knew that we’d have a song that would reach so many people… it’s an awesome feeling. Although we’ve been working at this for a long time, the sudden success of “Oh My Love” was pretty unexpected. We’re really grateful to be where we are and know that we still have a lot of hard work ahead of us.