Tipling Rock is one of the hottest bands circling college campuses right now. Being college students themselves, it’s a place they are familiar with.
The student metaphor goes far with this foursome, with the three members currently attending Northeastern University and another at the University of Rhode Island. They’ll be the first to tell you that they are “total music nerds”, and it’s obvious that they pay close attention to their craft when you listen to tracks like “Low Tide Love”.
The band just released a self-made music video for the hit song, so we thought it was an ideal time to discuss with them their origins, how the music video came to be, and find out who has the best dance moves.
Hello – Please introduce yourself.
Hi! I’m Dillon from Tipling Rock.
Where are you right now?
On the couch in the living room of my Boston apartment.
(For band) Please name your fellow band members and their roles… oh, and who has the best dance moves?
Besides myself there’s Ben (Vocals), Matthew (Guitar) and Tommy (Drums). Matt’s dance moves are legendary. You’ll see – check out about 2:20 in Low Tide Love video.
Tell us about your new project: Who did you work with? Where was it recorded? What’s it about? Is there candy?
We recently released the music video for our song, “Low Tide Love”! The video was shot as a documentary style film by our good friend Matt Lewis. The whole thing started as a fun idea to take a trip to Miami with the whole band and just have a great time, and capture that on video. We went in with no plan and made the whole thing up along the way. I think I speak for all of us when I say we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!
How do you describe your music to new friends?
We play indie rock in the vein of bands like Young the Giant, Bad Suns and The Strokes.
(For band) How did you first meet, and where exactly did you become a band?
Ben, Tommy and I went to high school together in suburban Massachusetts. We started playing music together shortly after meeting. Tipling Rock began when we met Matthew at Northeastern University and found that we had similar musical tastes.
Other than Boston, what should your hometown be known for?
Other than being a college town, Boston should be known for it’s underground music scene. Allston is quickly becoming one of the coolest indie music hubs of the Northeast.
Please look around you right now and please describe the first item or person you see that’s significant to you (and that your relationship with it/them). Can we see a photo?
My Gamecube is the most important thing to me in this world.
What first inspired you to pursue music? If it was a musician or a specific piece of music, please tell us all about why you find it so inspirational…
When I was a kid, I would come home from school every day and teach myself how to play different instruments because it was a way for me to express myself and it just came naturally to me. I’ve always looked up to a lot of incredible artists and musicians but I think I’ve always known that I wanted to pursue music.
What’s the best advice anyone has given you about pursuing a life in music?
Someone once told me that the only way to make money in the music industry is to be successful. I’ve based my entire career on that advice.
Not including your current crew, who (alive or dead) would you love to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?
What song best sums up your life right now?
“No Problems” by Chance, 2 Chainz and Wayne
What is the best reaction to your music you have experienced so far?
The best reaction we’ve gotten would be during the ending of “Low Tide Love” during one of our live sets on our short tour in August. We always go wild during the ending of that song but this time the entire audience was jumping and dancing with us. Matt ended up running into the crowd and taking an extended solo.
Take a moment to dream – Where do hope to be a year from now?
I hope to be playing at major music festivals and be touring full time.
What’s your next step towards that dream?
Our next steps are to release more killer songs, like our newest single “Campus Fashion”, and to start playing bigger and better shows.