The Mountain View had one of their first performances at The Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. Founded in 2005, they then began touring around the country in 2006 and have been unstoppable ever since. The rise and rise of this band has come with its challenges. With a relocation from west to east coast and back the band manages to keep it all about the music. A growing fan base keeps the buzz around the band endless. Chris Coghill of The Mountain View took the time to share with me what his band is all about and where they are heading in future for which I greatly appreciate. You can also check out this band at myspace.com/themountainview.
Q. 1# Chris, Tell me in your own words about your band The Mountain View?
A. Well we are an acoustic Emo band based out of Orange County, CA. All the lyrics I write are about love, which started with my girlfriend of four years, I started writings songs about her, and when we broke it off, I changed some of the song lyrics, and titles and retired others completely, not because of the lack of feeling but I knew that it was time to move on, the songs I kept, I still play because they are generic and I still feel that way only for someone else now. Sense then I have written a lot of new songs, still about love, but usually after me latching on to something I heard and i build a song from there. The chords are nothing too technical because, well, love is technical enough, so we try to let the message shine through. The reason that most of the lyrics I write are generic is because when I was little and had girlfriends I was always looking for “Our Song” and there was always one line in there that screwed up the songs meaning for me. So I decided that instead of trying to find that with every girl I ended up being with, I would just make my own “Our Song” and if it were generic then hopefully the kids that are looking can find it in my music.
Q. 2# What are the musically influences that make The Mountain View one of the top 100 MySpace Emo bands?
A. Well I’m not sure if bands could make us a top 100 band, our friends even the ones we’ve never met are what is helping us get to the level that we are at, and are becoming. I love all kinds of music, but my main influences always came from my friends bands or bands I personally shared time with. Most recently Thieves and Villains (at the time Southcott), The Track Record, and Jet Lag Gemini have stayed at my house on their tours and have all shared musical information with me, such as how they go about getting on tours, and how they promote themselves and propel themselves to the level they are at, so I really take what they say and try and make it work for The Mountain View too, which in turn has gotten us a lot more plays, and people saying how much they enjoy our music.
Q. 3# Where do you see the band’s own musically sound in five years?
A. Well it was never about becoming a huge artist or anything along those lines, but I love to hear people come up to me and say how much they love our music, In five years I’d love to see our band touring around with the bigger bands that we do idolize though, my dream is to make it musically, sense my first band started in 2001 I’ve been wanting this dream to happen. In five years I’d love to see my band touring around in the back of a van on the coat-tails of some of our favorite bands, I’d really like to be signed to a nice indie label, making really great records, and playing shows I’ve never been before for kids that I’ve never met before, and have them come to me and say how much they love my music.
Q. 4# What do you as a musician personally get out of the band and the music?
A. Well Jody is my best friend so we share a lot on a personal level, and to get to share music with my best friend is amazing, especially having someone there to put in his opinion of where my lyrics are going and possibly a better way to play the guitar for the song. Music has always been my escape from everything. It is the only thing in my life that I love and know is never going to leave me alone. When I’m missing my friends, or depressed that I’m not touring or even that life isn’t going exactly the way I wanted or hoped it would at the time, my acoustic guitar is beside me and I can freestyle songs for hours, and I end up forgetting that I’m sad. The music doesn’t really take me back to the time I wrote it or anything but it does help me feel better about the love I have now.
Q. 5#The direction of the music can be defined as?
A. Happy Emo acoustic music leaning into a full band atmosphere for touring.
Q. 6# How do you think popular music of today lends to the musical challenges your band faces?
A. Well I’ve noticed that a lot of the bands that I really enjoy are getting younger and younger in age, so sometime I think that if I don’t act now, I’m missing my window to jump in and get to where they already are. We’ll always have problems to work out, but the same goes for every band.
Q. 7# Are you living your dream or is the dream still slightly out of reach?
A. both, I dream about a lot of things some have come true and some we are still building towards as a band. I’d like to think that my dream isn’t out of reach I just have to figure out where to start to get the chain of events to take place. My main dream in life has always to die and have people a lot of people I don’t know, know who I am, I want to be known for doing something great, not necessarily pioneering something or anything but to be a part of something great. I want people to say my name or my bands name and have them know who I or we are.
Q. 9# What is your fan base like?
A. Well we really like to consider them friends, even though we haven’t met most of them, we get pages of emails a day from people asking us to play in their, city, and guys just clap, or do something manly, haha. Our parents have always been big supporters of our music; we have a lot of college, high school, and middle school friends as well though.
Q. 11# What are your own musical influences that led you to becoming a musician?
A. Mark Hoppus, Mike Dirnt and Ken Vasoli are the three biggest influences that started me off in music in 2001 as a bassist, I started playing music with a band, I never took the time to learn a note before my friends and I started a band.
Q. 12# Do you get a sense that your own band is becoming like your musically influences growing up were to you
for your fans and fan base?
A. It seems like we are getting there but I again like to try and keep all our fans on a personal level with us, which is why we have our screen names on our MySpace page as well as links to our personal pages, so we can find out how people are doing with there lives, some times not even musically oriented at all, I get a lot of girls asking me for relationship advice and the like, which is really fun for me to try and answer people that I have never met in that way, and knowing that they are going to know when they come to my concerts why I wrote some of my songs, and some of the things I’ve been through as a kid.
Q. 13# Is that something you think about or is that incidental at this stage?
A. I try to always look back at where we were, and where we have gotten to now, I see us growing everyday thanks to the Internet, I definitely think my chances of getting to where I want to end up are growing so that’s good, again though my friends bands are my biggest influences, Bristol to Memory, The Slaughter, Streetlight Curfew, and Feedback are all local Orange County bands that really have helped us out in one way or another and sense I got into music I have been influenced by mostly my friends not so much the bigger bands, but I’d definitely like to think that we are becoming like the bigger bands.
Q. 12# Have you any final thoughts you wish to share about yourself or the band’s future projects… tours etc.?
A. Well I can’t speak for Jody about future projects, I’m current working with another band called The Quietline in South Carolina whom we will be actually sharing an east coast tour with in May, then we aren’t sure of our plans for June and July, we are really looking to start our dream off and tour with a bigger band, but either way in June and July we will be touring on the east coast, west coast, and we’ll be heading up to Canada to meet our friends up there. I just got done writing two covers actually that we will now be performing at some of our shows, “Leaving On A Jet Plane” and “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” both songs sound pretty original in my mind and don’t hold a lot of similarity to there former state, I have gotten a lot of great feedback on them so far, and the majority of them telling me that they enjoy them more than the originals, so I am going to try recording them and releasing them together on CD. As of now we are approving merch. designs for our May tour, we have a self-titled demo EP that we just put out and can be picked up at any of our shows. I’d like to say that we love all of our friends and we are so happy that they are here supporting us even the ones that we’ve just met, and have yet to meet.
Thank you Chris Coghill for a great interview and GOOD LUCK with The Mountain View tour.