Seventeen-year-old electronic pop duo, Semblance, angelic in debut
Being advertised as the “coolest 17-year-olds you’ll ever meet”, Maeve Gorman and Connor LeFevre came together about a year ago to create the electronic-pop group Semblance.
Technology and online communication made it easier for Gorman and LeFevre to come together as a band. The two live close to 100 miles apart from each other, but that didn’t stop them from creating art that they desired to create.
Gorman and LeFevre’s age isn’t viewed as a negative to fans and the band alike, but rather an advantage that allows them to write music communicating their respective journey’s into self-discovery and growing up having the courage to be yourself.
Although, their immaturity in age does not reflect in the music. “Angel” off of their debut EP (due for release next year), I Love You, is a mystical track about not being sure of your mental stability, but also believing in yourself to get through the turmoil.
Both Gorman and LeFevre took some time out of their day to answer some questions with us about meeting, creating their brand of electronic-pop, and creating an environment that promotes creativity and acceptance.
Acentric Magazine: How did you two meet, and how did you start playing music together?
Maeve Gorman: We met online because I was having a hard time finding people around me that genuinely wanted to pursue music, especially in the styles I was most interested in.
Connor LeFevre: I just answered Maeve’s online ad for a band, then just started sending music back and forth. Next thing you know, we ended up with a couple songs.
“I sat in my drum room playing the demos over and over trying to make great drum parts.”
AM: It’s hard getting creative with another person, when did you know that the music Semblance was making was a good partnership?
Gorman: I think it was pretty easy to tell just based on the fact that as soon as we got together we started writing. There wasn’t any messing around with covers or things of that nature.
LeFevre: I think I knew right as we started talking due to the influences we shared, but once we finished the first demo I was sure.
AM: Your sound is very mature for your ages, what do you think attributes to that aspect of the music?
Gorman: I’ve always preferred being around people that are older than me so that definitely plays into the maturity of our sound. I also think that since, at least when I’m writing, I approach a project with the intention of it having longevity. Our producer Carl (Bahner) helps with that as well. He can just take any demo that we have and get it to a point where it’ll leave people in awe.
LeFevre: I just go with what I think sounds good – and if that happens to be seen as mature, great. Most of my influences happen to be more mature bands and that probably came from what I grew up listening to.
AM: How was the experience of writing the new EP, what were some challenges?
Gorman: I had to get past my self-critiquing. I would leave a lot of demos unfinished because I didn’t like the way it sounded, so getting out of my own head allowed me to finish songs before I’d analyze them and make adjustments.
LeFevre: I sat in my drum room playing the demos over and over trying to make great drum parts, which was quite challenging. I would also go back and forth with Maeve over the structure of the songs and how they sounded, and doing all of this over the Internet was a challenge in itself.
AM: Did you learn anything about yourselves as musicians during the creation of the EP?
Gorman: I think I learned that there isn’t really one super polished style of music that I gravitate towards when I write, and the less I think about genres and fitting certain boxes the more I can create.
LeFevre: I learned my limitations within the context of a song, and how it’s better to write solidly and what feels good, rather than what is technically impressive.
AM: It’s difficult to get out there when you’re a young band, how are you combating this challenge?
Gorman: I think this goes back to maturity point. We don’t shy away from adults so we weren’t afraid to approach people to help us get our foot in the door. We’re also so dedicated to music that we already had a pretty good understanding of how the industry works – but we also just want to learn everything we can. So that combination tends to be well received by people we want to make a good impression with.
LeFevre: We try to use all of the connections we have and are not afraid to ask for help in any way.
“I had to get past my self-critiquing. I would leave a lot of demos unfinished because I didn’t like the way it sounded.”
AM: What was the most exciting part of creating this new EP?
Gorman: Definitely the fact that I knew we were finally going to have music out for anyone to listen to.
LeFevre: For me it was creating something I enjoy and having it done and ready for people to hear.