We had the good fortune of connecting with Miles Mercer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Miles, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor for our success as a band is our passionate dedication to music. For us, this means being dedicated to our craft, to each other, and to our peers and the venues within the local music community. We love creating music so much and have grown to understand the need for true dedication to music to utilize that love to the fullest extent. That begins with being dedicated to practicing, writing, performing, and progressing as a group. We always put in the utmost effort and energy into these facets of music. Practicing and writing frequently has been essential to improve our chemistry as a band and hopefully become better musicians and performers. While it is not always easy to balance our schedules or availability, that effort certainly has paid off for us. In my opinion, it is that effort to push ourselves combined with love and passion for music that leads to what we define as success as a band. Our focus on developing chemistry contributes to better knowing each other as musicians and being able to feed off each other’s energy. Putting in that work also helps us progress as a group and be able to translate that progression into our songs, recordings, and performances. The same can be said for being dedicated to supporting the music of others. We have been lucky to have the opportunity to meet so many talented artists and great people. I would like to think that the connections we have made through the local music scene are a symbiotic relationship of sorts that further cultivates a supportive, creative environment. We are dedicated to supporting our peers by attending shows and spreading the word about local music to anyone who will listen. Sometimes that is by sharing content on social media. Sometimes it is showing our friends local bands and pointing them to where they can find their music. Other times, it is bringing friends out to shows to see artists that they have never seen before. Committing to showing people local music or seeking out new local music for ourselves helps local music reach more people. All of these forms of support help our musical community succeed. Being dedicated to supporting local music has meant even more to us during the last year. Limited opportunities to share the experience of live music as a result of the pandemic has been challenging for musicians and fans. I think it has been hard for many people to remain dedicated to supporting the local music scene. We have missed going to shows and supporting local artists and venues immensely. Even though it has been a good exercise to try to increase other methods of support, it does not make it any easier that we are not able to watch our favorite local bands at our favorite local venues. We had to look at new ways of supporting each other. For our band, this has meant increasing support through social media, sharing local music with friends, watching live streams, or buying merchandise and music from local artists. It is certainly a pivot to how we help each other, but we believe remaining dedicated to supporting the local music scene helps everyone be more successful. This aspect of our dedication to music, along with our commitment to improving as band, is crucial to us feeling like we have met our definition of success.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Miles Mercer and Nick Perich formed King Crawdad in 2005. We have developed a strong musical chemistry that has progressed in each of the 16 years we have played together. We have been lucky to add Tucker Valentine to the band in 2020. The addition of his talent and energy has been better than anything we could have imagined. His presence has helped us further evolve, and we feel like we have a whole new set of possibilities open to us. The best way to describe our music is a raw combination garage rock and alternative rock. King Crawdad performs with intense effort at all times. We use heartfelt and emotional lyrics to express ourselves and to try to put as much energy into each performance. The thing that we are most proud of is that we play as hard as we can no matter where we are performing. We always say we will play with as much energy and passion in our basement as we will any other venue. The ultimate goal of King Crawdad performing music or creating music is to try to leave everything out there each time we play. We attempt to deliver sincere performances and never hold anything back. This approach extends to our recordings as well. It is important for us to capture an authentic, live sound when we record music. We currently have three EPs out on all streaming platforms. We are also excited to be putting out our fourth EP this year that we recorded at the Blasting Room in Fort Collins. The biggest lesson we have learned is the importance of supporting each other and the local musicians in the Northern Colorado music scene. When we decided to become active participants within our local music community, everything changed. We were able to form of new friendships and musical connections, discover amazing local artists, and get more opportunities to play live. We want to do everything we can to support local music and local venues because it has helped us get to where we are today.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
This is a hard question to answer while we are still in this pandemic. I will preface my answer with the hope that everyone will continue to stay safe by social distancing, wearing masks, and getting vaccinated so we can safely get back to doing the things we love at some point. I would love to show my friends all the great local venues and art that’s being made in Colorado. We are lucky to have so many awesome artists putting out great work. Before the pandemic, there were so many opportunities to take someone out and show them all there is to offer. I miss those times where we did not have the concerns we live with now. That being said, there are some socially distanced events happening in Fort Collins. These outdoor events give people a chance to go outside and enjoy music in a safe environment where capacity is still limited and masks are required. The two best examples are the FoCoMX Drive & Jive Series that was over the summer and the outdoor shows that have been going on at the Lyric Cinema in Fort Collins
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The first two people I would like to thank for all they have done for this band are my fellow bandmates, Nick Perich and Tucker Valentine. Their dedication, support, and love has meant everything to me and I would not want to create music with anyone else. It is also important to thank our friends, family, and all the local musicians in the Northern Colorado music scene who have given us encouragement and support. Anyone who has played with us, played for us, recorded us, listened to us, or supported us in any other way means everything to our band.
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