We had the good fortune of connecting with Nolan Brumbach and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nolan, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important attribute to our success is our drive to create. Our friend once asked us “What would you do if you didn’t have music”, and we did not have an honest answer. This is just something we love to do. We love the spark of inspiration, the molding of a song, the process of practicing into insanity, and the reward of listening to a final master track! We are also just great friends, it is easy to play with each other and there is a brotherly trust between every one of us. We all have a similar goal and can’t wait to get to practice at the end of the day to relax and just play with each other. So, we just create more opportunities to share and create, which keeps us constantly moving forward.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We all come from a variety of musical backgrounds and have played in a variety of bands growing up with and without each other. When playing in other projects I always wanted something a little bit more, they were all great, but we all challenging in their own ways. When playing with The Crooked Rugs there is a sense of bliss that I have not experienced before. Getting to where we are today is a combination of all of our experiences leading to where we are now. One of the biggest lessons I have learned is “Just ask”. You would be surprised by what you can accomplish by being prepared and putting yourself out there. What I want people to know, or take away from our band is just do what you love. Be determined, put in the time, be strategic, and you can make things happen.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
This is an easy one because we have done this with so many friends Must eats: Krazy Karls, Thai Pepper, Cheba Hut, DGT Where to get your coffee: The Alley Cat, The Atrium Places to Visit: Horsetooth Rock, Arthurs Rock, The Disc Golf course at Edora Park, Go for a bike ride on the Spring Creek Trail to watch the sunset, See an outdoor show at The Lyric Cinema Hang Out: Play some music and some Super Smash Brothers I have just enjoyed being part of the Fort Collins music scene, there are so many sub-pockets of music that all have their own vibe, but all end up hanging out together. Before Covid, Pinball Jones Campus West was the place to be. Now there is some great outdoor music happening at the Lyric Cinema.
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 Music District, Hotel Hillcrest, Pinball Jones. The Music District helped us define our goals and introduce intention into our decision-making process and prepared us to be ready for anything. Hotel Hillcrest and Pinball Jones let us play as many shows as we could and if it was not for them, we would not be where we are today. RIP
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