Anton Kellner & The Lone Stars’ sophomore album, Understand, lands this month and we talked with front man Anton Kellner about his musical influences and how this album is different than their debut record.
What was the first moment where you felt music affect you and how did that drive you to want to make music yourself?
Since I was a baby, I was always surrounded by music. My father is a bass player, my mother is an artist. Music was constantly playing in my room. At a young age, I played percussion for a world music project and landed a spot on NPR (back in 1997). I think just that in itself inspired me to create music today.
How was the process of crafting this album different from the first?
This album came more natural, and more honed in on sound. On the debut record, not only did we collaborate with a ton of great musicians, but we played around with sounds. This album is overall more raw, focused, and simply just “us.” Recording this was a great and freeing experience.
Describe this album in five words.
Something to sooth your soul.
You’ve been making music for a while. How are you as a musician different today than you were a few years ago?
I spent most of my musical career touring the country playing hardcore music. It was a lot of fun while it lasted, but it was never something that my heart truly desired. It was simply something I knew how to do, and a way to get my energy out. I am both ADD and ADHD, so that helped out a lot! The music that I have been making over the past four years has been more along the lines of what I enjoy listening to. I would say I have grown a lot in my songwriting.
What artists do you draw inspiration from and how do they affect the music you’re making?
This is always a tough one for me. I have a wide range of influences. To name a few: Ryan Adams, Paul Simon, Curtis Mayfield, Coldplay, Matchbox 20, Kendrick Lamar, and James Blake. The list is endless. I don’t like to subdue myself to one genre of music. There is so much diversity within art.
What’s coming up post-album release?
A big surprise.
Head over to Soundcloud to check out more from Anton Kellner and the Lone Stars!