Interview: Bart Starr (of Graduating Life, Mom Jeans)
“I think taking the music shit too serious and acting like I’m a sensitive artist makes no one have a good time, so I try to act like a dang goof ball.”
Let’s start with how Graduating Life came to be. I know you’ve been in the Fresno DIY scene for a while now but Grad Life is just starting to break the surface, becoming almost like a household name in the emo community around the country. Where did you guys start and how has it changed to where you are now?
BART: I’ve known our drummer Logan since high school and I’ve always done projects with him but I was never fronting the band. Once my other band, Meet Me in Montauk, started to do less, I got Logan to record the first EP with me. I didn’t plan on doing anything with Grad Life until after I recorded the second EP.
I stumbled upon Freakin’ Weekin last October after someone had shared it online, and that was one of my favorite records for quite a while, and still is. With it only being 9 months between the release of Freakin’ Weekin and An Introduction To Rock And Roll, how did you guys grow as a band and really decide that this project was something you really wanted to push?
B: I wanted to make an album with my friends because I didn’t know if this was going to be my last effort in music or not. So until this album, Grad Life had been just Logan and I. On the album, I wrote the skeletons of the songs, but my friends in Just Friends, Save Face, Mom Jeans, and also Ryan helped me add all the cool shit on it.