An Interview with Feeves

By: Ben Soderberg

Feeves is a three-man band from Dallas, Texas, that I’ve been following for quite some time. In 2017 Esteban Flores and Rolando Solis, and later Nicolas Jackson, began a new project and decided to call it “Feeves.” The name doesn’t really mean anything in itself, but rather is a symbol of the community that has formed around it. I’ve been friends with Esteban for several years, and it has been amazing to see both of us change and grow in our talents. I love working with him, so I was more than happy to call him up during his drive to New Mexico and ask him a few questions.

What lead to the creation of the band?

“Forever it’s felt like an organic thing, in that, I was playing in another band, and when that felt like it was time to walk away, I knew I didn’t want to stop making music. So it basically started after that. The weird thing about Feeves is that it’s always been some kind of a mirror into what’s going on inside my head. So when I really wanted to differentiate myself from my previous band, I found that I wasn’t as interested in the art as I was in the business side. I was putting out bad music. But when I finally decided to be more real with it, it felt a lot more real and organic, and kind of like it’s own thing. It didn’t really feel like it had a start date but more of just the guys getting together and rolling with the ebbs and flows of it all.”

What has been your favorite experience so far playing shows?

“Ok, so I can actually tell you exactly the moment. It was after we released our newest record, She’s the Halo on My Head, we were playing a show in Waco, TX, like the middle of nowhere. It was at Common Grounds, and it always feels kind of weird there cause there’s no drinking or anything, and it’s just a lot of coffee. Every time we’ve been over there we’ve just gotten so many L’s, cause there were never any people there or it was raining. We got invited back again to play with kind of a bigger band, so there was actually a nice crowd there. We started playing, and we didn’t know anyone there, but there were probably 20 or 30 people singing along to our songs. And that was the craziest feeling.”

I’ve been following your other Instagram account, @SCARY.WRLD, where you post your art, is drawing something you’ve always been interested in? 

“I’ve always done the artistic direction for the bands that I’ve been in. Like in my previous band, NeonNoah, I was pretty heavily involved with it, and now with Feeves, I’m directly involved. I’ve always drawn, but I didn’t really give myself license to do it because it felt like everyone was always better than me. Recently I was thinking about how it’s not art to not do something because you think others will be better at it than you. I really love the “scary world” (a song name off their most recent album) term, and I really thought it was an interesting thing to go through and give a quick sketch of something crazy. Creating something that wasn’t music was really cool.”

What’s writing like for you?

“I feel like the job of anyone who creates anything is to try to express something so that other people can feel like they aren’t going through something by themselves. So when I got back into writing and started working on a new record, I got kinda geeked thinking about what it’s all going to mean, and I decided I want it to be way more personal. I tend to do things a little bit backwards where I create the name of the record first, and then I think about the world that the name could represent, and I just try to score it that way. With Mellow Drama [their previous record], I thought of the words mellow and drama and thought it sounded fun because it was more chill. But I kinda got a lot of flack for that because of the Lorde record, but I loved it so much I just went with it. That record was really trying to be melancholy but also dark. The newest one that we’re working on right now is going to be more personal than it’s ever been. It’s gonna dive into all the things that have gone on in my life and in my mind and in the world as well as letting people know that they don’t go through things alone.”