Between Pam and Cynthia
Between Pam and Cynthia is an acoustic indie rock duo based out of Newark, NJ. These two girls’ music is warm, sincere, and highly skilled. Their covers put a new and fresh spin on songs from all over the musical sphere, from Dance Gavin Dance to Drake. Their originals are incredibly visceral and genuine. Today, I got the opportunity to interview these talented, down-to-earth girls.
First, enjoy this video for their cover of “Do I Wanna Know” by Arctic Monkeys.
Now, keep reading to learn about the next big thing.
How and when did you guys form?
“Late December of 2014, we decided to get together and make our first YouTube video. That’s what started this Pam and Cynthia journey. But before Pam and Cynthia, we were just singing for the fun of it. We never noticed the potential our voices had when together until other musicians and teachers from school would stop and listen to us. We were an act people enjoyed before we were even an act, so we continued with it, and here we are!”
What inspired you to be in a band?
“During our high school career, we jammed with a lot of other musicians and there’s where the interest of being in a band started. Whether it was filling in on percussion or Cynthia adding a harmony, we always had a good time. Recently, we added a new member to our team, and it’s been a lot of fun experiencing a new, fuller sound. We are planning on becoming a full band, which not a lot of people are aware of yet. We are currently accepting applications for a drummer so don’t be shy, come on by!”
Who are your biggest influences?
Pam: “I’ve been inspired by many artists throughout the years. Right now, I am very influenced by Paramore. I’ve always loved Hayley’s’ style of singing and their overall sound. Songwriting wise, my favorite influence is Paul McCartney.”
Cynthia: “I listen to all types of music, so my influences can range from J. Cole, Kimya Dawson, and Matty Healy from the 1975 to Kurt Cobain from Nirvana, etc. All for different reasons, but one thing they all have in common is they’re all amazing artists, and I feel like I can relate to each one in some way.”
What is the musical climate for female/POC performers/musicians? Do you think it would be any different if you were not in those demographics?
“Although we are Latinas, we acknowledge we are fairly white passing. We do find ourselves in lots of events where POC/queer/female musicians are very much accepted. We’ve never had a bad experienced in that matter, so we feel as if we’re not in the right position to describe the musical climate for people of color in the scene we’re in.”
Talk about your new EP.
“The EP is completely different from what you would hear from our current performances. We decided to take a step forward from acoustic and to experiment with a full band sound, and quite frankly we were blown away with what our acoustic songs have grown into.
Hearing the drums for “We’re Gonna Be Alright,” which is our upcoming single, was so surreal. It’s been hard making time to record this EP since we’re pretty busy, but thanks to our good friend, Matt Filipek (producer), we’ve been able to get a lot done. Hopefully, we’ll be hearing the finishing touches by September. And a quick shout out to Jonan on the bass, and Alex with the drums for helping us make this difficult project so easy for us. Grind never stops.”
Where do you want to take this group, career wise?
“We do want to be full-time musicians. We are aiming high in the DIY theme, even though we’re still coming up as new artists.”
In what ways have you seen yourselves grow so far in your musical careers?
“For the first year of BPAC, we were just basing ourselves off our Internet presence. We had no local presence, and we rarely performed. We were mainly focused on covers and not original music, but covers can only take you so far. By the second year, we started doing open mics, our first being at The Rack in Maplewood, NJ.
From one open mic to the other, we started meeting lots of great people, and so enough open mics turned into gigs. We recently had our first paid gig at the Lovecraft in New York City. It was a very fun experience to have people singing along to our originals and hanging with our followers. Meeting followers of ours and talking to them one on one through phone calls is something that helped us grow as musicians. We could acknowledge the platform we have and have grown humbler to the position we’re in. We are very grateful for them and the stories they’ve shared with us.”
Talk a little more about some of your performances.
“We’ve performed in many places, but none can compare with the events that T.H.C (The Hippy Crew) throws. We’ve received so much support from them, and for that we are very grateful. The vibes given by them are truly genuine and it’s always a crazy, fun time with them. Through T.H.C, we’ve met great people, like the dudes from Empty Parking Lot. Our setlists are specially devised for every show. We do have a few go-to cover songs, like “Lane Boy” by Twenty One Pilots and “A Part of Me” by Neck Deep, along with our originals like “We’re Gonna Be Alright” and “Lifetime”. Usually, we end with “We’re Gonna Be Alright,” saving the best for last.”
Be on the look out for these girls killing it in the North Jersey/New York DIY scene.
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