An interview with Merritt Graves and Skylar Boorman from Trapdoor Social, a new Los Angeles based band making music as a tool for change.
Can you provide an overview of your backgrounds leading up to Trapdoor Social?
After meeting in the Environmental Analysis program at Pomona College, Merritt started making his way through the music industry, while simultaneously helping start two green companies, Farmscape and Agrisaurus. Skylar worked a few post-grad desk jobs in the environmental sector, then decided to go full-steam into music, and a while later we reconnected and BOOM! Trapdoor Social.
How did Trapdoor Social begin and get off the ground?
We got together in November of 2011 and starting singing and writing, but it took a bit of time for us to feel each other out, establish a creative relationship, and really get into a flow. Since then, we’ve been focused on writing like hell so we could keep new stuff coming out to our online fans every couple weeks. We also recently created a pretty crazy video for our song, Inertia, which you can see below.
You have a strong focus on the environment in your artistic and entrepreneurial initiatives. Is Trapdoor Social related to the environment in any way, and if so, how?
Funny you should ask! Both of us have big dreams of propelling the environmental movement during our lifetime. We haven’t figured out exactly the best way to do it yet, but Trapdoor Social will be a tool for change.
How would you define success for Trapdoor Social?
For both of us, there is no greater honor than to make our fans feel when they listen to our music, the same way our musical heroes have stirred emotions, reactions, thoughts, and motivation inside us. Being a popular band would be great, because we would reach more people with our message and our emotional interaction, but really the finish line for us is to successfully pay forward the experience that we’ve had from the greats that moved us.
Why do you do what you do?
Again, day to day, we are driven to move our listeners, and we really do want to spread the message of being aware of the future and how our actions today will affect us down the line.
How can people find out more about Trapdoor Social?