Three years is a long time to do anything. So when Jamie Craig and Pouya Pourtahmasbi, the duo also known as Indigo Dreamers finally wrapped up their debut album, Lessons of Blue, it was time for a sigh of relief.
“We worked for three years on this thing, had a lot of ups and downs, but we eventually got it out, and it was really cool to share it with friends and family and fans, and we’ve gotten a pretty good reception from it so far,” said Craig.
That’s no surprise, given the catchy pop stylings that find a unique niche in their South Florida backyard. Of course, being the unicorn can be troubling at times, but they’re handling it all just fine.
“That’s not something that we decided, that we want to sound unique,” said Pourtahmasbi. “It’s something natural. When we make our music, we’re not trying to imitate anybody. We try to look at ourselves and see what we like, what we want to hear and try to recreate that.”
“It’s hard sometimes to find other bands to partner up with and having that community is really important,” adds Craig. “We both went to school for music in the area, so we met a lot of other musicians, but in terms of our sound, I definitely think it’s unique. So it can be hard finding that community.”
But at least they have each other to navigate the often rough waters of the music biz.
“I feel like I see myself in him and I feel confident that any decision he makes is probably gonna be the best decision for the band, and I feel like he feels confident that it’s the same thing when I make a decision,” Craig said. “There’s that trust, that experience, that vulnerability that really makes that relationship special and gives it longevity.”
“We’re like counterparts of each other,” adds Pourtahmasbi. “Jamie is a songwriter and a singer and I’m more into making arrangements and creating an overall story with a song and creating a sound. So I think our combination works perfectly.”
It sounds almost effortless on Lessons of Blue, but it takes a lot of hard work to make something sound easy, and the pair spent long days, weeks and months getting this debut album to where it needed to be for both of them to be happy.
“It was such a difficult process,” Pourtahmasbi said. “It had a lot of ups and downs. The whole album is self-produced and we did pretty much everything ourselves. That was our first album, so we gained a lot of experience, but there was a lot of trial and error. But finally, we’re very happy with the result and I think the wait and all the effort we put in was worth it.”
“I feel like each song was a child and you want to make it the best it can be and you want to send it out into the world and know that it can stand on its own and make an impact,” Craig adds. “There were definitely times when we were pulling our hair and wondering what we were doing. I’m not a parent, but I can imagine that when you send your kid out into the world, it’s probably a pretty good feeling. You feel accomplished.”
And the good thing about taking three years for their first album is that they’re already well into the process of writing the second one. It’s a vicious cycle, but Indigo Dreamers are up for the challenge and they’re not going anywhere.
“A lot of times that I feel frustrated, I just take a break,” Pourtahmasbi said. “It’s the simplest thing you can do, but when you’re frustrated and you don’t know how to keep doing it and you take a break, the next day you’re fresh and you can keep working on it and actually come up with more ideas and that helps you get out of that loop.”
“What propels me is I feel like I have this burning message inside me that needs to get out,” said Craig. “Part of it is that you have that method, that voice within yourself that really wants to express itself to the world, and you really feel like you have something valuable to say. And it’s really great that as bandmates we share a common perspective.”
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