For this week’s Music Monday, we called up David von Mering and Carter Schultz of the band Aer to chat about life-changing albums, puppy parties and what kind of jeans they live in. The reggae/hip hoppers just released their first full length album this year and have been on the road a lot. Between the tour bus and the stage, these two have stories to tell. Get to know after the jump!
AEO: People usually want to know what any artist’s influences are. But we’re going to make you narrow that down to the one album that truly affected your path in music.
David: Californication by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Carter: For me, I’d say, The Mixtape “A Kid Named Cudi” by Kid Cudi. It just opened my eyes to the possibilities of genre melding.
AEO: Being a musician means traveling to a lot of different cities and playing to a lot of different crowds. Which place was your favorite and why?
David: Dallas, because the crowd showed way too much love for us not being from there.
Carter: We should say Boston, ‘cause that’s our most love. But besides that, Dallas. Just to clear that up.
AEO: Where was your first show together and what was it like?
Carter: The first show we ever played together, we were on Newbury street. My older brother was running a pop up shop on Newbury St, he was selling backpacks. And they were having a launch party one Friday night. So there was probably about 40 people there. And we set up two speakers, plugged in our laptops, pressed play on the instrumentals and performed in front of 40 people there at the party.
So it was awkward. It was fun. It was an icebreaker. And it was definitely a learning experience.
David: It was a pretty embarrassing, but also like, groundbreaking moment. I’ll never forget that experience
AEO: If you could bring just three things on tour, other than your equipment, what would they be?
David: C lean socks. Chapstick. Probably like, I dunno, my money. Yeah, my identity and my money, I guess.
Carter: Metal chopsticks. Fresh shorts. And my mini plastic skateboard.
AEO: Anyone who’s seen any movies about rock bands knows that the tour bus can be like an extension of a wild backstage party or a place for band antics. Tell us the craziest or funniest tour bus story to date…
Aer: After some shows, depending on how we feel, we’ll have a party on the bus afterward. And one night we decided to have a party, and we had a bunch of people on the bus. And this one girl was like, hold on, I’ll be right back. She left, and when she came back she had four puppies with her and she just let them loose on the bus and everyone just lost their minds.
AEO: Describe a day in your life in five words.
Aer: Always trying to move forward.
AEO: At AEO, we love our denim. What’s your favorite fit or wash and how do you style them?
Carter: Dave, I’d say you’re like a regular fit. And I go for more of that slimmer fit. Preferably, in terms of wash, I like it to be like darker jeans and maybe like waxed. And I don’t like to cuff unless the cuff has something cuff-worthy like sometimes the denim will have a funky patterned cuff. So I’ll cuff that. I really love jeans that just fit really well that you fall in love with and are like, damn, these were made for my body.
AEO: Mountain Dew or Dr. Pepper?
David: Dr. Pepper
Carter: Dr. Pepper
AEO: Saturday or Sunday?
AEO: Scrambled or fried?
David: If he’s making them, scrambled. If I’m making them, fried.
Carter: Depends on my mood.
AEO: T-shirts or tanks?
AEO: Sweet or Savory?
AEO: Stones or Beatles?