Under the cotton candy clouds and constant sunshine in dreamy Los Angeles, many bands have come to be, with that same effervescent, dreamlike vibe oozing out of their music. “L.A. is really inspiring because everyone’s doing music,” says Harry Allen, drummer of machineheart. However, the band also agrees that in a sense, the city can also be draining. “It’s just constant and almost monotony,” says lead singer Stevie Scott. “It takes a little bit of a struggle to get out of that same old 75 and sunny.”

Scott and Allen, alongside guitarist Carman Kubanda and bassist Jake Randle are sat on a bench lining the busy streets of Downtown Los Angeles. Although they’re all currently situated in the city, it wasn’t always that way. Machineheart began with Allen, Kubanda, and Randle playing music together in Seattle, and later meeting Scott through a mutual friend. Once they moved down to the Golden State and started writing together, the rest was history.

Machineheart is a self-described intergalactic Fleetwood Mac; their main focus is presenting a modern twist on that traditional sense of rock ‘n’ roll. With an identity set in stone, they still consider themselves a “baby band,” seeing as they just formed two years ago. “We’ve been writing a lot and finding ourselves as a band and who we are,” Scott shares. “It’s nice to feel comfortable in our own skin, and that’s where we are right now.”

For them, the phrase “art inspires art” becomes a reality -- noting cinematic films, scores, and even cooking as inspiration, it’s clear that for them, inspiration can strike from anywhere at any time. This concept shows heavily in their debut EP, In Your Dreams. On the topic of where inspiration for the EP came from, Scott adds that inspiration was everywhere and at the time, they were just “very present and open to everything.”

“Stonecold” is another example of their open mindset for when inspiration hits. The band describes “Stonecold” as a song they wrote in a “magic moment,” one where it doesn’t take much in the writing process and everything comes out the way it should. “Our emotions were right under the surface and it was easy to channel them into words,” Scott explains.

Although those magic moments are a big part of the writing process for machineheart, the process usually begins with the band writing together and separately, and then bringing those different ideas together. “It’s fun to collaborate with your friends and write music,” Randle shares.

A change of scenery from the usual California day seems to be when machineheart thrives. The band agrees that although L.A. is an ideal city for creating music, traveling allows them to think differently and experiment with music. Last December, they took a trip to Bainbridge Island in Washington -- “there were otters popping out from the ocean next to our house, and our neighbors would show up with lobsters and ask if we wanted some,” says Scott with a laugh. “We’re looking forward to maybe writing in Sweden, and a bunch of other places,” 

Regardless, their love of music reciprocates back to playing live shows. As a different environment from a studio, and even writing abroad or back home, the band notes that on stage, they’re able to give their music a different life on stage. “Live shows are definitely where we thrive,” Randle admits. “We play different parts or try new things out.”

Looking towards the future, Scott notes 2017 to be “really crazy in the best sense.” Hinting to an EP and a music video shot on film for “Stonecold,” machineheart agrees that they’re ultimately looking to stretch themselves out of their comfort zone. “The best part about it is that we get to keep releasing more music, new content,” Allen shares.  At the end of the day, music opens doors to being able to tour, release and record more music -- and they don’t plan on stopping any time soon. 

Coverage by Sam Hsu.