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Afresh: What is your name, and name your group/band/act?
The name of the band is The Lost Colors. My name is Michael Mendez, but people just call me Mendez. Also in the band is Ellie Gorman, Michael Cunningham, Kristyn Chapman, and Matt Cunningham.
Afresh: Where are the artists from?  What is their talent in the group?
We’re from the Wichita, KS area.
Afresh: How did the band get the name?
We had a previous project, and we decided to change the name a year ago when we decided to take it more seriously. We sat down and each person came up with a bunch of suggestions off the top of their heads, and then we voted on them. That one came out on top. It was a lot bigger of an ordeal than it sounds though!
Afresh: What (who) does your act/art consist of?
I play bass guitar. Ellie is our lead vox, Michael does keys and backup vox, Kristyn is on guitar, and Matt is our drummer.
Afresh: How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before?
Really energetic. Good dance/rock music. We have a lot of fun up on stage, and we make it hard for people watching us to not have fun too.
Afresh: Give me some details about the group/act/art?
Well, we’re young. One of the great things we’ve got going for us is that we’re all between 17 and 20 years old, which helps us to relate to other young people, which is our target audience.
Afresh: How long have you been performing live or making art?
As a group, we’ve been playing for about 3 years. Must of us have been playing and performing musically for 5-10 years on top of that.
Afresh: Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?
Matt and Michael Cunningham and I grew up together. I moved next door to them when I was 8, and we’ve been like brothers ever since. We went up to a music festival in Kansas City one year, and on the way up there, we decided that since we had been taking music lessons, we needed to start making music together for the fun of it. not long after, Michael and Matt recruited Ellie from their church, and I recruited Kristyn from the youth group I attended.
Afresh: What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group?
Growing. It’s the biggest challenge because it’s never something we’re done with. It’s always a struggle to try to improve in every aspect, from growth of us as individuals, to growing in musical ability, to growing in songwriting. Trying to promote the band, and have our popularity grow, even, is something that takes a lot of work.
Afresh: You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles?
Well, I guess I sort of covered that in the last question, but I guess I’d reiterate that we try not to be complacent with where we’re at. It’s a matter of continuing to push.
Afresh:  Do you feel the economic crunch has hurt the industry, or do you have some other promotional tips to help support your music?
I think you’d be hard pressed to find something that the economic crunch hasn’t hurt in some way. However, we’ve really only been a serious band for about a year, we really don’t have much of a before/after comparison to offer. We’re young enough that we’re really still learning.
Afresh: Art & Music has an impact on both young and old.  Everyone loves a celebrity, so what advice do you have for the youth of today?
Advice? Don’t settle. There’s a lot of stuff on this earth that people say you should do, and should have, and should be. We believe there’s something better than that. God has plans for each of us that are greater than we could imagine, and even though there’s so much out there that can distract us from that, not to become discouraged. God created us to love, and to be loved, and we don’t have to let the things of this world bring us down.
Afresh: What does your family think of your performance and do they support you?
We have some pretty awesome families. They’ve been incredibly supportive, and we wouldn’t be where we’re at now without their help.
Afresh: What is your stance on how to get the public to support “live music” and see the shows?  Any ideas???
hm… that’s the question, isn’t it? Something we try to do, that really not so many bands do, is that we give people a reason to come watch us, instead of listening to the CD. Give people something to watch, and I think it makes a big difference. A lot of artists are concerned with the music, which is definitely important, but there needs to be more to a live show than just playing your music. For us, that means going a little crazy on stage. for some artists, maybe it just means reaching out to the crowd in a way your music can’t do in a recording.
Afresh: Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?
my family didn’t. My parents learned a little bit of music in middle and high school, but that was it. Kristyn and Ellie’s parents we’re the same way, to the best of my knowledge. Michael and Matt’s parents, however, definitely have some musical talent. Their dad graduated college with a degree in music, and their mom has taught piano lessons for as long as I’ve known the family. She actually taught me piano lessons for 4 years before I ever started learning how to play the bass. As far as siblings are concerned, Michael and Matt have a younger sister that plays piano and violin, Ellie has a younger sister that can also sing, and I have a younger sister that plays piano.
Afresh: Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now?
We actually all like a pretty wide variety of music. We all listen to Paramore, and Coldplay, and Switchfoot, and that sort of pop/rock genre, but we listen to all sorts of other stuff too.
Afresh: What has been your strong influence to continue performing?
Well, we definitely all feel that God is calling us to do so. We all want to get to a point that we can do this full time. The experience of always getting to meet new people and travel to new places is pretty incredible.
Afresh: Who does most of the song writing/art/literature?
Michael Cunningham.
Afresh: Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of?
That we’re aware of? no, thank goodness.
Afresh: While getting ready to perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal?
I can’t say that we have, per say. To be honest, we really like hanging out with the people we play shows for, before and after, so it’s not really a relevant question. More often than not, we go interrupt them!
Afresh: What has been the most bizarre thing on the stage with you?
Michael and Matt work at a movie theater. When Ice Age 3 came out in theaters, theirs got a cardboard cutout of the character Scrat from the movie, which they set up in the lobby. When the movie left theaters, theirs didn’t need that cardboard cutout anymore, so they took it home. Matt took it to a couple shows and set it up behind his drums, for the heck of it. Looking back on it, it was pretty ridiculous.
Afresh: What is your wildest story with the group?
Well, I’m sure you’d get a different answer if you asked each person, but for me, one of our craziest times would have been our drive to and from Denver last summer. We opened for Relient K at Elitch Gardens, and the whole trip was pretty crazy. The ride back, especially. We ended up missing our exit to switch highways, and then driving up the wrong ramp, and jumping a curb. It was insane.
Afresh: What are your up-to-date performance plans?  New releases?  Tours? News?
Nothing set in stone. We are looking to record what will probably be a 5 song EP sometime this summer, but we don’t have a release date for that yet. We’re also looking at maybe touring closer to the end of the year, but that’s a ways off, and a lot could happen between now and then.
Afresh: If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive who would it be? Why? (Name up to three)
You remember before, when we mentioned Paramore, Switchfoot, and Coldplay as musical influences? Well, We’d play with any of them, for sure.
Afresh: What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?
Parachute, CO. 14 hour drive.
Afresh:  How do you feel about file swapping?
I personally actually have less of a problem with it than I feel like I ought to, as a musician. I think its sad that so few people pay for music anymore, but at the same time, we really just want our music heard, and I know a lot of people that love music, but wouldn’t be listening to a lot of the music they have if they had had to pay for it. And it’s done so much now that it probably makes a difference in how popular some of the bigger bands are. Artists that sell a lot of music do so because of popularity, and they’re popular because of how much their music has circulated. Torenting does wonders for circulating your music.
Afresh: Have you been involved in any benefit performances?  What was it and how did you become involved?
We’ve played a few in the past month alone, actually. We were asked by a few different people to play benefits to raise money for Haiti relief after the earthquake. We also set up one ourselves for a friend of ours with Lukemia.
Afresh: Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.?
Not yet. But all of those are a work in progress, currently. We’re looking.
Afresh: Is this your first interview or do you have some other articles/stories about you posted somewhere for public viewing?
We’ve had a couple different local newspaper interviews, and an online radio station interview or two.
Afresh: Do you have any video links where people can see you?
We actually try to put up video blogs every once in a while to keep people updated. We have our own youtube channel, called thelostcolors.
Afresh: Do you have a website of any type?  (Name all options)
We’re at Look for our website,, to be up in the next month. We’re excited by that. I also mentioned our youtube already, plus we have a twitter account, @thelostcolors.
Afresh:We want to extend our warm wishes for your success and thank you for the awesome interview.  We hope we can attend one of your shows soon so keep us informed on your updates!
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