The Mowgli’s are more than just a band – they are a movement. Their mission: love, peace, open mindedness and good times.
Comprised of seven Los Angeles based musicians, The Mowgli’s formed out of a shared passion for music and desire to spread a message of universal love and peace. Their music is part folk-rock, part pop and a tad country. Think The Mamas & The Papas with a synthpop twist.
I talked to The Mowgli’s about happiness, struggling and what advice they have for us youngsters just starting out. Here’s what they had to say:
A lot a young people are struggling to gain a footing in the world today, how do you hope to inspire the current youth through your music?
We hope to inspire people to always follow their hearts and to do what makes them happy. We generally try to send the message that happiness and love can change the world, so live the life you want to live and just be who you want to be. The happier you are, the happier you can help make everyone around you.
When you guys were just starting out, what motivated you to keep going and got you to the point you are at today?
When we were just starting we felt no pressure. We weren’t doing it to gain fans or to get signed, we did it because we LOVED doing it. We played almost every night of the week, practiced when we got off work, wrote on our daily commutes. I can honestly say that without the success of The Mowgli’s we would all still be making music and art. I guess our advice would be that if you LOVE to do something, do it all the way, all the time. If you’re doing what you love, you’ll be able to find happiness with or without success.
There’s a lot of people in your band – do you guys always get along? And if not how do you deal with conflict?
No, we don’t always get along! We spend almost every minute of every day together working creatively and losing sleep. We bicker and fight like siblings, but at the end of the day, nothing is a bigger deal than the love we have for each other or the mission we are on: to make people feel a little happier and a little less alone. Accomplishing that is a bigger deal than any stupid argument we get into when we’re cranky and tired. We love each other.
What’s the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you guys on stage during a show?
Colin sprained an ankle jumping off the stage once, but he covered it so well I don’t think anyone noticed! One time someone yelled “show us your tits” to katie who felt mortified. When you’re standing in front of hundreds of strangers who are all focused on you, everything can be embarassing. Sometimes you notice half way through a song that there’s a booger in your nose or that you have a wedgie, but you kind of just have to stick it out and not let it affect your performance.
Any last words of wisdom to young people?
Life is short and it flies by. Don’t waste time or feelings on anything that makes you unhappy. Follow your dreams, live in love and be nice. You can’t always be perfect but you can always be kind.