Making Music for Portland, Oregon: Reptaliens Share Their Inspiration
Local Portland band Reptaliens on their serendipitous beginning and why they love this city.
Bambi and Cole of rock band Reptaliens talk Portland’s music scene, the most serene outdoor spaces, and why their audience matters most.
What about the city inspires you and your music?
One place we really love is the International Rose Test Garden up in the southwest hills by the zoo. It’s super serene and beautiful and it feels like you're completely out of the city even though you're only a few blocks away from everything.
Strolling pathways through the International Rose Test Garden
What are some of your favorite venues to play in Portland, and why?
My favorite venue to play is Mississippi Studios. They treat bands really well, the sound is great, and it is a very comfortable and fun atmosphere. We love them and always try to play and go to shows there.
How did you get started making music?
We've all been making music forever but Reptaliens started one afternoon recording a song for fun. We put it out on the internet because we thought it was good and people really responded to it so we decided to write more and start the band.
What drew you to the particular kind of music you create?
I think we just create what we think sounds good as opposed to going for a specific genre or style. We are influenced by everything around us and even though we use different genres and styles in our music, it will always be a Reptaliens song because that is our sound.
Reptaliens exploring the city that helps inspire them
What do you want people to take away from your music?
The songs are just vague enough that they can be relatable in a lot of different ways, to different people, in many situations. It's as much for us as it is for the audience, we will always make music because we love to make music and hopefully people will enjoy the sound and relate to the content.
Why is your city a great place to play the kind of music you make?
Portland is a great place to make music because everyone in the music scene is very active, talented, and driven. Everyone is supportive of each other and lots of musicians play in many different bands creating a tight community and a diverse music scene at the same time.
All the Apparatus, another Portland band, plays a show on the street
What do you love about Portland, and why?
Portland is a relatively big city but it is also only a couple hours from the beach, the forest, the desert, or the mountain. There is nature everywhere and it is really nice. Also, the food here is amazing.