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Featured Artist: Vanity Plate

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Where are you from?

Zach (Schultz) and I (Jazmine Schultz) are from Minot and Connor (Wentz) and Mo (Zach Moholland) are from Bismarck/Mandan.

How would you describe your style?

People have described us as power-pop. We’re pretty upbeat rock and roll.

What got you started in your art form?

All of us grew up in the DIY music scenes in our respective areas, meaning we grew up playing shows that were created with very little money and held in what some might consider unconventional spaces. The independent music scene is strong in ND.

How long have you been creating?

We have been a band for five years now. Over that time we have had a few member changes, but we’ve still put out music under the name Vanity Plate and have toured and released a few EPs and a full length album as well.

Would you like to branch out to other styles? If so, which ones?

We all have other projects, ranging from folk music to hardcore. You can check out our other projects on Bandcamp: Songbirds of North America (Jazmine’s folk project), Algorillathym (Zach Schultz’s other project), Spite Nap & End Times (Zach Moholland’s harder rock projects), Many Months Left (Connor’s heavy rock project).

Is any of your work for sale? If so, where can it be found?

All of our work is streamable on players like Spotify, Apple Music, etc. You can buy our merchandise through Bandcamp at: https://vanityplatend.bandcamp.com/

Do you have any words of wisdom to share with younger/beginner artists?

I would get out there and just do it and know there are resources in this community for you. We’ve all been working away for a long time to create a strong independent music scene and we’d be more than happy to help you record a first album or put you on a show. It doesn’t have to be beautiful at first – first projects rarely are – but we’re here and want to hear it, even if it’s not polished yet. We head to the studio next week to record a new full-length album at Makoche in Bismarck!

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