E91: SETH DUNSHEE, FOREIGN FIGURES - PART I

11/27/2018  | 65 MINUTES

This week’s guest: Seth Dunshee – Utah native, musician, and member of the band, Foreign Figures. In Part 1 of a 4-Part Ticked series, we’re interviewing each member of the band as they are releasing new music. The band, by nature, is a collaborative effort – each member plays significant roles beyond their specific instrument. They’ve likened themselves unto the group dynamics of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, all children of the 90s, all bringing their unique perspectives and leadership.

Personal Ticks

  • Conversing and connecting with others. Seth is the talker of the group. Conversations that are upward in trajectory, so those conversation that make him think, that allowed him to learn and possibly see change in his perspective.

  • Visually seeing progress and change. He’s seen this in his own life moving from “9-5” Seth who was categorized more as jovial and goofy to musician and more mature.

  • Being a spiritual person and being spiritually curious. Understand who you are, or who you can be, and don’t fight that.

Personal Tick Offs

  • Closed Minded individuals. They’re limiting their own journey. It’s hard to admit that you’re wrong sometimes, and even harder to realize before admitting.

  • Allowing shame and guilt to occupy his mind. Too many people spend too much time hating themselves and the path that has led them to the person they’ve become. The person you’ve become is beautiful. Substitute the idea of worthy with willing. Willing to change, willing to become better.

Professional Tick Offs

  • Lack of planning, lack of communication. Many creatives fall victim to the structure of running a business. You need partners with whom to balance and apply business principles to your creativity.

  • Producers in the industry have heard of Foreign Figures, they know they exist, but they’re just waiting, like a fisherman with his poll in the water, for the band to get “fatter.” It’s a totally different industry dynamic to growth and discovery than it was even less than a decade ago.

Professional Ticks

  • Seeing success through data. He’s not all about the numbers, but he’s interested in comparing numbers and trends. It goes back to a personal tick of seeing progress and change. Numbers reflect the connection their music has with individuals.

  • Live shows. The fans that show up put forth a lot of effort and energy to show up, so the band needs to show up as well with the same level of energy and commitment.

Connect with Seth

The band is releasing a new EP one song at a time, starting in December. Check out their Spotify page.

Listen here for their cover of the song, Africa, by Toto.

Listen here for 2-song EP, Dangerous.

Seth on Instagram @sdunsh