Band Q+A | Harbours + Uni & Her Ukelele

As you probably know, the SF Zine Fest is having a terrific Benefit Show this Thursday at Amnesia, with some great indy bands contributing their time, energy, and musical awesomeness to the Zine Fest cause! Just as we've been been highlighting our amazing exhibitors in a series of Creator Q+As this month, over the next few days we'll be giving you a peek into the lives and thoughts of these great musicians. Today we're checking in with M Zelaya (Harbours) & Heather Marie (Uni & Her Ukelele), who will be playing a special combo performance at the Show! Stay tuned for more, and we'll see you at the show!

Q. What inspired your current musical project? Influences?
MZ: Sailing at the Attic on Tuesday nights. Electricty. The Faces. Years of riding MUNI. Gino Washington. Most everything DJ Neil Martinson plays for SMiLE! Michael Zapruder. Littlejoy. The Zombies and all the other usual suspects.
Uni: My latest album is inspired by Lite-Rock and Mom Rockers.

Q. What is your all-time favorite band/album/zine/etc (by someone other than you)? Who is your DIY hero?
MZ: DIY hero & album Kelley Stoltz - Antique Glow
Uni: Daniel Johnston is my personal DIY hero

Q. Do you have a personal connection to the DIY/small-press world? Did you ever do a zine or similar project? Can you describe it for us?
Uni: I am a big fan of DIY pressing. I screen all my band t-shirts, tote bags, and cut-paste-glue-sew and burn all my cds.

Q. What would you like to see more of in the indy-music world? What similarities do you see (if any) between the music scene and the small-press world?
MZ: We are broke.
Uni: We are broke too. I like DIY style because it's more personal and has more personality.

Q. If you could give advice to an aspiring musician or other creator, what would it be? What advice do you wish you had gotten when you were starting out?
MZ: Do something with the craft you're working on everyday.
Uni: I don't remember getting any advice. Maybe I need to clean my ears out. My story is I'm lucky I have a strong will. I would say to always do what U love, and not get hung up on what other people are doing.

Q. In addition to the kind of music you will be playing at the SFZF Benefit Show, what other creative pursuits do you have? Hobbies? Passions?
Uni: I just joined Crossfit. And I love traveling. I love wigs and Lee press on nails.

Q. What are you working on now? What are you gonna do next?
MZ: Recording a new album, which will be the Harbours' thrid release.
Uni: I am about to mix and master my next album. It has been two years in the making.