The Aquabats are an incredibly unconventional band that has been very popular since the ‘90s. Their musical style is quite unusual, but the fact that they have gained success shows aspiring musicians that there are many ways to make it to the top.
Here are five things that you can learn from The Aquabats.
1. Create songs about the simple joys in life.
While many musical groups like to create songs about love or broken relationships, The Aquabats’ music covers a variety of topics.
For example, their song “Pool Party!” is simply about a fun pool party with guacamole and cool kids. This is one of their most popular songs, and The Aquabats teach us that it’s okay to create songs about the simple joys in life.
2. Appeal to your fans’ nostalgia.
Another thing that sets The Aquabats apart is their constant use of nostalgia in their songs. Everyone loves reminiscing about the good old days, and when you talk about things from the past, you will sweep up your fans in nostalgia.
Check out this very popular song called “Pizza Day.” This song is about an older guy who reminisces about things that he used to take for granted, such as having a set lunch schedule (with pizza and burritos) in school.
3. Wear costumes and create alter egos.
One thing that The Aquabats are very well known for is the signature superhero costumes that they wear at almost every performance. By wearing these costumes, the band members essentially created alter egos. Fans love them for their quirky and animated personalities.
The Aquabats use these alter egos and “fight monsters” in their performances, which gives the concerts a storyline as well. They also act in short YouTube clips as their alter egos. Check out the short clip below.
4. Use many different musical genres and styles.
Fans love The Aquabats because of their unique sound, and this sound comes from a mixture of many unique musical genres and styles. The Aquabats’ songs are influenced by rock, new wave, pop punk, synthpop, and ska. This interesting combination creates surreal music.
Don’t forget that it’s okay to combine musical styles and switch things up.
5. Be animated, exciting, and charismatic.
The Aquabats constantly use exciting catchphrases, bright colors, and exclamatory statements to make their band really pop. In fact, they often add an exclamation point to their band name, and at their performances, they make you feel like you’re living in an action movie.
Make sure to always be lively and excited in everything you do because your fans will see and appreciate your passion.
The Aquabats are an incredible and unique band that all musicians should look to for inspiration. If you adopt their spunk, uniqueness, and charisma, you can reach their level of success!
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David Yaghutiel is a Bay Area native who enjoys traveling, theatre, playing the ukulele, and learning as much about the world as he possibly can. He also occasionally daylights as a senior at UCLA.