Joseph Terrell of the band Mipso: I'm not against positivity in the sense of what we're doing is getting together and there's a powerful, spiritual, communal aspect to that. That's really important. But I'm a sad person. I don't know, how can you live in the world and not experience some sadness? To me, that's powerful stuff. I want to hear that. And so, I want to give that to other people, too.
I'm not sad all the time, just to be clear. I feel good right now. I will be sad alone later.
Cris Cohen: [laughs] Okay. Also, I believe it's a confirmation for the audience, "Oh, someone else is feeling the way that I feel."
Joseph Terrell: Yeah, that's it, right? You don't want to express your sadness alone. You want to offer it to someone. I think it's a gift. So that you can see yourself in this.
Cris Cohen: Yeah. And the gift is, "Oh, someone else gets this. I'm not the only one who is feeling this way." You get that invisible bond with that band or that artist. That's where it becomes magic, where the feelings are being exchanged, more than just words in a beat.
Joseph Terrell: Yeah. And more than just a commercial exchange. I think a lot about how all the spaces (where) we gather are commercial spaces to share music. And then there's a barrier to entry in terms of having to pay something. So in my mind, the exchange that you're talking about best happens in a place where it's like, I invite you into my home, or “Let's go to a place together.” It's the thing that you balance as a professional musician