An interview with Vanderbilt and MTSU-based band Atlas End – The Vanderbilt Hustler
We sat down with sophomore Logan Davis and his fellow Atlas End comrades.
For Vanderbilt sophomore Logan Davis, working as a solo artist led to music that he summed up in one simple phrase: “a little trashy.”
However, bringing together hometown best friends and Middle Tennessee State sophomores Deklyn Manuel and Dalton Miksa completely changed the sound of Davis. Together the three started making music under the name Atlas End.
Self-described as a “multi-genre, multi-faceted band,” Atlas End simultaneously satisfies cravings for sweet, loving crooning and hard-hitting, hard-hitting rap – all you have to do is hit shuffle.
After releasing their self-titled album “Atlas End” in July 2021, the band released several singles and an EP, with another album in the works.
“The first album was pop oriented, very digestible, guitar based and with a bit of piano,” Miksa said. “We’ve grown so much over the past year, we have music the world will never hear. If you compare that to the music we’re making now, it’s crazy.
Only a few months after “Atlas End”, the band released “Starfall”, described by Miksa as “a strange fantasy of a festival and a rap song”.
This “bizarre imagination” can be explained by the eclectic roster of artists the group turns to for inspiration. From Prince and Lil nas x at brake and Dijon, the group emphasizes the importance of pushing the limits and making music that feels live, even if it’s through your headphones.
“You can have a great time making easy-to-make music, but there’s something really rewarding about doing a song you’ve never heard something like it before,” Miksa said.
Their most recent EP, “DIE 4 U”, is a departure from their debut album, which focused on more classic relationship tropes and heartbreak. According to Davis (the group’s predominant lyricist), “DIE 4 U” tackles more difficult topics, such as abusive relationships. With abrasive and fast rap tracks like “BLUE TOYOTA”, the tracks show a distinct change from previous brilliant pop-funks. shots.
Vanderbilt students may know their sound after hearing them play with The music room, but their music has far surpassed the Nashville bubble. To occur at festivals alongside the performer of “Freakin ‘Out On the Interstate” Briston Maroney to their neighbor hometown show In Morristown, performing live is an integral part of Atlas End.
“It’s rewarding to make music, but the reward is to produce live music – live performances are a visceral experience,” Manuel said. “Showing the crowd what you’re proud of… it’s almost spiritual to me. ”
In search of this visceral experience, producer Miksa studies audio engineering. Miksa credits her studies for uplifting her music production experience.
“I just took a final on the physics of sound waves. It was boring, but it makes you understand the sound in a different way, ”Miksa said. “In my head, I have the creative side, but I’m learning to put it into practice and make my ideas come true.
But the group’s pipeline from the classroom to the studio doesn’t end there. Originally called Autumn’s End, the band needed a change after learning they shared a name with a heavy metal band. While sitting in a class in Greek literature, Miksa discovered Atlas, infamous in Greek mythology for supporting the world. Coincidentally, Davis had just got an Atlas tattoo, and the rest is history.
The band itself doesn’t quite support everyone, but they do know how to make music that is certainly far from “a little trashy”. Discover their latest EP on Spotify, stay informed of upcoming shows and outings on Instagram and venture into the group TIC Tac if you dare.