The Mowgli's were one of the bands that were supposed to play at an outdoor concert series this past weekend in Reno, Nevada. Unfortunately, only hours before they were scheduled to play, the entire event got cancelled because of the weather. The band made the most of their time and didn't let that stop them from performing an incredible acoustic show inside. These photos are from that performance, plus an interview with bassist Matthew Di Panni.

Inspiration for music can come at any place or time and it's often when you least expected it that you come up with something meaningful. Has there been a specific time when you were out and about and unable to write down lyrics / sing into your voice recorder on phone and you didn't want to forget what you had in mind? Did it ever end up making it into a studio recording?

Ideas are constantly flowing within this band. I feel that almost every member of this band has sent some form of voice memo to the group and some of those ideas have transpired into tracks on our records. Thankfully we live in an age where we constantly have our phones attached to our hands at all times so it is very difficult to miss an idea in the moment.

Did the success of the first album pose any barriers when writing the second? Did you have a certain set of rules you felt needed to be maintained?

You have forever to make your first record and I think we knew that going into the making of our second record. We were on a time constraint and we had a record label asking us for demos while we were on the road. We compiled tracks from all sorts of writing sessions and basically chose about 15 songs that we knew we wanted to record.

I think we are at a point in music where rules don't exactly matter anymore. It's not about what rules to follow, but more about if you and your band love the material. Bands should try everything possible to create a sound that fits them best.

Your album artwork mimics a kid's school notebook. What did you use to doodle on your notebook when in school? Any lyrics?

I used to draw all my favorite band's logos on my notebook and I would write down my favorite lines from movies. I also used to write "Gwen Stefani" on my notebook 'cause I had a crush on her. My teachers were a little weirded out, and rightfully so.

Also, I still have a crush on Gwen Stefani.

What/who do you think changed the music industry? Why?

I think record labels screwed themselves by spending too much money on bands in the '80s and '90s. When 360 deals were proposed I believe it's because labels were out of money and needed to find a way to make as much of that money back. Big record labels are not in the business of developing artists anymore. They are looking for the bands who already made it and can continue to fill the label's bank accounts.

Radiohead kinda nailed it with the "pay-what-you-want" method, but the only reason they could afford doing that is because they had all the money in the world from the labels of the '90s. Countless bands are using this method today because we are in a touring band's market. If you write a record you better be ready to tour the fuck out of that record. Selling records is a much different game these days, but selling tickets will always work out for the band.

The Mowgli's have been on the road since the beginning of 2012 and we wouldn't be able to sell a single record if it weren't for the kids who bought tickets to our shows every tour.

You all have done well touring and from what I see on the production side (lights, sound equipment etc.) it seems that you all put money back into the production. How do you feel about having a good production to make a live show even better?

We pride ourselves on being a rock band. We set up and break down our shit, we design our stage, and we do everything we can to make it as real as possible for our fans. A great live show will always benefit from a little extra love on stage. It is very important to the audience that you change your banner, lights, and set list from tour-to-tour because you need to give the fans a little bit different experience every time.

It's like remodeling a house; you constantly want to update everything possible and show it off a bit.

What goes into preparing the set list? How often do you change it?

The set list has changed a bit for every tour. In 2013 we were playing almost all of our debut record and now we are playing only selective cuts from that album. It makes the fans happiest when you give them something they want and it makes us happy to try new ideas on the road. New transitions and covers and anything that hasn't been done before are what will make your fan base come back for more.

What's your favorite band merch item that The Mowgli's has sold, and why?

Vinyl records. I know every band sells them now, but I never thought I would see the day that I would be in a band that printed and sold vinyl records. Vinyl is a piece of art and kids understand that now. It's the 60's all over again.

What was the very first concert you attended?

First real concert: No Doubt w/ Fishbone & The Suicide Machines in 2000 @ The Gibson Theater.

First local show: Rx Bandits in 1999 @ The Cobalt Cafe.

What posters were on your wall when you were growing up?

My walls were covered with movie posters when I was really young. My dad worked for a film company and I was obsessed with Sci-Fi so it was mostly Star Wars and space creatures. From 5th grade until after high school you could find band posters and probably half-naked women hanging on my walls.

What's your favorite movie soundtrack?

That Thing You Do. Tom Hanks wrote a lot of that soundtrack and Adam Schlesinger from Fountains of Wayne wrote the hit song. One of the best and most accurate films about a band hitting it big and falling apart.

How do you think social media helps or breaks the music industry now compared to a decade ago?

Social media puts the artist in control of who interacts with them. Knowing that you can tweet your favorite artist and potentially get a response brings a new level of appreciation to fan/artist interaction.

A decade ago we had MySpace which broke a few bands, but made artists crazed about having the most followers possible. The platform sucked and it made record labels turn into even bigger assholes because in order to sign a band that band had to have 50k+ followers. It didn't make any sense.

I used to work for a band in the MySpace days that did 20+ showcases to major labels. All of the labels loved the band, but wouldn't sign them based on the fact that they didn't have enough MySpace followers. Now you can get signed off of a shitty YouTube how things have changed.

What is a non-musical influence that informs your music?

The overall feeling of love is the basis of this band. We are nothing without the love we have for each other and from that love we can create songs together.

Is there a moment that sticks out in your head that made you realize that this is the perfect job for you?

Lollapollooza 2013. Watching 10,000 people flock to the smallest stage at the fest to see a band they have never really heard of blew my mind. Kids were hanging from trees and you couldn't see an empty piece of the field. Even behind the stage was mobbed with industry folks. I knew we were onto something.

Although at times it must be a fun job, it must be a very high-stress job, what does it take to make it through the day?

Just knowing that there are people at home who have been there since day one and support this crazy dream. The other things that help are coffee, books, instruments, television, and dogs. Having dogs on the road will always make you feel better.

Musician are put in positions sometimes to make the most of the moment, especially on stage (technical issues, having your set cut short, bad crowd, not being able to sound check, etc.). What's a story about you making the most of a moment?

Center of the Universe Festival 2013 in Tulsa, OK. We played the main stage and the fest organized the event to have a VIP area in the front of the stage and the GA section behind the sound booth. We went on early in the day so there were about 10 people in VIP and over 2,000 people behind the sound booth. We tried to get the event to let the kids into the VIP area, but they wouldn't let it happen. We stopped the show, took some acoustic guitars to the GA gate, and played some songs over there instead. We finished our set on stage, but it made the kids feel something much more intimate than they would have gotten the entire day.