Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The Backseaters Q&A

Your name:
Jake Cook (Vocals/Guitar).

Where are you from?
Denver, Colorado.

Name of band:
The Backseaters.

Who else is in your band?
David Jerusik (Drums).

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
We are an indie/alt-rock duo devoted to playing honest, whole-hearted music!

Who are your main influences musically?
Our primary influences as a band are The Front Bottoms, The Gaslight Anthem, and bands like Tiny Moving Parts and Death Cab for Cutie.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Jake: Personally, I hope to achieve a steady career. I want to travel the world writing and performing my music and making just enough to get by! I don’t need to be playing arenas and what not; all I want to be able to say is that I play music for a living!
David: For me ultimately, I hope that with this band we can connect with our followers in a real personal way. Also I just really want to be be able to progress our collective sound and our skills as musicians! 

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
Jake: I would have to say that the highlight of my musical career was playing our album release show this past April! It was my first time not only releasing a full-length album, but it was also the first time The Backseaters had ever headlined the Marquis Theater (Denver, CO). We had so much support and it was just a mind-blowing experience to be able to do all that!
David: I think the ultimate highlight for us as a band has been playing a headlining, album release show at one of our favorite local venues in Denver, The Marquis Theatre. 

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Jake: This is a tough one because I always tell people that “I’m human… I will make mistakes,” but I don’t know that I would change anything thus far that has happened in my musical career. As cliché as it sounds, I truly believe that I have learned from each one of my short-comings.
David: Back when we first started playing as a band, we played a couple shows that were just kind of jumbled and didn't go smoothly, but as hard and difficult as those shows were, we learned so much about ourselves and what we as a band could really be capable of. 

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Jake: I would definitely have to pick our song “Limbo” off of A Place To Rest Your Feet! It has the fast, driving beat, with the thick melodies, and also encompasses the way that we can drop our dynamic volumes down to a soft whole note strum with beautiful chords!
David: For me it would have to be The Lottery. I feel like the sound really defines our musical sound and our ability as musicians. 

Where can we listen to it? 



Where can we find out more about your music? 

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask?
Check us out, LIKE or follow our pages, and listen to the music! At the end of the day, that is all we want! We just want people to hear what we have to say and the music we love to make!

The Conniption Fits Q&A

Your name:
Stevens Blanchard.

Where are you from?
West Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA.

Name of band:
The Conniption Fits.

Who else is in your band? 
Shawn Snyder (Drums) and Jamie Hosley (Bass).

How would you describe yourselves?
Upbeat modern rock with a pop edge.

Who are your main influences musically?
Anything from Dr Dre to Foo Fighters. I love alternative rock with massive pop hooks that manages to avoid the same old chord progressions you’ve heard 1000’s of times.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Worldwide domination. Seriously though, we are pretty happy doing what we are doing, making a living and having fun.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
We opened for the Goo Goo dolls in Idaho. We killed it and were so swamped with fans they missed the Goo Goo Dolls concert to talk with us and have us sign stuff.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
So many. Every time I can’t remember a lyric or badly mess up a part. Good thing is, I’m pretty good at forgetting the negative stuff.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
I’d pick “The Call”. It has the rock and pop elements that we love and is probably smack dab in the middle of what we do. But I also want you to listen to the single that is doing very well for us, “I Need You (Ay-O)”.

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music? 

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
We are really a live act. We aim to entertain with tons of energy and a touch of humor. See us live if you can! Tour at conniptionfits.com 

Owleye Q&A

Your name:
David.

Where are you from? 
Denver, Colorado.

Name of band: 
Owleye.

Who else is in your band? Tim, Brad, Frank and Dave.

How would you describe yourselves? 
This question is always hard. I think, I am a very humble and honest person.

Who are your main influences musically? 
I would say Joe Pass. But honestly any musician that pays with a heart.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
To make music a career. But most importantly share my story through my passion and hope it helps anyone as much as it helps me by playing it. 

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
I would say releasing new music then play a show a week later and have the crowd/fans sing along. That is still something I think will never not make me smile on stage. It is a very deep feeling having a room sing/scream along to our songs. Its kind of like showing your insecurities to someone and having them accept you for who you are. No words can describe it.

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
None. Either its good or bad. Mistakes or not they are memories. We are all human and we all makes mistakes but they don't define who we are.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
I would say our song Cycles, which is our last track on our EP No Wounds that came out in the beginning of April. Why? Because its about loosing someone that has made an impact on our lives that are no longer with us and reflecting on the lessons they taught us or memories we shared. To moving on to making it a positive outlook on it. The song has a lot of emotions in it and people can feel it, which makes me happy.

Where can we listen to it? 
https://youtu.be/gEsXQyfoHNQ

Where can we find out more about your music?
Any social media http://www.owleyeofficial.com/

Friday, 15 July 2016

Rosedale Q&A

Your name: 
Mike Liorti.

Where are you from? 
West outskirts of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. City called Brampton.

Name of band: 
ROSEDALE.

Who else is in your band? 
Just me but I have a bunch of fill-ins all over.

How would you describe yourself and your music? 
Aggressive power pop. It's like if Boxcar Racer and Boys Like Girls had a tall, production-junkie child.

Who are your main influences musically? 
Tom Delonge, Jerry Finn, Kris Roe, Roger Joseph Manning Jr. , Alex Baker, Owl City, Ben Gibbard, Radiohead, Underoath, The Starting Line, Travis Barker, Kenny Bridges.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
Happiness and legacy. I want to change lives like my favorite songs/albums/shows changed mine.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
Performing outside of Warped tour was always bittersweet. Sometimes kids just weren't in the mood to hear a new band while waiting to get in and see the bands they know. But often times people connected and were extremely supportive. It was the best experience of my life getting bands like All Time Low, Bayside, Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory, Attack! Attack! The Used ect., bands I've looked up to for years, checking out my one-man show and buying my CDs and merch. Then FINALLY getting on the schedule and playing some stages. Those were the real trophy moments for me. Especially after all my bandmates and managers threw in the towel.

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
There's a lot of those!! One that comes to mind was when we got caught at the border with a tour itinerary and expiring work permits fall of '09. We lied about the tour and almost got banned from America for seven years. Luckily they saw no harm done and gave us a one-year watch period with a denial notice. That was a big tour we had to miss out on though and a depressing drive home. We were young and dumb, lesson learned. Then there's the time we went to Montreal for a last-minute Warped-line set and rolled our van into a ditch on the way home..but I'll save that one.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
That's very tough. Every song is almost a whole different genre. Lyrically: Sustain, instrumentally: Quicksand, tone-ally??: Grey, integrally: A kid Again, progressively: To My Father ...I really missed a few. I love'm all.

Where can we listen to it?  rosedale.bandcamp.com




Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask? 
I'm always looking for musicians to tour. So if you wanna travel and play shows, hit me up with a video of you playing and I'll check it out.


Blue Helix Q&A

Your name: 
Sami Chohfi.

Where are you from? 
Washington State.

Name of band:
Blue Helix.

Who else is in your band?
Juan Carrion, Noah Phipps and Arman Birang.

How would you describe yourselves? 
We are an four-piece original band that writes and records songs in many sub-genres in rock and alternative. We blend hard rock elements with acoustic/singer-songwriter concepts as well as a grunge inspired twist with modern songwriting elements.

Who are your main influences musically? 
SoundGarden, STP, Nirvana, Radiohead, NIN, Smashing Pumpkins, Tool,  Alice in Chains.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
To be able to make an honest living touring the US, Europe and South America. To be played on many radio stations worldwide.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
The completion of our album Tale of Two Halves, it has received a lot of attention with radio stations all over the US and parts of the UK.

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
None, all moments are a stepping stone to tomorrow.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
Aliens. Its just my personal favorite.

Where can we listen to it?


Where can we find out more about your music?

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
Our favorite thing about what we do is our ability to appeal to all ages of listeners. Thats our biggest strength. Our live show is what we live for.

Kaleido Q&A

Your name: 
Christina Chriss.

Where are you from?
Detroit, MI.

Name of band: 
Kaleido.

Who else is in your band? 
Joey Fava (drums), Ronnie Rosolino (guitar), Jamie Burnham (guitar) & Cody Morales (bass & DJ).

How would you describe yourselves and your music? 
I'm a free spirit. I love using my life experiences to create songs. The music is raw & real. I really love being in a band and putting my head together with my guys to create music that makes people feel something. It's rock music with pop and urban flare.

Who are your main influences musically? 
Guns n Roses, No Doubt, Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Eminem, Patsy Cline, Madonna .. I could go on and on. Very diverse and the different influences definitely come through in the music we create.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Writing the best songs that stand the test of time and bringing rock music back to the forefront of mainstream pop culture.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
There have been so many incredible opportunities for us it's hard to pick just one highlight. We've toured the US multiple times, opening for bands like Aerosmith, Slash, Sammy Hagar, Kid Rock, Alien Ant Farm (just to name a few). We've worked with a Grammy award winning producer. One of the most touching and memorable moments for me was singing the Star Spangled Banner at the Detroit Tiger's game in front of thousands. What makes it even more special is that it was on my grandfather's 79th birthday (he was a veteran and served in Germany with Elvis Presley in the 50s) and he was there to see it. He recently passed away and I am so thankful to have had that memory with him. He was very proud and supportive of my musical career. 

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
None!! Every up, every down - has brought me to where I am! I wouldn't change anything! It's my journey. If anything I wish my memory was a bit better and I literally could remember every single second. 

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
My Rock & Roll. Along the way many people have tried to influence, sway and change our sound. That song is our response. We're taking back our rock & roll. No one can steal that from us.

Where can we listen to it? 



Where can we find out more about your music?

Unbreakable by Kaleido

Kaleido by Kaleido

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Starfinder Q&A

Your name:
Ian Galloway.

Where are you from?
Chicago, IL right now.

Name of band:
Starfinder.

Who else is in your band?
For now Starfinder is a project where I write, perform, and record all the music. Although in the future I may have some other members for live performance.

How would you describe yourselves and your music?
I'm a punk rock guy at heart who has also loved new wave and synthpop since I was a young teen. I've been a member of several past and present punk, garage, and indie rock bands including Porno Mags, whose self-released debut album peaked at #47 on CMJ in 2014. I also a member of Chicago bands Witchfeet and Joy Shooters. I started messing around with synthesizers and samplers about five months ago and decided to start writing 80s influenced new wave tunes in my spare time. It's been a blast so far and I'm just completely out of this world happy how well received my first two singles have been by both fans and the media.

Who are your main influences musically?
They are all over the place. I love 70s punk like Ramones, Buzzcocks, The Jam and stuff like that. I'm also a huge fan of old power pop and garage rock like The Real Kids. 90s indie rock is something I'm way into as well, stuff like Guided by Voices, Dinosaur Jr, etc. For Starfinder I take a lot influence from bands that used a lot of electronic elements like New Order, Depeche Mode, The Cure, Pet Shop Boys, Human League, and stuff like that. Blend all of this together and that's where Starfinder comes from.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
Ideally I'd love to find a label interested in pressing some vinyl for Starfinder. I'd also like to do some short tours with Starfinder in the future, possibly with a couple other people to help pull it off live. Mainly I just want to keep writing songs and sharing them with anyone who's into it. It's really rewarding just working on music on my own and releasing songs when I can.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
I've had lots of great things happen over the years. Touring in some of my bands, meeting great people all over the US, getting played on college radio all over the US and charting on CMJ, playing street festivals here in Chicago, hearing Starfinder on the Synth City radio show in the UK, playing really fun house shows, recently having Starfinder reviewed on the Indie Rock Cafe blog, the list goes on...

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Definitely had lots of van break downs in the past when touring. One time it was the middle of winter in Wyoming in a huge snow storm. We had to wait for a couple hours for tow truck in no heat. As we were sitting there on the side of the road, we saw a flatbed tow truck coming in our rear view mirror. We were happy to see our tow truck coming, when all of a sudden the truck started sliding sideways. The truck slid off the road at like 50 miles an hour and missed hitting our van by inches. It was really scary. Luckily that wasn't the truck coming for us! Another time our van flew off the road, again in the snow and did a 180 spin at like 70 mph all the way across to the other side of the highway. That was probably the single scariest moment of my life.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
Well, I only have two singles out right now so either one is pretty representational of the band at this point but I'll go ahead and pick "If I Were You", it seems to be the fan favorite right now.

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music?
Tumblr / Website: http://starfinderband.com/


The Bad Flowers Q&A

Your name:
Dale Tonks.

Where are you from?
Cannock, West Midlands.

Name of band: 
The Bad Flowers.

Who else is in your band?
Tom Leighton and Karl Selickis.

How would you describe yourselves?
We're a three-piece rock band who thrive on writing songs with thunderous riffs and putting on energetic live performances.

Who are your main influences musically?
Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Rival Sons, Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown - just some if many.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
The dream for all of us is to make a career in music and do what we love for a living.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
We had the opportunity to open for The Sheepdogs because we had seen them when they supported The Temperance Movement. We've also been asked to support Crobot on their up and coming UK tour.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
There are no moments we want to forget in terms of music, but there have been some eventful journeys along the way!

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
It would be one of our newest releases City Lights, we've put a lot of work into it and we are really proud of that track. It shows the raw emotion and direction the band is aiming for.

Where can we listen to it?
It was released on Sunday, June 12th, so check out our Soundcloud! www.soundcloud.com/thebadflowers



Where can we find out more about your music?
Our Facebook is where we do the majority of posting. You can also get links to all our other social media through our website www.thebadflowers.uk

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
We'd just like to say thank you for asking us to do the interview. We hope that the people reading this want to check us out and we'd love to see you at our shows.

Dark Messiah Q&A

Your name: 
Jonathan Hayward.

Where are you from? 
We're from Winnipeg, Maitoba, Canada.

Name of band: 
Dark Messiah.

Who  is in your band? 
Dark Messiah is made up of Stephen Chubaty on vocals, Lawrence Reimer on rhythm guitar, Jared McKnight on bass, Dustin Tyler on drums and myself on lead guitar. 

How would you describe yourselves and your music? 
We're a couple of greasy metalheads who just love what we do. Our music is heavy duty thrash metal inspired by the classics.

Who are your main influences musically? 
Let's just say that if Slayer and Judas Priest had a baby, and then Metallica and Pantera had a baby and those two babies spawned and that offspring had a threesome with Lamb of God and Zakk Wylde, you'd get Dark Messiah.

What do you hope to achieve in music? 
We want to take this as far as possible, share our music with the entire world and play for as many people as we can.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why? 
Every chance we get to play in front of people is a highlight of our career for us. Every time people enjoy what we do and have a good time listening to us it fuels us. It reminds us of the one reason we do this in the first place.

And what’s the moment you want to forget? 
There's ups and downs for us like there is with any band. It's not so much about the moments you want to forget but how you learn from those moments and how you move forward. We've had to pick ourselves up from some setbacks but in the end it's only made us stronger.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why? 
No Soul To Sell is the first song we ever wrote and sums up our sound. When we wrote that song it showed us what we have and where we could go as a band. It's a heavy song with a hook and definitely influenced and inspired what we create and what we want to accomplish stylistically  moving forward.

Where can we listen to it? 
We are currently in the studio recording our debut E.P. We will have a website up and running shortly before it's release. In the meantime fans can check out our social media sites for content and footage from our shows.

Where can we find out more about your music? 

Anything else you’d like to say about your music that I forgot to ask? 
We like to let our live performances and music speak for itself.

PRANX Q&A

Your name:
Boris.

Where are you from?
Mosbach, Germany.

Name of band:
PRANX.

Who else is in your band?
Rouven (bass, vocals) and Marcel (drums).

How would you describe yourselves?
We're a pop punk band trying to spread good emotions with catchy sing-along songs.

Who are your main influences musically?
blink-182, Green Day, All Time Low, Neck Deep.

What do you hope to achieve in music?
We hope to enrich some peoples life by playing music, just like all those bands we look up to did and still do to us. Music of those bands had such a massive impact on our lives over the past few years, so we hope that someday people feel the same thing about our music.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
It's hard to pick just one but one of the greatest moments was when the pressings of our first EP arrived. It was an awesome feeling to hold our own CD in our hands for the very first time and to be proud to finally have the results in our hands of all the work we had put in the band for so long.

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
Maybe one of the few times we drove for hours to a show in the middle of nowhere and nobody except the other bands that played that night showed up to watch us play. But I think every band has this kind of experience in their early stages so it's not that bad as it sounds.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
'Another Year'. In my opinion it's the catchiest song on the EP. I think it's the closest to the style of pop punk that we try to play and has the best mixture of pop melodies and punk sound.

Where can we listen to it?



Where can we find out more about your music?

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
Thanks for the interview! Watch out for our next music video for the song 'Pogo Romance' that's going to be released soon. Make sure to check it out :)