interview with Asleep At The Gate
Andre: Yes, I would usually play in two or three bands at a time. It's fun!
Brandon:Yes, in a few actually.
How is it that you started playing music?
Adrian: Friends in High School played in bands and I loved what they did on the guitar so, I began to ditch classes and practice non-stop.
Andre:I started playing piano when I was around 6, but I got bored of it. So I started playing drums at 7 and I was hooked. That was all I thought about back then.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Adrian Watkins: Guitar/Vocals 26yrs
Satya Fuentes: Keys/Vocals 20 yrs
Brandon Crow:Bass 19 yrs
Andre Aldana:Drums 21 yrs
Did you make music even when you were young?
Adrian: Yes, I used to write lyrics in a journal from the end of middle school into High School.
Andre: Yes, I made music when I was younger, and it was terrible. I have old recordings of it and it's some cheesy, screamo shit. Good times.
Where are you from? Satya: We are all based out of Orange County California.
What year did the band form? 2013
What's your style of genre? Alternative/Soul
What inspires you?
Andre: My inspirations come from anything really. Personal experiences, mood, etc. if anything, stress pushes me to play my best.
How often and where do you rehearse? Andre: We rehearse once a week at my house. We have a band room here. The A/C is broken so it gets miserable sometimes.
How have you developed since you started with the music? Adrian: Writing together as a band has become easier and more enjoyable as time has passed.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Brandon: We aren’t actively searching for a booking agency, but it would be nice to have one working along side us.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Adrian: We are open to the idea, but aren’t making it a main focus at the moment.
What made you decide to make this music? Adrian: Life
What are your songs about? Adrian: Life
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Brandon: The whole band writes individually and the band comes together collaboratively to make up the instrumentals.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Adrian: Usually the instrumentation/music comes first and the lyrics and melody come after.
Have you done any covers live? Brandon: Yes, we have covered Jeff Buckley’s ‘So Real’, songs by Lauryn Hill, Radiohead, The Police, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, and Jill Scott.
What was your latest gig? Satya: We played at The Viper Room on Sunset in Los Angeles mid November.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? Adrian: It’s fine either way. I personally download most of my music, but I buy physical copies of artists I really love. From vinyl, posters, CD’s and more. It just depends.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? Adrian: It puts more power in the artists hands and forces the artist to be more business oriented while maintaining an artist perspective.
Do you have any role models or idols?
Andre: My role models are my parents. They give me so much push. My idols are Questlove and Kanye West. I almost worship them. I strive to have a career like them.
What advice would you give other bands or artists?
Andre:I'd tell every other band to play your heart out no matter what!! Even if you're playing to a crowd of 1. You put on the best show of your life, so much so that the one person who attends your show is on fire from your energy.
Adrian: Ditto to what Andre said.
How do you get psyched for a gig?
Adrian: The band is constantly cracking jokes and fooling around before we hit the stage.
Andre: I get psyched by doing some random shit. I'll jump up and down, do chants.
Do you have any new material? Satya: Yes, we are currently recording a single called ‘Underwater’.
What are your web sites?
How can people reach you? Satya: Facebook, and band email.
What are your plans for the future? Record new material, make rad artwork through music videos and merchandise, and play a ton of shows in Orange County and Los Angeles.
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interview with Black Water Mountain
Have any of you played in other bands?
MD: Yeah, Mike Arnold and I started out as a heavy metal band back in the day, under the name “Lords of Love”. Later, we lightened up a bit and toured as “The Plainsmen”. The Plainsmen was more alternative rock. So, yeah, we’ve been around the block a few times.
JB: We’ve all been in other bands, but nothing as unique as this one.
How is it that you started playing music?
KH: I think we all have been playing from a very early age. When you grow up loving music, it’s a natural progression to want to play it. It’s a part of our lives and our psyche.
MA: Mike (Dirksen) and I have been playing and writing together since we were kids, ever since we first met.
MD: (laughing) That’s a funny story. We were teenagers, and I was hitting on his girlfriend. (laughs again) I didn’t know it was his girlfriend, I was at a dance and I started talking to this girl, and she was like, “My boyfriend is a musician, you guys should get together.” She introduced us, we hit it off immediately, and have been best friends ever since.
MA: Yeah, and she was gone the next year. Funny how things work out like that.
What are your names? / Who plays what?
Mike Arnold – Vocals, lead guitar; Mike Dirken – Bass; Justin Benson – Drums; Michael Gibson – Keyboards; and Kat Hoskins – violin, fiddle
Have you had other previous members? MD: Not in this band. Mike (Arnold) and I have had several different bands together before, but Black Water Mountain is completely different. We all got together and just gelled. It started with Mike and I and Justin, and the rest of the pieces (Kat and Michael) just fell into place.
Did you make music even when you were young?
MA: Oh, yeah. (laughing) Even as kids. Recording on a cassette tape deck. But those songs will remain locked away forever.
MD: It’s almost like Spinal Tap, in a way. You know, the part when they were interviewed, and they started singing “All the Way Home”…. But we’re not singing any of ours from back then.
Where are you from?
MA: Mike (Dirksen) and I grew in Topeka, Kansas.
JB: I’m from here in Houston, Texas
KH: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
MG: Snyder, Texas
What year did the band form?
MD: Really, Black Water Mountain formed in 2015, but there’s more history to it than just a short answer. This band has been formulated all our adult lives. Mike (Arnold) and I have been writing and playing for a long time, evolving into this music. It’s a result of years in the industry, touring, and the roller coaster, up and down experience that is the music business…
MA: We actually took a hiatus from music for a few years around 2005, and built custom choppers for a while. It was called DeCastro Choppers and we gained quite a bit of notoriety for the bikes we built. We were featured in Easy Rider magazine, and had a cover on Biker magazine.
MD: We travelled the circuit, going to the bike shows and rallies. It wasn’t much different than being on tour… lots of parties, lots of booze…
MA: and topless women (laughing). So, yeah, not much different. But you can’t shake what you are, and you can’t leave your first love for long, so here we are, back again.
What's your style of genre?
MD: I would call it Americana, but that is misunderstood too much nowadays. It’s a mixture of our roots, the songs and styles that originally inspired us.
MA: It’s a classic rock sound and vibe. We sound like The Rolling Stones, Faces, with a little of The Killers, T-Rexx, Lynyrd Skynyrd and AC/DC thrown in.
KH: It’s really high-energy, can’t-stop-moving, good old-fashioned Rock and Roll.
JB: It’s the “Rock and Roll Revival”.
What inspires you?
MA: Everything. (laughing) Ok, let me give you a better answer than that. The people we meet, the places we’ve been, the situations we’ve gotten ourselves into…
MD: …and out of… (laughing)
MA: Yeah. For example, “Wish You Were Here” is about our life on the road. If you listen to the lyrics, there are people and places that we sing about that made an impact in our lives over the years. “Wish You Were Here” is an homage to all the people we met and knew, and our way of saying, “we remember you. We haven’t forgotten. We ‘wish you were here’ now.”
How often and where do you rehearse?
MD: Typically, we rehearse two to three times a week as the band. We are always practicing and writing, every day. That’s one thing a lot of musicians don’t focus on enough. “Rehearsal” is just that. You rehearse. You practice at home. When you come together as a group, you rehearse what you’ve already practiced. You tighten it together, and work on the finer points, like playing off each other. It’s like acting.
MA: Yeah. You don’t learn your lines at a rehearsal. You practice them at home, and at rehearsal you work on the timing, the chemistry, blocking…. It’s the same in music.
How have you developed since you started with the music?
MA: We keep getting better (laughs). Seriously, we’ve evolved, gotten more mature in our songwriting.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that?
MA: We are always looking. We currently have several agents working for us, but we are always on the lookout for people to work with. Good people, who are motivated to work with you and have a passion for it, not only allows you to concentrate on the music, but it motivates you, as well.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that?
MD: Of course! Having a label backing you gives to access to a lot more than you can accomplish on your own.
MA: That being said, it’s not the same as it used to be. You do have to bring something to the table besides the music if you want an attractive deal. There is a lot you can do if you have the drive. For example, our album is already paid for. We recorded it at a well-known studio, had it produced, and then mastered at Bernie Grundman’s in Los Angeles, who is the king of mastering in the U.S. for the last 40 years. We are right now recording a video for “Wish You Were Here”. A record company is now a distribution outlet and touring support. Less money for them to recoup, and less risk, no we can negotiate a better deal with a label.
What made you decide to make this music?
MA: We went back to our roots. We wanted to write really good music that could stand the test of time and connect with people.
What are your songs about?
MD: Our lives and experiences. It’s always better when you write about what you know.
MA: Unlike a lot of bands and artists, we’re not out to make a political or social statement with our music. We write about the things we know. The things that can connect with anyone.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics?
MD: The lyrics are all Mike (Arnold). We’ve learned that it’s important that the person singing believes and feels what he or she is singing. You can be the best singer in the world, but unless you can connect to the lyrics, and connect that emotion to the audience, it won’t have the same impact as someone who does.
MA: The music is written by Mike (Dirksen) and I. We have been writing together for years, and connect musically together. I can come up with a riff or a progression, and we can just start playing it together, and it kind of just evolves itself. I think it works better in songwriting when you have two people who collaborate. The best songs, the most iconic songs, have usually been collaborations. Look at Lennon and McCartney.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? MD: Depends… Sometimes it starts with a riff or chord progression or musical idea, but sometimes Mike will start with a cool lyric line and then we write the song around it, to match the emotional tone of the theme.
Do you compose in a certain environment?
MA: Yeah. I mean, you can get inspiration from anywhere, at any time. There have even been times that an idea for a song has happened because of a mistake that happen in rehearsal (laughing). But the actual writing process, we usually like to sit down in our studio or someplace where there are no distractions.
MD: And the funny thing is, time suddenly disappears. It has no meaning when that happens. It can feel like five minutes, and you finish, look up, and it’s been hours.
JB: I love it when they bring in new songs. It starts as just jamming along with them, and then the music just takes you over, and it starts telling you what to play. Like it’s alive.
Have you done any covers live?
MD, MA, JB, KH: (all together) No! (all laughing)
MA: Not to take away anything from cover bands, but the world needs more original music. We’ve never played covers in our entire career.
MD: Music is emotion. A song is a story. Connecting your story to an audience is what an artist does, whether he is a musician, a writer, a painter, whatever.
What language do you sing in? MA: English
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? MD: We’ve played at open mic nights for a handful of people to festivals for hundreds or even thousands.
What ages are most of your concert attendants?
MA: All ages. I’ve seen 18 year olds dancing and going crazy, and 45 to 50 year olds, who grew up when classic rock was new, jamming away at our concerts
MD: I think that’s the unique thing about our music. Classic Rock has never left. People still love it. The most iconic and loved songs are still from that era. It was never a fad that would fade away over time. Everyone seems to be obsessed with trying to be sometime new and different in music today. So much so, that the artistry of music has been lost. People try to chase fads, or set new ones. But good music? That will never die.
MG: Plus, we are going back to our roots. There is something very real about it that gives it a good foundation.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? MA: We have a core set that consists of the songs off our upcoming album, but have other songs that either didn’t make onto this album or were written later that we mix in. It keeps every show fresh, both to us and the audience. You never know when you will hear a new song, even if you’ve seen us multiple times.
Do you have a regular place you play live often? KH: We have several regular places we play around Houston, where we live. When we go out of town, it’s always different, depending on the promoter and the booking agent.
What was your first gig like?
MD: As Black Water Mountain? Or ever? (laughing)
JB: Our first public performance as this band was at an open mic night here in Houston. We sent it up to play a handful of our songs, and ended up going long and playing a whole set.
What was your latest gig?
MD: That was last week (laughing). We got asked to play as a last minute thing by a local promoter that has seen us play. One week notice, no promotion to speak of… Still had a great show.
MA: We were offered two more shows at that venue from that gig.
Have you had to cancel a gig?
MD: Not as Black Water Mountain. Years ago, we had to cancel a show when we got into a serious accident on our way to the gig.
MA: And we had to cancel an entire tour once when Mike (Dirksen) decided to have a dispute with a table saw and sliced up his fret hand (laughing)
MD: We can laugh now, years later. But, at the time, I didn’t know if I would ever play again. Luckily, a hand specialist happened to be visiting at the hospital I was taken to, and performed the surgery. Months of therapy afterwards, and I was back playing again.
Where have you played live this year? MA: Oh, yeah. We are playing around locally and regional, in Texas right now.
Where do you plan to gig the coming year? MD: We are playing around locally and across Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma through May of 2016, then in June, we are doing a national tour ending up in California at the end of the month. Possibly another one later in the year.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? MA: Since we started playing out. We have T-shirts, of course, and stickers, like everyone else, but we also have beer mugs, shot glasses, and other stuff that people really like and that is more unusual.
Where can people buy your merchandise? MA: You can buy them at our shows, of course, or you can buy them on line from our website, www.blackwatermountain.com.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days?
MA: It is what it is. It’s the future and the industry has to accept and change with it to survive.
MG: I think the audio quality suffers, but a lot of people just don’t mind. If you’ve never heard it any other way, you can’t know the difference. There’s a whole generation that have never heard a vinyl record and have no idea of the sound difference.
MD: Right? Honestly, it’s all about technology and convenience. With smartphones and internet, it is far easier and quicker to download or stream your favorite song than it is to go to a record store and buy one… or even to wait to hear on the radio. It has its good and its bad points. You can have more instant access to the artists you like, but not as much exposure to new artists you may have never heard of before.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this?
MA: Complete shakeup! Record companies went from selling 50 million cd’s a week to less than 2 (million). Revenues plummet, royalties nose-dive, contracts with major labels become rare and turn into 360 deals because the record company has to make money and now demands a share of everything since they can’t stay afloat on album sales. Artists now give away their music for free or next to nothing and concentrate on merchandising and touring income to make money.
MD: And now Itunes, and companies like that are starting to fade, because everyone would rather stream for free than pay to download. Spotify and Iheart are booming even more now than before.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today?
MA: Older bands, for sure. They didn’t have videos, youtube, internet, and all the avenues we have now. They were artists and performers that put everything into the music and their performing. Nowadays, it’s more like reality TV shows. A lot of artists put more into their public persona than their music and it shows.
MD: No doubt. I remember growing up, everyone wanted to be a guitar player like Eddie Van Halen, or a bassist like Jack Bruce, or a singer like Robert Plant. Now, kids want to be like the Kardashians, or Jay-zee. People now are obsessed with image. As a result, the music isn’t the same.
What advice would you give other bands or artists?
MD: Find yourself. Be yourself. Don’t chase trends or fads. Write good music and never give up.
MA: With the internet and technology, there is nothing you can’t do. You don’t need to compromise yourself to be successful. And remember that it never happens overnight. You may have to play bars to 20 people for years before you get to the next level.
JB: We’ve all been there. And you don’t have to be The Rolling Stone to be successful. If you can make a decent living doing what you love, you are successful.
How do you get psyched for a gig? MA: Being on stage is its own psyche. It’s where we feel the most at home and comfortable. The connection you have with your audience is the best part of being a musician.
Do you have any new material? MA: Sure. We are always writing new material, refining it, seeing what works and what doesn’t.
What are your web sites? MD: our website: www.blackwatermountain.com, on facebook www.facebook.com/blackwatermountain. Of course, you can hear our music on itunes, spotify, iheart radio, applemusic, amazon, and most other outlets.
How can people reach you? MD: on our website, on our facebook page, or through twitter @BlackWaterMntn
What are your plans for the future? MD: Releasing our new album during the winter, doing the US tour in the summer, and keep going from there… We want to tour Europe next year, and then record the next album and tour again.
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Personliga frågor om bandet och deras medlemmar:
Har ni spelat i något tidigare band? Ja, både före, under och efter. Bl a Sacrifice, Dirty Passion, Supreme Majesty, My Dear Addiction, While Jimmie’s In Jail, The Dimestore Junkies, Unquiet Eden m fl.
Hur kommer de sig att ni började komma in på musikområdet? Vi älskar musik och har alla jobbat i musikbranschen på olika vis.
Vad heter ni?/ Vem spelar vad?/ Hur gamla är ni?
Johnny Sleaze, gitarr, 41
Joe Sleaze, trummor, 35
Chris Sleaze, sång och gitarr, 29
Andy Sleaze, bas, 38
Har ni haft tidigare medlemmar? Steven Sleaze, sång och gitarr, Kim Sleaze, bas och Joey Sleaze, bas.
Gjorde ni musik redan när ni var små? Japp. Men inte tillsammans.
Vart kommer ni ifrån? Hässleholm. Fast ingen av oss kommer egentligen från Hässleholm.
Vilket år startades bandet?2005.
Vad spelar ni för musik stil?Sleazy glam punk rock n’ roll.
Vad inspireras ni av?Livet.
Hur ofta repar ni? Aldrig.
Var repar ni?Ingenstans.
Använder ni öronproppar när ni uppträder? Nix. Det hände i början, men man hör ju inget då.
Hur har ni utvecklats sedan ni började med musiken?Förhoppningsvis till det bättre.
Har ni något annat intresse eller jobb utanför bandet och musiken? Ja, alla har jobb på andra håll, de flesta inom musikbranschen, och ingen har något intresse i bandet.
Söker ni bokningsbolag, vad har ni för tankar och krav runt det i så fall? Nix, eftersom vi inte har varit aktiva sedan januari 2012.
Söker ni skivbolag, vad har ni för tankar och krav runt det i så fall? Vi ligger på Vegna Music och är supernöjda med det.
Frågor om er musik och texter:
Hur kommer det sig att ni gör musik? För att det är skitkul.
Vad handlar era låtar om i det stora hela? Olika självupplevda händelser.
Vem skriver texterna? Alla har nog varit med att skriva texter, men oftast Chris, och innan han var det Steven.
Vem gör musiken? Alla. Ibland tillsammans, ibland var och en för sig.
När ni ska göra en låt börjar ni med musiken eller texten? Musiken.
I vilken miljö brukar ni göra era låtar? Där andan faller på.
Spelar ni bara egna låtar live eller även covers?
Vi har kastat in någon cover ibland. 2006 fanns det en Ramones-låt på setlistan, och 2007 och 2008 körde vi en Elton John-låt.
2011 och 2012 brukade vi bjuda upp kompisar från andra band och avsluta med någon cover, t ex av Slade, Hellacopters eller Chuck Berry.
Vilket språk sjunger ni på? Engelska.
Frågor angående era spelningar och liknande uppträdanden:
Hur många har kommit som minst på era konserter? Haha, ja, 20 pers kanske. Inklusive personalen.
Hur många har kommit som mest på era konserter? Runt 600. På festival-gig, t ex Sweden Rock, är det svårare att bedöma.
Hur har ni gjort eller tänker göra för att det ska komma mer publik på era gig? Vi skickar alltid affischer till arrangörerna, och ofta sätter vi upp affischer själva också. Försöker få till en intervju i lokaltidningen eller liknande.
Vilka åldersgrupper dras oftast till era konserter?Väldigt blandat. Från 5 till 65.
Spelar ni alltid samma låtar live eller varierar det? Vi har faktiskt aldrig spelat exakt samma setlista två gånger.
Har ni något stamställe där ni brukar spela? Nix.
Var var ert första gig? Förband till Hardcore Superstar på Club Metalic, Björksäter, Hässleholm.
Var var ert senaste gig? Three Shades Of Rock, Kulturhuset, Hässleholm. Chris och Johnny har gjort ett par akustiska gig som duo efter det.
Har ni behövt ställa in nåt gig nån gång? Ja. Vi skulle spela två Pink Floyd-låtar i en uppsättning av The Wall, men vi bestämde oss för att lägga bandet på is, så vi avbokade i väldigt god tid.
Vilka länder har ni spelat i? Sverige.
Frågor angående era merchandise:
När började ni sälja Merchandise? På första gigget, 1 april 2006.
Vad har ni för Merchandise prylar? Inga alls nu, eftersom vi inte är aktiva, men vi har haft bl a T-shirts, linne, mössor, pins, vykort, affischer, CD- och DVD-skivor.
Var kan man köpa er Merchandise? Ingenstans, allt är slutsålt.
Frågor om era åsikter:
Vad tycker ni om att man laddar ner mer musik än att köpa skivor nu för tiden? Så länge man betalar för musiken är det bra. Det är enklare och snabbare att köpa filer, men roligare att äga skivor.
Hur tycker och tror ni musikindustrin förändrats sedan de började laddas ner musik?Den illegala nedladdningen har lett till en total omstrukturering av musikindustrin, där framförallt streaming nu står för de största inkomsterna.
Föredrar ni nerladdad musik, kassettband, CD eller Vinyl? Allt har sin fördel. Nedladdad musik går fort att få tag på, CD är enkelt att ta med sig, vinyl är störst och därmed roligast. Tyvärr är det svårt att hitta någon fungerande kassettbandspelare, men det är klart charmigast.
Vad skulle ni göra om musiken inte fanns? Uppfinna den.
Vad tycker ni om vakternas jobb på era spelningar och sånt?Vakterna gör ett fantastiskt jobb.
De som sköter ljus och ljud, hur mycket har de hjälpt er egentligen om ni tänker efter?Behöver inte ens tänka efter; jättemycket! Vi har haft äran att få ha världens bästa crew i många år.
Vad tycker ni om mitt arbete? Grymt!
Vad har ni för förebilder eller idoler? Allt från Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard och Rolling Stones till Kiss, Ramones, Guns N´Roses, Backyard Babies, Foo Fighters och Michael Monroe.
Vad tycker ni om att det finns åldersgränser på vissa konserter? Åldergränser finns till för en anledning, men det är roligare om alla får komma.
Varför tror ni att det är det? Antingen serveras det alkohol, och då måste man vara minst 18 år. Eller är det hög ljudvolym (100 db) och då måste man vara över 13 år.
Är det lättare att hämta inspiration från äldre band än band som är aktiva idag?Nej, det finns fantastiska band idag också.
Vad har varit ert största hinder i musikindustrin? Lathet.
Vilka råd skulle du ge till andra band och artister? Kämpa, jobba, slit, tro på dig själv. Men förbered dig på att du kommer bli blåst.
Hur taggar ni upp inför en konsert? Klassisk gymnastikuppvärmning och primalskrik.
Nyheter och uppdatering:
Har ni nytt material på g? Nix.
Vad har ni för planer för framtiden? Inga.
Har ni något att till lägga? Stort tack till dig.
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interview with Sons of Providence
How is it that you started playing music? I believe my bandmates both really started just before becoming teenagers in grade school band; though, possibly younger. I started at 5 years old. We had a piano in my home and my parents also forced me into the church youth choir. For anyone that gives us a listen, I've obviously diverged from those church days.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Memphis Roarke (28) - Vocals, upright bass, piano, programming
Alex Bartnett (23) - Guitar, piano, programming
Zebulon Jessup (24) - Drums, percussion
Have you had other previous members? I've had one previous drummer and two previous guitarists; though the second, I think, ultimately became more of a stand-in while we searched for a more permanent member.
Did you make music even when you were young? Yes, as I stated, we all started relatively young. I think we all really started to get our hands dirty in the industry in high-school.
Where are you from? Sons of Providence is based in Phoenix, AZ, USA
What year did the band form? 2011
What's your style of genre? This has been hard to place ever since our inception. We really evolved from a gypsy punk/stoner metal mash-up to a more gothic/doom sound to our current sound which is really some mix of gothic, industrial, progressive metal. We essentially call our style Avant-Garde Metal, at this point, because we are always evolving in our sound.
What inspires you? Its a combination of personal feelings and experiences and my own world-views. It's certainly dark, but I think that's the way things really are if you aren't blind to the world around you. As far as the sound, our influences are all over the place and I think that comes through. I don't want us to sound like anybody else but I always don't want to force a sound. I feel that would ultimately come out unauthentic.
How often and where do you rehearse? Usually three to four times per week all together.
How have you developed since you started with the music? Aside from the sound progression as I mentioned a few questions back, I think our music has really matured and refined. And it will keep evolving. I think good art should. The final product might not always be what you wanted or even what you end up liking, but if you aren't trying to grow and to better your previous works... well how boring.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? We would love a booking agency! Booking is one of my least favourite parts of running this band. Its all a matter of finding an agent or agency that sees our potential and is willing to work with us as we continue to build and spread our name.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We aren't opposed to a label, but that is an area where we would likely be more cautious. Labels don't exactly have the best reputations for treating artists right. Some labels, especially smaller, are certainly better about truly nurturing and supporting their acts, but at the same time with the industry like it is these days, it's something that must thoroughly be examined.
What value does any particular label bring to the band? How will they help, how will they treat you? Anybody can run a label, slap it on your work, and take a cut of profits from what you've created, so it's really important for us to know the partnership is in all ways mutually beneficial and won't leave us screwed over at the end of it all.
What made you decide to make this music? For me, there is no other reason to get out of bed every day. To do anything. It's the only thing that makes life, momentarily, a little less miserable. Particularly being on stage. Maybe my head is screwed up or maybe my eyes are just too open, but that's essentially how I feel.
What are your songs about? A lot of it is personal. Struggles, depression, suicide. Pondering what truly comes after death. Then there is the other side of it which involve issues with politics, religion, humanity (or the all-too-often lack-of).
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? The lyrics I write. The music is an overall collective effort.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Each song is different. Sometimes I come up with partial lyrics or lyrics for an entire song and have at least the melody in my head. Sometimes we just openly jump and like something we stumble upon. Other times its a combination of simultaneously coming up with a riff and some lyrics.
Do you compose in a certain environment? We practice in the same space, always, but I don't think I would really say that's our creative environment. For me, my brain is always going. I come up with ideas in the most ridiculous places and times. I'm always rearranging our practice space, anyhow, because suddenly the set-up there bothers me.
Have you done any covers live? We covered "Astonishing Panorama of the End Times" by Marilyn Manson once. The song is a lot of fun to play and one of those kind of deeper cuts. We just got on to creating new music and recording our newest album immediately after that one show we played it, so we had our own fresh material to play and haven't really done it or any other cover again since.
What language do you sing in? English
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? Starting out, not counting the other bands and venue staff, I think 6? Haha. The biggest crowd we've played to so far was somewhere between 3,000- 3,500.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We definitely try to change up the sets. It depends on how we're feeling from show to show. It's important for us to be able to change things up so we don't get bored just as it is to change the show to keep return fans guessing and entertained.
Do you have a regular place you play live often? No.
What was your first gig like? The first gig ever was actually pretty good. A nice sized crowd and a decent stage. We were opening up for one of my friend's bands that was touring and already a bit bigger.
What was your latest gig? The latest gig was actually a big one for us. We were opening up for John 5 (formerly guitarist for Marilyn Manson, current guitarist for Rob Zombie) and Doyle (which featured members from The Misfits and Cancerslug).
Where have you played live this year? We've played all over just Arizona and California this year as we spent much of the year getting our new guitarist up to speed, writing new music, and recording the new album.
Where do you plan to gig the coming year? As many places as we can. We are actually routing a bit of a U.S. tour now.
When did you start to sell merchandise and what do you have for sale? We've had merchandise since show one in January of 2012. We have CD's, t-shirts, and stickers always. Currently, we also have some limited edition posters from a 2014 tour and a couple of busted-up autographed drum heads.
Where can people buy your merchandise? The best place, for those that can't currently catch us live, is here: https://sonsofprovidence.bandcamp.com/merch
What do you think of my work? I think it's great that you reach out to artist really trying to create something unique and make their way! It's probably harder now than it's ever been to make it in this business and people like you really help us out.
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? Hopefully, we reach some people that may never have discovered us. Fans and industry types alike. Even some other bands that we could fit with and work with down the road.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? We really pull inspiration from such a vast span of music. I don't know that there is any one generation that has influenced us more than another.
What have been your biggest obstacles? Just getting noticed. Getting people to care. To give us a chance and try something new.
What advice would you give other bands or artists?
Be something unique. Don't be another imitator. And just keep pushing. This business is extremely volatile and a constant struggle, but you've got to keep pushing. This world needs a new Renaissance. I've been homeless and relied heavily on the kindness of strangers and those who saw how passionate I am a few times over the years, just so I could keep the music going.
How do you get psyched for a gig?
I really don't even think about it. The stage is my favourite place to be; especially when the sound is on-point and the crowd is feeling what we're doing.
Do you have any new material?
We do! We just put out a new mini-LP called "A Conscious End To Suffering" just a few weeks ago! I say "mini" because it's six songs; but it's also 40 minutes long. And we're already working on the next album, which I am planning to make eighteen tracks or more.
That new album is available to order or download here: https://sonsofprovidence.bandcamp.com/album/a-conscious-end-to-suffering
What are your web sites?
How can people reach you?
It depends on what you need to reach us for. There are various emails here: http://www.sonsofprovidence.com/contact-us.html
Or you can always reach out to us on Facebook.
What are your plans for the future? More new music, new albums, hopefully some new music videos, and lots of ever expanding touring.
Do you have something to add? Thanks, again, for finding us and giving us the time of day! Let us know what you think about Sons of Providence. Love us, hate us, or anywhere in-between. Share us with your friends and your enemies!
Sons of Providence - Conquest of the Prodigal Son
interview with Stinking Lizaveta
Have any of you played in other bands? Yes a bunch.
How is it that you started playing music? I wanted to play piano to accompany myself learning songs for musical theater. Also my gramma had wonderful rough hands and would rub my back. I feel like she gave me a sense of the body as three dimensional kind of rhythmic sculpture. The guys grew up near DC and attended many punk shows when DC was a happening scene.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? Alexi Papadopoulos, upright electric bass. Yanni Papadopoulos, guitar. Cheshire Agusta drums
Have you had other previous members? Nope
Did you make music even when you were young? Yes.
Where are you from? The guys are from Maryland outside of DC. I'm from West Virginia.
What year did the band form? 1993
What's your style of genre? We don't know. We leave that to the listener. Other people have called it many things most hysterically, doom jazz.
What inspires you? Doing the work.
How often and where do you reherse? Our rehearsal schedule has undergone many permutations. Yanni and his wife have two very young kids in their household now. Life and babysitting sometimes take the place of band practice, but we get our licks in. I have a studio in the basement of my house. We have had many practice spaces over the years.
How have you developed since you started with the music? We are all twenty plus years older. There are songs we wrote ten years ago that I can't play anymore not because I don't remember them but because I just don't play that way any more. The drum parts just don't sit in my body the same way. But I think essentially we are still chewing on the same ideas. Hard to say whether we've gotten better at expressing those ideas or not.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Alexi owns a coffee shop with his wonderful wife Wendy. Yanni and I both teach.
What made you decide to make this music? I was the craziest thing in my band and Yanni was the craziest thing in his band, so he poached me to make our band. Then we needed a bass play so he poached his younger brother.
What are your songs about? We like to leave meaning up to the listener. Ain't no lyrics. Stories without words. We like to take listeners on a journey of their own devising.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? We all write.
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? I think Yanni sits in a room alone with a metronome and a guitar. Alexi writes on the bass and on the guitar and sometimes plugs everything into Logic including drums. I sometimes write at the drum set. While playing I imagine bass lines. Sometimes I write on bass guitar. Sometimes melodies come with the rhythms of walking or running or daily life. I will also plug everything in to logic and sketch out guitar parts and whatnot. Then when we are together we bang on the material and fight about it until it seems right. Songs continue to develop on the road and in the rehearsal room sometimes for years.
Have you done any covers live? Yes. The Obsessed. Hendrix. Michael Jackson. Cream. Funkadelic, Dylan, Motorhead to name a few.
What ages are most of your concert attendants? All ages
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? Vary.
Do you have a regular place you play live often? Philly.
What was your first gig like? Our first gig was canceled because of flyer wars in downtown Philly. As we were driving up, we saw cops surrounding the venue, split the scene and gave a show in our practice space. Then we went to DC and played in the old 930 club. We wanted to get on the road anyway.
What was your latest gig? New Orleans, Louisiana with Mea Culpa, Eat the Witch and Sunrise Sunset
Have you had to cancel a gig? Yes we had to cancel the same tour two years in a row due to serious injuries. It sucked balls.
Where have you played live this year? New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Knoxville, Atlanta, Richmond, Norfolk, Pensacola FL, Winter Park FL, Columbia SC, NOLA, Houston TX, Austin TX...um....a bunch a US places is where.
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? Regional stuff around Philly and Europe in April of 2016.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? In the beginning we had cassette tapes with a picture of a drowning clock on them. Now we have 7 full length releases and countless singles and split singles and compilations and side project CDs and t shirts, sometimes hoodies and patches and pins and stickers and posters n junk. 8th full length to be released ASAP.
Where can people buy your merchandise? www.stinkinglizaveta.com but beware, 7th Direction vinyl is sold out. You may also be able to order from At a Loss Recording or Translation Loss in US and Exile On Mainstream in EU or even possibly Monotreme Records in UK.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? The industry is in transition. All publishing industries are in transition from factory, paper and plastic and pressing and trucking to a new delivery system. No one yet knows how it's going to turn out and I've never heard anybody say anything even remotely intelligent about it, apart from this guy, Stephen Witt in his book, How Music Got Free.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? What do you think of my work? Nice FB page. It's lovely of you to do this.
Do you have any role models or idols? Dig this. I AM a role model. On a less snarky note: At this stage of my life I feel like I'm my own role model, but I get life and learning from others every day, from my students, from colleagues, from my dear husband and family which includes my band mates. When I think of idols I think of longing to be someone besides myself. I'm into being myself.
Why do you think that they exist? I'm not prepared to get into the weeds of my views on the nature of being just now. Listen to our music. Our music says a lot about the nature of being and with way fewer words.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Some bands can tell you what not to do. Some can tell you what might be good to do. I don't get inspiration from other bands necessarily. I listen to all kinds of music. Truth be told I don't look for inspiration. When I work stuff happens. When I don't stuff doesn't.
What have been your biggest obstacles? Biggest personal obstacles? Biggest obstacles to the band as a business? Biggest obstacles to remaining a band? Confronting my own capabilities and limitations. The band is a success, but the industry could use a lot more imagination and has played a very big part in destroying local culture which has sucked the money up and away. All bands haveshit.
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Make the call. Don't sit around waiting for the call to be returned. Make the second call, but don't be a pest. Play gigs. They lead to other gigs. Sign your own checks. Don't sell yourself short. Learn to play your instrument. Be yourself. And for my sake, take the whining and/or the vomit vocals home to your mom. She might care.
How do you get psyched for a gig? Drink no more than one cup of coffee the morning of the show. Do yoga, warm up the hands with sticks and pad, and don't drink alcohol until after the show. All of us pretty much stick to that program although Yanni warms up his hands on the guitar. Alexi....not sure if he does instrument warm up. I don't think so.
Do you have any new material? Yep. We just finished recording our 8th album down in NOLA.
What are your web sites? www.stinkinglizaveta.com but we don't use it much anymore. We use the Facebook to communicate and announce shows and so forth
How can people reach you? the FB
What are your plans for the future? Put out the 8th album. Tour EU. Keep making music as long as we continue to have something to say to each other.
Do you have something to add? Nope, but thanks for asking.