interview with Flashpointband

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Have any of you played in other bands? We've all played in other bands, some of us are currently in other bands and we even sit in, occasionally, with other bands.

How is it that you started playing music? Most of us were in musical lulls and after time spent talking about starting a new project, it eventually happen.

What are your names? / Who plays what? 

Tim Deschaine/ lead & rhythm guitar, vocals

Josh Gilbert/ lead & rhythm guitar

Joshua Naval/ bass

Ammon Olhson/ drums 

Have you had other previous members? Originally we had a different drummer, but shortly after we started booking shows, he was called away.

Did you make music even when you were young? We've all been playing for a very long time. Tim has been singing in front of audiences since he was 4.

Where are you from?Tim is originally from Los Angeles, CA, but we all live around Augusta, KS

What year did the band form? 2014

What's your style of genre? We don't like to limit ourselves to styles, but if we had to put a label on it, Alternative Rock

What inspires you? Life and people who live for what they love

How often and where do you rehearse? Usually once or twice a week

How have you developed since you started with the music? We've learned what makes each other tick and have learned to be ourselves and embrace it.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? For the most part, we're all blue collar boys, except Joshua,, who is a full time student.

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? We do our own booking, for now. Our team is family.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We're still getting our feet wet and heading to record our first album soon. When it is finished we'll make that decision.

What made you decide to make this music? It's not really a decision. We just make what comes natural.

What are your songs about? Life, love, choices, heartbreak, healing, really anything and everything.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Tim does most of the writing of the lyrics. Josh has written some, but we all bounce ideas about the composition.

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? We've done it both ways.

Do you compose in a certain environment? Usually, we compose at home and bring our ideas to practice

Have you done any covers live? We like to play other bands songs. It's a good way to break the ice with new audiences.

What language do you sing in? English

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? We've played for as little as 4 people and crowds into the hundreds. Still working our way up.

What ages are most of your concert attendants? Most venues we play are 21+, but we've been known to play for kids too.

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We definitely like to change it up. Shows get boring if you don't.

Do you have a regular place you play live often? Not really. We move around a lot. Fortunately, there's no shortage of venues here.

What was your first gig like? It was a wedding playing covers. We were still a very new formed band at the time, so  we were a bit rough. The wedding party was still happy. That's all that mattered.

What was your latest gig? Funny, another wedding. This time we brought our 'A' game and rocked the house!

Have you had to cancel a gig? Never. We've even played super sick. Paid for it the next day.

Where have you played live this year? Mainly venues in the Wichita, KS area.

Where do you plan to gig the coming year?Anywhere they'll let us play.

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We actually just got our first batch of stickers and buttons. Haven't had a chance to sell ant yet.

Where can people buy your merchandise? As of right now, it'll be at our shows. Still working on getting design ideas and such.

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? We personally really like having product in hand, but people like to download singles. To each their own.

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? It's really made musicians have to think more about what they love.

What do you think of my work? Anyone who promotes music and bands is a friend in our book Robex!

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? By exposing Flashpoint to new ears. Bringing to the attention of people we can't reach.

Do you have any role models or idols? There are so many. We listen to all styles of music and school ourselves with it all.

Why do you think that they exist? Hard work, the ability to adjust to the times and never giving up on their dreams.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? We are open to be inspired by old and new.

What have been your biggest obstacles? Not enough hours in the day and not being able to perform everyday.

How do you get psyched for a gig? We're usually over psyched and have to calm down before a show. No psych needed.

Do you have any new material? We're getting ready to record our first album as 'Flashpoint" in May, called "Through Blue Eyes". So keep your ears open.

What are your web sites?

How can people reach you? and through Facebook

What are your plans for the future? Keep rocking for as long as we are able.

Do you have something to add? Thank you Robex for showing interest in Flashpoint and giving us the opportunity to be seen by a new audience.

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