interview with Mona Borland

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Have any of you played in other bands? The three of us have played in bands with each other off and on for the last ten years or so. 
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Cody Casillas - Guitar/Vocals - 27 years old. 
Billy Gosse - Drums - 26 years old. 
Matt Malik - Vocals - 29 years old. 
Have you had other previous members? We have had a previous bass player, currently looking for a new permanent member. 
Did you make music even when you were young? In many ways, school bands and goofing around, but didn't really focus it into a band until around 15 or 16 years of age. 
Where are you from? Dallas, TX. 
What year did the band form? Officially, 2016. 
What's your style of genre? We like to call it groovy metal, but we combine different genres like metal, rock, hardcore, even pop and punk influences. 
What inspires you? Individuality. 
How often and where do you reherse? Once a week together at a rental place in Dallas. 
How have you developed since you started with the music? We like to think we've pushed our own boundaries and comfort zones in different ways. 
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? We have hobbies and other things we enjoy, sure, but we can all say that music is the main focus we share. 
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Also not actively. Just would have to be a situation that made perfect sense. We prefer staying DIY currently. 
What made you decide to make this music? It's a music in which we all feel like we can be creative and expressive. 
What are your songs about? Most songs deal with social interactions, outlooks, and dealing with various things all humans think and feel. We just want to make something that connects with people. 
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Cody writes guitar parts and basic song skeletons, we all help with arrangements, I (Matt) write most of the lyrics. 
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Both separately, actually. I always keep writing lyrics and cody is always writing songs and song parts. We just find which work best together. 
 
Have you done any covers live? We have played a Nirvana cover twice live. It was "Breed."
What language do you sing in? English
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? Depends on which songs we feel will perform best at that given time.
What was your first gig like? It was great! We opened for a great band called Moon Tooth. 
What was your latest gig? We played Ft Worth with some rad friends in rad bands. 
Have you had to cancel a gig? We have had to cancel one, but it takes a whole lot for us to drop a show. As a rule, we make it a point to avoid dropping at all costs. 
Where have you played live this year? This year, Texas and Arkansas 
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? Hopefully maintain a nice rotation of Texas and other nearby areas. 
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? Last fall we started selling merch, we presently have tee shirts for sale, but have plans for tons of things such as koozies, stickers, hats, and more!
Where can people buy your merchandise? Any show or on our bandcamp page. 
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? Different strokes for different folks. To each their own. Physical copies with the artwork is cool, but we totally get just streaming. 
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? Well, the music industry itself is a totally different animal than it was 10-15 years ago in so many ways. I don't know if downloading records necessarily affects the music itself, but there may be a subconscious intention on making the songs great and the album itself great all around and maybe not focusing as much on a complete record as a product. 
What do you think of my work? I think it's absolutely fantastic to shine a light on bands who are just itching to get recognition for their art. Great work!
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? I think that allowing bands to explain their ideas and influences helps the listeners to sort of get an idea of what the band is about. It also allows the band to get a little attention, which is always a good thing for up-and-comers. 
Do you have any role models or idols? As a band, we look up to bands like He Is Legend, Norma Jean, Underoath, just bands that push the boundaries of what is "expected" of their genre. We love the notion of being outside the box in as many ways as possible. 
Why do you think that they exist? Everyone needs someone or something to turn them on to ideas and methods that inspire them. 
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Personally, we recognize the greatness and impact of older bands, bands who have paved the way and hope to learn as much as we can from them. We also recognize that there is a lot to learn from current bands, so it's sort of a happy mix of both. 
What have been your biggest obstacles? Finances, time. 
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Be yourself, play what you want to hear. Be professional and courteous to everybody. We all make music because we have dreams. 
How do you get psyched for a gig? Usually rap music. 
Do you have any new material? We are currently recording our newest EP that will be out around mid-June. 
What are your web sites? Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Bandcamp. 
How can people reach you? Any way they'd like to!
What are your plans for the future? Immediate plans, get this new music to as many people as possible. Long term plans, get our music to as many people as possible. 
Do you have something to add? Just need to add our new music to as many peoples' playlists as we can. 
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