interview with Con Etiquette

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What are your names? / Who plays what?
Antonino Lappostato - Guitar & Lead Vocals
Vin Testani - Guitar & Vocals
Johnny Wae - Bass Guitar
Wes Kempton - Drums
Where are you from?
JW: The band is from New Haven, Connecticut but we all live in
different places spread throughout Connecticut.
What year did the band form? 2014.
What inspires you?
AL: Life, death and everything in between.
JW: Super dope music and Bill Belichick.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band?
AL: No.
JW: I also produce hip hop music.
What are your songs about? AL: There's not really a theme that we stick to but what seems to be a
trend is when something of importance affects my life, I tend to write about that.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? AL: Composing starts with one of us bringing a concept to rehearsal and working on it as a whole and improvising on it. I also write the lyrics.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? AL: There's not a specific formula I use for writing music. Sometimes it starts with the music followed by a melody and the lyrics, sometimes it starts with lyrics etc.
Do you compose in a certain environment? AL:The process is very spontaneous, it's usually not consistent with one setting. Sometimes a song starts drinking a cup of coffee, on a long drive or just when I'm about to fall asleep.
Where can people buy your merchandise?
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? JW: Instant streaming and downloading music is super useful for artists to get their music out to people. However, buying an artists physical record is always the best way to support their music. So much work goes into the final product for it to be reduced to compressed mp3 file. Buy music and enjoy the art!
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? JW: I think it's easier to get your music out there but it's also harder to become noticed because there are so many artists doing their thing.
What do you think of my work? AL: I think your work is rad, you're connecting with a lot of bands and exposing them to a larger audience , which I think is great for the music community.
Do you have any role models or idols?
JW: Bill Belichick.
AL: Some of the songwriters that I've always looked up to, and have
helped pave the path for my music are Jesse Lacey of Brand New, Andy
Hull of Manchester Orchestra, Anthony Green of Circa Survive, Claudio
Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria and Anthony Raneri of Bayside
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today?
AL: For myself, I find that I'm still stuck in the early 2000's, so I
find myself listening to a lot of those same bands still. Nostalgia is
the new trend now right?
JW: I also listen to a lot of older music whether it be Hip Hop or
Punk/Hardcore from the 80's and 90's. I love a lot of new music but I
seem to lean towards older stuff.
What advice would you give other bands or artists?
AL: Keep rocking, keep grinding.
JW: Do your job.
How do you get psyched for a gig?
AL: Drink coffee, get stoned, jumping jacks, drink water. Rinse and repeat.
JW: Exercising and rehearsal. Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance.
Do you have any new material? AL: We're constantly working on new material. Stay tuned.
What are your web sites?
instagram - Con_Etiquette
twitter - ConEtiquette_CT
How can people reach you?
What are your plans for the future?
AL: Keep making music and keep playing shows.
JW: Say word.
Do you have something to add?
AL: Thanks for taking time out of your day to chat with us.
JW: Yes! Thank you, Robex! Keep doing what your doing for us
We need more people that are dedicated like yourself!
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