interview with Troll Teeth

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Have any of you played in other bands? We were Sluagh until we had to change our name (Someone trademarked it out from under us) so now we're Troll Teeth. Frank and Kyle have been in a band called Obey the Ooze, and Kyle is still the drummer in another band called B1nary Cur10us.

How is it that you started playing music? Well, I started our original line up because I was looking for something to do and we just kept evolving in style and members until we reached this point

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? Kyle on Drums, Frank on Guitar, Jim on Bass and vocals. All in our mid-20s

Have you had other previous members? Too many to count. I've thought that having 2 guitars or maybe a keyboard player would be cool but in the early lineup, the 3 original members all played multiple instruments so when we were hovering around 4 or 5 people but only 3 people show up, we just cut the dead weight. It's just easier to be a 3 piece.

Did you make music even when you were young? We're all lifer musicians so yes

Where are you from? New Jersey

What year did the band form? 2012

What's your style of genre? Doom Metal

What inspires you? I just try to avoid doing what other metals bands do. So many bands in our genre write songs about witches or magic. I want to be more thoughtful with lyrics and find symbolism or metaphors in things you wouldn't normally find them.

How often and where do you reherse? Once a week out of a storage bin. It's a bunch of bands that rent this storage space so it's a tight fit but convenient location.

How have you developed since you started with the music? The song structure becomes more complex because the members develop a chemistry not just with timing but in how to build songs.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Yes, we all have different lives and music is only a small part of it. It's one of the many reasons why it takes so long to record.

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Well currently I do all the shows and I'm very picky because I'm very particular with who we play with. A lot of bands are pretty cool but some are very flaky or unprofessional so I try to find bands that won't screw us by not showing up or just destroying the set or something. 

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Eh, it be convenient but with our level of success, it's better to be independent.

What made you decide to make this music? Our original guitarist Ben. He really has this like big catalog of styles and riffs and his leads just fit a loose but heavy style of playing. It's also a versatile genre. The name metal might scare some people off but when they hear the rhythm and riffs they open up a bit and can get into it.

What are your songs about? They pretty much all have positive meanings in the 1st album. We're going to record a 2nd album this year and the 2nd album is going to be a whole lot more dark. Not outright negative but dark.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? I do all the lyrics and I do the arrangements because I have to sing. So someone else might come up with a riff or song idea but I have to fudge things around so I'm not trying to sing and play an impossible part at the same time.

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Always the music. My philosophy is if you have a good song, good lyrics can make it a great song. If you have good lyrics and put average music behind it, you're going to get a band song. Always start with good riffs and a good foundation to build lyrics up from.

Do you compose in a certain inviroment? Well the songs are always as a group, the lyrics are a lonely part of making a song. I have a notebook I put ideas in but I honestly hate writing lyrics because it is an uncomfortable process.

Have you done any covers live? No, it literally is impossible to do because I'm too stupid to do covers. I can figure out a riff but to sit down an learn a whole song is stupid to me. It's easier to make a whole new song.

What language do you sing in? English but I can do some songs in spanish. In a spanish class in college I got extra credit for composing a song in spanish.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? 1. We had a few shows were only 1 person showed up. But that was very early on.

What ages are most of your concert attendants? 25+

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We can play what ever we want but we have a flexible set list but stick to 7 or 8 songs.

Do you have a regular place you play live often? It used to be the Boneyard in Atlantic City, but the booking people there changed so we play where ever. We also moves so we're closer to Philadelphia now.

What was your first gig like? Well it was a weird show because we got added late. Some band called Salted was coming up from Texas and the 3 other bands dropped off. We went up, jammed, I dove into the drum set and broke my drummer's foot while ripping my pants as well. It was a fun time.

What was your latest gig? In a Firehall. It was fun. We played with Reckless X and KMX. KMX is a blast because they're hilarious. Really relaxed atmosphere.

Have you had to cancel a gig? We were going to tour Canada for a 2nd time but our guitarist never got his passport in time so we had to cancel. That's the only time we had to do it.

Where have you played live this year? New Jersey and soon Philly. We might add to the list. It's ever changing.

Where do you plan to gig the comming year? Everywhere. The moon? who knows. Life is unpredictable.

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We have CDs for sale on our bandcamp page (trollteeth.bandcamp.com) and we're running a booster campaign to sell Tshirts for our 2nd album (https://www.booster.com/troll-teeths-2nd-album) that ends May 31st. We're getting more stickers sometime soon. So, we're getting there.
Where can people buy your merchandise?
On our bandcamp, but if you go to facebook, twitter, instragam, we have all the links there

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? I don't care. If you like the music, listen. Just show up to the shows. When you're a low level band like us, we make money from live shows. So please just show up to shows.

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? It's less monopolized. More bands and artists are independent so people can directly support who they like rather than going through a middleman.

What do you think of my work? You're doing God's work, keep it up.

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? Hopefully we can grap the attention of some folks and they dig us enough to say, "yea, I'll support these guys." It's a win-win if they do. They get stuff that brings them joy and we get to do what we love to do.

Do you have any role models or idols? I try to avoid idolizing people. Never meet your heroes type situation where I know people are humans and can err. I like what some people do and it leads me down certain paths but within reason.

Why do you think that they exist? Well they think, therefore they are.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Older. Bands like November, an old Swedish band, I think a lot of what did was crazy. Black Sabbath, Jimi Hendricks, Pentagram, etc. They didn't over think stuff. Just jam.

What have been your biggest obstacles? Balancing life with music.

What advice would you give other bands or artists? Don't rush things. I know plenty of bands who try and play shows before they have a set or a full line up. Take your time, make good music, when you're ready, then you can play shows.

How do you get psyched for a gig? It's usually a pretty relaxed environment, our shows aren't much different than our practices. We joke around, we play, and just have a fun time.

Do you have any new material? 2 new full songs, 6 skeleton songs that will be filled out for the 2nd album.

What are your web sites?

facebook.com/trollteeth / soundcloud.com/trollteeth trollteeth.bandcamp.com @trollteeth on twitter @troll_teeth on instagram https://www.youtube.com/user/NoSexAppealBand

How can people reach you? Social media

What are your plans for the future? The future is a mystery, the past is history, today is a gift, that's why they call it the present.

Do you have something to add? Don't sexually assault people. Don't pass dumb laws. Lower property taxes. Just let people live their lives. 

interview with Reserve de Marche

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What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? Alexander "Lex" Alekseev plays guitar, he is also the founder of the band and the main inspiration behind the music. Konstantin Shtirlitz plays drums and Nikita Kharitonov plays bass.
Have any of you played in other bands? Lex played in several bands of different styles varied from hard rock to ska punk before creating Reserve de Marche, Konstantin has another band Human Factor and also currently is session drummer for symphonic progressive project Lost world band from New York and Nikita played in melodic death metal band Deviant Syndrome.
How is it that you started playing music? It just happened, at some time you just realize that you have to do it, be it good company of friends and acoustic guitar, new fancy application that allows you arrange music by yourself or some record that struck you.
Have you had other previous members? There were another drummer and bassist in the band. Dmitry Pomogaev played drums for the first two albums, Andrey Bagdasarov played bass for the first record.
Where are you from? We all live in Moscow, Russia.
What year did the band form? Band started in late 2009.
What's your style of genre? We try to make music that is heavy and melodic. Some credit it as post rock or post metal.
What inspires you? This band started with Russian Circles, really. Once Lex came across this band from Chicago and then the idea of Reserve de Marche began to crystallize. We all come from different musical backgrounds, so it is really every rock and pop, jazz and punk from the 60s till now.
How have you developed since you started with the music? It is always some technical geeky stuff that develops our style. When we started playing the drummer would listen to the the distinct and loud loop, to lock up in the rhythm. Now we use midi tempo generator, so the loops can really start and finish anywhere.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? We all work to earn our living, but when we have an opportunity we try to keep work close to music. Lex has small amp tubes shop and is designing his own cables for pedal boards, compact and cheap. Konstantin is giving drum lessons. Nikita is the black sheep of the family in that way, cause he mainly focuses on his office work apart from playing.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Most of the time we play in the clubs and we have many of them in Moscow and across the country, we usually work directly with them. Booking agency is good when you are traveling long time and many places. Our tours usually contain just a couple of concerts, so we do it by ourselves.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? As long as we don't have any label contract, we always look to share and promote our music by any means. Especially with the third album coming up, we try to find someone to promote our music from industry point of view.
What are your songs about? We don't sing, so we can only express the stories behind the music in names of the tracks and albums. The first record is sort of retrospective for those 20 years that Lex was playing music before Reserve de Marche. Our second record is somewhat inspired by Neil Gaiman's American Gods, so we look inside Ancient Greek drama and how it will develop in the modern world.
Do you compose in a certain environment? We have our place, where we gather all our ideas and jam around them for some time to find the sound. It is usually Lex, who comes up with the riff or even the whole piece on guitar.
Have you done any covers live? We play Harper Lewis by Russian Circles. Our drummer has even its own drum cover for the song.
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? It is really hard to count when you play festivals and club gigs. It can vary from 30 people to thousand or so, depends on the stage and the venue.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We usually have some of them going in and out and have 3 or 4 that contain every set.
Do you have a regular place you play live often? The was a club in Moscow and the festival held by its owners that we used to play many times, but now we don't have our favorite place. We just go wherever people invite us to play.
What was your first gig like? First Reserve de Marche live action was on Lex's birthday and it was nice and cosy show for friends mostly.
What was your latest gig? We just ended a small tour, that involved capitals of Belarus and Ukraine as well as two other cities in Russia.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We have very little to offer right now, as we are in the middle of working on our third album and haven't got our hands to it yet. It is usually T-shirts, CDs and patches and we also plan some other small things to introduce.
Where can people buy your merchandise? We sell what we have during live shows, and we also have our site, social networks and Bandcamp page where you can get merchandise.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? It is simple and cheap (even if you buy digital copy), and it is the way how the world of music works right now. We are finding our way in it. There is always someone who wants a hard copy just for the memory. So it not a decline or rise, it just a change that we all adapt to. 
What do you think of my work? Now a days, when you have hundreds of bands that write in each and every distinct small genre, it is easy to get lost. You won't know of a great band until someone tells you about it, so those communities, webzines and musical experts and lovers who just have their own blogs, they all are like lighthouses in this immense sea of new music that is being produced every day.
Do you have any role models or idols? Why do you think that they exist? We don't think of models and we don't want to remix anyone's path in music. We just like what we do and try to make it as good as we can. We share some notable figures that we all like, say Ozzy Osbourne, but none of us wanted to go Ozzy's road.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? We listen to anything really, recently we came to really like Australian band sleepmakeswaves, they are really something. And it always something from 70s and 80s that you have in the arrangements. When we are talking about the track we can exchange in a manner like "do you remember that Deep Purple song, I think we can do something similar here" and so on.
What are the biggest obstacles? What advice would you give other bands or artists? When you don't have sponsor's money or record deal, it is easy to give up, because nothing happens. But you should always remember that, first of all, it is you who needs this. And you can always find the way to do it better, and you should do it.
Do you have any new material? We wrote eight tracks for the third album and already made first arrangements for the new one.
What are your web sites?
http://reservedemarcheband.com/ is our official site on English. We also have our pages on Bandcamp, Facebook, VK (on Russian), YouTube.
How can people reach you? Just like you did. Anyone who writes us will get our reply. And we are always glad to talk after the gigs, when we have time to.
What are your plans for the future? We are finishing mixing of the third album and plan to release it later this year. And we always work on new tracks, so it is an ongoing process. Short and simple, we want to write new music and perform it live.
Do you have something to add? Stay heavy, play and like music as we do, cheers! And something special for you personally, check your mailbox, we hope you'll get a little present from us.
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