interview with Dear Darla

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Have any of you played in other bands? Yes. We all are in other bands right now.  Tuesday Atlas and Kill Le Kill.
How is it that you started playing music? Dakota and I had met through a mutual friend, and we decided to meet up.  Wrote our first song the first night we got together.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? Kirk Keener/Bass and Vocals/26 Dakota Boggs/Guitar and Vocals/22, and Tyler Sisco/22.
Have you had other previous members? Yes. We’ve had 3 previous drummers before we found Sisco.
Did you make music even when you were young? I started writing songs on guitar when I was around 14 years old.  But I remember making up song lyrics at a very young age.
Where are you from? We’re all from small towns near Fort Wayne, Indiana.
What year did the band form? November of 2014
What's your style of genre? Some may say Hardcore-punk, or melodic post punk. Basically, we’re just a punk band.
What inspires you? Lots of things.  Other musicians, bands we look up to. Friends who also play music.
How often and where do you reherse? Not often enough.  We try at least once a week when we’re more active.  Not so much now that we’re getting ready to release our EP.
How have you developed since you started with the music? When Dakota and I first started playing, it was really grungy/heavy punk sounding music.  Now its a lot more melodic, but still pretty heavy in most parts.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? I put out a podcast called Midwest Music Mondays, where I interview DIY/Independent bands.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Not really. I like the idea of being a DIY band, and we’re done pretty well with booking our own shows and tours.  Some days it would be nice to not have to worry about it.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We were wanting to find label support on our upcoming EP.  We haven’t really officially announced it yet, but we just signed with a small label called Stay Punk Records
What made you decide to make this music? I’ve always been into heavier music, and I’m not much of a singer but I really enjoy yelling.  
What are your songs about? Anything from relationships to stuff you see in the news that really pisses you off.  We have a song called “Holiday Cup” and its my reaction to a youtube video where a pastor was angry about the red Starbucks cup for the holiday season.
Another song we have is called “Coloring Books & Crayons.” I wrote the lyrics after there was a shooting at an elementary school. 
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? I write the lyrics, and we usually base the song around a riff that Dakota has, or something we’ve been jamming.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? I’m constantly writing lyrics.  So if we have music we’ve been working on, I’ll just trying to fit something in that I think will work.
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? It’s usually just our practice space.  But, recently we set up in a living room.  And wrote a couple new songs.  And that felt nice.
Have you done any covers live? Not really anymore.  But we’ve done “Rape Me” by Nirvana, “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis, and the intro song from SLC Punk, “Sex and Violence” by The Exploited.
What language do you sing in? We yell in english.
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? We’re played to 5 people and we’ve played to 300 people.
What ages are most of your concert attendants? Usually we play a lot of 21+ venues.  Anywhere from ages 21-40.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? Usually the same set list with a couple songs we rotate in and out.
Do you have a regular place you play live often? Skeletunes Lounge in Fort Wayne, IN.
What was your first gig like? Exciting.  We had a decent crowd, and good feedback.
What was your latest gig? We played a strip down set as a 2 piece in a basement.
Have you had to cancel a gig? Unfortunately yes, we’ve had to cancel quite a few recently due to health issues. 
Where have you played live this year? Mostly local shows, with a few regional shows.
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? We have a festival coming up in August called BARNFEST in Missouri.  Possible East Coast or south tour for 2018.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We started selling merch after a playing a few shows out of town.  We have T-shirts, patches, buttons, stickers, koozies, and cassettes.
Where can people buy your merchandise? We have a Big Cartel website that needs updated. LOL. 
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? Personally, I love physical copies of records.  But I also stream and download.  Its fast and easy, I just hope people enjoy our music.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? It’s made it easier for people to acquire music.
What do you think of my work? You ask great, fun questions.
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? I guess I hope that others will see and it and check us out! 
Do you have any role models or idols? Josh Scogin.  I love anything he puts out.  I also look up to a lot of my friends.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? I’d say bands that are more active today. Especially bands that we’re friends with.
What have been your biggest obstacles? Time.  We all have families and significant others and work.  We have lives outside of music, but we still find time to make music and tour because it makes us happy.
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Tour as much as you can while you’re young.
Do you have any new material? We have a couple new songs in the works.  We have a new EP coming out soon, that has songs that only people who have seen us live has heard.
What are your web sites? www.deardarlapunk.bandcamp.com
How can people reach you? deardarlapunk@aol.com or Facebook.
What are your plans for the future? Releasing this EP, touring, festivals, and writing a new album.
Do you have something to add? Stay alert for our EP coming out on Stay Punk Records! (release date TBD)

interview with Sonder

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Have any of you played in other bands? Yes, most of us have played in other projects over the years, though none are still active.
How is it that you started playing music? Sonder used to be a metal band called Overthrone. When we filled out the line up, we made a move towards more modern sounds. Individually, most of us have a background in music in some way or another.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Tylar Boyle - Guitar
Branden Nystrom - Guitar
Kevin Halsted - Vocals
Ben Read - Bass
We are all in our early to mid 20's.
Have you had other previous members? A few. JD Stubbs was our founding drummer, but we had to part ways with him recently, unfortunately.
Did you make music even when you were young? I believe the majority of us have been playing since youth.
Where are you from? Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
What year did the band form? Around 2012.
What's your style of genre? If we had to choose a label for us, I think Progressive Metal would be the most accurate, though we seek to pull from all types of music.
What inspires you? Innovation and progression. Creating and performing music is definitely a huge focus for us.
How often and where do you reherse? Well we try and maintain a consistent practice schedule, at least once a week, but our personal lives often get in the way. We have a small space we rent.
How have you developed since you started with the music? As a band, we've changed a lot both stylistically and creatively. A huge aspect of that for Sonder is a growth towards a deeper and more subtle form of complexity rather than outright technicality.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? All of us work outside of the band. Day jobs, labour and retail and these sorts of things. Tylar is studying mathematics.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Not at the moment, we are really drawn to the idea of DIY, so we approach a lot of it on our own. I'd imagine we could definitely do something like that if the right time presented itself.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Same answer as above.
What made you decide to make this music? Quite purely the love and passion for the music and this style, but also the freedom that progressive music affords musicians if they’re willing to look for it.
What are your songs about? Largely Kevin writes about his experiences, ideas and feelings. Occasionally social commentary in relationship to our lives.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Tylar writes a majority of the music and then brings it to the group, we develop our individual parts and the song, and Kevin writes the vocal parts and lyrics as the final step.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Music, though we'd like to write in different ways in the future.
Do you compose in a certain environment? Tylar writes wherever the feeling comes, usually through noodling around with his guitar and laptop. Kevin likes to sit on his bed with very little connection to the outside world.
Have you done any covers live? We started playing a lot of thrash and metal covers. Once we developed more, we worked on covers of Bloodmeat by Protest the Hero and Tom Sawyer by Rush.
What language do you sing in? Only English.
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? We have definitely played to empty venues our fair share. Largest was probably in the neighborhood of 200 - 300.
What ages are most of your concert attendants? Hard to say. Presumably 20 - 30.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? Our set varies based on the other bands we play with.
Do you have a regular place you play live often? Distortion in Calgary has been a recent common place.
What was your first gig like? A mess, if I remember correctly. Some confusion and mistakes. But a lot of fun and we made long standing friendships with other musicians.
What was your latest gig? March 4th in Calgary, with Burning Effigy, Train Bigger Monkeys and Krepitus
Have you had to cancel a gig? I don't think we have. We try very hard to make sure that we can make it before accepting and show.
Where have you played live this year? Just at home, in Calgary
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? Alberta, maybe/hopefully, western Canada.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? About a year ago. Only t-shirts at the moment.
Where can people buy your merchandise? As of right now, only at our live shows. We hope to have an online store in the near future.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? Art is only meaningful if its consumed, and as a consumer product, but artists are required to be savvy business people in the modern world. What are the consumers to buy if they haven't heard the music? In the past, the radio would play a role in exposing people to new sounds, but in the digital age there is just too much for that to be a meaningful solution. We try and make sure our music is available to anyone and everyone who wants it. Though we also sell it for those who feel inclined to pay for our stuff, and we're hugely thankful to each and every one of them.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? Absolutely. There is less money in it, but I think that it actually incentivizes better performance and composition through a need to stick out in some meaningful way.
What do you think of my work? Its really quite incredible to see that you've reached out to artists from around the world. I hope you do well!
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? Hard to say, but I would hope that it would give those curious about us a look into who we are.
Do you have any role models or idols? Kevin has always looked to the greats for his inspiration. Freddy Mercury, Stevie Wonder, Randy Blythe, Devin Townsend, would be the biggest ones.
Why do you think that they exist? An incredible strength in self, self expression and passion for the art. Overcoming challenges to define themselves as artists.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Every artist of any description can be inspiring. Anyone who puts their heart and soul into the creative endeavor deserves praise and respect, from my perspective.
What have been your biggest obstacles? I suppose visibility and the ability to commit ourselves, due to money and "real life" commitments. We'd love to see these be less of an issue in the future though.
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Never give up. Greatness = perseverance + passion + time.
How do you get psyched for a gig? I like to listen to high energy music and stretch my legs. Each of us handles it differently.
Do you have any new material? We are currently working on a, as yet unannounced project. Hopefully everyone will be hearing new material very soon.
What are your web sites?
How can people reach you? The above pages are a great way.
What are your plans for the future? New music very soon, more playthrough videos and touring.
Do you have something to add? Thank you for doing this, it really means a lot.

interview with Kruger

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How is it that you started playing music?
Gina: I've started from early childhood. My firs music instrument was domra - russian national instrument.
Flikki: During my childhood Hamer was my guitar teacher in the music scool. Of course, I've knew about KRUGER. It was the first rock music which I've ever heard. I was fall in love with Kruger's music. In 2006 I played on the flute in one song from "Bigot soul" cd. After that was a cd presentation, where I was playing, and a lot of concerts, when I took part as a photographer, video operator, roudi, the scenery maker and so on. I've spent all my childhood with KRUGER. One day in 2011 Hamer offered me to join HAMER band as bass player, and after a year I became a bass player in KRUGER. My dream came true. 
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Alexander Hamer - vocal, guitar-dragon, the autor of music and lyrics
Gina Rock-n-roll - vocal
Ann Flikki - bass
Andrew Thor - drums
Have you had other previous members?
Gina: Yes, over the long history of band the composition of participants have changed not once.
Hamer: In the history there were about 20 people, may be more. 
Did you make music even when you were young? 
Hamer: From childhood
Gina: As I've said before, from early childhood.
Flikki: All the main dreams come from childhood, especially to be a rock star. You set your favorite song as loud as you can, imagine, that you are on the stage with cool guitar in front of screaming crowds, you start to play invisible guitar, you get mad, and you're happy at this moment. So yes, music starts when you're young. 
Where are you from? Moscow, Russia
What year did the band form? Hamer: KRUGER appeared in 1989 
What's your style of genre? Hamer: Diesel-death-metal 
What inspires you?
Hamer: Life and not indifferent attitude to her.
Gina: Bright impressions and experiences
Flikki: Rock-n-roll lifestyle. Freedom, cool music, funny parties with friends, deep literature, art, unique feeling of being the part of a rock brotherhood.
How often and where do you reherse?
Gina: Quite often.
Hamer: Always different. Now we are working hard in the recording studio with our new songs.
Flikki: Regulary. It depends on the concert situation - if the consert soon - we rehearse together more often. When we record a new cd, we start to learn new material by ourselves, after that by pairs, and finally together. 
How have you develop ed since you started with the music? 
Hamer: I compose, record, give concerts all the time.
Gina: Musician are always developing. It's constant seek of something new, in first turn - inside of myself. 
Do you have other interests of work outs ide the band?
Flikki: The most of interests connected with music - for me - it's creating a scenery and costumes.
Gina: Anyway music is always my main interest. The rest depends on having free time, which is not so much.
Hamer: No
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thou ghts around that? Hamer: We would like to connect with serious agency with full set of possibilities - from record to world tour's organisation. 
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Gina: As for label, we would like to cooperate with some western label.
What made you decide to make this music? 
Hamer: I was infected by the virus of success from the Greatest Rebels, Legends, who were standing at the origin.
Gina: This music is absolutely correspond with my inside world, as no one other.
Flikki: Because, to my mind, it's the most sincere, honest and bold kind of music. 
What are your songs about?
Hamer: It's about our attitude to life in different areas. Our songs are about us.
Gina: About the life without embellishment, about vital problems without makeup. However, there is a place for lyric compositions about our dreams in our art.
Flikki: About everything touches our hearts. 
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Gina: Leader of the band - Alexander Hamer
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Hamer: Always different. It's more difficult, than you think. The song grows like a tree, grows and changes, accumulate power and strength. 
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? Hamer: Everywhere. The process is never stops.  
What language do you sing in? Gina: In our native - Russian 
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? 
Flikki: From dozens to thousands I think.
Gina: I have a problem with it - I've never can count the quantity of people, especially if it's big fest for thousands.
Gina: Our art is interesting for people in different ages. It's about continuity, because our songs remain actual.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? Flikki: If I understood you correct, we have some changes in some songs. For example, "Salute, Brotherhood" sounds different on the concert and on CD. Songs are like a living organisms. 
Do you have a regular place you play live often?
Gina: May be just our native sity. But we regularly open for ourselves some new areas, places and cities.
Flikki: Most often you can hear us in Moscow.
How can people reach you?
Flikki: Here our links:
Official Web-site http://kruger.band/
Official community in VK https://vk.com/kruger_band
Official community in Facebook 
https://facebook.com/krugergroup
email kruger@bk.ru
https://youtube.com/user/KRUGERgroup
https://soundcloud.com/krugerhamer
https://krugerhamer.bandcamp.com/music
https://www.instagram.com/kruger_band/
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