Interview

Hello, Atlantic – Interview

Wednesday 13th December 2017

Fresh off the back of their debut on the main stage of the Vans Warped Tour, Province rockers Hello, Atlantic are switching things up for their upcoming EP “Breaking Orbit.”  Due for release in early 2018 the band are planning to announce a line-up change, along with a side of the band to be showcased that we haven’t seen before.  Performing at the Vans Warped Tour has seen the pop-punk quartet come away with a bucket full of even more enthusiasm, and they are already writing additional songs to be added to the EP. If that’s not enough, to whet your pop-punk appetite, and to give you a taste of what to expect, Hello, Atlantic have just released a video for the first single “Like Clockwork”  Being completely reeled in by the thought of adding another exciting band to my pop-punk list, I catch a moment with the guys to find out more about the release and what other artists are on their radar.

Hello! How are you guys, and what have you been doing with yourselves today?

Hi! We’re doing great! We’re moving into a new practice space, so we spent today moving all of our gear to our new one.

Please could you tell me a bit more about yourselves? Have you been in bands previously, and what has driven you to form Hello, Atlantic?

We were all in different bands growing up, but we formed Hello, Atlantic just from us all being introduced through mutual friends and just really getting to know each other musically.

You’re due to release your next EP “Breaking Orbit” in early 2018.  How are you feeling about getting new music out there, and are there any tracks in particular that you’re most excited about being heard?

We’ve just made a major line up change that’s going to be announced soon, so we’re going back and writing a few new ones for this EP. We’re even more excited for it now! Out of the ones that we’re keeping, my personal favorite is called “Ignite”.

What can we expect from the upcoming release, and how did you find the process of putting it together?

You’ll see a complete new side to us that no one has see yet. There was going to be a small taste of that on this EP, but with us going back and writing a few new songs, we’re able to bring this vision out sooner. We’re nervous and excited about it.

What’s your writing process as a band, and how do you work together to create the final track?

Ian usually comes in with a skeleton of a song or an idea, and we all just sit down and start throwing ideas back and forth until things start to fit together. Then we tweak it even more when we’re in the studio.

Who are your biggest musical influences, and how have they encouraged and helped you to develop your sound?

We all come from different musical backgrounds, but lately we’ve all been super into I, The Mighty. You’ll definitely be able to hear that in the music.

This year saw you play the main stage at the Vans Warped Tour for the first time.  How excited were you to be performing, and how was the experience?

Playing the main stage of Warped Tour was a dream come true for all of us. Ever since we all started getting into music, it’s what we’ve all wanted to do. Playing it was an absolute blessing.

Being in the early stages of your music career how are you finding the whole process, and have you been given any lasting advice?

Not anything that’s super long lasting, we usually get advice for immediate situations when we need it.

What do you have planned for 2018; what’s the next step for the band?

We plan on getting the new EP out as soon as possible, and playing as many places as we can!

Finally, what other artists are you listening to at the moment and do you have any recommendations?

I, The Mighty is definitely one of the big ones that we’ve been listening to. We’ve also been going back and listening to a lot of My Chemical Romance a lot! They’re one of our favorites! Also, make sure that you check out a lot of the locals bands that we play shows with. Silence The Radio, Another One Down, Ten Cents Short, Bleacher Days, and Traverse! Also our friends Riviera from West Virgina. They also played the main stage of Warped Tour in their area.

Thanks for taking the time to interview us!

Connect with Hello, Atlantic via their Website, Facebook and Twitter.

American Standards – Interview

Wednesday 6th December 2017

Following the release of their 4th studio album “Anti-Melody” I chat with with lead vocalist, Brandon Kellum about the history of his band and the challenges they’ve faced.  American Standards are a hardcore 4-piece from Phoenix AZ, with the mantra “Don’t wait for things to happen, make them happen.” and after loosing a band member to suicide and a family member to cancer, keeping focused has been the main priority.  Using music as an outlet to channel their emotions has helped to produce their most raw and powerful album yet, and they’ve become more focused than ever.  Brandon talks to me about their process, how the band have continued to develop, and what they’ve got planned for the year ahead.

For those of us just discovering you in the UK, please could you tell me more about yourselves and how American Standards formed?

Around 2010 our previous bands fell apart and American Standards came together. We were a bit older and little more mature about our goals for the band and how we wanted to go about reaching them. We wanted to do something loud and aggressive but still maintain good song structures with dynamics. We also wanted a strong focus on the message and building a community to influence positive change. All this with no egos or tough guy machismo that can commonly be found in heavy music.

What bands were you in previously and what made you decide to pursue music as a career?

Before American Standards I was in The Hostage Situation which was more of a southern rock influenced metal band. At its core, music for me is all about having genuine connections. It’s a community of people with similar interests connecting in ways that you might not otherwise. Those experiences are everything.

You initially signed to a label in 2011, but then a couple of years later decided to go back to being independent. What were the reasons for this at the time, and what differences do you feel it made to the band?

As generic as it sounds, we really just didn’t have the same core values. We didn’t go into it trying to be rockstars, playing sold out shows 300 days out of the year. We just wanted to play the kind of music that we love at shows that we would be stoked to go to ourselves. Being on the label sometimes felt counterproductive to that; being on someone else’s schedule who’s vision sometimes felt like it valued quantity over quality. Now as an independent band we know that everything we achieve is a direct result of the work that we put into it. We don’t have to compromise for less.

How do you feel that platforms such as Kickstarter and BandCamp help independent bands like yourselves with getting your music out there and connecting with fans?

I think they’re really a necessity for DIY bands. Services like Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play are great for discovering new music but they really don’t help smaller bands too much in terms of funding the touring and recording that’s vital to get to the next level. When you get our music or buy merch through our bandcamp, you know that the money is going direct to the artist.

You’ve got quite a lot of material behind you, and released your 4th album earlier this year. How does it compare to your previous material, and how have you found the reaction so far?

Anti-Melody really continues on our path of progression as a band. I think we wrote some of our most diverse songs and really focused on telling the story of the album.

How did you find the process of putting the album together, as it followed quite a distressing time for the band; and how did it feel hearing the finished album?

It was a little hectic and we really didn’t know the future of the band. We parted ways with our drummer shortly after we released Hungry Hands. We then spent some time bringing Mitch up to speed all while balancing shows and other commitments. Finally we committed some time to the writing process and during so found out about both the suicide of one of our founding members and shortly after the passing of my father to cancer. All this made us re-evaluate the direction of the album and due to some complications we also had to take the tracks which we had recorded at Kingsize Soundlabs back home to self mix as produce. It’s raw and gritty but maybe adds a little to the honesty in the music.

What’s your writing process, and what drives you to write as a political band?

It’s pretty old school. We all get in a room and jam till we have something that we’re proud of. If it doesn’t come organically, we don’t force it. We just want to be excited about anything we put time into. As for the political aspect, I think it varies. I write about what’s important to me and what evoked an emotion. It’s almost to my detriment as sometimes I fear that I may be alienating others that aren’t quite at that point in their life. Either way, it’s true to me and I couldn’t do it any other way.

Who are your biggest musical influences, and how have they encouraged you and helped you to develop your sound?

Growing up it was bands like System Of A Down, Rage Against The Machine And Refused. Any band that had something important to say and did so with passion and tact. Coming into American Standards we all connected on the late 90s, early 2000s post hardcore and metalcore. Bands like; Every Time I Die, Norma Jean, The Chariot, Converge, Botch, Fear Before The March Of Flames and The Dillinger Escape Plan.

How do you feel that you’ve developed as a band over the years?

We’ve definitely come to a better understanding of our sound and what it is that we have to offer people. We’ve paid more attention to song writing and dynamics. Really focused on giving people an experience at the live shows.

What are your plans for 2018, and will we get to see you this side of the pond?

Hopefully! Playing the UK has always been a dream but it’s really just a matter of logistics. If all lines up from a transportation and gear perspective, we’d be there in a heartbeat. Think it’s just a matter of partnering with the right people to make it happen. Until then, we’re already working on new music and are about to announce our first US tour of 2018 here shortly. Follow us on our socials, bandcamp or by using the free bandsintown app to keep up.

Connect with American Standards via their Website, Facebook and Twitter.

Fay Gauthier – Interview

Saturday 2nd December 2017

Known for films such as Independents’ Day and Against The Grain, Fay Gauthier is also a talented musician who has just released her full length studio album “Firehead.” Being continually influenced by other musicians such as Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles, the album is categorised as having a Pop vibe with flavours of Jazz, Blues and Spoken Word. Returning from hiatus, the new album reflects upon growing up and self acceptance. Speaking about her latest single from the release “Be What You Are,” Fay says that “You’ve got to learn to be able to shake off rejection without letting it kill your spirit… not everybody is going to “get” you. But I’ve reached the point where I’m okay with that because I’m happy doing my thing for no other reason than it’s my thing. And it’s taken a while to get there.” With much admiration I chat with Fay who tells me more about her journey.

Photo Credit: Mikel Healey

You have quite a background as a well-known actress, and have also been a musician for a number of years now, but what is it about music that made you decide to pursue it as a career? 

It’s the same impetus that drives me to want to act and write, the exploration of the creative process. The thing that’s so wonderful about music though, is that it’s a universal language, so it allows me to make a connection where the written or spoken word may not.

Your upcoming single “Be What You Are” was inspired by a conversation you had with a casting director. Could you tell me more about that?

Sure. I was in an acting class several years ago, and the teacher, who is a Casting Director, was expressing the importance of bringing our authentic selves to the characters we’re inhabiting, as opposed to drawing from some outside source. She literally said, “Be what you are people,” and it stuck, so I made it a song around it.  I think it’s sound advice for life in general.

What was the decision behind going on hiatus, and why did now feel like the right time to come back and put your next album out?

As acting became more of my priority, I set music aside. But I continued to write songs. Then, a couple years ago, I found myself really missing making music and wanting to put more out there. It was a feel thing, and I try to follow my instincts.

How do you feel you’ve developed as a musician over the years?

I feel like I’ve developed as a musician in concert with how I’ve developed as a person. I’m older and I’m more comfortable being myself as opposed to trying to be what someone else is looking for, so the music I’m making now reflects that.

Your album “Firehead” has been released for a few weeks now.  How have you found the response to the release so far?

It’s been great. We’ve had a good response on the college radio circuit. So we’ll try to expand on that now and get some live shows in and around LA to keep building on the momentum. 

How would you say the album compares to your previous material?

The subject material is a bit broader than that of my first CD, which was more about the drama and emotions that I experienced as a single person in my twenties. And the production on Firehead is more in line with my own musical sensibilities, since the Producers I worked with were really keen on collaboration.

The album takes us through your own journey of self-acceptance. How does it feel listening back knowing the songs represent certain periods in your life?

That’s an interesting question. I hadn’t really thought about it. It feels good. You know, I was driving between auditions today, reflecting on my life, almost in disbelief that I moved here fourteen years ago and how much has changed in that time. I live in a beautiful part of the world, met and married a wonderful man, and I’m doing what I love. Life is pretty darn good. And that’s kind of the same perspective I have about looking back at certain periods of my life.  There were rough patches, but all of it led to me being where I am and who I am right now. And I’m grateful for that. 

You mention about reaching a point in your life that realizing being different is fun and embracing that. Would you say you’ve faced struggles along the way, and at what moment did your perceptions change?

My struggles have been really benign in comparison to those of many people, and I’m very aware of how lucky I’ve been. But there have certainly been challenging phases in my life. Embracing and having fun with what makes me different happened gradually. It was a process no doubt assisted by these challenging phases and the introspection that got me through them, but also just from getting older and having more life experience. And I hope my perceptions continue to get challenged and change because that’s an essential part of being human.

Could you tell me about your writing process? Being a solo artist do you have anyone to bounce ideas from, and how do you know when a song is ready?

Well I usually just get inspired by something I read or a conversation. Sometimes in my car I’ll get a musical phrase in my head that sticks, and then I’ll build off of that when I get home. Otherwise I’ll sit at the keyboard and just play around a bit until an idea comes that I can run with. I usually bounce my ideas off my husband, but I like to have them pretty fully developed before I share them. As for when I know a song is ready, it’s just a sense.  But even if I think it’s ready, I’ll put it aside for a bit and then revisit it later just to make sure I still feel the same.

What do you get up to outside of music and acting; are there any hobbies in particular that you enjoy?

I love to get outdoors in nature where I can breathe some fresh air, so I’m a big fan of hiking. I also play some tennis. And right now I’m using an app to learn Spanish.

Connect with Fay Gauthier via her Website, Twitter and Instagram.

Calling Apollo – Interview

Sunday 22nd October 2017

Calling Apollo were one of my favourite finds of 2016, when I was approached to review their debut EP “The Great Depression: Act 1,” and I was instantly taken in by the strength and progressiveness in their sound.  Fresh off the back of touring, Calling Apollo have just released their final single “Light The Way” which will bring Act 1 to a close before opening up the second part of their story in the form of “The Great Depression: Act 2.” The idea behind creating a concept album is quite admirable, it steps out the comfort zone of a usual debut release, and it compliments the bands style. Wanting to find out how the journey over the past year has gone, I speak with lead vocalist Christian Neale who also gives me an insight in to their next release.

It’s been over a year now since the release of your EP “The Great Depression: Act 1.” How has the journey with the EP been for you guys so far?

It’s been great.  The feedback we received for it was beyond complimentary so we definitely cannot complain. And from a personal standpoint it was the first release that I have been part of that I loved from beginning to end. With five people, all with different influences and visions it can be hard to please everyone. There’s a lot of compromise but on this release its safe to say we were all very happy.

How would you say you’ve grown as a band since the release, and will your new material reflect that? 

We have definitely grown. Act I was our first release with Zak on drums so it was an exciting time.  Its safe to say we all know each other a little too well now and can almost predict each others contributions and write with that in mind. The next release is just entering post production as we speak. I wont give too much away but it’s big!

You’ve done quite a lot of touring too. How have you found the response to your music, and have there been any personal highlights? 

We have spent a lot of time on the road promoting this release so it definitely pulled us together as a band and as friends.  Especially those nights after a 400 mile journey and just playing to the bar staff, that’s a real character builder haha.  But that’s all part of it, its depressing at the time but you get over it.  The highlights are usually the bands and people we meet.  Some of the bands we have toured with have gone on to become good mates and in turn leads to new shows and opportunities. That’s band life in a nutshell.

Where have been your favourite venues to perform?

That’s a good question, I’ve been lucky enough to play alot of different places.  Of late I really enjoyed playing ‘The Globe’ in Cardiff with The Answer but headlining a sold out show at the legendary TJ’s in Newport will always have a special place in my heart.

Your next single “Light The Way” is also to be the final release from your current EP.  Have you always known you wanted to release this track as a single, and what was the decision behind it being the final one before your next chapter?

To be perfectly honest. We had no plan to release another single. But we were approached by a videographer called Sean Sheridon. He offered to film us on the Bournemouth date of the last tour and put a video together for us. We had no expectations but the guy put together a great video and we thought it would be a waist not to push it. Check him out, great talent and a lovely guy.

What’s the story behind “Light The Way?”

Light the Way is essentially my cry for a leader/politician/icon that can actually represents the working people.  I’m not gonna lie, when Jezza (Jeremy Corbyn) first got on the Labour ballot I was inspired and actually felt like there was chance for something different. Jezza’s not perfect, but neither am I, far from it. We dont need perfect, we need someone with a heart.

You’ve actually just done a surprise drop on the single and accompanying video. What was the idea behind that?

As this released wasn’t planned we thought we would try something a little different than go throught the usual process.

You have mentioned previously that “The Great Depression: Act 1” would be a two-part record. Can we look forward to your next release in the near future?

Yes, Act II is very much on the horizon. We always planned to split the story in two. Where as Act I focuses on the past and present, Act II is all about the future. Where are we headed? What can we all do to try eliminate the all the things that are holding us back as a species? Don’t get me wrong, we don’t have the answers but there’s no harm in asking the questions I guess.

How are things going with your record label “The Signal & The Noise” and will you be releasing your next EP through it too?

The label is a great fall back. We can’t guarantee a label will pick us or our record up, and to be blunt they haven’t haha despite having brilliant reviews for Act I.  Which is fair enough, we are a weird band, we dont fall into a particular genre.  We take from so much, so we receive so many random comparisons.  I’m sure there’s someone out there for us but having our own label reduces the need to rely on that. And you never know, when the band itself becomes less of a priority we have the option of our own label to try and help new up and coming bands.

What do you guys get up to outside of music; are there any particular hobbies that you enjoy?

I used to race go-karts but these days being a dad is my main focus, which I love.  Kev does a lot, he’s always writing, he acts, he also runs a podcast called ‘the table read’ (check it out). Dan is a keen mountain biker and he’s recently joined a roller derby league… which I cant wait to check out. Zak is a drummer through and through, we actually work together outside of the band so I can confirm that if he’s not at his desk he’s watching YouTube videos of drummers; and Luke is always up to something, rock climbing, bike riding, geo caching… extending his kingdom in Minecraft!

Connect with Calling Apollo via their Website, Facebook and Twitter.

Lectures – Interview

Thursday 12th October 2017

Experimental four-piece Lectures are due to release their next EP “Distraction Shades” on the 20th October; with the promise of hook driven melodies and addictive riffs, and taking inspirations from the likes of RadioheadFlying Lotus and Wild Beasts, I was intrigued by this unique band.  Forming during their school years, the band have continued with their aspirations of writing music and also decided to self-produce their latest EP.  Lectures are still finding their feet, but are already gaining support from BBC Radio 1, Radio 6 Music and Sofar Sounds, so I chat with the band to find out about the upcoming EP and how they’re feeling about the release.

Hello! How are you guys, and what have you been doing with yourselves today?

We’re great thanks – we’ve been rehearsing/writing today.

Where and how did the band meet, and what made you decide to form Lectures?

We’ve been making music together since school as Lectures but carried on after we left and gradually changed without choosing another name.

We’re only days away from the release of your EP “Distraction Shades.” How are you feeling about getting your new music out there, and how would you say it compares to your previous material?

We’ve been sitting on the EP for a while so it feels good to finally put it out. It’s perhaps less polished than our first EP, but musically it is more ambitious, and there’s definitely more of a thread running through the songs.

You produced the EP yourselves; how did you find the process?

We all have mixed feelings about the process – generally a lot of over thinking things or not thinking enough – but we ended up with something we’re all really proud of. We’ve strived to be self-sufficient for a long time and it feels like we’re kind of there now.

How easy was it to pick to final 5 tracks, and were there any that didn’t make the final cut?

These 5 were the only songs we completed, and they all felt worth releasing. Although “Morning Forms” didn’t come together properly until the last minute.

What’s the story behind your latest single “Your Whatever?”

Half of the ideas for “Your Whatever” came from an older song that we liked but couldn’t finish. The rest was just built out of that, but with a different lyrical vibe.

What’s your writing process as a band, and how do you come together to create the final track?

It varies from song to song, but this EP was a result of collecting lots of small ideas over time and then bringing them together quickly. Entry Point and Peaches came together easily in the room, whereas SAD existed for almost a year before we could complete it.

Who are your biggest influences and how do you draw upon your inspirations when writing and performing?

While making Distraction Shades we were listening to artists like Wild Beasts, Radiohead, Andy Stott and Darkside. We mostly try to copy artists we like and get it wrong, so we occupy the space in between the real deal and supermarket own brand. For example, making Entry Point we were aiming for D’Angelo but only managed Vanilla Ice.

I’ve recently discovered Sofar Sounds and noticed that you guys performed a few dates in London recently. How did the opportunity come about, and how was the session for you?

That came from us playing a show at Good Karma Club in London last November and someone from Sofar was in the audience, so we got chatting after the show and it went from there. We normally use a lot of gear live, so it was fun stripping the songs down to just the core elements and not worry about pedals or monitors etc.

What’s the furthest you’ve taken your music so far, and where do you hope it will lead you to?

The furthest it’s gone so far is having the EP pressed to vinyl, which makes it seem a bit more real. In terms of ambition, we just want to write music with each other for as long as possible and share it with people who like it and connect with it.

Connect with Lectures via their Website, Facebook and Twitter.

Tom Lumley – Interview

Tuesday 26th September 2017

Cambridge born Tom Lumley has just announced his next single “Just Like The Light” and being fortunate enough to have an advanced preview, Tom has instantly been added to my list of artists to watch out for.  This year has seen some great new music from up and coming artists, and I already know that we are going to be hearing a lot more from Tom over the coming months. It’s been an exciting year having already performed at a string of live dates, being picked up by BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire and winning Best Male Solo Artist at the NMG Awards; but Tom isn’t stopping there.  His next single “Just Like The Light” is due for release this week and he has further tour dates lined up to see the year through.  I couldn’t let such amazing talent pass me by so I caught up with Tom to find out how he’s feeling about his release and upcoming tour dates, and what we can also expect from him next.

Your next single “Just Like The Light” is due for release on the 28th September.  How are you feeling about getting your new music out there?

I’m very excited. It feels like it’s been a while since I released ‘Dream City’ and it feels like people really can’t wait to hear it.

What’s the single about?

The singles about the type of people that will soon turn on your friendship and stab you in the back to be part of a more popular group of people.

How does the single compare to previous material on your debut EP “Dream City,” and how would you say you’ve grown as a musician? 

I’d definitely say it’s another step up. I don’t really know how to explain how but it just feels like as a band we’re moving forward all the time.

Congratulations on winning Best Male Solo Artist at the NMG Awards!  How was the event, and what did winning the award mean to you?

Thank you! It was an amazing night. The event has grown and grown, the likes of Mallory Knox, Lonely The Brave and John Kennedy were involved this year in handing out awards. Best Male Solo is an award I’ve always wanted to win but to be honest never thought I would. It’s such a hard category so to be chosen by a judging panel made up of well respected industry professionals is mad.

Could you tell me about your writing process?  Being a solo artist do you have anyone to bounce ideas from, and how do you know when a song is ready?

I start my songs off on my own with an acoustic guitar. I tend to get them to a point where I feel happy then pitch them to my guitarist Jake Day. He’ll help with changing a few bits then we demo them in his studio.

You’ve been picked up by BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire, which is fantastic.  How does it feel hearing your music on the radio?

It still feels weird. It’s just nice to know people are liking my music enough to want to play it. BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire have been so supportive of me and I really can’t thank Tom Simkins enough for that.

Are you looking to release your next EP or album in the near future?

At the moment I’m going to stick with singles. I have a locker full of songs but I don’t want to rush it and just chuck them out there. I’m going to try and keep building the fan base whilst releasing singles until I think it’s the right time for an album.

How are you enjoying being on the road and touring? You’ve got a jam-packed tour schedule for the rest of the year.

We’ve just had a month and a bit off after festival season which to be honest has been horrible. We all felt we needed a little break but I’ve hated it, I just love being on stage. It has been nice to get a lot of writing done and add some songs to the live show though. We can’t wait to get back on the road.

Who has been your favourite band or artist to tour with so far?

We haven’t necessarily done a whole tour with one band yet so I can’t really say. Playing shows with The Hunna was mad though, they’re top lads. We tend to play a lot of shows and festivals with a good mate of mine Oscar Corney, so we always have a good laugh with him.

If you were given the opportunity to perform in the BBC Live Lounge, which song would you cover and why?

Oooo hard question. I’d want to do something completely different to my music and try make it my own. I’d probably go for a Britney Spears or Girls Aloud song to be honest, change it up a bit.

Connect with Tom Lumley via his Facebook and Twitter.

Hundred Handed – Interview

Thursday 21st September 2017

It’s not every day that you get a personal letter in your mailbox from a band introducing themselves, but that’s exactly what I got from Californian band Hundred Handed.  I always take the time to read everything that comes my way, but with such an exciting introduction from the guys who are proclaiming they’re the happiest band around, I jumped at the chance to write back! Listening to their latest single “Miss California” their sound showcases exactly what they’re all about – it’s punchy, lively and ever so dreamy.  Hundred Handed are out for a good time and have set their lasers to FUN!  I check in with drummer, Drew Langan to find out more.

Hello! I’m Rachel! How are you guys, and what have you been doing with yourselves today?

Hey Rachel! This is Drew from Hundred Handed. We’ve actually been having a pretty mellow day. We’re currently watching Twister (great film, little cheesy) and later we’re going to see a French rapper called MHD at The Fonda. Seriously amazing.

It seems that you’re having a lot fun together right now. What does it mean to be in a band as such good friends?

We are! It means everything. We spend so much time together, we wouldn’t be able to do it if we weren’t best friends. When we started this band, our goal was to have as much fun as possible and to be completely unapologetic about it. So far so good!

You’ve been in other bands previously; but where did you first meet and how did you know you wanted to form a band together? 

We first met when we were hopping on a tour bus to spend the next six weeks together. We both kind of joined the same band at the same time and that was right before a tour. We were always on the same page, especially with the type of music we like and want to make. Ten years and a few barrels of Jack Daniel’s later, were still on the same page.

How do you think your past experiences will help you with Hundred Handed?

They’ve already helped a ton. We’ve been doing this long enough that we knew exactly what we wanted to do with this band from the get go. We knew we didn’t want to be too serious, and that we just wanted to make music that we love, that’s FUN, and makes you want to dance your ass off.

You’ve released 3 singles this year with “Miss California” being your latest release. How are you finding the response to your music so far? 

It’s been great! The feedback we get is always positive and we’re stoked to know that the fun we’re having translates to the music and to the listener. Did I mention we’re having fun?

What’s your writing process as a band; how do you come together to create the final track, and how do you know when a song is finished?

With us, it’s always different. We don’t have some magical formula that we stick to that works every time. Sometimes It starts with a vocal melody or a lyric idea. Sometimes it’s a guitar riff, or a chord progression. As far as knowing when it’s done, we have a studio in our house, so we just lock ourselves in there until we both love it!

Who are your biggest influences and how do you draw upon your inspirations when writing and performing?

Our influences are all over the place. Jordan likes everything from Blink-182 to Daft Punk to Tina Turner. I’ve got Mariah Carey, Slipknot, and a whole bunch of classic rock. All of our influences have had a hand in shaping who we are musically, so they kind of just nudge their way into our writing and performing even if we’re not consciously drawing on them.

Are you looking to release an EP or album in the near future?

We are! We just finished up a song a few days ago and I believe that was the last one we wanted to finish for an EP. We should have a release date pretty soon.

What’s the music scene like in LA and are there any venues in particular that you enjoy playing?

The music scene here is awesome. There is definitely a ton of music happening, which can make it difficult to sift through, but there’s no denying that that creates a lot of opportunity. Artists can play a lot of shows, and fans can see their favorite artists and hopefully discover some new ones.

What’s the furthest you’ve taken your music so far, and where do you hope it will ultimately lead you to?

Australia is pretty far! Our first show was in Canberra for about 10,000 people. That. Was. Surreal. We want our music to reach as many people as possible, take us around the world, and to the very top at the same time. Total world domination!

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