What inspired you to first start making music? And how did you come to be in your current incarnation? Or if you prefer, a brief bio about you.
Music called me from when I was first put into this world. It’s been a part of my soul as far back as I can remember, so I naturally started writing it. The magic happened when the mind opened up and it is almost as if songs were starting to be handed to me. How did I come to be in my current incarnation? Well from when I was about five years old I knew the old doo-wop records and some early rock ‘n’ roll, and at some point I dug deeper, bought some hair grease and ended up becoming who I am. This helped me in making my own brand of retro, my own brand of rock ‘n’ roll.
Provide us with some info about your latest release…
The newest release, “honeydripper“, shows a lot of what we are really about. It’s got a retro vibe for a modern audience, with some touches of old school fuzzy blues guitar tones, something I usually don’t mess with. There’s even a world music influence, enough for us to put a sitar on there. In layman’s terms, it’s just a cool song if I do say so myself!
Which ones would you consider your main influences both music-wise & non-music-wise?
Dion is and always will be my number one. Also heavily inspired by Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Wynonie Harris, Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Howlin Wolf and modern cats like JD McPherson and Lance Lipinsky. There’s even a good amount of influence from Michael Jackson, David Lee Roth and Bruno Mars. Guitarwise I absolutely adore and try to resemble Chet Atkins, Scotty Moore, Brian Setzer and Cliff Gallup. Aside from music, I take style inspiration from James Dean, Marlon Brando and Johnny Depp, and get life and business inspiration from Warren Buffett, Jim Rohn, and Napoleon Hill. I’m a businessman at heart and a musician at soul.
In what way does your sound differ from the rest genre-related artists/bands and why should we listen to your music? In other words, how would you describe your sound?
When people of similar genre-related artists, they’ll say rockabilly bands or rock bands and what not. We really aren’t either of those things. We take our own liberties and make it alternative, mainly crafted for young people. I cringe when people call us a “rock band” because we definitely aren’t that in the slightest. Everybody these days take their influence from Zeppelin or the Beatles, but our music is mainly inspired by what those guys listened to. I call it “roll” music, because it seems like when “rock” music came about after the Beatles, it lost all the “roll” it had in the 50s! All I know is that pop, alternative, rock, punk, and rockabilly fans all love us so something’s gotta be working. Most people don’t even know what we are doing is inspired by the 50s, they just like that we are different. It’s nice to be different in a cliché world.
Please name your 3 desert islands albums, movies & books…
As far as albums go, Runaround Sue by Dion, the self titled Stray Cats album from 1981, and the first Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons album.
For movies, I’ll have to go with La La Land, American Graffiti, and Back to the Future. The three books are Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie and Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.
Do you prefer studio or performing live and why?
Live any day. Seeing people singing along to original songs is the best feeling in the world.
Is there any funny-unique story you would like to share with us, always in relation to your music ‘career’?
At our first of many four hour shows, our drummer Jack’s snare head had a major hole in it. At any moment it would have stopped making noise and we still had about 30 minutes of our last set. The guys are on stage like “all right we gotta cut some of these songs and just finish this out with a bang before the drum breaks.” It seems as if I didn’t say a word, I turned around and started adding songs to the set! Long story short the 4 hour show ended up becoming a 5 hour show. The crowd just never died out and absolutely adored us. The drum never gave out and that was the only time the guys were ever pissed at me, but what can I say it ended up working out! Now Jack always brings a backup snare drum.
Which track of your own would you point out as the most unique and why?
Finding our most unique track is tough because our sound is pretty unique. Therefore, I have to say “Is This Love?” This track sounds the most 50s and the most rockabilly, but it is unique because it was recorded with a very Phil Spectre Wall of Sound type mindset which is unusual for a rockabilly type sound. I feel like it gave it a refreshing, modern feel and it is usually added to alternative and indie playlists.
Would you like to share with our readers your future plans?
Our future plans! Well the best players of any game never reveal their next moves, but I will say there is a lot more work to be done and a lot more artist development coming in the future. The songs we have out now are not their final incarnations, and everything is written to be a part of a bigger picture, a story of sorts. That’s all I’m willing to say at this point!
Free question!!! (Ask yourself a question) you wish to answer and haven’t been given the opportunity…
My question is “Are the other guys, Tomcat Thompson and Jack Mackey, as in love with the 50s as you are?”
and the answer is: Nope, not at all. That’s exactly how I wanted it! Tomcat grew up with rockabilly but it isn’t what his style leans towards. I like that these guys have the influence from everywhere else because I wasn’t willing to be limited to being a rockabilly band. I wanted to do something completely different than anything I’ve seen, and that just keeps developing. These guys are top notch musicians and amazing bandmates. As a band, we work together perfectly and both of them add so much more to what the vision is. If they were strictly rockabilly guys, they wouldn’t want to take the liberties that we need to take to make our own sound.
Curated by: Christos Doukakis
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