Interview with Kevin Connelly – singer, lyricist, songwriter for Iron Age Mystics
BANGS!: Talk about how music has influenced you each individually in your daily living.
For myself, music has been my daily living, spiritually speaking.
BANGS!: Where do you each find yourselves listening to music most often?
In my studio or in my van. Varying perspectives are good.
BANGS!: What are your favorite brands to use when it comes to the instruments, mics, amps, pedals and so on? Why do you favor them?
In the studio, I prefer a high-quality tube microphone or a TLM-103. Live, I will use a wireless Shure SM-58.
BANGS!: Talk about your current project. Its conception. How it evolved. The storyline behind its development or any anecdotes that may have occurred during the writing/recording process?
Writing: Part 1 - Clear your mind, stare at a blank sheet of paper. Listen to riffs your guitar player or band came up with. Listen to or read something that inspires you. Create a song nugget.
Playing: Part 2 - Developing: Clear your mind. Take your little song nugget, throw it out to the band and hope they can get behind your nugget. Be open-minded in this stage because a good, creative artist can add a lot of great perspectives you haven’t considered. Let the nugget become a song.
Playing: Part 3 - Recording: Get your arrangements down by rehearsing the hell out of it. While recording, approach the song like you’ve never heard it before but somehow you know what to do.
BANGS!: Where there any conflicts during the recording process? If so, how did you as a band overcome them, if not what do you think is Another Days Armor formula to gel so well?
Many. We got through them because we remembered that we were friends.
BANGS!: Is there a particular part you enjoy more than another in the process of a project?
Yes, kicking back with my wife and forgetting about music for a while…
BANGS!: How do you know when a song is done and ready to be taken to the recording studio and produced?
I hear a CLICK. Enough rehearsing, it’s time to move on.
BANGS!: Looking towards the short and long term of where you might be currently- where do you see yourself (yourselves) as an artist/band in 2019 and beyond?
I don’t. I take it day-by-day and let the future unfold. Making an album with this high a production standard is expensive. I have a good name in the music industry here in Canada, particularly in Toronto, so I was able to pull a lot of ‘friendship favors’ from high-level professionals that helped keep the costs down. I’d like to see our fan base grow, sell more music, T-shirts, etc. so that the ends further justify the means. For now, I’m just taking it one song, one gig at a time.