Interview with Bryan W Fleming of RIG TIME

Talk about how music has influenced you each individually in your daily living.

Bryan W. Fleming-My entire life, since my earliest memories of being 3 or 4 years old, I can remember attaching to music and associating life events with songs. Even before I started playing instruments, I would be standing in a mirror singing pop songs as little kid, imagining I was on a stage. I've had an attraction to it hardwired into my brain apparently. 

Rebecca and I actually met at a show, and the music was the ice breaker, the glue and something we both attached to and that keeps is going. Music is our drive and keeps us moving forward. We play anywhere from 80 to 100 shows a year, and if we didn't love the music, it would seem so much harder but we love it so much, it's all worth it.

Where do you each find yourselves listening to music most often?

Bryan W. Fleming-We both listen to music the most in our vehicles. Obviously, when we are on tour, but also in our own cars when we are driving to work. Rebecca has at least a good hours worth of driving every day, and I have a lot of errands to run throughout the week when I am at home. We also do all of our own screen printing for our merch, and the countless hours spent doing that accumulates a lot of Spotify playlist listening.

What are your favorite brands to use when it comes to the instruments, mics, amps, pedals and so on? Why do you favor them?

Bryan W. Fleming-I absolutely swear by Los Cabos Drumsticks. I am an extremely hard hitter and was known for breaking sticks every night. I am currently 9 shows deep with the same pair of Los Cabos sticks! That's how strong they are. Rebecca loves Jim Dunlop. 73 nylon picks with grips and GHS strings. We both only use Pig Hog Cables because is there absolutely no comparison when it comes to tone, durability and they are so surprisingly affordable. I could to on and on!
Shure mics, Sure-Lock Straps, Sabian cymbals, and just about any damn guitar pedal we can get our hands on!
Talk about your current project. It's conception. How it evolved. The storyline behind its development or any anecdotes that may have occurred during the writing/recording process?

Bryan W. Fleming-RIG TIME! started in the ashes of an old band ending. We started with fill intent to tour and here we are 39 states (& Canada) later with more coming in. The old band was mostly a faster, melodic hardcore punk vibe and we wanted to try something heavier, sludgy, doomy and with a big emphasis on groove. We've always just referred to ourselves as “heavy” and that let us feel open to making anything genre-wise as long as it's heavy. We are currently working on writing a new full length, and trying our hardest to not sound like a 2 piece. We want our live shows to sound like there are four people on stage, and we aim to make sure we sound the same live as we do in the recordings. We have a lot of dynamics, switching to just bass and drums, noise elements, and more. I always tell people they have to just come to see it- to get it. 

Were there any conflicts during the recording process?

Bryan W. Fleming-Right now, as we work on new material, we are very focused and on the same page of what we want to achieve. We feel confident it will blow anything away we've done before.

Is there a particular part you enjoy more than another in the process of a project?

Bryan W. Fleming-We love playing live. Writing and Recording have its fun parts, but we are absolutely a live band, and I think those who have seen us would agree. We crave the adrenaline band energy of being on stage at full volume and laying it all out.

How do you know when a song is done and ready to be taken to the recording studio and produced?

Bryan W. Fleming-Sometimes, it's been hard to decide when a song is just right, but I think it's when you play it live and you absolutely love every part of it, you just know. With our newest single “NO FAITH” we played that at least 25 times live before we hit the studio. We came home from a West Coast tour that we first tried it out live on, and there were a few little parts that weren't just tried. We change a drum fill here, a pause there and then it just felt perfect. We absolutely love playing that song live and we haven't changed a thing since we recorded it.

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?

Bryan W. Fleming-By the end of 2019, we will hit 100 shows for sure. At the end of next month, we'll already beat our 2018 show numbers, so playing out more and more is a huge goal. Right now, we are fully DIY in booking, so it keeps me busy for sure. We will release new music, either an EP or album sooner than later. We have some songs we are sitting on that we are very proud of. Overall, our goals are to keep touring and keep reaching goals and making new ones when we achieve them. We like the challenge. We like the work. We're not afraid to be on the road, be tired, poor and stressed. 
This isn't an easy lifestyle, but it's one we are good at. We'd tour all year round if we had the opportunity, no question. We'd be a booking agents dream band (laugh). Expect to see us in your state soon.