Interview with Sam Spade of The Midnight Devils



Talk about how music has influenced you each individually in your daily living.
Sam Spade – It’s very hard to even describe how big of an impact music makes in my everyday life when literally, every moment is spent playing music, singing, watching videos, or working on the business side.
I have music-related tattoos that I see in the mirror every morning when I wake up and I go to bed on an amazing Elvis Presley comforter at night when I’m home. We always tell people our onstage show isn’t so much an act as it is real life just with pretty lights. That’s always been the coolest thing about The Midnight Devils we are real about our rock n roll. We sing about what we experience and we look like damn dirty rock n roll animals.

Where do you each find yourselves listening to music most often?
Sam Spade – Most definitely in my red mini-van cruising down the interstate or coming out of the DJ program at the clubs. In both circumstances, everything is set at maximum volume for the best listening experience.

What are your favorite brands to use when it comes to the instruments, mics, amps, pedals and so on? Why do you favor them?
Sam Spade – As a singer, I have almost exclusively sick with a Shure SM-58 microphone both wireless and wired. They are the industry standard and can go through hell and back without ever cutting out. I play custom painted Epiphone Thunderbird Pro basses through a Gallien-Krueger rb800 head into an Ampeg 8x10 cabinet. My bass rig is an physically huge and sounds massive. It’s been through the wringer and still keeps thumping the lows night after night.

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?
Sam Spade – We just released the 1 st music video for the single Pink Halo from our debut album Something Bigger. The song itself is a shake-your-ass boogie-woogie banger with a massive sing-a-long chorus, hooky guitar licks provided by Chris “Sniper” Hineline”, and a groove drenched backbeat by Jimmy Mess on the drums. The video was filmed in October of 2019, directed by Aaron Gum, and features stand-up comedian Haley Raven. Aaron really took our scripts and ideas and transformed them into something spectacular. The video is funny yet ironically true while the live shots really seal up that rock n roll party vibe. We filmed parts of the video in the bathroom of a strip club, a back alley in
downtown Omaha, and the green room of an outdoor venue. Aaron really brought the song to life by filming everything in “Sparklevision” which really ads a whole new dimension especially if you are already messed up before you push play.


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 The Midnight Devils formula to gel so well?
Sam Spade – Shooting a video is a very long process. For a 4 minute video, you end up shooting for 6 hours not including set up and tear down. So for us, the only conflict comes when we are getting tired of playing the same song for the 100th time in a row. Everyone gets tired because there is no audience pay off. The shooting day started at 5 PM and I don’t think we even started rolling tape on the first day until 7 PM. We did two days of shooting and on the live portion we agreed to use a particular venue at a certain time and the venue double booked us with a blues band. The place was sold out and we had to sit there like idiots and wait for the place to clear out then set up, get dress, and finally start the shoot. Other than some issues like that everything went well and we are crazy proud of how the video turned out. Director Aaron Gum really edited the hell out of the footage and created something completely unique to The Midnight Devils.

Is there a particular part you enjoy more than another in the process of a project?
Sam Spade – My favorite part is always seeing the product change from an idea we had while driving in the van, to a script, to finally something everyone is watching on Youtube. We always have goals and I love being able to erase a goal off my list. This video was huge and really something we wanted to be proud of. It’s our debut video from our debut album so we wanted to show the world exactly how big of a party The Midnight Devils are going to throw.

How do you know when a song is done and ready to be taken to the recording studio and produced?
Sam Spade - That’s always tough for me especially as the songwriter. How long do you keep working on the melodies or vocal lines? At this stage in our game, I think you always go with your gut because at the end of the day you are going to be the guys up there on stage performing that song. It has to be able to translate to a live situation without being over complicated. I always know we are getting somewhere special when we have that “dammmnn” moment. You know it when you got it. Let the hooks be huge and don’t overthink everything. We want people to be singing and dancing and getting wasted not contemplating time signatures and deep lyrics.

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?
Sam Spade – Our short term goal has become a reality. We are joining up with legendary UK sleaze rockers The Quireboys on the last leg of their 2020 US tour. We are doing about 15 shows with them then heading out on a headlining tour that will take us to the east coast and the M3 Music Festival. There will most likely be about three more tours this year then we will hold up the moving parts and head into the studio to record our sophomore release. We are shooting to hit both coasts this year and hopefully hop over to Europe. The long term goal is actually very simple. All we want to do is keep writing and recording our music while touring the world. We don’t need to make a million dollars, it isn’t about the money. The freedom of being able to travel and play the songs we wrote is the ultimate reward. We want to keep on creating and keep on hosting the party.

Track List:
1. Pink Halo
2. 2 Miles Down
3. Bleed Betty Bleed
4. By My Side
5. Generation Durt
6. Absence of Light
7. Midnight Devils
8. No More
9. Baptized by the Radio
10. Memphis Mile
11. Something Bigger

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