Talk about how music has influenced you each individually in your daily living.
Jimi Ivins: For me, music is always there when I need it most. No matter the situation there is always something to listen to.
Where do you each find yourselves listening to music most often?
Jimi Ivins: Most often we would say in the car and at work (like everyone else) but as artists, we are always on the lookout for new things to help us grow and inspire us to do something different.
What are your favorite brands to use when it comes to the instruments, mics, amps, pedals and so on? Why do you favor them?
Jimi Ivins: Guitars, you can’t go wrong with ESP. No matter the price you will get a decent instrument. We also like Ibanez and Gibson. Our Bass guitars are Ibanez, they have an awesome sound and an excellent feel and when it comes to bass necks comfort is king so to speak lol. Shure mics are always a staple they are dependable and have been around for a long time. You basically can’t go wrong there. We use Peavey and Marshall guitar amps (currently 5150 and JVM). Boss effects pedals, and Behringer bass amps.
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?
Jimi Ivins: It all started with Greg and me, we were jamming together with an old friend and things just weren’t connecting. The chemistry wasn’t right. Greg had an idea to record an ep with friends and invited me to help with a song he was recording with our good friend and excellent engineer guy-Jay Meunch at Goregrin Studios. (his dog is a dick tho, hey REX you can suck it) Originally I played a little guitar, the vocals kinda happened by accident. The music was all laid down and ready for vocals but as every musician knows finding a good vocalist is always a struggle. I had an idea for a chorus, laid it down and the rest just kinda fell into place. The song was later to become “Spartacus” which will be a part of our upcoming album titled Journey to the Other Side.
I and Tuck have played in numerous projects together and though different stylistically the two work very well together. When Tuck heard what we were doing he wanted to be a part of it and who could say no to that cute face? Plus his bod is always summer ready so we knew he would be a hit on stage. :). What was originally supposed to be a recording project somehow quickly turned into a band and the guys recruited long time friends and former bandmates Kris Black (Bind, Facedown) and Mikey Antine (Madjul, Bind) and here we are! Ready to get out there and be heard!
Were there any conflicts during the recording process? If so, how did you as a band overcome them?
Jimi Ivins: We recorded all the songs as we wrote them so internally there weren’t any conflicts in the band other than maybe a few re-writes here and there. We are all very fortunately open and like-minded people and wanted to do what we thought was best for every song. If it wasn’t good enough, we wanted to put in the work to make it better every time.
Is there a particular part you enjoy more than another in the process of a project?
Jim Ivins: I think I can speak for all of us when I say that writing the music is always the fun part and recording it is tough but it is also very rewarding when it is all done.
How do you know when a song is done and ready to be taken to the recording studio and produced?
Jimi Ivins: We never bring finished songs to the studio, only demo ideas. They always change in the end to something much better than before and that is what makes collaboration so great and important!
Looking towards the short and long term of where you might be currently- where do you see yourself (yourselves) as an artist/band in 2020 and beyond?
Jimi Ivins: We are a new band just getting out there but we intend to spread our reach and also continue to write good music for people to enjoy. Be a positive force in the world!
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