SORNE: I suppose my first response would be that I truly want people to simply listen, and pull what they care to receive from the music. Beyond that, I have always responded to voice, melody and harmonic/disharmonic relationships between tones. The colors of the harmonies in my songs are very special to me, and I appreciate when others appreciate these sonic colors.
RBG: Having music on Band Camp, along with other such platforms in music right now such as Sound Cloud, Spotify and others, do you feel that music is moving into a virtual age? Personally, I fully support the idea of downloading songs for free from Band Camp and then if I like them buying them on vinyl.
SORNE: Yes, I also share this perspective. I would rather one have the music and hear it than not have it because of some monetary distraction. One of my intentions has been, and will continue to be focusing on making packaging and keep sakes that are pieces of art on their own. Whether it is a vinyl or a shirt, or a CD, that piece should reflect value and integrity. As a fan, it is what I hope for when I get excited about an artist or band.
RBG: How important of a factor do you feel that record labels play in music these days when pretty much anyone can put their music on the internet as opposed to having to hand out demo tapes at shows, the distribution record labels can offer, etc. It just seems like it’s a bit easier these days to succeed as a band- and even build up a strong fan base- before a label possibly comes calling for you.
SORNE: In spite of the many resources available, I still believe that labels serve a vital role in music. At the same time, many artists have been able to find their own success by hitting the road, building their own fan bases, and make their records on their own. I suppose it all depends. To date, we have done everything independently, and have seen the momentum grow steadily. In many ways, it is similar to investing. Labels have to be more and more careful regarding how and who they invest in. The more an act can present solidarity, longevity and popularity, the more likely they are to be successful with or without the aid of a label.
RBG: If you could tour with any single band or musician who would you pick and why?
SORNE: Trent Reznor. When I first heard Pretty Hate Machine, I fell in love with his work. I was eight or nine at the time, and Head Like a Hole was different from everything else on the radio. The words and sonic nature of his music has resonated more deeply with me than any other act to date, and it would be an honor to be a part of a tour with him.
RBG: Who is your favorite New Kid on the Block?
SORNE: It is a toss up between Wyllyam Shattner and the late Patryck Swayze. They just weren't the same without Patryck.
RBG: Who would win in a musical fight: Jack Black or Jack White?
SORNE: Trick question. Without black, there can be no white, and without white, there can be no black.