Thursday, January 24, 2013

INTERVIEW: White Walls

1)      What do you want people to hear most when they hear your music?

I don't know really, people can hear/decipher whatever they'd like to from the music. I guess for us in the band it's fairly self-indulgent, massive guitar tones and drum sound and satisfying riffs... I'm very happy and somewhat surprised of the positive feedback we have received from the album so far!

2)      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.

Yeah I suppose so. Every band these days tends to have a bandcamp or soundcloud and facebook/twitter/whatever, and it is definitely effective in getting yourself heard. The bands that do not have such things yet are such a dominant force and well loved and respected are usually those comprised of already established cool guys that have roots in previous successful bands... either that or they are just so shrouded in mystery that people are naturally drawn to them. Not having such roots I chose the social media road. I've done my fair share of downloading music, and probably not about to stop anytime soon (even though it has become more difficult after the recent crackdown) but i do wholeheartedly endorse buying the album if you dig it - having it in physical form makes you want to listen to it, even more so if its a sick band. In fact I found our album on three different sites available for free download today, i kind of look at it like a compliment of sorts though.

3)      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.

I think having a label backing you is just as important as ever. Its one thing to upload song after song of home recordings on to the internet and wait for something happen - not that i frown upon that at all, if i had a clue on how to record i'd totally be flooding the internet with my noodlings. But if a label shows interest in you and actually wants to release your music its just kind of a nice feeling. This helps a great deal financially too...

4)      If you could tour with any single band or musician who would you pick and why?

Well Boris was a massive influence upon us when we started and we share their ideals, especially the volume and necessity for excessive amp setups. Touring Japan with them would be fairly awesome.

5)      Who is your favorite New Kid on the Block?

Donnie Wahlberg. He has attitude.

6)      Who would win in a musical fight: Jack Black or Jack White?
JB for sure, he has Dio guiding him every step.

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