Monday, February 25, 2013

INTERVIEW: The American Heist

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

1. A reminder that there is still a heart beat in punk rock

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.

2. I like it and I don’t.  It's almost a double edged sword in my mind.  On one hand, your music is reaching way more people, but on the other, not everyone will get on eBay, a music forum, or simply go to their local record store.  In all honesty, if everybody had the same mentality you and I do, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

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.

3. It's way easier to get exposure, but because everyone is doing it, the whole scene is flooded with a plethora of musicians; good and bad.  It's sorting through the bad to get to the good ones that makes it a challenge.  That's also the fun part of it.

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

4. Joe Strummer.  He opened a lot of doors musically and mentally for me when I was younger. Without him, The American Heist wouldn't be anything close to what we are today.

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

5. Wahlberg.  Duh.

6)      Who would win in a musical fight: Jack Black or Jack White 

6. Lemmy

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