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Interview: Q&A with Alcoholic Faith Mission

11 Dec

Interview | Alcoholic Faith Mission

Alcoholic Faith Mission has a pretty damn good album called Let This be the Last Night I Care which was released this year. My Eyes To See is my favorite from the album. Check out the track below and enjoy AFM’s take on the digital arena!

So, ATM, how did you guys got together?

Sune and Thorben met in high school and started their musical partnership almost immediately.

But it wasn’t until a crispy cold winter’s day in early 2006 walking through raw wintery streets of Brooklyn that they came up with the idea of starting their own project. Before then they had played in various different constellations, but it was time for them to move on and upward. Continue reading

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Interview: Q&A with Campfire OK

3 Dec

Seattle, US is home to indie folk-rock act Campfire OK and they are starting to build quite the momentum! Even on G&C they’re a top 3 most listened to artist! As you all know by now, G&C Q&As bands from all over the world to see how they’re embracing the digital age.

Campfire OK | Ana-Them Records


“The truth is, if you value your own music and charge for it, people will pay.” Mychal, Campfire OK

Thanks for taking time out for us! Tell me how you guys got together? What is it for you that makes you want to play music as a career?

We formed as a band after I (Mychal) accumulated a collection of songs and needed musicians to play the instrumentation. I was lucky enough to meet very talented, interesting musicians with great ideas. We all met each other mostly by happenstance through friends of friends. We all want to play music as a career for many reasons. Some are simple reasons that compel any one to do anything. We all like to travel, meet new people, have weird experiences and give people a way to escape their day-to-day lives by coming to our shows and listening to our records. We also play music as a career because we have to. I’m not saying anyone is holding a gun to our heads, but we all feel a responsibility to ourselves to play. We have simply done it our whole lives and will continue to do so until we can’t anymore…

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Interview: Q&A with The Static Jacks

17 Nov

Photo: Michael James Murray - The Calcutta Blog

The Static Jacks are holding the torch for the new wave of digital-embracing bands and artists. The band-of-CMJ 2010 easily! Check out their video for Defend Rosie to hear what all the fuss is about!

Video: Michael James Murray – The Calcutta Blog

Their music has this raw organic energy with the only comparison I can make is if Arctic Monkeys and Misfits collided for a musical big boom. I can’t stress how ace is this band is!

The Static Jacks | My Parents Lied


So what is the background story on The Static Jacks?

The Static Jacks are really just a bunch of kids that grew up together.  Ian, Nick and I are from the same town in New Jersey.  I met them when I was fourteen-years-old.  We started playing music together with two other guys throughout high school.  It was always this band.  I never played with anybody else.  And then after high school and one semester of college, the three of us realized at this time in our lives that we’d really be happier playing music together constantly.  So we recruited Mike from a local Sam Ash music store and got down to work.

And the name, Static Jacks comes from this line in the Die Antwoord song “Beat Boy.”  We hadn’t heard the song yet when we came up with the name…but that’s where it comes from.

Haha! You guys have an incredible energy live! Do you feel the live side of an artist is more important than ever given that albums lack any real revenue worth these days?

I don’t know if I believe a live show is more important than an album, if anything more people are listening to albums today because they just download anything and everything they want.  But I believe the idea of an actual entertaining show is important.  I don’t think we’re the kind of band that are going to have crazy stage theatrics, like vaudeville dancers coming out and following choreography to our songs or something…that’d be hysterical.  But I think it’s important for an audience to see that a band is actually enjoying what they’re doing and feeling passionate about it.  I like that intensity.  It’s a release for all of us.

It shows in your sets! Do you think the internet has been a blessing or a curse for up-and-coming musicians? There must be a fine balance between promotion and getting paid?

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Q & A Interview: Fez

11 Nov
A few might already know, but a few months ago I discovered Fez through a friend’s recommendation. To cut the story short, we managed to get one of their tracks licensed with Victoria Secrets! Check it out here!  

Q&A is about the musicians within the music industry. Their thoughts on the digital landscape and how they are embracing the new landscape.

Interview: The Fez 

Do you think the digitalization of music is a blessing or a curse? Would The Fez be happy if their music was being downloaded illegally by hundreds of fans?

 As a music fan I view the digitalisation of music as a blessing – I think it’s great that I am able to read about a band and instantly hear their music and form an opinion.

 As a band member it is more of a double-edged sword. When we first released our EP online, free of charge, I was excited to see so many people downloading it from places as far and wide as Venezuela, Thailand, Romania, India, Ecuador, Chile, the Philippines – pretty much anywhere you can imagine and without the internet this just wouldn’t have happened.

We were happy to offer our music for free just to try to help it spread and to some extent this has worked. However at the same time I always thought that if we worked hard enough and for long enough we would one day be making a living from music but as time goes by I am not so sure. I found it quite funny that despite the EP being available for free officially it has still cropped up on a number of torrent sites.

Where do you see the music industry in 3 years time? Will anyone still be buying music and if yes, why so?  

I can’t see much changing within the music industry over the next 3 years, I don’t expect that the amount of people downloading illegally will rise but at the same time I don’t see it getting any better unless labels somehow manage to clamp down on those who do so.

What social media/digital marketing tools are you using to get your name out there? Is it working!?

Our EP is available at http://wearefez.bandcamp.com/ I would recommend this site to other bands – it’s easy to gain an understanding of who is listening/downloading your tracks and at the same time for your listeners to gain access to your music.

Often when I buy a cd it is due to a combination of wanting the physical copy complete with the artwork and not having the guilt that I get from illegally downloading. At the end of the day if someone doesn’t buy a band’s music there is a greater chance that they will be unable to continue making it.

 

 

 

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