Interview: Have A Good Season

Photo Credit: Brett Sweeney

Have A Good Season answered some questions for the site. The band talks about working with Jesse Cannon, their new single, and more. Check out the full interview below.

When the band started in late 2012, did you have any goals you knew you wanted to hit?

We wanted to play house shows and build a local fanbase. It was what a lot of our friends and favorite bands were doing at the time so it felt like a good first step for us.

You have two EPs out now. How would you say the band has progressed through those two releases and now the new single, “Gum,” that recently released?

I think we’ve definitely matured thematically and lyrically. We’re also better at showing each other ideas and building off of them so each of us have a hand at finalizing a song.

What was it like working with Cannon Found Soundation? Do you plan to work with them some more?

Mike and Jesse at Canon Found Soundation were both really great to work with. We wanted to try something a little different for “Gum” so we went with Adam Chichocki at Timbre Studio. Adam had a lot of great ideas and his mixing/mastering helped us make “Gum” sound exactly how we envisioned it.

Being in New Jersey, do you travel to New York and Philly to play shows and expand your fanbase?

We’ve played a few house shows in Philly and some gigs in NY as well. Those are two places we definitely want to play more often in. Always a fun time. Our most recent out of state show was with Brian from Have Mercy. It was a really nice, intimate set in Brooklyn at this ballroom venue.

What is the hometown scene like?

Our hometown scene is amazing! NJ is and always has been a great place for music. Growing up, we all went to shows in Asbury Park and New Brunswick and Red Bank. Being able to play those same places when HAGS started really helped us build a fanbase in NJ.

What do you currently have in the works? Are there plans for a full-length?

Hopefully a full length sometime this year. Maybe a tour? We aren’t positive yet. Definitely gonna keep writing and playing shows here and there though.

Do any of the members have hobbies outside of the band?

I love to draw. I’ve been doing the artwork for HAGS for a while now. I love weird comics and old cartoons and that kind of thing so I guess that’s why my artwork looks the way it does. I’ve done all of our t-shirt graphics and the cover art for “Gum.” You can follow me on Instagram at boy_oh_boy_art.

Lastly, where can out readers keep up with the band?

You can keep up with us on:
Facebook: facebook.com/HaveAGoodSeason
IG: haveagoodseas0n
Bandcamp: haveagoodseason.bandcamp.com
We’re also on iTunes and Spotify. Cheers.

Interview: Faers

Faers took some time to answer some questions about getting involved in music, being on BBC Introducing, and more. Check out the full interview below.

How did you first get involved in the music scene?
Steven: Hi, thanks for having us. Ryan and Alex first got into the music scene a few years ago they have been in a few bands before FAERS. For myslef, Morgan and Sam this is our first band playing on the live scene.

When did things really start to come together for the band and you knew what direction you wanted to go in?
Ryan: I would say that things started to come together as a band when Alex joined last year. After he joined we started playing bigger shows and writing better songs.

What was it like having “Time” played on BBC Introducing?
Sam: It was great, lucky for us BBC Introducing have played a few of our single now. we are very grateful for their support.

What’s the best thing about being a part of the London music scene?
Morgan: The venues and the music lovers are the best thing about the london music scene. its important to keep these venues open…

Do you have a favorite spot to play in London?
Alex: We enjoy the shows in Camden they are always fun and sweaty. We have played some killer shows in Hoxton that we wont forget in a hurry

Where are you hoping to take the music next?
Steven: We are looking to do a small tour up the country next year with maybe the odd show in Europe. its important we play these shows in London but its also good to see if people enjoy our music outside our bubble

Thanks for your time. Where can our readers keep up with you?
Morgan: Thanks, check us out here: Facebook and Spotify.

Interview: Best Behavior

best behavior
Photo Credit: M Coooper

Alex of Best Behavior took some time to let us know about the start of the band, being on a label, and much more. Be sure to read the full interview below.

What were your initial plans when the band started? Was it just something to do for fun or was it a serious venture for you?
Best Behavior started more as an emotional response to a breakup I was going through. I honestly had no intentions of even playing the music live, out with a band.

How did you get hooked up with Money Fire Records? Just from playing around Brooklyn?
I had previously recorded at John Meredith’s, the owner of MFR, studio and loved his energy. After I recorded all the original Best Behavior demos he was an obvious choice for me when I was looking for someone to record with. He got into the songs and ended up putting out the album.

How would you describe the Brooklyn music scene? What’s your favorite thing about it?
There’s something about the Brooklyn spirit that you don’t find other places. It’s cliche, but the Brooklyn music scene is hungry for something. You don’t find that everywhere.

For the new single, “Say,” you teamed up with Justin Gerrish, who has worked with The Strokes. How did that come about?
Justin saw the band play when we opened up for The Darkness. He heard the our new demos and offered to help the band. His production style really helped take the EP in a new direction.

You’re out on tour now, so will that lead up to the release of Things That Happened? Do you plan to tour more after it’s out?
No doubt about it. We love being on tour. It’s so funny because we find the kids outside of NYC kind of enjoy live music more than Brooklyn.

What’s been the best experience during this recording cycle?
Finding that zen moment where I stopped caring about what people would think of the record. We decided not to rush ourselves. I think the songs really grew because of that.

We can’t wait to hear the full EP and thanks so much for taking the time to chat. Where can our readers follow the band?
Follow us on Facebook and Spotify so you can stay updated!!

Interview: Dead Leaves

Dead Leaves

Elliot Blair, the singer/guitarist of Dead Leaves, took the time to chat with us about the band, their upcoming release, and more. Vultures is due out on Take This To Heart Records on August 25. You can pre-order the album here and check out the interview below.

When the band first formed in 2013, did you imagine you’d be where you are now?

We’re really happy with how things have turned out so far. We’ve played alongside of some of our favorite bands and have had the opportunity to do some small tours. It’s always been a lot of fun performing for people who haven’t heard us before, and meeting new friends all over the place. It’s been an amazing experience. Now we’ve been working on our new record for the last two years and we’re so excited to show everyone.

The Ohio music scene keeps getting bigger and bigger it seems. Do you have a favorite spot to play to your hometown crowd?

The Ohio music scene is amazing. There are so many good bands and we’re grateful that we can be a part of it. We like playing at Mahalls in Lakewood a lot because a lot of that music scene is kind of engrained there. We also like playing at Kling Thing which is this house located in Akron. They have a long history of incredible DIY shows and they’ve played a big part in what the Northeast Ohio music scene has become today.

What was your writing process like for Vultures?

I wrote the first song on Vultures in August of 2015. We wanted to write a full length record for a while and wanted to make sure we did it right, and create something that we would be proud of. The process usually consisted of me writing and recording demos in my room, and then slowly refining the songs as a full band.

There were times during writing that I would spend hours on a verse, trying different things until something stuck. I would constantly send demos to the rest of the band to get opinions and ideas. I think we ended up with 50 songs in total, and we narrowed it down to 12 for the record, but only chose 9. I ended up writng ‘Wake Me’ later on, while we were recording the record. Overall, we’re very happy with how everything turned out, and Vultures is something that were proud of.

Can you tell us some of your influences or inspirations for the album?

Among many others, two of my big personal musical influences are Say Anything and Jimmy Eat World. I think that kind of reveals itself in my songwriting.

I was inspried to create something from my own personal situations in hopes that someone who listens to the songs can relate. The whole record is about being vunerable, which reflected the way I was feeling at the time.

What was the studio experience like when you recorded? Who did you record with?

We recorded with Dave Piatek at his studio in Cleveland. We had recorded our self titled EP with Dave, so we knew what to expect when going in. He really takes his time as an engineer and producer to make sure everything is perfect. The biggest thing for me was that, Dave seemed as excited about the record as I was, and that was a big insperation for creativity in the studio.

How would you say the band has changed since the self-titled EP in 2015?

In my opinion, I think our sound has matured a lot from our EP. I’ve personally been through a lot since our EP was released and I hope that comes through lyrically on this new record. We’re constantly working on improving our writing and performance, so I think we’re definitely more in tune with each other than we were in 2015. I think the biggest thing though is that our inside jokes have evolved to the point where it’s almost impossible to keep a normal conversation with any of us.

What plans do you have once the release is out in a few weeks?

We’re kicking off our record release with our release show on September 1st, and we’re hitting the road in support of the release until September 10th. Then, in October, we’re doing another small tour and playing Fest 16.

We have a bunch of other awesome shows coming up toward the end of the year as well.

Thanks for taking the time to chat. Where can our readers keep up with the band?

You can follow us on Facebook.

Instagram and Twitter: @deadleavesoh

Also you can keep up with us over at the Take This to Heart Records site.

Interview: Night Argent

Night Argent

Night Argent recently released The Fear. The band took some time to answer our questions about the EP, the band’s start, and more. Check out the full interview below.

When the band first started out in Pasco, Washington, where were you mostly playing? Did you play local shows or would you travel to Seattle and Portland areas to get gigs?

We actually played all over when we first started out. We were working with a college booking agency, and traveled around the U.S. quite a bit playing shows. Our first tour after we locked in the final member of the band was actually a 3 week tour on the east coast, so we got a lot of travel experience grinding it out pretty early on. We also played quite a few shows locally, but venues don’t seem to last super long in our hometown, we hope to one day help change that.

Once you won the grand prize at the Ernie Ball International Battle of the Bands, things seemed to really get rolling for the band. How did that experience change things for you?

It was a huge moment for us. We already believed in what we were doing and the music we were making, but to get that validation at that level and from people in the industry we’ve respected a long time was incredible.

It opened up a lot of doors for us, we still have to grind and put in work every day, but it allowed us opportunities that a lot of bands don’t get.

I don’t want to focus too much on the past, so let’s jump ahead to working on The Fear. What was working with John Feldmann like and what did you learn from him?

It was a new experience for us for sure. We had never worked with an outside producer, we had done everything in house up to that point, and to have our first experience be someone at his level was pretty hard to wrap our heads around. Luckily he made us feel right at home, and we had a blast working with him in the studio. The biggest thing we learned from him was to stay true to who we are as a group and what we’re trying to accomplish, regardless of how outside pressures may try and force us to change and be something we’re not.

With the EP out now, what is the band’s main focus? Touring?

Definitely, our goal right now is to play festivals, and get on the road with other bands out there putting in the work. Playing live and touring is our favorite part of being in a band.

Is the band always writing and working on new music or do you give yourselves a bit of a break?

We’re always working on new music, and writing. It’s how we express ourselves and cope with everyday life. We don’t write strictly for the band, or our fans, we write for ourselves, and because it’s what we live for.

I look forward to hearing more from the band in the future. Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions. Last one: where can our readers keep up with you?

Thank you! They can find us on any of the social media sites, or check out our website.

Interview: MADUS

MADUS

About two years ago, I saw MADUS perform at The Viper Room in Los Angeles. I interviewed the band then and I recently had the chance to catch up with Dugan Cruz for an update on what they’ve been up to in the meantime. Check out the full interview and their latest single below.

Hey! It’s great to be chatting with you again. How are things going?

Same to you Deanna. Thing’s are going great. Lotsa fun stuff happening.

That’s always good to hear. It’s been about two years now so what has the band been up to in the meantime?

Indeed it has! Time sure flies… Well, shortly after that show was the beginning of the end of an era for us. Since then we’ve gotten two new members, recorded with a reputable producer named Noah Shain, garnered skills and gear to record ourselves, hooked up with a super-rad Art Mama named Nasera Alayon and made a new website. We’ve also been playing and writing as much as possible in between all that as well.

You’ve definitely kept busy then. What was recording with Noah like? Do you think it gave you a better understanding of the recording process as a whole?

We love music too much to not “get busy” with it. 😉 Recording with Noah was a life changing experience. I think we all gained a lot more respect for the power of the song and an excruciating attention to detail. The thing I loved most about Noah was his devout respect of music. He grew up during the hardcore Los Angeles Punk scene, and there are so many great lessons to learn from bands like Black Flag and the other intense DIYers that just don’t settle for anything they don’t want. It’s beautiful. That being said, we walked away from the experience wanting to spend the foreseeable future recording ourselves. Not because we think we’ve become Josh Homme level producers from recording with Noah ONE time, but mainly because we recognize the writing, tracking, mixing, and mastering as crafts that we all want to respect and learn as part of our process to developing our own individual sound. We have SOO many influences strewn about this band, and so much of what we love about other bands is their focus and dedication to their particular thing.

It’s always a plus when you can take something away from recording with a producer. Some bands just go in, get the job done, and move on with it. What’s the story behind “Through the Dark”? And do you feel you applied a lot of what you learned to recording that single?

There’s something new to learn EVERY time we record. “Through the Dark” definitely marked a shift in the band from the moment it was written. It’s part of what precipitated 2 members leaving, and 2 members joining. The intro Riff actually came to me during a cat nap in Portland while reading this book Horns by Joe Hill. The Riff woke me up, and I think I spent the better part of that week banging different bits of the song out. I was listening to a lot of early Strokes and Arctic Monkeys at the time, and it obviously influenced the song. I can’t say I applied what I learned recording that song to the “Through the Dark” itself, but I DEFINITELY apply everything I learned from recording that song to every song that followed it.

I haven’t read that exact book from Joe Hill, but I have read some of his stuff. It’s funny how you’ll be doing one thing and it’ll spark something totally different. Does this new single mean we can expect a release some time soon from the band?

Ah man, it’s so good. Definitely check that book out when you can. Brilliantly dark. And yes, the brain is a highly sophisticated platform for facilitating tangential synchronicity. Yes to new releases! Part of the reason we’re recording ourselves is to chase a goal of releasing one new song a month for as long as we can.

Will you end up collecting those songs into albums or EPs at any point?

Kinda… So as of now we have plans to release a “mixtape” at the end of the year that’ll have a few songs on it. We’re gonna press the collection to cassette tapes and have a slick design by that Nasera girl. Side note: definitely check out her site. We’re still looking at labels to try and do a split deal on pressings with.

That’s a cool idea. It’s something that I don’t think a lot of bands are doing and with how streaming is going, singles seem like a good idea if you aren’t quite ready to put together a full release. What other plans do you have for the rest of 2017?

Yeah… I have too much respect for the album format to attempt it without the proper capital. As for 2017 the only word on all our minds is “hustle.” There’s so many great shows going on in Los Angeles it’s a full time job to try and keep up! So… Plan is: writing, recording, performing, booking, manifesting awesome stuff. 💅🏾

Keeping up the hustle is always a good plan. I look forward to the new music. I’m huge on listening to albums as a whole, so I understand that respect for sure. Is there anything we haven’t hit on that you want to let our readers know about? Where can they keep up with the band?

Great minds think alike. 🤘🏽Yeah, as a final note I would like to plug our website. All our dates, releases, media, and other coolness will be over there. Also, if anyone’s around we got a sweet gig on Wednesday August 23 at Davey Wayne’s over in Hollywood. Would be great to have any and all freaks lookin for a good time to come out.

Awesome. Thanks so much for your time. It was great catching up with you.

It was my pleasure. Thank YOU for keeping music alive. Stay awesome, Deanna.

Interview: Light Treasons

Light Treasons

Zack and Joel from Light Treasons took some time to answer questions about the band, their music, and more. You can also check out a video for “The Satellite” below.

When the band first started, did you have any specific plans or did you just want to see what came of it?

Zack:  Joel and I used to play together in a band called Hark The Herald for a few years back in the late 2000’s. Since then, neither of us had played music together or even by ourselves, and we slowly came to the mutual realization that we needed to start playing music again. We assumed we would just mess around and have fun and see where it went. We recruited my friend from college, Rob Diver who I knew could play and sing and had similar tastes in music. He started on bass and lead vocals. When Clay Nevels (the lead singer of Hark The Herald) found out that Joel and I were playing together again, he offered to be an quasi-unofficial member of the band on guitar and backup vocals. Eventually the music started taking shape and we realized that getting a solid bass player and letting Rob focus on vocals would be key if we ever wanted to play out live and sound our best. We eventually asked our friend Chris Hysell to join us on bass even though he’s the best guitarist out of all of us. I recorded a 5 song EP for the band (and had Jordan Haynes mix and master it) and then we started playing shows. Before we knew it, we had become a “real band” again even though we never set out with that ambition.

Joel: Yeah, those who know Zack and myself well know that it’s hard for us to not take things seriously. We definitely started without a ton of expectations, but those expectations grew rather quickly once we had the full band put together.

You have a full length coming out soon, Fortunes. What was the writing and recording process like for that?

Zack: For or better or worse, the writing process for Fortunes has been really different than what we’re used to. The 5-song EP was almost a continuation/maturation/ending of the Hark The Herald sound. Even though we still love those songs, we felt like we were still trying to find the Light Treasons sound. We wrote new two songs fairly quickly after the EP that would go on to become The Gravedigger and The Marionette. We found ourselves playing them live because we loved them so much, but we didn’t even have a listenable demo of the songs. We decided to record those two songs (this time from start to finish with Jordan Haynes) so that we could get them out to people to hear before they came to our shows. We didn’t know what we wanted to do with the songs long term, we just knew we wanted to release them spaced out so there would be new material to keep people engaged. That’s when Joel’s wife, Erin, suggested that we do individual artwork for the singles and offered to draw it all herself. That idea eventually became the concept of having unique tarot card art and titles for each song, which then became the album “Fortunes”. Each song is it’s own fortune that represents people we know, fictional stories, actual things we’ve been through, and even the global political climate. Chris left to play guitar for Foxbat, and we added our long-time friend Jared Howell on bass after the first 2 songs were done. With new blood in the band, we decided to write, record, and release the songs in real-time, as opposed to banking them until we were ready to record the whole record. Although this process was really stressful, it forced us to create faster and try harder. Because of the aggressive timeline we set, we divided and conquered the song writing process, often breaking into smaller writing teams to try and flesh out our ideas before getting the whole band on board. It also allowed us to have a honeymoon period with each individual track as our newest and best song. Even though we didn’t set out to write a concept album, we feel like we were able to actually pull it off. There were some challenges with recording an album across 4 different recording sessions and making it sound/feel cohesive, but Jordan really stepped up and put in the extra work to make that happen. He’s basically the 6th member of the band.  Even though the songs are meant to stand on their own, they really feel at home next to one another. This is especially the case with the final/title track of the album. Fortunes was the last song we wrote and it encompasses lyrics, themes, and even guitar and vocal melodies from the other songs. Ultimately, the album turned out better than we could have a imagined, although I’m not sure any of us would undertake such a tedious writing/recording process again.

Joel: Fortunes was definitely a lot different, but I think it really led to the best possible product. As Zack mentioned, the concept for Fortunes kind of came after the first couple songs were already written and recorded, but I am really proud of the final, completed project. I’ve always loved concept albums, rather they be a single story or an overarching theme, and was really excited to do one of our own. I think it’s a very hard thing to do to make an album worth of songs that are both individually unique and collectively cohesive. I really think we did that with Fortunes, and I couldn’t be more proud of it.

Is there any specific part of making music that is your favorite?

Zack: For me personally, the best feeling is when you hear a song or part of a song fleshed out for the first time and it just works. This could be an iPhone demo recording of the band jamming or the mixed and mastered final track. Simply hearing something that you created from nothing and then it makes you feel an emotion…it’s hard to describe, but it feels amazing. The other thing that I really love about making music is when someone else sings along to something you wrote. We can all sing along to the pop hit of the day without even thinking about it, but as an alternative band that’s not all over the radio, it’s not that often when that happens. It’s so rewarding to realize that someone else listens to your music enough to know the words and melodies. Even if they get the lyrics wrong (which my girlfriend does all the time) it still makes me smile from ear to ear.

Joel: Zack summed it up well. The only thing I’d add, is that I love playing it live. I like a lot of different styles of music, but the reason I love writing and playing this style so much is the live intensity and energy. Nothing like it, at least for me.

With the first half of 2017 coming to a close, what do you have planned for the second half?

Zack- It’s hard to say because we are still “full-time adults” with jobs and families. We want to play as many out of town shows as we can but also know that we can’t just take off in the van for weeks at a time like we used to. That is, unless, Muse wants us to come open up for them on their world tour, in which case, I’m sure we can move some things around in our schedule… We’re going to create/release more videos as well because that medium resonates with people when it’s combined with music. We’re playing a few festivals in the region and would like to play some more to get in front of people that might hear us otherwise. We want to be your new favorite band, so if you’re reading this, let us know what you’d like to see from us.

When you aren’t doing band related things, what are you doing? Any other hobbies?

Zack: We all have other hobbies that we love. Clay is the lead singer in another band called Foxbat. Rob is a big sports fan and a gamer. Jared is part of the haunt community (haunted houses, etc.). Joel is a new dad, so that’s a job and a hobby combined. I’m part owner in a few small businesses including a new Axe-throwing company called Flying Axes.

Are there any local bands you think everyone should be checking out?

Zack: Other than Foxbat (seriously, they’re so good, why haven’t you checked them out yet?), there are so many good local bands. Jordan’s band Artifex Pereo (Tooth and Nail) are some of the best musicians, not just in Louisville, but period. We love Greyhaven. Summer Youth (who is playing our CD release show) is the new project from Kevin of Uh Huh Baby Yeah! As I’m writing this list, I’m worried that if I try to mention everyone I’ll inevitably leave someone out. Plus I could probably break the internet with the number of awesome Louisville bands I’d list, so for good measure, I’ll just say all of them. Oh yeah, and BRENDA.

Joel: QUIET HOLLERS!

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Where can our readers follow the band?

Zack: We’re on all the mainstream social platforms, our music is on Spotify, YouTube, iTunes. Links to everything can be found at lighttreasons.com. Also, come see us live. We’re pretty normal and fun loving guys. We’d love to hang out with you and have a beer or a bourbon.

Interview: The Nightmare Police

The Nightmare Police

The Nightmare Police have a new album out this Friday. Check out our interview with them on the album, their future plans, and more.

When the band started in 2014, did you have any idea of where it would go?

None at all, we just wanted to write music that people could relate to and hope that we could exorcise some demons.

Losing The Light is out on June 9th. What was the writing process like for the EP? Who did you record it with?

The writing process was actually the best I’ve ever been a part of. The 3 of us just blend so well together when we write it’s almost an infinite flow of ideas. We wrote 12 songs for this EP and picked 5 to record. We recorded the drums with Brett Romnes and Frank Bones, the remainder was all done with Frank Bones.

How would you say the band has progresses since if only I could…?

We have become more personal and raw. This is us shouting out. Can you hear us?

What do you have planned after the EP is out? Going on tour?

Lots of local shows for now, we just did a short Northeast run  but expect us down the East Coast and the Midwest soon.

Are there plans to work on a full-length next?

Maybe, but you didn’t hear that from us!

Do any of you have hobbies outside of the band? And if so, what are they?

Jesus is a tattoo artist and does amazing work. Joe is a handy man, give him something and he’ll fix it or build it for you. I’m a gamer but a bad one, I should probably stick to music.

Any local bands that you think everyone should be checking out?

Our favorite local band right now is MJT. There are so many great ones on Long Island right now though it’s hard to name them all.

Thanks for your time! Where can our readers follow the band?

Check out our website at http://www.thenightmarepolice.com and you can follow the band on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram as well as listen to all of our music on digital retailers (Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, YouTube, etc.).

Interview: Craig Wedren

Craig Wedren

Craig Wedren took some time to talk to us about what it’s like to make music for film and television, what he’s working on, and more. Check out the full interview below.

We’ve recently seen more and more musicians getting involved directly with film and television. How did that come about for you?

From very early on -even when I was playing in bands- I always had a home studio where I made more experimental, film-like music. When I went to college, many of my closest friends (David Wain, Thomas Lennon, Michael Patrick Jann) were in film school and would turn to me for music, largely because I was the only guy they knew who was in a proper band, Shudder To Think, with actual records! Everything evolved from there.

With “No Estoy Triste,” did you know up front it would be used for the end credits?

I wrote No Estoy Triste specifically for the end credits of Latin Lover. Ken Marino, who directed (another one of my besties from college) wanted an upbeat, family-themed closing song that would leave the audience humming and happy. It popped out very quickly and immediately felt right, but it took a minute to figure out the right lyric bc my Spanish is basically 8th grade level(::

When you create original songs for film or TV, how does the process differ from making music for yourself?

In a band, one is usually saying “FU” to any-and-everyone else telling you what to do (except maybe your bandmates). Its an expression of freedom, independence and uniqueness of expression -its meant to be ‘foreground’ music, the sole focus of attention.

Movie music is explicitly about taking direction, it tends to be assignment-based, and needs to serve a larger vision. Its usually background music. I think of it like acting, where you take on a character, and speak through it. Movie music is frequently meant to be background music, subliminally directing the emotions of the audience. For me, personal music music for film are totally complimentary, and at this point I wouldn’t want to do one without the other.

Are you given any direction on what feeling the song should embody or where it’ll be used?

On a film or TV show, the director and I will discuss what the music for a given scene -or for the show as a whole- needs to convey, story-wise, emotionally, and ion terms of character or relationships. Then I go from there. Direction is vital in film and TV, although sometimes I like to create sketches and pitch my own ideas and impressions based on just the script, before the director and I get into it.

Going back a bit, what was it like working on a movie like School of Rock?

School Of Rock was a dream. My friend Randy Poster (music supervisor) called and asked me to write a ‘Creed-like’ power ballad for the evil band No Vacancy, and then they needed some instrumental score for the rest of the film. I also got to rehears with the kids, which was a blast. I feel very fortunate to have been involved in that one -a classic imo.

Do you have a favorite song from these projects or do you like them all for different reasons?

I’ve made so many songs and scores at this point that its hard to keep track, but I have a particular fondness for the songs from Wet Hot American Summer, particularly “Higher and Higher” from the movie (co-written with my friend Theodore Shapiro), and the original songs my team -Pink Ape- and I made for Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp on Netflix. Those songs still get stuck in my craw.

Do you have anything in the works right now or in the near future?

I’m finishing up my new album Adult Desire right now. It’ll be out late-Summer/early Fall 2017. There will also be an accompanying album length video that I’m concocting. Very excited! Also, look out for the TV show GLOW on Netflix in June. Its about women’s wrestling in the ’80s, and I love the music we made for it. And Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later will be out this Summer, too! It takes place in 1991 so there’s lots of fun music or fans, particularly Gen-Xers.

Thanks for your time! Where can our readers follow you?

Thank you! Here are my handles..
Website: www.craigwedren.com
Twitter: @craigwedren
Insta: @craigwedren
FB: @craigwedrenmusic; @shuddertothinkofficial
 

Interview: Ben Hazlewood

Ben Hazlewood

Ben Hazlewood took some time to answer questions about his new EP, getting into music, and more. Check out the interview along with a stream of EOS.

When did you first know you wanted to get into making music?

I started writing music when I was 12 and it grew from there. I have always performed on stage from a young age but it was when I starting writing and performing my own music that I realized this was exactly what I want to be doing with my life.

What was it like being on The Voice Australia?

I really had a great experience on the show. My mentor, Joel Madden, said to me at the beginning of the show “This will not be the be all and end all of your career” which really helped me focus on the show and not take it too seriously; and enjoy the experience. I learned a lot and it really helped me grow as a vocalist.

Do you think being on the show helped you figure out what exactly you wanted to do with music?

Yeah, I think performing other people’s music really let me work out what style and genre I wanted to focus on writing. I chose songs that I connected to lyrically so, afterwards, I began writing music and lyrics that are very emotive and anthemic.

Last year, you released VANTA. How would you say EOS differs from that?

The theme behind the two EPs is “its always darkest before the dawn” so on VANTA, the stories are coming from a dark place but always looking toward a positive light. EOS is lighter and more hopeful in its writing.

Can you tell us a bit more about your single, “Sail Away”? What is the inspiration behind the song?

“Sail Away” is a journey of letting go, which is the hardest thing to do after fighting for so long to keep a dream alive.

It’s when that natural resistance to admit defeat sets in and provokes taking that one chance to move forward instead of waiting for the change that may never come.

Now that EOS is out, what are your plans?

Continuing to write new music and be back out on the road again soon performing all the tracks from both EPs.

Thanks for your time! Where can our readers keep up with you?

@benhazlewood on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook!