If Walls Could Talk released a deluxe edition of What Would They Say? recently. Tony Burke and Nick DiStefano took some time to chat with us about the band, the Detroit music scene, and more. Check out the full interview below.
When the band started in 2013, what were your expectations?
Tony: Well, we like to set our expectations pretty high. Not to mention, all of us are in it for the long run. So, our short term goals were simple like playing with well established local acts, creating our first professional EP, and putting together an entertaining live set. But, in the back of our minds, I’m pretty sure all of us have been just waiting to play at Soldier Field with Coldplay one day.
Have you met or exceeded them so far?
Tony: Now that I think about it, we’ve been pretty consistent with both meeting and exceeding our goals. Not only do we have our first EP out, but we have a deluxe version coming out.
How did the Detroit music scene impact your sound?
Nick: I feel that the Detroit music scene is prominently pop punk and alternative. I know for a few of us here, we started playing making pop punk music originally. I know that has seriously influenced my music personally, and you’ll see a lot of that in Static. Lots of octaves and power chords!
What is the local scene like there?
Tony: If I had one word to describe the local scene in Detroit, I would way it’s definitely a community. Everyone knows each other and is very engaged in the scene. It doesn’t really feel like bands are competing with each other. Everyone just wants to see the other band succeed at whatever they are doing.
What has been the most challenging thing about building up a local following for the band and then having it expand beyond Detroit?
Nick: At first it was just about getting in front of the right audience. In Detroit, we’ve expanded greatly and have now sold out multiple shows here. There have been a few markets that we’ve broken into well, like Grand Rapids and Chicago. However, we’re still getting our foot in the door in others more east of Detroit.
When did you know you wanted to release a deluxe edition of ‘What Would They Say?’ and what does it include?
Nick: We grew so much from the release of the initial EP, and we had so much more content we wanted to share with everyone. This includes music videos, songs, and renditions of songs. So when we started talking about our next steps, it felt so natural to end this cycle of our band with a deluxe version.
What is the band focusing on next?
Nick: Right now, it’s writing. We want to be able to improve our live show so much, but also really make our music stand out on a recorded track too.
Outside of the band, do you have any other hobbies?
Tony: I’m a lover of the arts. Outside of music, I like creative writing and even dancing. Most people probably don’t know this about me, but I’m actually a professional ballroom dancer.
Thank you for your time! Where can our readers keep up with the band?
Nick: It’s our pleasure! You can find us really anywhere. Here are a few links:
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