1. What is the biggest mistake your band ever made?
The biggest mistake made by the band would be allowing a friend to play piano in the band when he can barely play the instrument. When we first started as a band (under a different name) we had a good friend play piano with us for fun. As things got a little more serious we realized that he had no place in the band and shouldn’t of played in it in the first place. Seems like forever ago, but since then we went along as a four piece under the name The Dialogue.
2. What is the smartest thing your band has ever done?
The smartest thing we do as a band is communicate. We make it important to meet frequently, apart from practice, to talk about things band related and stuff that is going on in our personal lives. These conversations make us tighter as a band not only during social aspects of shows, but also amplifies the chemistry of our live performance.
3. What advice can you give for a band looking to improve their live show?
Improving a live show should be a natural progression. When a band is consciously trying to improve their live show, most times you can tell and it looks forced. I would suggest to not use gimmicks like props or overly use things like lights to compensate for something lacking. If your a shoegazer, be a shoegazer and own it. If you like to jump around with a big smile on your face then so be it. Be yourself duh.
4. What advice can you give for a band to build up a buzz?
Be active on the internet as much as you can. Everyone is connected through social networking sites like myspace and facebook so send out bulletins, post new videos, add friends constantly, etc. Inevitably it all comes down to the music, but if you cant build the online presence than only a small minority will hear your stuff.
5. What is the coolest piece of gear you have come across recently?
I’ve used a motorized screwdriver up against my pickups and it sounds beautiful. But in terms of normal gear, I just got the ProCo Rat and it rules. So versatile.
6. What is something you should bring on tour that most people may not think of?
Bring a huge pillow! You never know where your gonna sleep and a huge pillow can act as a pillow and a comforter all in one! I prefer giant fish pillows. And dont forget your TIGI Rockaholic dry shampoo.
7. Tell us a cool story from the recording studio?
I blew a wooden choo choo train into a microphone that make a “choo choo” sound. It made the record.
8. Tell us a cool story from the road?
We had WWE wresting matches with the Matches on Dylans (bass player from the Matches) birthday. I am proud to say we are still the tag team champions of the band world.
9. What is the dumbest thing you see other bands do?
Being overly flashy. You can have the best music in the world but neon outfits and eight colors in your hair will turn me off immediately. Let the music be the attention getter.
10. What have you learned songwriting wise recently?
Understand what your band intends to accomplish during the songwriting process. As an indie pop-rock band, we enjoy writing songs that allow our vocalist to shine. Because of this we have learned to simplify parts and accomodate to the vocal melodies.