I had chance to catch up with our lastest Introducing band over the holiday period and here´s what they had to say. Enjoy!
Are you looking at putting an album together or are you going to continue to stick to the EP style?
Tiana: Right now with the way the industry is, making EP’s allows us to get our music into the hands of our fans faster as well as financially do-able for us. We do have the ultimate goal of making an album. We would love to work with Howard Benson when the time comes!
How have you found the response to your EP?
Tiana: I was shocked when everyone started freaking out about it. I knew we made something special but that doesn’t necessarily guarantee that it will be successful, so we are so happy! I’m not used to this at all.
Rossen: People love it. Haven’t heard one bad response yet.
Rob: The same as any actor/actress or musician/painter: It started off with friends being surprised and new fans falling in loving our work; and us. It’s up to us to make sure everyone can’t help but to stand on the tips of their toes for whatever we have coming out.
How would you describe your sound to anyone who hasn’t heard of you?
Tiana: Breaking Benjamin meets Kelly Clarkson
Rossen: Commercial rock with female vocals
Rob: Chevelle making babies with a female version of STAIND and we just happened to be in the same room, same bed.
Do you plan to bring your music over to Europe?
Tiana: Yes! We have already been played on the radio and written about in the paper in Varna, Bulgaria. That was pretty exciting since Rossen is from there. I have always wanted to go to Europe, so I am excited we are already reaching new places!
Rob: The three of us are dying to fly out to Europe to perform!
If you could perform anywhere in the world where would it be?
Tiana: I have a tie! Australia or any huge European Rock Festival (like Rock AM Ring or Download in Europe!)
Rossen: Download Festival
Rob: On the Island of Dolls (look it up)!
What do you guys like to do in your down time?
Rob: I like to let go of my restrictions/cliches of what I SHOULD be doing… and just fall into my true nature on my free time; whether that means I become a darker soul and hate everybody/everything just because it feels good…. Or simply stay home and watch videos of clinics of skilled, time-sacrificing musicians and take notes.
Tiana: I’m a serial introvert. I do go out to support my musician friends at their shows and watch The Walking Dead, if I’m not writing or reading.
Rossen: Quiet time at home.
Who or what inspires you?
Tiana: Other musicians inspire me. Our fans inspire me to keep making great music for them. My bandmates inspire me when we finish a new song. Life, situations and feelings inspire me.
Rossen:Any music that is creative and unique. Doesn’t matter if it’s different from what I write.
Rob: People with this mentality: “I do my best work when people don’t believe in me.”
What music did you listen to growing up?
Rossen: I was listening to that group “House of Pain” and “Queen” until I was 12. Then I started listening to electronic music like “The Prodigy”. Then I discovered “Rage Against The Machine” which was so fascinating to me, where they could combine rock guitars and hip-hop. From there I started listening to Metal and then I started relaxing with punk-rock like “Goldfinger” and “Sum 41″. I still listen to all those bands today.
Rob: EVERYTHING! All the way from ZHANE up to Meshuggah…. All the way from simplicity and groove like Michelle Branch up to Orchestra movie/video game soundtracks like Han Zimmer.
Tiana: I listened to Mariah Carey, Otis Redding, hard blues/rock and Silverchair. Those were my favorites but I listened to a wide range of music from different time periods.
How did you guys first meet?
Tiana: Rossen and I met when he was an electrician installing a fan in my apartment. He heard me singing and asked if I was in a band. I was in a funk because my last band had fallen apart. I told him I was looking for a band to join and here we are 4 years later! We auditioned Rob in 2012 after I put an ad up at my former school, Musician’s Institute, looking for a drummer. Needless to say, he got the gig!
Rossen: It was fate.
Where do you see yourselves in 5 years?
Tiana: Hopefully, still doing music! We would absolutely love to get our music to as many people as possible, wherever that will take us! We would love to open for a big rock act and eventually headline our own tour!
Rossen: Headlining Download Festival
Rob: I want to see us moving states and increasing a fan base by physically meeting them all. Two years from that I’d like to be more major-label established by producing kickass CD’s and three years from that I’m sure my mentality will all change along with what we need in genre/more kickass performances/albums. I pretty much don’t wanna stop improving; EVER.
If you could spend a day with any musician dead or alive, who would it be?
Tiana: Daniel Johns of Silverchair. He looks like he would be so fun to hang out with!
Rossen: It would be cool to write a song with Rise Against.
Rob: George Kollias and John Bonham