Friday, March 1, 2019

DJ Interviews: Stone Tape Theory

Hey there everyone its your good friend DJ Dizzy here & I sat down to interview a band by the name of Stone Tape Theory who had a lot to say regarding their start in music & their success. Enjoy!

How'd you get started in music?

We've all played in bands for most of our adult lives. Myself and our bass player Jay used to play in a ska punk band called Wobbly Bob so this is a slightly different pace to what we're used to. But I've always wanted to play good guitar-based music. My dad used to play Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Hendrix all the time at home so it made sense that I'd end up playing what I knew. I work as a music producer as well so I've had a lot of exposure to unique music, interesting production techniques and a lot of different genres. Wherever this new project goes, it'll definitely break new ground - I'd like to do something really original with it.

Who are your inspirations or influences?

All of us come from different backgrounds musically. Chris (Guitar) grew up on punk so that's definitely a big influence for us. I have a lot to say politically too so that resonates with us quite well; although I wouldn't say the rest of us are punk musicians by any stretch. A lot of our inspiration comes from bands like Them Crooked Vultures, Queens of the Stone Age, and Nirvana. But there's a bit of everything in there. The groove definitely comes from our ska background. I never want to lose the funk. If it makes people dance, I'm happy.

What advice would offer aspiring performers?

Life will get in the way, so get out there now. If you really want to get your music heard you've got to put the time in. It won't come overnight, but it won't come at all if you don't start pushing. Practice all the time, write constantly - don't worry if it's not perfect, no-one's a rockstar overnight. Be honest, put your music out there and welcome criticism - your fans will be all the more loyal for it if they feel like they've watched you grow as an artist.

How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?

All bands think they're eclectic, but we're really trying to live that. Having no rules creatively means we're coming up with unique sounding stuff all the time. Sure it all comes from listening to stuff we like but we don't want to just sound like another band - we want to make something people have never heard before.

Any new gigs or albums in the future?
At the point of writing, we're about to play a gig supporting We Are The Catalyst, an awesome rock band from Sweden. There are a few festival dates in the summer but line-ups haven't been announced yet so I can't say much else. We're currently putting together our first album so we're pretty excited. It's about half written and we're just testing the songs out on the crowd right now to see how things work. It's early days for the band at the moment but we're all really excited to see where this takes us!

Special thanks to them for doing this interview & I wish them luck in their careers. So until then I'll catch you on the flipside. Stay awesome & rock on!

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