Hey there guys DJ Dizzy here & I had the pleasure of interviewing a band who answer to the name of The Collisioneers as they spoke with me about their musical beginnings.
How'd you get started in music?
Man, I think I was six when it hit me that I want to be in a band. I started an Air Guitar band with my
buds. We did gigs (haha) at each other's birthday party's. Mostly Beatles and Stones, plus some other
groups from the early 60’s. I have a lot of older brothers and sisters. We made instruments out of
anything we could think of. Got my first real drum kit at 13 with money from my paper route. Spent
the next two years torturing my neighbors practicing daily until I felt ready to reach out to other
Who are your inspirations or influences?
As I said above, My older siblings had a lot of Records from the 60’s and I started jumping on anything
I could get from the 70’s. So The Beatles, Stones, Zappa, Cream, Jimi, Janis, CCR, Led Zep, Black Sabbath,
Bowie, Vanilla Fudge, T Rex, Robin Trower, Humble Pie and then I started getting into the
Singer/ songwriters like Dylan, Simon and Garfunkel, James Taylor, Carroll King, and so on.
I think I was 16 when I discovered the classic Bluesmen like Skip James, Blind Lemon Jefferson and
Son House. These days, Tool, Queens of the Stone Age, Cage the Elephant, Arctic Monkeys, Train,
The Raconteurs And of course PUNK bands like Bad Brains The Minute Men, Black Flag and Patti Smith
Sorry, I get carried away when it comes to my Influences...
What advice would offer aspiring performers?
Learn your instrument. Get comfortable with yourself before reaching out to the wealth of great players
out there today. Half ass is just that, Half ass.
Secondly, when you do hook up with the right people, don’t let anything derail ya. In-band fighting is
OKAY! So many great bands have replaced members thinking it’s no big deal, but they NEVER
sound as good! Say what’s needed then at the next practice forget about it.
How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
Easy, All four of us come from different musical backgrounds. Lead Singer and songwriter Branden
loves the East coast bands from the 90’s and 2000. Lead Guitarist and musical arranger, Masashi
Really Digs Hard Core Punk. Master Bassist Takatori, is a Soul man with British influences thrown in, and
I like the classics of Rock. We’ve adapted these four styles into the songs you hear today
Hence the name; THE COLLISIONEERS
Any new gigs or albums in the future
We are on a hiatus now what with things in the world as they are. Branden is writing the foundations of
some new tracks now. Hopefully we will be back in the studio early next year.
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