Saturday, February 13, 2021

DJ Interviews: Twelve Years Today

Hey there everyone, DJ Dizzy here & I've had the pleasure of interviewing a band who answer to the name Tweleve Years Today as we spoke on their musical beginings.

How'd you get started in music?
JAMES: We both started in separate bands in the early/mid 2000’s. Always made music a priority in our lives growing up and knew that eventually we’d be making music in some capacity. The trick was finding like-minded people to play with. This was always a struggle. Eventually we met through mutual friends, but it took years to carve out the path that lead us to forming Twelve Years Today. But once we did, we knew this was the connection we needed, and the result is what you’re hearing today. 
Who are your inspirations or influences?
JASON: Basically the entire Nu Metal era. Bands like Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle, Sevendust and Slipknot. 
JAMES: Really take a lot of influence from Shaun Morgan of Seether. But equally as important have been David Draiman of Disturbed, and Ben Burnley of Breaking Benjamin. We’re also very influenced by Metalcore. Even though we aren’t as fast or heavy, we take a lot of elements from bands like Killswitch Engage and Parkway Drive. The blend of the two genres inevitably became our sound. 

What advice would offer aspiring performers?
JASON: Do NOT quit your day job. Lol. We both still have full time jobs.
JAMES: Ya, lol, don’t get too cocky or “put the cart before the horse” as they say. Be passionate about what you do, just don’t come off as “superior” or “ungrateful”. It’s takes the support of a LOT of people to get you noticed. ALWAYS be thankful. And don’t try to be a copy of someone else. Be yourselves.  

How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
JAMES: That’s a tough one. Originality is very tough these days. We just try to make the best music we can. I don’t think we’re “trendsetters” or anything, or that we work harder than anyone else. We’re just trying to put out quality music. There’s already a lot out there. We just wanna be in the conversation. 
Any new gigs or albums in the future 
JASON: BIG plans for 2021!  We’re going to release a really cool cover song in the next couple of months that we’re really excited about. Also, we have an acoustic performance set for May 1 for YouTube and Instagram, and a 4th EP planned for the end of the year. 
JAMES: Yes, we’re super excited about all those plans. We JUST released our 3rd EP In Times Of Madness on January 29, and we’re already in the advanced stages of that NEXT EP. Also, we’ll be pushing a new single soon. Debt Of Sin has been doing so well, we’d like to keep that momentum going. 

Special thanks to them for doing this interview & I wish them lots of luck in their music. So until then I'll catch you on the Flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!

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