Here's my interview with the band Executive Order
How'd you get started in music?
I have always loved music much like anyone. My parents often listened to Dick Clark “Oldie but Goodies” eight tracks and growing up in Los Angeles listened to K-Earth 101 “Oldie but Goodies” radio station. You can then mix in the influences of Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Billy Joel, Elton John, and anything Motown.
The key catalyst though was Van Halen's Debut Album in 1977 that captured me and made me want to play music and sing. Staying over at my friend's house as an 8th grader we played “Iron Man” over and over again, I sang and he played electric guitar. That’s where I started and I am still playing today!
Who are your inspirations or influences?
I have always been mesmerized by great vocals and harmonies of the Motown era. At the age of 13 I was inspired to become a singer songwriter after seeing the movie The Rose, with Bette Midler. From that moment on I was hooked on the dream of becoming a "Rockstar!" Other earlier influences are Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin, Van Halen, Queen, and Prince. More contemporary inspirations come from artists such as Alanis Morissette, John Mayor, One-Republic, Twenty-One Pilots, and The Script.
What advice would you offer aspiring performers?
Being a musician is a lifetime journey. Enjoy most of all just being a musician, playing your instrument, writing a song, jamming to a cover, and knowing music keeps you young for life.
The Business of music can be something that depletes you of your joy of doing music. Try to balance the Biz vs the Music.
How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
Our diverse sounds come from all three band mates who were, to varying degrees, influenced by rock sounds of the '60s, blues, pop, Motown, and the Seattle scene. Executive Order's storytelling lyrics along with our creative hooks and bridges stimulate the imagination and supply tantalizing sounds.
What do you get when you mix the guitar tones and stylings of Van Halen, the groovy bassline of Led Zeppelin, and a voice that would be at home within the 90s grunge era, and backing vocals that merge 21Pilots to Van Halen to Motown? Executive Order
Any new gigs or albums in the future?
We are very excited to perform live and introduce our new sound! Currently, due to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to write new material, put out some fun, simple band videos of our songs, and cover songs for our fans to get to know us. Lastly, we want to play live in the areas of the world where they love our music. We want to go where our fans live.