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RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AMERICAN BAND BLUEPRINT TOKYO 

Hiya folks thanks for joining us in the virtual RGM lounge today, grab a brew and take a seat.

What made you decide that music is a thing for you?

It was always a catharsis for being able to deal with the complex emotions and challenges of life. We’ve always been able to channel our frustrations, interests, and emotions into the music we write. It just makes sense.

Introduce us to all the members and your musical history.

Kevin Dawson and Andy Hale

We met several years ago. We played in another band together for years and resumed the musical journey after a serious medical condition struck Kevin requiring us to stop touring. We’ve since resumed working together but thought with the new music that we were writing it was time for a fresh start hence a new band.

What’s one question you’re sick of being asked when interviewed?

There are not many, but being asked to describe what bands we sound like is always a challenge.

We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with america and the UK, good idea?

Absolutely. We’ve been lucky enough to travel quite a bit and have found and heard bands worldwide that are great.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?

We certainly believe there’s a lot more going on in the world than is being reported. I think it’s safe to say there’s some truth to quite a few of the conspiracy theories out there. We love stories and we’re skeptical. Both of us will entertain an idea, but we also love science and making good, educated decisions. Long story short, it depends on the theory.

Did you buy anything you don’t need in the pandemic?

Not really. Each of us was pretty prepared in our own way. I’d like to think we were good shepherds of the social contract. Not requiring too much and being good to one another. I made full use of a mobile pickup and didn’t physically go into any stores. But we didn’t make any runs on toilet paper as you saw in the early days.




What useless party trick do you have?

Trivia. Lots of random facts and trivia about all sorts of things. Star Wars facts, movie facts, science and geography, music facts and more. It’s useful every so often but usually just gets dropped randomly probably with an occasional eye roll.

What was the most fun you have had on stage?

Playing some showcase shows for labels was amazingly fun. Having people in the crowd know who you are and singing along with your songs is amazing. 


What was the worst experience on stage?
Anytime you encounter technical issues, especially not being able to hear on-stage is the worst. We’ve played tons of shows and it’s rare that a show is amazing, you just must look past the bad elements. The truly bad experiences fortunately rarely stick with us so we genuinely only try to focus on the good things.

Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about.

I think the breadth of music we’re into would shock people. We were raised on “oldies” and everything in between. Our love for bands like Paul Revere and the Raiders to Manchester Orchestra and the Cure and many more shocks people. 

If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?

We try and tell a short story with melody.

What makes you stand out as a band?

Our willingness to focus on the song. Writing songs, music and being willing and able to be brief. We don’t have to show off with songs that have dozens of parts. We have them but for us the basic song is key for us.

Right now, what’s pissing you off the most?

I’d say the biggest thing is a lack of self-awareness from others. That can mean being aware of your surroundings or just how your actions impact others.

What’s your favourite song to play live and why?

We love a lot of them. But A Whole New Life is fun as is Panic Carefully. They’re upbeat and they get you (and us) moving.

I hear you have a piece of new music, what can you tell us about it?

Our new EP “Cinema Sounds” is available on October 28. It’s three songs and we’re excited by them because it’s unique sounds we haven’t played before. They’re modern but a couple of them have some nostalgic vibes that we think are pretty fun.

Talk me through the thought process of the single?

We want to present musical ideas that can stand alone but also can be part of a larger story. Our first single “Say Anything” is a 3-minute masterclass in pop writing. It’s a song that stands alone but also fits in with the other two songs on the EP.

What was the recording process like?

It was quick. We’re always working on music and as we were demoing these songs, they felt like a combo, so we worked on them all three at the same time. We’ve done that for other music that we’ll release in the future as well. After demoing we worked and reworked some elements. These songs were recorded in Alberta, Oklahoma City, and Melbourne, mixed in Los Angeles and then mastered in Sydney, Australia. So it’s been a multi-continent journey.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?

Just being patient. We have a lot of songs that we love but they’re not ready yet. Or the creative spark hasn’t fully been lit, so they’ve gone to the backburner. Maybe they’ll bubble up again or maybe we’ll focus on other material. I think purposely setting out to write music for a specific genre or to fit the current trend is short-sighted. Just recently we received a review from an indie music review site and one piece of feedback was “they liked the music, but they wished a chorus was less melodically catchy.” It was a strange piece of feedback. Just being true to your spirit and your vision is important.

Would you change anything now it’s finished?

You could always nitpick a mix of songs, but I think in this case it’s still too soon to really make any changes. We always love releasing more music – so if anything, it’d be releasing more music at one time. But that’s just not the way that most music is listened to now.

What are your plans for the year ahead?

We’ll be playing some shows and possibly some festivals and generally supporting our new single “Say Anything” and its EP “Cinema Sounds”. We’ll follow that up with another EP release early next year.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Writing music is hard, and putting it out there for the world is even harder. Supporting musicians and being open to others is important. We’re eternally grateful to our fans and everyone we’ve ever played for. Thank you!

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