RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW AMERICAN BAND THE STARKILLERS
What made you decide that music was the thing for you?
I don’t know if it’s something that I decided, as much as something that has always felt very natural and a part of who I am. I’ve been writing songs since I was 8, even when I don’t have an instrument on me I still find myself writing lyrics or melodies.
Introduce us you / all to the members and your musical history. -Myself, Jon Omen Bass, Chris Panic Drums, Doc Taylor Guitar, Mike Fiedel
All of us have been in and out of bands our whole lives. I (Jon) write a lot and have an alt-pop project; Chris has a synth-based project; Doc plays drums in a hard rock band, and Mike has been in several different kinds of bands over the years.
Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about.
We all play D&D and have been playing since most of us were 10 years old, Jon worked as a professional DM.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
The aliens are already familiar with us, it’s the earth that we have to introduce ourselves to.
What makes you stand out as a band?
I’d like to think our image sets us apart, as well as our energy when we play live.
What’s your favourite song to play live, and why?
Right now it’s a song on the next album that is a mixture of punk rock and a bit of jazz, lots of fun to jam on.
I hear you have new music coming out, what can you tell us about it?
This song is about that harrowing moment in a relationship where you start to realize that things aren’t going to work out. Most of us have been there, feeling someone you cared about start to drift apart from you and how frustrating that can be.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
We wrote this song after a close friend of ours went through a really toxic relationship. An album is tough because you want all of the songs to connect with a common theme, but also be different enough that it doesn’t become boring to listen to. We have a lot of songs that we had to move to album 2, which we are about to start recording.
What was the recording process like?
Easy, Matt (our engineer and producer) is a long time friend who has worked with some of the biggest bands in the industry. Each song only took about 3 takes to get down, which was an awesome feeling. We spent a lot of time beforehand getting all the songs down before going to the studio.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
I went from writing pop, to writing with a band. In some ways it was a blessing and a curse. We write a LOT of music, which makes it hard to decide which songs we are going to end up recording.
Would you change anything now that it’s finished?
I’d have made it 30 songs long, but probably would have lost what sanity I have left in the process.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Playing a lot of shows, releasing album 1, and recording album 2
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
On April 25th, 2041, make sure you bring an umbrella with you. Real downpour.