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Bad Friends With Black Cats

RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW BAD FRIENDS WITH BLACK CATS

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

Paul: Music has just always been an outlet for me my entire life. Ever since I started music lessons at the age of 4, I’ve dreamt about playing music live and for a living. Regardless of how successful my projects are, I’ll always be writing and releasing music in some way. It’s how I express a lot of my struggles that I’m otherwise silent about and it always feels liberating letting it all out.

Introduce us to you all and your musical history.

Paul: I grew up in a small town where Celtic and bluegrass was very popular. The first instrument I ever played was actually the fiddle when I was 4. Got into guitar a few years later, and it’s been #1 ever since. Ages 8-14 I had my heavy emo phase, becoming obsessed with bands like MCR, Billy Talent, The Used. In high school, my taste shifted towards folk, listening to bands like Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers, etc. This is when I switched back to playing acoustic primarily, and I’ve never really gone back. It was when I met my girlfriend Melissa in 2017, that I was introduced to bands like The Front Bottoms, PUP and Modern Baseball. These are the bands that have ultimately been the biggest influence on me and this project and they still remain at the top of the list.

What was life like for you before music?

Paul: I’ve played music for most of my life, but in terms of what it was like before I had this project as an outlet, it was really tough. I only really noticed once I started writing this style how great it feels to be raw and vulnerable and to admit all your faults and insecurities. Everything I’ve written before this now feels fake and unauthentic.

What was the first song you heard that steered you into a music path?

Paul: When I met my girlfriend Melissa back in 2017, we sent each other a playlist of what we loved the most. I’ll never forget putting her playlist on and hearing both “Fine, Great” by Modern Baseball, and “Skeleton” by The Front Bottoms. I was hooked immediately and they’ve been a huge influence for this band.

Where do you feel you currently sit within the music industry?

Paul: Right now, I think we’re just getting started. Before this EP, I’ve only released low quality acoustic demos. Teaming up with Marcelo has been a huge step in the right direction, and I really believe that every project we release from here on out will only improve. We’re really hoping this EP can be heard by the right audience and help us take another step forward.

If you could wish for one thing to aid your career what would it be?

A lot of things could help, but I think just being heard by the right audience is at the top. We really believe in our sound and the idea of building a fan base, as long as we can be heard by the right crowd.

Do you ever worry about people taking things the wrong way or cancel culture? Discuss….

Not really. I take things like that pretty seriously and I genuinely care about people. I’m very particular with my lyrics and I’m conscious of my choice of vocabulary to avoid scenarios like that. I’m also always trying to better myself, and if someone pointed something problematic out, I would listen and re-evaluate.

Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories? If not why not?

Not so much. As a kid I found it entertaining, but recently I’ve found it to be unnecessary. They’re rarely credible and some times dangerous.

What was the worst experience on stage?

After high school, I was nearing the end of my singer/songwriter folk phase. I was still playing shows but had lost all heart and interest in it. The last show I remember playing was the worst performance of my life and it was really an eye opener. It made me realize how easily it was to get stuck in a rut, and how important it is to play what makes inspires you and makes YOU happy.

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

Paul: I’m really not as negative as my songs portray me to be. My songs are an outlet for me to vent about all of my frustrations and insecurities, but I’m really not that vocal about it outside of my music.

What are the next steps you plan to take as a band to reach the next level?

Paul: Our next step is to play live shows. Marcelo and I are both really confident in our abilities to perform live, it’s just a matter of finding other musicians to fill us out right now. It’s going to be a top priority right now. We also want to take another step forward in our next recording venture.

I hear you have a new music, what can you tell us about it.

Paul: Our new EP is a blend of very vulnerable and sometimes goofy lyrics, mixed with energetic riffs and high pace drums. We vent about all our problems and insecurities while managing to keep the energy high.

What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?

Paul: the biggest learning curve for me on this EP was writing the lead guitar parts. Finding a lead guitarist is a top priority going forward, but I also recognize that some of my favourite lead parts in other music is simple, but catchy. I tried my best and I look forward to improving in that area going forward.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?

Just be yourself, and if you’re a musician, write what makes you happy. Some people might not understand or connect with what you’re creating, but if you believe in it and love it, someone else will to. 

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