RGM INTRODUCING – WE INTERVIEW BROOKLYN BAND TWO-MAN GIANT SQUID
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?
Ever since my iPod days I’ve always been interested in writing my own music. I never envisioned being a band leader and playing on stage or anything like that. That all kind of just snowballed into place this year. But music has been a big part of my life since my parents made me play piano at 6 years old. I think what really made me go for it was listening to all the DIY bands that were out there having success in the 2010s. The Districts & Car Seat Headrest and bands like that.
Introduce us to all to the members and your musical history.
My name is Mitchell Vinokur, I play rhythm guitar and sing. Our lead guitarist is Robbie Sawyer. On Bass is Yan Kogan. Drums is Brendan Jones. And any live synth playing is done by Sam Borges. We’ve been playing together only a short time but are getting really musically in touch with one another. You can start to hear it in some of our live jams.
The music industry is the hardest industry in the world to progress in, How do you feel you are doing?
I’m happy with how it’s going mostly because I try not to put any pressure on that. The goals of the band are simple. To make music we are proud of and play shows that we are proud of. Any extra recognition is just an added bonus. I do feel our audience is growing a bit and that is just nice to see as someone who puts a lot of time into this project.
We set up RGM USA and many other countries in the world to share music with America and the UK, good idea?
Yeah, it’s a great idea. There’s so much good music being made around the world and sites like this help it spread.
Do you sign up for any conspiracy theories?
Well, Avril Lavigne is dead we all know that.
Let’s share the love, what bands are doing really well in your Town / City?
Yeah, I’ve been super impressed with a lot of the bands that we’ve heard or been playing with here in NYC. There is serious talent at every stage in this city. Some of my favorite bands that readers should check out our Mary Shelley, Uncle Skunk, o. Wake, & Pamphlets. I actually have a great playlist in our band’s Spotify profile that does exactly this. It has all the bands we love from our scene here in NY.
What advice would you give other artists starting out?
Emphasize fun & get wacky. This music stuff can become really stale if you emphasize things like “making it big” or something. A lot of people forget that this is meant to be a fun release of your energy and thoughts. Get on stage, wear a weird hat, jump into the crowd, have fun and use this outlet as a release.
What was the worst experience on stage?
Nobody seems to be laughing at my shitty jokes on stage so that’s pretty horrible. We’ve had some members of the crowd puke on themselves. But that’s just good ‘ole punk rock to me. Nothing truly awful has really happened yet but we are patiently awaiting the string break during the big solo that we know is coming.
Tell us something about you / each member that you think people would be surprised about.
Well, I can tell you that from going to see our drummer play in his other project our drummer is the best guitarist in the world. Other than that what surprises most people is that we’ve only been playing together for a few months.
If you had to describe your band/music to an alien how would you describe it?
I would be like holy shit you’re an alien our music is so not important to you right now because I wanna know how you breathe and where you came from and stuff but hey check it out we have this band. We like to hit these instruments and they create vibrations in people’s ears and people’s brains are like mmmm nice vibrations so they listen to our songs on a thing called the internet; which you probably have also.
What makes you stand out as a band?
I think it’s how versatile we can be. We have these songs that sound like basic punk tracks but then all of a sudden our guitarist Robbie will rip a reverbed-out blues solo on top of them. So you never really know what you’re going to get with us but you know it’s going to be exciting.
I hear you have new music, what can you tell us about it. VERSECHORUS! That’s our new track that’s out right now. It’s a 3-minute long psych-punk ripper that is super fun and energetic. It was written as kind of a FU to modern songwriting expectations and complaints. Its our petty punk track and we hope you like it!
Talk me through the thought process of the new tune/s.
This was written after an old member of the band kind of screwed us over. Instead of getting mad and starting a fight I just grabbed my guitar and started writing this. I think I wrote most of it in that 1 night staying up until like 4 in the morning. It was kind of nice to use music as a direct release of anger. I knew I wanted it to be funny instead of whiney though, so a lot of it is Tounge-In-Cheek.
What was the recording process like?
I recorded most of it in my apartment here in Brooklyn. For the drums, we went over to Brick by Brick studios and layed down the drums in a few takes.
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the new tunes?
For me, it’s knowing when something is done/doesn’t need anything more. I write a lot in logic and when you have everything at your fingertips you tend to over-layer and over-do everything. The biggest thing Ive had to learn is that sometimes simplicity is what your track needs and not 13 different layers of synth.
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Maybe I would make it a bit longer? Although I do like that its by far our shortest track. But still under 3 minutes can be a turn-off to some people.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Come see us play if you are ever in New York or Brooklyn! Our live shows are a good time! And follow us on Spotify & Instagram to keep up with all the new music we have coming up.