Our WorldArts Spotlight Artist for the month of June is Almost Awake! This alt-rock fivesome is certainly not sleepy as they have amassed a huge following while rocking the Las Vegas scene & beyond. Check out our exclusive Q&A with the band to hear about their summer plans, where they got started, and how you can get your very own bassist off Craigslist! Not just old couches & VCRs anymore for you my friend…
How did the band come to be?
Vick: We all come from musical backgrounds and really love music. Our families were either professional musicians or were always performing. It’s weird but music really kind of saved each of us in one way or another. We were going thru all the struggles most kids do and music was our refuge. As a band we came together a piece at a time. Grady and Gabe are cousins and the three of us were playing together on the church worship team since we were really young. Addison was Gabe’s friend from high school, and Tommy we found on Craigslist!
Beyond the casino shows on The Strip, what’s the music scene like in Las Vegas?
Gabe: Unless you’re a topless, contortionist midget hula-hooping fire and making elephants disappear it’s pretty tough here in Vegas.
Tommy: Well, realistically the music scene here is pretty splintered and tough to break thru. Especially for the under 21 crowd which is a large part of our fan base. There just aren’t a lot of venues. Everything is pretty word of mouth. Bands like Imagine Dragons, Escape the Fate, The Killers, and Panic at the Disco all came out of Vegas recently but none of them were really part of a ‘scene’ here. We’ve played some of the bigger venues here like House of Blues and the Hard Rock but we’ve really focused on getting out of Vegas to be honest.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?
Addison: We have something we got from someone called Rule #1 which basically just says that the band is family and we come before whatever decision, debate, or disagreement we’re having. No set list, label discussion or song writing difference is more important. Most bands break up because they make the issues more important than each other. That mentality extends to fans and other people in our world as well. Being humble and kind to everyone that we meet is more important than being famous,
If you could go on tour with any artist (past or present) who would it be?
Grady: Definitely Joe Satriani
Vick: I would literally kill somebody if it meant I could go on tour with Paramore.
Tommy: Lynyrd Skynyrd (2001-2007). My Uncle played with them! That would be sick
Addison: Nirvana. Kurt Cobain was literally my reason for playing
Gabe: ACDC. Angus is my hero
What’s your ‘go-to’ karaoke song?
Grady: Something without words
Vick: Anything by Paramore or Hop Along
Tommy: “Where da Hood At” by DMX. Preferably in an all
Addison: “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” and I have to be very drunk
Gabe: Anything by Arianna Grande…or Slipknot
WorldArts is all about giving tools and opportunities to artists. What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?
Grady: Make music that you would actually buy. And use Craig’s list for bass players lol
If you could change anything about the music industry, what would it be?
Addison: Just eliminating the whole competition thing. So many people are so close-minded about music. It’s like they only like true punk or metal or whatever. If it’s good music who cares what genre it is.
What is the best way you’ve found to market yourselves as artists?
Gabe: Well obviously Social Media and YouTube are great tools but we really believe it’s about connecting with people. Making those real connections with fans and industry people really make a difference in people being passionate about your music.
What would the title of your band’s auto-biography be?
Tommy: Probably ‘The Adventures of Tommy.”
Vick: ummm ‘Living with dudes’ or maybe ‘The Unappreciated Quest for Hotties’
Addison: I don’t actually read sooooo
What next on the horizon for you (shows/new tracks/in the studio etc.)?
Vick: We’re planning our tour to support the album right now and working on a super cool idea for a video for ‘Dead Man Walking.’ Mostly that and planning some big shows and festivals coming up; we’re really working on our live show to make it something people will remember when they come see us. Our album was really about making the decision to follow whatever your dream is and for us that’s making the commitment to playing music. It took us each a little time to really decide to do this as a career. That’s really what we’re focusing on now.
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