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INTERVIEW: Under The Bodhi Tree

How would you classify your music?

Jaymic – Sexy.

Paul – Our music is punk-rock whispered in your ear before we blow out your ear drums.

Duncan – Our music calls out to those who need nothing but raw power and love.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Jaymic – Arctic Monkeys, Victor Wooten, Nirvana, Dave Brubeck, Charles Mingus.

Paul – Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam.

Duncan – Nirvana, Red hot chili peppers, pearl jam, the strokes, John Frusciante.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

Jaymic – A general ‘Fuck the system’ vibe thing.

Paul – I want people to have fun and not really care too much but play it as loud as you can.

Duncan – I mean we are there to make people feel good, So I will take nothing but happiness.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

Jaymic – I have been more involved in Seattle, but they seem cool out here.

Paul – There is a lot of heart out here it is just very unfortunate that it is not a population center. But people always love having a good time anywhere and everywhere.

Duncan- It’s a very grungy kinda hardcore punkish kinda music scene, not too much in the way of pop music.

What do you love and hate about the Music Business in your opinion?

Jaymic – I hate how really only big record companies can do anything so it is harder for John Q. Public to do anything. With all the exclusivity contracts with Ticketmaster etc, it really pushes out the indie musician in his garage. Paul – I think that the modern idea of compensation and success are skewed. I would prefer to play to a free audience that was full and hyped that a paying dead audience.

Duncan – I like that we get a chance to play, even though we aren’t famous. You know it doesn’t have to be a fame thing to be active, but it is really frustrating that no one cares.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

Jaymic – GWAR. I like the showboating. I like acting like a Rockstar, ok? Is that enough of an explanation?

Paul – FIDLAR! The Energy of the crowd and the reciprocation of the musicians was just phenomenal. Truly something you will never forget. I love playing off the fans. When they are into it, we get into it and things just go better.

Duncan – Chili Peppers concert. The energy, just when it happens, you know we move people… bringing out the energy… it feels reaslly good to play in front of people.

How have you evolved as an artist or band over the last year?

Jaymic – Personally, I have switched from a jazz based playing style to a more rock and roll-y type and it has been freeing. I can just let it all hang out… oh and I play my bass too.

Paul – Getting this band together and touring and putting out the previous demo has all been so much fun, that I really can’t think of any other way to use my time. It is like a terrible succubus.

Duncan – now we have mr.jaymicvolz who is an awesome fella and an awesome bass player and now we are rocking the world and we will bring them something they will not forget.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

Jaymic – Eric Whitacre, the Classical composer. I just really like his music.

Paul – My entire life, I have been told I sound like Eddie Vedder… I would love to do a song with him to see how close that really is.

Duncan – Mac de Marco… because he is a Fun Guy! And he is a great drunk….

What’s next for you?  

Jaymic – Rocking and rolling until I die.

Paul – I don’t know maybe… breakfast?

Duncan – We are putting out a new album in the summer as well as getting ready to head all over the country. Look for us in a city near you… or maybe Disneyland… that is cool too…

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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