Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Respect” (listen HERE)?
Yea this is the first song from our ‘One Song A Month” promotion specifically for our fans. We want to make sure that our fans get the best of everything first for every month we drop a new song to our fans before we release it to the public. The only way to receive the new track first and free is by being a part of our #SQUAD (in my Fetty Wap voice) mailing list at wearebandnerds.com
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I would have to say it was a combination of things like the coverage of police brutality all over the nation…the racial profiling that the band has encountered specifically in our genre of music in the DFW and watching Straight Outta Compton. The confirmation for the concept of the song came while I was watching a Nina Simone documentary and she said something along the lines of an artist duty is to reflect the times.
Any plans to release a video for the song?
Yes, we actually just shot some footage for the video this past weekend and we’re about 95% done. Couple more b-roll shots and editing…we should be releasing it very soon.
How was the recording and writing process?
Well this part was actually really easy. We record, write, and produce everything in our apartment; Najee and I vowed that we wouldn’t invest in a professional recording studio until we were signed. I lay down all the instrumentation which is usually the rock side of our music and he comes back and makes sure the hip hop influence is there. We record at the speed of our creativity and being emotional writers it was very easy to address the topics in the song.
You have stated more than once that musicians aren’t “doing it right” – what is it that they are missing that you guys have or are bringing back?
Actually there really aren’t many musicians in hip hop any more, they’re usually just beat makers and rappers. In our genre, usually the problem is the band is really good but the lyrics of the songs don’t match the talent of the musicians. Or there is the opposite problem of the lyrists being really good and the band is horrible. I think Band Nerds does a great job of combining both, good production and good lyrical content. It’s hard to find good MCs in NuMetal bands.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
We just released our Clarity EP on wearebandnerds.com so were really pushing that, plus we’re doing the “One Song A Month” for our #SQUAD with visuals to fill in the gap until we drop our album later this year.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
We don’t have a title in mind yet, we usually finish the album and then we name it. And we don’t have a release date in mind as of now, but we’re always recording and working on new songs.
Any plans to hit the road?
Yes, we would love to play in our target market, wherever that may be.
What else is happening next in Band Nerds’ world?
Well this is our dream. This is what we want to do for the rest of our lives, so we just want to keep making great music until that’s all we do for a living. We want to be known as dope MCs, great musicians and the new face of NuMetal.