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INTERVIEW: Dash|Ten

-Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hi, thanks for having us!

-What led you start this band?

Corrin: I started as a solo artist, back in 2009, and my sound was way more pop. As I explored songwriting and figuring out what I liked to sing, I realized that rock was where my heart really was – I needed to be in a band. Both Pete and Steve had toured with me under my solo artist stuff, so we came together, picked a name, and here we are!

-How hard is it to form a band while on duty?

It can be tough, but fortunately, our jobs in the military are actually to be musicians. It can be a great place to find people with similar musical tastes.

-Out of all the different genres, what made you decide to play punk rock?

It’s funny, because I don’t know if we ever have defined it as punk rock, but that’s what a lot of people tell us. The songs are really raw, just pages of a diary in song, and so are the recordings. We don’t ProTool our performances to death, and we don’t use any kind of Auto Tune or other pitch correction. I think that’s really the essence of punk, is being real and not worrying about what everyone else is doing to fit in.

-Can you talk to us more about the Army Musical Outreach program?

It’s the weirdest and coolest thing ever! I think all of us were surprised this could even be a job as a Soldier. We are literally the only military rock band touring around playing our own music. There are a lot of great musicians in all the services, but most of them are playing radio hits or even marching music. For us to be able to share who we are, through our songs, and just advocate for the Army (who wouldn’t, with this cool job?) is pretty unique and incredible.

-What role does being in the army play in your music?

All of us have been exposed to more diversity in the Army, whether musically, culturally, etc. It helps open up your mind from what you may have known in the safety bubble of where you’re from. This really contributes to being better musicians, and better people overall.

-How do you feel about playing Warped?

So stoked! Obviously, Warped Tour is kind of the bootcamp of touring for a lot of bands – you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better lesson in tour survival. Plus, just getting to meet everybody – fans, bands, friends – the community of Warped Tour family is strong and it’s incredible to be a part of it.

-Are you looking forward to something in particular about being on the tour?

Corrin is definitely looking forward talking with people – she’s pretty chatty! But seriously, there is such a cool mix of bands on the tour this year. We’re all really looking forward to spending more time with Less Than Jake (we met them at the Warped Kick-Off and they’re the funniest guys!) and seeing as many bands as possible, from our stage family to the main stages!

-How are you preparing for Warped?

If it were possible to hydrate enough in advance, you know that’s what the Army would be telling us to do. DRINK WATER! But we are having a blast really ironing out what our set will look like and finalizing our merch designs. The Army is providing a ton of Dash|Ten merch to fans for free this summer, including our debut album, and we want everybody to really like what we have out there.

-Any plans to keep touring after this summer?

Well, we are on tour almost 300 days every year, so YES! A big part of our job is playing in high schools, and to spend a lot of time talking to kids about music and what a great influence it can be, no matter what you choose to pursue in life. Sure, we do it as a job, but even we turn to music when the going gets tough.

-What else is happening next in Dash|Ten’s world?

April and May are big tour months for us. We’ll be spending a lot of time in New York, Philly, Columbus, Detroit, and Chicago playing at schools and talking to everyone about what’s coming this summer. The debut album is coming out in May, but then we’re also releasing a bonus single in June so we’re just pouring ourselves into making every piece of that as great as possible.

Fall tour is just starting to be planned, so even though we are focused on the madness of summer, we have to keep our long game in mind too. We may be backed by Army Musical Outreach, but we do all of our own stuff, from booking to tour management, graphic design, our website, and social media. We run it all, so we always need to be six steps ahead to keep from falling behind!

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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