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INTERVIEW: Redbelt

1. How would you classify your music?

It’s packed with brawny beats, catchy hooks and some in-your-face grit. Genre-wise, we’re a little indie rock, Americana, a hint of pop punk and some good old four on the floor rock ’n roll.

2. Who are some of your top 5 musical influences? 

Well, top 5 influences from 4 guys in the band is probably 20 different bands. But there’d likely be a mix of classic rock (Allman Brothers, The Who), something early indie (Superchunk, The Pixies), to any era folk/singer-songwriter with heart.

3. What do you want fans to take from your music?

 If you like what you hear, you’d like it live in your ears. We didn’t over trick the production or add so many elements in studio that if someone heard the album and then saw us on stage they wouldn’t ask “who the hell are these guys?” It’s honest.

4. Can you tell us a bit about your latest album? How does it differ from your previous work?

Beautiful Surround is our first full length release. It’s 13 songs that kind of swerve from place to place in subject and sound. Probably the most satisfying thing about it is that we didn’t do the same song in just slightly different ways 13 times. You get variety from track to track. It also just seems to be how people take in music today…we’re a bunch of “shuffle” listeners from app to app.

As for how it differs? Nothing we did before sounds this tight in performance or production.

5. What do you love and hate about the Music Business?

Love seeing that something we put so much time into has a place in it. Hate that it took us so long to get here as a band.

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

About playing live…it’s getting lost in the moment and being on auto pilot knowing that you’re in the pocket, and the other guys are right there doing exactly what they do and together you’re sounding great. It’s so damn intoxicating.

7. Is there a song on this latest CD that stands out as your personal favorite, and why? 

We ended up with 13 songs on this thing because we couldn’t bring ourselves to cut anything. But I can say we all look forward to playing “Bones” live.

8. How have you evolved as an artist over the last few years?

Slow and steady. It’s inevitable that you change in some ways as a musician if you keep playing and working at it and exposing your ears to different things. But none of us are quick to rush to the next new thing you hear. That’s not who we are or will be.

 9. 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?

Jason Isbell. I bet that guy knows how to party, and maybe he’d let some super secret slip about how he crafts his remarkable stories.

10. So tell us what’s next?   

More studio work. Demo’s, woodshedding, making time to be in the room together long enough to see if we can’t re-ignite the spark we had on this release.

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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