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INTERVIEW: Eleven Dollar Bills

How would you classify your music?

We’ve got a feel-good rock n roll sound.  We pair locomotive electric guitars with swelling vocals so every stage gets burnt to the ground.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

In no particular order our top 5 influences are: Bob Dylan, Jack White, The Beatles, Cage The Elephant, and Alabama Shakes.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

We want our fans to get a feeling of celebration of life.  We want to amplify all emotional communication.  When fans come to our show or listen to our music, we want them to feel joyous, sexy, heartbroken, redeemed, and bursting with life.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

Los Angeles is an amazing place to make music.  There is such an incredible amount of high caliber talent here.  Every night of the week, there’s a band playing that could very easily melt your face off with their awesomeness.  It’s an honor to share musical space with these kinds of players.

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

That’s a tough question.  I couldn’t give one concert that reigns above all, but a few of the best I’ve ever seen have been Paul McCartney at Wrigley Field, Red Hot Chili Peppers (when John Frusciante was still the guitar player) at Lollapalooza, and Jack White at Coachella.  What I like most about playing live is the exchange of energy you get with the crowd.  It can sometimes feel like the crowd is one big organism and you and the band are the brain.  That’s a pretty amazing feeling.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?

My favorite song on the record is changing all the time.  When we first started recording, ‘Go’ felt like it was going to be the standout because it really got my blood pumping.  But then I started falling in love with ‘All Our People’ because of how much energy the band put into that one and how pertinent the lyrics feel.  It really changes all the time.  Most people I play the EP for have varying favorites too.  I guess that means we’ve made ourselves a well-rounded record.

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

The last year has been a crazy evolution for us as a band.  We spent almost half of the last year arranging and recording this record and that process alone will completely change the way you experience music in your life.  It makes you keenly aware of a million little things you’ve been ignoring or taking for granted in your life and art.  We’ve focused our signature feel-good rock n roll sound and we’ve taken every part of our live show to a whole new level.

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

I’d want to meet the Dalai Lama, play a gig with Aretha Franklin, co-write a song with Paul McCartney, have dinner with Pablo Picasso, and have many drinks with Mick Jagger.

What’s next for you?

Our first single and music video from the All Our People EP come out in June and then we’re putting together the ‘All Our People Tour’ in September!

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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