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INTERVIEW: Drive On Mak

How have you been?

Hey! I’ve been great, thank you for asking

Can you talk to us more about your song “Babylon”?

Babylon was was the turning point in my song writing. I had the guitar riff for a long time, but didn’t have lyrics that I felt were good enough for it. 

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

I was playing guitar on a Saturday morning, almost 3 years ago to the date. I was working the Babylon riff and toying with lyrical ideas. There was a bible on the table in front of me. I took a little break and opened the Bible. I ended up reading the chapter in the book of Daniel where Belshazzar what having the party and the hand appeared and wrote the sacred message proclaiming the fall of Babylon. The lyrics came to me, and they fit perfectly. I feel that the song is relevant to America today. 

Any plans to release a video for the track?

I would love have a video for Babylon. I have an idea of how I’d like to do it. Hopefully in the next few months we will make that vision a reality. 

Why naming the album after this track in particular?

Babylon felt like the right name for the album. It is the most powerful song on the record. When we went to the studio to record it, the engineer said “were gonna pour everything into this song”. And we did.

How was the recording and writing process?                        

The recording process was exhausting, and extremely gratifying. We live going to the studio. We get to watch our brain babies become reality. And we have the privilege of recording at fire station studios in San Marcos. Stevie ray vaughn and other great artist have recorded gold records there. It has a great energy. I do my best writing in the wee hours of the morning mostly. Sometimes I have random ideas come at other times, but it’s usually when it’s quiet, and me and my dog are are hanging out while I’m strumming my guitar. 

What role does Austin play in your music?

There is no shortage of of excellent bands and musicians, being that the case, the bar for standing out is set high. Austin also has a lot of resources for musicians that a lot of other cities do not have, such as HAAM(health alliance for Austin musicians), and the Austin music foundation. 

How does your time on the Army has influenced this album?

My time in the army gave me a lot to write about. It taught me how to observe & reflect. It also taught me how to be resilient, and how to heal. Mainly by consequence. I got to see the world, and how other countries live day to day. I got to see ancient cities that have haunting pasts. It really impacted me. I feel like a lot of that translates in our music. 

What other themes did you get to explore on this record?

Babylon has a variety of topics that we expand on. Heartbreak, pride before the fall, honor, hustling, abstract thought, and rock & roll. We don’t set out to write a certain style, and that frees us to explore sound in a authentic sense. 

Any plans to hit the road?

We hope to hit the road in the new year to promote our next record. Still trying to figure out where we want to go. We hit the west coast last summer.

What else is happening next in Drive On Mak’s world?

We are planning our next record as we speak. We have more than enough material for it, it’s really a matter of narrowing it down. Like our last two records, each song is a stand alone track that works well with the others. We like variety, it keeps people engaged. 

Cheers!!

-Mak

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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