On The Road To Bonnaroo W/ The Norm

How would you classify your music?

Our music is a blend of alternative rock, hip-hop, and pop. Although we don’t like being classified by any genre specifically, over time, we have coined the term “hip-rock” to describe our sound.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

As a band, our top 5 influences would have to be the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eminem, 311, Bob Marley, and Strung Out. Bryan would probably say the Bee Gees.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

The experience is what we want fans to take away from our music. Our live shows are all about the transfer of energy between what we’re outputting and what the crowd is giving us. It’s a beautiful thing, and definitely a spiritual experience for us; one of the many reasons why live music is so special.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

The music scene in Athens, GA is very eclectic. Ranging from singer-songwriter to jam to country/bluegrass, to indie-rock. Even the Athens hip-hop has scene has seen a resurgence in the last couple years. No matter what type of music you play, you can find your niche somewhere in Athens. It’s why it’s such a special place.

What is your Creative process?

Our creative process involves submerging ourselves in our passion – creating, writing, and performing music. If you commit to making something your lifestyle, there is rarely any room for failure. The most honest and genuine creative results will be realized.

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

The best concert we have been to as a group was our own concert when we opened for 311. This was a bucket list gig as they were such a heavy influence on us growing up. Life is amazing because it’s not linear; things come back around when you least expect them to – especially when it involves sharing the stage with your favorite band. I (Bryan) saw my dad perform with the Bee Gees in 2000. It was the first time I had seen my dad perform a show in that capacity. I realized then I wanted to do the same thing someday. Here I am 18 years later still wanting that same experience night in and night out.

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

Our last single “Good Time” is my (Bryan) favorite. I’ve always been a fan of big, epic hooks, and when our producer, Adam Kapit, sent over the track with what he had added, I immediately heard the hook melody. We had just gotten back from tour, which inspired the theme, good time. The song is about keeping your head down, living in the moment, and enjoying the everyday life of being a working musician; a code we abide by everyday.

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

Evolution as an artist involves finding new perspectives and embracing new experiences. Over the last year, The Norm has been lucky enough to have embarked on some great experiences, such as sharing the stage with Moon Taxi and 311, and winning the 2017 Athens Flagpole Artist of the Year. With these accomplishments, it’s only natural to feel more inspired and motivated to work on your craft.

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 (Bryan) would want to spend the day with Bob Marley and just talk to him. About absolutely anything. The dude was and is a legend. Anything he’d say would be fuel to the passion.

What’s next for you?

We’re currently playing in a showcase that will send us to Bonnaroo if we win and we’ve made it to the finals. Bonnaroo has been a dream of ours to play since we started going to the festival in the late 2000’s. Eminem, who is Ryan’s biggest influence, is headlining this year. To be able to say we shared the stage with 311 and Eminem in the same year would be unbelievable.

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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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