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INTERVIEW: SBL

1. How would you classify your music? 

 The music of Seconds Before Landing, is certainly Progressive, but it also has the elements of Rock, and Electronica as well.

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

As a kid, my main influence as a drummer, was without a doubt Carmine Appice, when he played with Tim Bogert, in the “ original Cactus.  I heard those albums in my house a lot.

I have been told, my music reminds people of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, and maybe a few others as well.  I listen to so much music, completely unlike what I write, this is a difficult question for me to answer.

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

I always try to write about social issues that mean something to me personally. So, I hope the stories the the lyrics tell, will encourage others to look into the subject matter.

4. How’s the music scene in your locale? 

There are a lot of really talented people in my area. A wide variety of talent, from Rock to Pop, to Blues…. As far as places to play, its nowhere like it was say, 10 years ago.

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

I really enjoyed a Todd Rundgren and Utopia concert.  Not only is he a great songwriter, but a player as well.  I enjoy the diversity in the music he writes.

The thing I enjoy about playing live the most, is the interaction with the people, both before and after the show.  Also, things “ appen” musically, that never seem to happen sitting in a studio.

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

Since this release is an EP rather than an album, I can tell you, I really like all 3 of these songs, as well as the videos that go with them.

We put a lot of time, into getting things just right, before releasing them.

“Maybe I’m A Weirdo” is a “fun” type of song, and getting great response early on…. “You Wont Deny Me”, and 1-9-2, are also getting lots of response, because of the intensity of the songs, and their videos.

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

I think with each album, I have become a better song writer, and without a doubt, a better musician.  I have found a comfort zone now, when it comes to writing.

Working with Andy Jackson, who is David Gilmour/Pink Floyds engineer, has been a great learning experience for me as well.  It’s taught me a great deal, about how to achieve a really good mix.

8. 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 would love to have a dinner with Sonny Boy Williamson 2, Mississippi John Hurt, or Lightnin Hopkins”…. All old blues players, who are deceased.

To co-write a song with either David Gilmour, or Roger Waters, would be wonderful.

9. What’s next for you?  

Well, music for me is full time.  I am currently writing the music for the next full album.  Its going to be a concept album, and while the music is being written and recorded, we are also working on all of the art related things as well.

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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