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INTERVIEW: Across The Board

How would you classify your music?

Across The Board (ATB) is an indie rock band with pop rock influences mixed with a bit of a rootsy vibe that reflects our classic and country rock backgrounds among the members. Our music can be described as guitar-driven layered harmonies with a contemporary rock beat.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Our top 5 musical influences include: Fleetwood Mac, Cold Play, Evanescence and Pink Floyd with a sprinkling of Lady Antebellum.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

We would love our fans to find themselves in our lyrics and relate to the themes love lost, overcoming obstacles and celebrating life’s challenges. In our most recent album, WILD ONES (released March 22), we wrote a liner note to our fans – whom we now call our “Wild Ones”—We call the liner note the “Wild One Manifesto”:

Dear Wild One,

Don’t be afraid to take your life to the edge—the edge of excitement, the edge of passion, the edge of fantasy, the edge of being genuinely kind. Be brave and run beneath the moonlight, be free and dance in the sun. Take the flame from those who can no longer carry it, and be the one who steps out from behind the curtain to howl at the moon with abandon. Life is a journey without a rearview mirror, a process of progress and the evolution of your dreams. Fear is nothing more than an excuse for the faint of heart to avoid chasing joy, and the cage that binds your creativity from busting at its seam. You are as captivating as you are unique, and as exquisite as you are rare. So run with your pack, and lead with the heart of a lion. Be wild. Be one. Be a wild one.

Love,

ATB

How’s the music scene in your locale?

Toronto, Canada has a vibrant live music scene with over 200 live music venues featuring indie bands all across the city on any given night. You can hear a wide variety of music from jazz and tribute bands to classic rock, pop and heavy metal. It’s fun to discover new music this way—grass roots bands with die-hard fans screaming their songs back to them!

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

My favorite concert so far was a recent Joan Jett & Styx concert playing at our Budweiser Stage last summer on the waterfront here in Toronto. Joan Jett is an impressive performer with an incredible voice and powerful energy who has an infectious passion for rock music. Styx reminds me of summer days driving around with my dad listening to great tunes from the 70s and 80s. They are as energetic now as they were 30 years ago!

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

Our new album was released March 22 and my favorite tune is “Alpha Wolf”—it speaks to how we are intimately connected to the planet and still possess the instincts that bind us to the circadian rhythm of the planet – “pull the moon, down from the sky, and call to Mars, tell it goodbye. The night is done, it’s the last thing to do….howl at the moon”

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

Over the last year we have increased our collaborative projects with other artists and evolved our song writing style to be more collaborative as well. The sum of the parts is greater than the whole! We have also improved our stage show as we become more confident with live performances and more comfortable with bigger venues as our fan base grows. We are booking bigger shows and are able to reach a wider audience with our expanding social media network. We have been paying more attention to growing the band’s fan base on a global scale and reaching out to a global audience with our music, videos and vlogs.

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?

Right now it would be Joan Jett- she was such a trail blazer as a solo female rock artist in a heavily male-dominated profession. She broke many barriers and paved the way for female rockers to be taken seriously by the industry, media and fans.

What’s next for you?

We are going to tour our new album across Canada and learn as much as we can about the evolving music industry and continue to improve our music promotion and networking game!   We are hoping for some music festival bookings and reaching beyond Canada to other countries for future tours.

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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