Your debut self-titled EP will be released on the 20th of April, can you share with us the most difficult moment of its preparation? Any crazy or funny behind the scene moments?
This is an interesting question.
It turns out that the most difficult part was also the craziest part in that I decided to write the EP and THEN put the band together.
I had been trying to assemble a band for about a year, but could not find a vocalist or a bass player suited to the genre.
After about a year, I along with my mentor, Johnny Young, decided I should write the album and use it to recruit a band with.
This would give prospective members a clear vision of what they were signing on for. In retrospect, the plan worked beautifully. When Nikko and Robby heard the album, they wanted to be a part of the band.
Another funny thing happened on the way to the EP rollout.
Late last summer, we were finalizing all the logistics of getting the EP out and preparing for potential tours and live shows.
This included finalizing the EP, a photo shoot, shooting the single video, as well as some lyric and performance videos. A week before the photo shoot, we were rehearsing at AMP in North Hollywood. Jeremy had just begun some martial arts classes and on one of our breaks, he was horsing around and grabbed Nikko.
Nikki who is a black belt in two arts jumped up and got Jeremy in an arm bar.
Jeremy accidentally fell while in the arm bar and his right arm broke. Needless to say, this delayed the rollout.
We were able to do the photo shoot with Jeremy in a cast, but had to wait until he got out of the cast to do the single video.
How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
When I finished the instrumentals, the producer liked the end product and got great feedback from his friends in the industry.
My dad encouraged me to bring on a proven lyricist, but I wanted my vocalist invested in the album, so I turned it over to Nikko to give him a swing at it.
He delivered and after we collaborated on what he brought, we were very happy with the end result.
What is the best verse you ever wrote?
Easy – the second verse to “Carousel”. It is really heavy. It stands out above all the rest.
What was the soundtrack to your childhood?
In reality, I am still living out my childhood. At about 12, “Downtown Battle Mountain” by Dance Gavin Dance. Now at 15, I love “Stoney” by Post Malone.
What was the first record you ever bought?
The first album was Iron Maiden’s “A Matter of Life and Death”.
What has your journey in the music industry been like up to now?
It has been a blast. It is great to work with such a great team and it’s absolutely incredible to see how much people are enjoying our first single!
What inspired “Memory”?
I wrote the music very late one night. The melody for the first verse just popped into my head and I sat down and wrote the entire song.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Carousel”?
Yes – it was really the song right after the turning point when songs just started flying out of my head. That same night, I also wrote “Welcome To The Show”.
Are you ever scared of revealing, aspects of your personal experience, to strangers through your music?
No – because music is really an outlet for me. My personal view is that once it is out there, it is what it is and I don’t worry about it.
What inspired “Seizure”?
Instrumentally, that one just flowed out naturally. I don’t even remember the specifics.
What is the best show you ever played?
My favorite show was the Orange County Fair with School of Rock. This was prior to the formation of Who We Are.
What are your plans for 2018?
2018 will be a busy year.
We will be rolling out the EP in live shows, while writing our debut album, so make sure to stay in touch with our activity, because we are only starting!
Our EP will be released on 20th April, so don’t forget to check it out once it’s out – you won’t be disappointed.