A New Way To Live Forever recently played a show at the legendary Whisky A Go Go. How did the show turn out?
Daniel: Few shows are perfect, and this one was no exception, as we experienced some technical difficulties with two of our amps before and during the set. Having said that, I can honestly say this was one of our best shows. We had just come off a short string of dates in Florida, in preparation for that night. Fueled by all that is the Whisky a Go Go, and a great LA crowd, it was definitely a night to remember. Luckily, we caught the whole show on video and we’re hoping to release it to the public later this summer.
When you hear a new song, what part of the song is most appealing to you? Is it the lyrical content or the way the music makes you feel subconsciously?
Daniel: For me it’s the overall appeal of the song and how it makes me feel.
Russ: It’s a physical thing…how it grabs me, speaks to me – or doesn’t.
Social media has changed drastically since you became a band in 2008. How has helped your career? Have there been any negative effects?
Daniel: Since 2008, more and more people use social media as their means for news and discovery. This has allowed us to better interact with our fans from all over the world. I think the only negative aspect is that because there are so many platforms, it’s difficult to properly maintain each one, try as we might.
What are your opinions on downloading music and subscription models? Do you think it hinders more than it helps, or is it a useful method to deliver music to the masses?
Daniel: Though I am a little torn, I am a fan of subscription and streaming music. For me, I use it as a means of discovery and previewing new artists and material. If I do really like something I will end up downloading it – whether a single or a complete album release – or I’ll go check the local record store and see if it’s available on vinyl. I’m still a fan of opening up a tangible product to experience the music while perusing the artwork or lyrics included.
How do you think the experience of being in a band has affected your personal life?
Russ: Being in a band definitely creates distance from you and your loved ones. Trust takes over at that point and either it works or it doesn’t. I think the larger point at hand is being a musician. A musician has no choice that they are what they are. And the people who choose to be around them generally understand the vision, sacrifice and journey.
Does playing an instrument came naturally to you, or is it something that you must continually work at?
Having taught myself how to play drums, piano, and guitar, it’s something I continuously work at because I admit that there is much I do not know. Though sometimes I feel this works to my benefit because I’m not limited to practical music structure. I’m able to play odd cords, just because they sound good, and I never feel like I’m doing anything I’m not supposed to be doing.
Branding yourself as a band is a major component to gaining notoriety. What steps did you take as a band to set yourself apart from other bands in the alternative rock genre?
Russ: We are just trying again and again to write better songs. It will never end.
Has there ever been a time when someone recognized you at an inopportune moment?
So far, only on a personal level…so I’d say no.
Live shows are critical to a band’s survival. What would you consider to be the thing that most of your fans will take away from your live shows?
Daniel: I would like to think one would leave our show thinking we’re an energetic and engaging musical entity, and the crowd is really part of our show. I attended a large South Florida music festival recently and was surprised at how many musicians mostly stand still while they’re on the stage. While the music was decent, I would have liked to see the band members as energized as their crowd was. I welcome the chance to show you what I mean next year! 😉
What characteristic do you attribute to your longevity in an extremely difficult industry such as the music business?
Russ: We actually give a shit – about the music, each other, and the fans. We’re all in and we love it. There’s no other option.
What is your definition of success in the music industry? Do you feel like you have reached that point?
Russ: Aside from winning a Grammy, I just want to be able to support myself/family and give back where I can. Anything beyond that is a gift.
What plans does ANWTLF have for the rest of the year?
Russ: We are prepping a live music video from our April show at the Whisky. Also I’m laying out the tunes for our next release called…check back in soon for that. I have it, but it’s still gestating.
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