1. First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
We’re Such A Mess from Los Angeles, CA. We make emo / pop punk / alternative music. The classification isn’t important to us, as long as you’re listening to it.
2. If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
Grey would probably be best. We like to tiptoe the lines between the previously mentioned genres. Lots of grey areas.
t3. What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
Probably getting everyone together… haha. We’re all adults, we have jobs and lives to cultivate and add that music element everywhere we can. Sometimes we’ll be driving home from a tour, having to work the next morning. It’s rough but worth it.
4. If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
I guess for me, playing the full Warped Tour is the next goal. It’s been a dream since I was a kid. Such A Mess has been lucky enough to nab that Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands spot, twice, at our hometown stop. We’re working toward that next step now.
5. What do you consider your biggest musical success?
Personally, we’ve done so many awesome things I never dreamed of already. It’s all icing on the cake at this point. I’d say touring with Man Overboard, last year, was a huge achievement for me.
6. What inspired you to start making music?
I was always deep into music and bands. But didn’t start playing music ‘til I was about 15. I blew out my knee skateboarding and basically needed to find another hobby in the mean time. We always had a guitar sitting in the corner, that no one played, that’s when I finally picked it up.
7. If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
I grew up obsessed with Green Day. I’d have to say it’d be pretty rad to go get lunch with Billie Joe and play some acoustic songs together. HMU Billie…
8. Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
There are so many people that inspire me in different areas of life. But if Helen Keller can be blind and deaf, and go on to learn to read, write and speak… I know that nothing can stop a determined individual.
9. What’s your favorite book?
Where The Red Fern Grows. I really love dogs… Also, the Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue, I’d say is a great read.
10. What do you like to do other than music?
I’ve always loved skateboarding. My body isn’t as resilient as it once was, but I still take a skateboard on every tour. I’ll go push around every skate park I can, on the road. On our last West Coast run, we walked like 15 minutes in pouring rain to skate Burnside in Portland; which is this legendary skate park, that was even a Tony Hawk Pro Skater level. That was definitely super dope. I didn’t find any hidden tapes though…
11. Who is your favorite musical artist?
Definitely depends on the genre, definitely depends on my mood. But My first cassette tape was Dookie by Green Day. My first CD was Enema of the State by blink-182. Those two bands are the reason I got into music. They will always be my top 2.
12. What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
It’s so cliché, but honestly, just practice. It’s so cliché, but so true. You’re not going to get better at anything without practice. I’m still a shitty guitarist, there’s tons of kids way better than me. So if I can do this, everyone reading this can do it too. It’s all about how much time and effort you want to put in.
13. Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
We just put out a new record ‘Stay Right Where You Are.’ It’s available wherever you listen to music, so go check it out! Hopefully, we’ll see you guys on the road. Thanks!
You can follow Such A Mess on Instagram at @suchamessca, and be sure to check them out on iTunes and Spotify!