First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
Hello, I’m Alfredo Diaz; one of the Lead Singers and Rhythm Guitarist for the band When Thieves Are About. When Thieves Are About genre is considered to be a Melodic Hardcore/ Pop Punk Band.
If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
I would have to say green because it’s not really sad or mad or happy. Its pretty mixed feelings I would say.
What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
Everyone agreeing that what we are making/creating is great and staying after the final review. It’s a team effort in this band and we all have a say unless the majority rules out. If the vote is a split, we try to come up with something different that we can all agree upon.
If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
We would love to tour in the U.K./anywhere in Europe. We always have the chance to travel the USA. It would be amazing to go across seas.
What do you consider your biggest musical success?
When Thieves Are About has had the pleasure of sharing a stage with many influential signed bands such as:
Set Your Goals
I am the Avalanche (2x)
A Wilhelm Scream
Hostage calm (2x)
The Swellers (2x)
Major League (2x)
Such Gold (6x)
Slingshot Dakota (x2)
Patient Pending (4x)
I Call Fives
Static Radio NJ (3x)
River City Rebels
We came as Romans
Anchors for Arms
Much The Same
This Time Next Year
Crime in Stereo
This is Hell
Bomb the Music Industry
With The Punches
The Wonder Years
Late Night Wars
The Tired and True (3x)
Still Rings True (2x)
What inspired you to start making music?
For me, as a child, I was always obsessed with The Beatles, which lead me to listen to many other bands from that era. Also, my family was always really into music. Fun for me growing up was sitting in front of my record players with all different records to listen and to choose from. That’s what really got me into music. All different kinds of music genres came out of that and helped my music taste spread. The moment that I got my hands on Nirvana- NeverMind and Greenday- Dookie is when I really got interested in making music.
If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
John Lennon, Paul McCartney or Brian Wilson. Huge Beatles fan and I love The Beach Boys as well.
Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
I’d have to say my parents because without them I would have never got into music at such an early age. Don’t get me wrong, my love for music happened with my self-taking my time out to learn about it and have a thrill for it, but I was really influenced with them buying me a guitar, teaching me about all different types of music, having my mother playing piano all the time, playing all types of records at home, and supporting my goals every step of the way.
What’s your favorite book?
I would have to say To Kill A Mocking Bird or Treasure Island.
What do you like to do other than music?
I would say going to the gym, drawing, or acting.
Who is your favorite musical artist?
What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
Whatever people say about you, good or bad, use that as your fuel to reach the goals that you have set in front of you and you’re trying to reach. Don’t give up, get better and prove those people wrong in the end.
Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
I’d have to say 5 because my birthday is the 5th of January.
You can follow When Thieves Are About on Instagram at @whenthievesareabout, and be sure to check them out on iTunes and Spotify!