First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
ADAM: My name is Adam Rupert. It’s hard to put ourselves into one genre since we pull from so many different influences but if I had to classify it I would go with “Alternative Rock”.
BRIAN: I am Brian Ferrara. This has always been the hardest question to answer for me with any music I’m associated with, actually. We showcase a lot of different genres/styles of music, and I guess if I had to call it anything I’d say it’s “Alternative Rock” with a bit of experimentation due to how we combine many different sounds.
If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
ADAM: I would have to say grey. Some might argue that grey is boring but to me, it represents the somber tone of the music and lyrics on the record. I do my best writing on gloomy days so to me it’s very fitting.
BRIAN: Yeah, I’d say grey is fitting for us. There’s some sort of sadness associated with it, and I think that’s pretty much right up our alley with how we blend our musical tastes. I’d say we’re a Pantone #429, to be a tad more specific.
What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
ADAM: I’m very hard on myself. I can write and write for hours and then come back to it and then think its complete rubbish which will cause me to give up and not want to touch my guitar which obviously is very unproductive. Recently I had given up on writing and my friend was like “you have to just keep trying.” Seems obvious. Just as I was about to give it up for the day but I listened to him and ended writing my favorite song so far for the new record we’re working on.
BRIAN: I think being your own worst critic can be extremely tough. However, I think it’s also a great thing cause it pushes you to do better. It can be a struggle and sometimes you need to hear some reassurance cause you can be too hard on yourself at times. I really enjoy progressing and hearing the maturity within the music with anything new that I’m a part of, so it’s also very rewarding being your worst critic when you hear everything all done and structured properly after dedicating a lot of time to crafting your work.
If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
ADAM: I have to be a little cheesy with this one but it’s my honest answer. I’d like to have a room full of every friend and loved one that has ever been a part of my musical upbringing/career. It would be a dream come true to look out and know everyone in the crowd. Then once we finished I’d say “thanks for watching guys, and now Radiohead!”
BRIAN: That’s a really tough question cause there are so many bands I wish I could share the stage with. I’d really love to be able to play at Wembley Stadium, just due to its iconic name and all the great bands/songwriters that have played there.
What do you consider your biggest musical success?
ADAM: I think my biggest musical success is that I still get to do it. Through ups and downs, I’m able to put out records with my friends and have people enjoy my songs. I’ve been fortunate enough to play with so many awesome bands/people and visit so many cool places. All of that makes me feel successful.
BRIAN: Just being able to do what I love doing; playing music. Certain things I could point out I and say are my biggest successes like starting to tour the country when I was 12, or getting to go tour Europe for music I’ve been fortunate to be a part of and help create. I consider it all amazing and huge accomplishments and milestones in my life. However, I honestly think the greatest success of all is being able to say I did and still do it. All of it has brought along amazing experiences, meeting great people/friends, and other musical endeavors throughout my life.
What inspired you to start making music?
ADAM: In 6th grade, I really started getting into music in a small school that very much all about sports. Around that time they were organizing a school musical called “Oliver Twist”. Even though it was nerve racking I really wanted to be a part of it. I auditioned and got the lead role. I was so into performing and singing that it just evolved from there.
BRIAN: Music always really intrigued me when I was young while growing up and I wasn’t playing yet. I wanted to play guitar, but I didn’t have the patience or dexterity in my fingers being 5-6 at the time when I got one. I really loved listening to The Beatles, Guns n’ Roses, Van Halen, etc. and I wanted to learn how to play drums the older and more impatient with guitar I became. I used to watch my brothers’ old bands play, and they’d always be playing in the basement of my old house. I was actually big into sports(I still am, just don’t get to really play), but I always enjoyed banging on the drums when they’d play. Fortunately, their drummers at the time would leave their kits at my house, and I’d always wanted to get even better when I’d realize I learned something new; even the smallest of things. It’d just make me want to learn something else and incorporate it all. I had ended up giving up sports and started playing every day, and eventually, I began to feel more comfortable getting more involved with everything else in every song I’d have any involvement in as I got older.
If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
ADAM: I would be really uncomfortable having anyone sing to me one on one. It verges on creepy. If going back in time is an option I would go back to when I was a kid and my mom would sing me to sleep. Super sappy I suppose. If I can’t go back in time I think I would just want to have Travis from Cattle Decapitation just scream a song at me. That somehow feels less creepy.
BRIAN: Hahaha, this would definitely make for some uncomfortable vibes on both sides, I’d imagine. I’d have to say Roger Waters after seeing him perform The Wall twice, or if I could just sit there and watch Bonham from Zeppelin play drums; that’d be way less awkward and more along the lines of my forte.
Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
ADAM: I’d have to say my dog. She’s never once been excited or thrilled when she hears one of my new songs. Sometimes her expression makes me think she’s trying to say “go to school, this is not your forte, please stop” so it drives me to one day write something she likes.
BRIAN: My family for always being so supportive regardless of whether they like or don’t like the music I’m a part of. My Mom and Dad taught me the importance of working hard and being passionate about what you do; so, I consider myself very fortunate being able to play/write music that I really enjoy for people starting at such a young age.
What’s your favorite book?
ADAM: Lord of the Flies. It’s a perfect take on society and what human beings are capable of doing to one another just to survive. Our potential for cruelty and evil is brought to light once we are stripped to nothing.
BRIAN: I’ve read a lot of really interesting books, and I’m big on nonfiction stuff. I just flew back from Dallas, and my girlfriend recommended a book called “Night” for my plane ride back. I’ve always been really intrigued by war history, especially WWI and WWII. Night is from WWII and is written by a survivor of Auschwitz. It’s quite a dark and heavy read due to being very cruel events that took place during the few years he’d been selected to live and work in Auschwitz toward the end of WWII. It’s a short display of his life in a concentration camp and really underlines how mankind can be so egregious in the most severe of ways. The author, who survived all the horror he’d endured, really depicts just how strong we as humans can truly be when one is extremely desperate with no means aside from the thought of hope and the desire of survival.
What do you like to do other than music?
ADAM: I got into boxing a few years back. I don’t get to do it too often but I love camping and hiking. I’m big on “Netflix and chill”. Recently I’ve been training my pet Tarantula “Giraffe” to slam dunk on a tiny basketball hoop. I’m pretty basic.
BRIAN: I love football season. I’m a huge Green Bay Packers fan/shareholder and when it’s football season, all my friends and family know what I’ll be doing on Sunday’s. I enjoy traveling, as well, although I reallyyy dislike flying. It’s just really cool to see different areas; especially when you see how much the same area you’ve been to previously has grown or changed in specific ways. I’ve always really enjoyed seeing new places since I was a kid and started touring the country at such a young age.
Who is your favorite musical artist?
ADAM: That’s really hard for me to choose. I could list so many names. There’s different reasons for every band I love and respect. Blonde Redhead, Bear Vs. Shark, Third Eye Blind, The Streets, Frank Ocean, 65 Days of Static to name a few.
BRIAN: That’s tough. I’d have to say Pink Floyd is my all time favorite; I actually have a tattoo on my chest of lyrics from the song “Time,” and I love a ton of other classic rock. There are many bands/songwriters like Elliott Smith, Cave In, Explosions in the Sky, Blonde Redhead, Codeseven, and I could go on and on.
What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
ADAM: Be weird. Be really really weird. Not like over the top get naked on stage just for the sake of being weird. Just when you have those “weird” thoughts that you think to yourself “that’s too weird” go for it. try it. see if it works.It might. Also, be good to others striving to do what you’re doing. Help your peers. Be happy when they succeed even if you don’t. lastly, if you end up on tour, don’t just survive on taco bell alone because it’s cheap. a lot of venues have bathrooms that look like something out of a horror movie if they even have a bathroom at all.
BRIAN: Just be yourself. Write and play music, not for the sake of others liking it, but make it something you’re truly proud of and wouldn’t want any other way. Be good to other bands and treat them equally, whether they’re a local band or a band way bigger than your own. Music is about everybody, not just one person; so, don’t be that person. Make sure you’re having fun and love doing what you do, and don’t ever be afraid of doing things your way just cause it’s not a “trend.” Always make sure you appreciate everything that comes your way, and be sure to make the most of anything and everything that does.
Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
ADAM: 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42
BRIAN: 3, 7, or 8. Adam’s look like he just opened a fortune cookie.
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