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a toi me’SHen vs The Gauntlet Interview

23 November 2015 No Comment

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(Rules of The Gauntlet: The artist (Like in this case the badass a toi me’SHen from the OC.  Yeah that’s really their name. We make a lot of stuff up but not that.) are sent a butt ton of  questions ranging from standard to stupid  from which they must choose  at least  12 to answer and return them to us with a minimum of tear stains.) 

Tell me why your music rules. Or why it sucks.

Our music rules because it has a little something for every type of music fan, but is blended in such a way that keeps people listening despite his or her musical taste. It has a ton of flavors including rock, metal, hip-hop, ambient, electronic, classical, reggae, groove and then some. We have received a very positive response from our listeners…actually more than we expected. It’s pretty cool to present music that doesn’t fit into a specific genre. We have trouble categorizing our stuff when we are asked what kind of music we play and we’re alright with that. There is no sell-out factor in what we do…it is our own recipe, not the typical corporate hook formula.

Tell me about your new album.  The writing, vibe, production/producers, etc.

The new album is a great mix of several styles. We work closely with writer/producer Dan Holtz of Misery Pill Records. He is a genius writer and arranger who is primarily responsible for the way we sound on this record. My background and guitar style comes mostly from the melodic metal and rock genre, as does Daynon’s guitar and vocals. Tony is one of the best freestyle rap cats out there and is a hip-hop machine, but he can effectively pull from whatever style he wants to fit the song. Doug is a solid grooving bass player who can create dope lines to fit any need. Jake is a multi-talented musician whose roots are in pretty deep in alternative rock and is responsible for most of the high vocal melodies on the recording. All of these styles come out on the album and I personally love the combination. Daynon and Jake worked their asses off to get the recording and most of the mix handled and they did a great job with it. When you put it all together, we’ve got songs that you can drink to, fuck to, drive your car irresponsibly fast to and pound the shit out of the heavy bag at the gym to. Regardless of your situation, I promise that we’ve got a song for you.

Which Muppet would you like to beat the crap out of? Why? 

No question here. It would definitely be Animal…just for the street cred. That dude is legit. And what would someone say about a guy who slapped around Miss Piggy or Kermit? There is no honor in that (besides, I think that Miss Piggy could probably kick my ass).

What are you working on right now?

Most of our time right now is spent working out our live sound to compliment the new album. Our music is pretty thick and layered with different sounds and tones coming from all directions. We really don’t want to lose those dynamics when we are playing live, and we want to deliver every time. It isn’t always easy to sound like a small orchestra when there are only 5 of you, but we’re liking where we’re at…and I think the people who see our show are going to appreciate how clean and tight the sound is. We are very close to blowing this record up live and are excited about how it is going to sound.

Why do you make your style of music? Why not polka? or Japanese symphonic folk metal? or..?

Funny you should ask. When we first got together, our goal was to play techno-Gregorian folk metal zydeco with a twist of jazz and swing. At one point, we had to come to terms with the fact that this was not a very radio-friendly way to go.

If you had a time machine what would you do with it?

I would love to go back and be able to be present at all of the world’s most epic historic events. But if it was only good for one trip, I would probably go back to late 1976 and slip a birth control pill in Kanye’s mother’s drink.

What legendary musicians would you like to play badminton with?

This is an impossible question to answer. I’m pretty sure I would embarrass them all at badminton. Except that Psy dude that does Gangnam Style. Koreans are to badminton what Stevie Ray Vaughan was to Texas Blues.

ATM LogoWhy should people experience your music?

Because people need to rock. The tunes are full of driving hooks and melodies and aggression that make you feel right. And we’re not done there. We appreciate feedback. If a song sucks, we want to know it sucks. If a song is loved, we want to know why. We want to know what people’s favorite tracks are because we want to continue to write songs for them. We feel that we can write songs and music that fit what we’re about while providing people with what they want to hear either sonically or lyrically without selling out. In the end, we may not please everyone (like any group) but we want to provide a record in which most of the content keeps people tuned in. Nobody wants a record that has one song out of a dozen that gets listened to…that is a waste of time for everyone.

What is the loneliest letter? Explain.

Z is the loneliest letter. Sparsely used in the English language, and was the last one picked for the team. All the way at the back of the line. Alone. Thanks for that question. Now I need a good cry.

How many unarmed but very angry 4 year olds would it take to kick your ass?

The answer to this question is on a sliding scale…the answer would be commensurate with the number of cocktails I had before the ass-kicking and the level of the kids’ anger. Most days, I’d probably say 2.

Describe your face.

I have always described a toi mǝ’SHēn as a group of 4 great-looking guys, and me. On my face is a map of the world. And right now, it probably looks like a combination of Syria and the Sudan.

What would you like to say to your fans?

Thank You. Thank You. Thank You. It seems kind of selfish, but there is nothing better as a musician to know that people are listening and liking what you do. We’re all like one big happy family/support group, and if you are a fan of ours, you have earned a group of brothers who have your back. Not just brothers…but big, ugly, mean brothers with occasional anger management issues.


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