Interviews: QUIET

In this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Alternative Rock band QUIET from USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

AJay: It really came more out of a necessity of needing a new name. We started out under Mike’s last name (Scarabino) since he started it as a solo project. Once I was on board, we brought on Juli, and then it soon got to a point where everything that we worked on became more spread out between the three of us instead of just falling under the vision of a single person. I came up with the name after spitballing a whole bunch of possibilities to choose from. We ended up settling on QU!ET because we (mostly) don’t play quiet, soft-sounding music, but throwing the word in all caps and adding in the exclamation point adds a nice juxtaposition.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Michael: When I first started this project myself, I wanted to do a style of music that would make me feel like myself on stage. Our style puts us in a position to put on an energetic show, and that’s what matters most to me. That’s when I’m having the most fun. 

AJay: The way I see it, the Alternative genre can be twisted in various directions and can borrow heavily from other styles of music, which allows a lot of potential for expression when it comes down to creating a song. 

Juli: The genre Alternative is such a broad spectrum. I love experimenting and playing different genres, so playing alternative opens the door for creativity and expression. 3. Did you know each other before the band was formed? 

AJay: Not really, no. Mike and I met at a mutual friend’s birthday party. I think he struck a conversation about Muse with the person I was with at that time and we exchanged numbers so we could jam. He messaged me and I went over to his house and we ended up playing through Origin of Symmetry and Absolution. 

Michael: The next year we were looking for a drummer, and we were having a tough time finding one. So I put out a post on a Facebook group called Long Island Musicians, which is a place where anyone can network for music on LI. Juli responded to the post and we tried her out, she fit perfectly and here we are! 

Juli: Not at all I found Mike and AJay through the Facebook group Long Island Musicians. I had advertised that I was looking for work, and it just so happened they were looking for a drummer. The day we first played together it was as if we had known each other for years and we instantly clicked.

4. Each band member's favorite band? 

AJay: Nine Inch Nails 

Michael: Muse 

Juli: My favorite artist is a solo artist and that would be Cher.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 

Michael: I tend to write lyrics based on anything in my life that boggles my mind at any given moment. And that could be from a lesson learned, tragedy, a book I read, many things. 

AJay: I mostly pull from past experiences and emotions, or any interactions with people that I’ve met throughout my life. I look back and I try to remember how something made me feel and I try to translate that into instrumentals and then lyrics would soon that follow afterwards. 

Juli: For me I get my inspiration from my life experiences and emotions. I'm still working on my songwriting. Lyric writing isn't my strongest point right now but Mike and AJay give me great pointers and ideas.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last show was back in August at Village Pub, a venue in Lindenhurst, NY.

7. Where would you like to act? 

Juliana: Wembley Stadium, it's huge and I want to play for a huge crowd like that. 

Michael: Madison Square Garden and Royal Albert Hall, both places have an energy like no other, it would be amazing to experience that.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Michael: I would love to feature Chrissy Costanza from Against The Current. The tone of her voice is smooth yet very huge, it would be cool to work out a song with her. 

AJay: I’m open to working and collaborating with anyone, whether they be a bigger artist or someone that may be just starting out. I think a lot of good music can be made when there are different ideas and perspectives being put out on the table. 

Juli: I'm totally open to working with anyone. I love playing with new people and getting the feel with how they work. You never know when a new idea is going to hit.

9. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that? 

Michael: Not really, but I tend to overthink what I have to do at times. Before we play, the three of us do vocal warm ups together. It makes us focus and we get a sense of unity, at that point we know what we need to do, then we just put on the show. 

Juli: Yes, I have horrible stage fright. Sometimes I even cry before I go on stage and I get a really bad stomach ache. The best advice I can give someone is to take deep breaths and remember why you get up on that stage. I always try to remember that I love performing and music that's why I get up on that stage

10. What bands have inspired you the most?

Over the years, bands like Pvris, Muse, and Korn have had a big impact on our writing.

11. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for? 

Michael: Honestly, I haven’t been lucky enough to have any weird exchanges with anyone!

12. What do you think of your fans?

They’re a very friendly and loyal bunch of people. It’s always nice to see them come together to see us. It’s like we have a community around our music and that’s a special thing to us.

13. What do you think of our site?

It’s nicely detailed and easy to look at! There’s so much to see, I plan on spending a lot of time on it later.

14. Something to add?

Listen to QU!ET here:

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