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Interviews: Econoline Crush

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Rock band, Econoline Crush, from Canada. 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? 

We had been demoing music for about six months and still hadn’t come up with a name. The band was getting attention from labels even without a named based on our industry connections. We were sending off a three-song demo and we had to come up with a name. One guy wanted to call the band Crush. One guy wanted to call it Cadillac Black. There was a long uncomfortable silence, which I broke by saying that I listened to most of my music in our family’s Econoline van. It was so awkward. I didn’t know why I said that?!? Somebody said Econoline Crush. We all looked at each other and I said, fuck it we can always change it later. We never did. The name stuck.

2. Why did you want to play this genre? 

I always thought that the music from the eighties never really got the recognition it deserved. There were a lot of innovative artists. It just seemed to me that if you took guitars, keyboards, samples and loops and blended that with the intensity and aggression that comes with rock and punk rock it could be really cool. But more importantly it was a sound that represented our generation’s feelings of disenfranchisement and our distrust of authority.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed? 

No. I answered an add looking for a vocalist. So we were all just meeting for the first time.

4. Each band member favourite band? 

That is hard to answer. I think my favourite band is Sons of Freedom from Vancouver. Ziggy loves the Stones and MC5. Kyle loves NIN and our drummer Dayvid like GnR and Metallica.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 

Songs are my way of venting. Life and current events or concerns seem to inspire and influence the music.

6. Where was your last gig? 

Our last was in Kelowna BC Canada.

7. Where would you like to act? 

I would love to play a show in Berlin again. Actually anywhere in Germany would be amazing. The audiences are always so much fun.

8. Whom would you like to feature with? 

I would love to play shows with the Rolling Stones or U2.

9. Whom not? 

I’m game to put our band and music in front of anyone and everyone.

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

Stage fright is a constant. If you aren’t nervous then you’re not invested or you don’t care. You should want to put on the best possible show and should feel some fear as you take the stage. For bands just starting out, you need to embrace the “us against the world philosophy” and become a tight unit. Practice lots and support one another so that the shows get better every time you play. Don’t be overly harsh when mistakes are made, help each other get better. Together you can do anything.

11. What bands have inspired you the most? 

We toured with KISS on their PsychoCircus run. I was inspired by their commitment to the show and showmanship. Gene and Paul know how to work a room. I’ve seen them pull off some amazing shows that started off slow but ended in the fans having the best night ever. I was also inspired by the way they ran their business. In person Gene is not the guy from the reality show. He is intelligent, thoughtful and kind. He was so good to our band. I will always be grateful that he took the time to talk with me. I love bands that take creative chances. I’ve been a fan of U2 since I was very young and they have certainly changed and grown over the years. It is very inspiring to watch them develop and bring their music to a live audience.

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

Where to start???

13. What do you think of your fans? 

Our fans must be patient because they have been waiting for a very long time for us to get our act together. Seriously though, our fans are amazing and we love their comments and words of encouragement. We seem to be lucky that our fans are loyal and very vocal in their support of this band.

14. What do you think of our site? 

You must be very busy!! There are so much information and music. Very comprehensive. The heaviest music I have ever seen in one place.

15. Something add?

I also have a documentary coming out which explains why it took so long for us to get back to music full time. Here is the trailer-

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