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Interviews: Ambassador

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Dark Rock/Post-Punk band, Ambassador, from the 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?

Jason: I always Interpreted it as us, as a collective, being the literal ambassador of our musical vision.

Gabe: I would agree with that. It is a term that evokes different ideas and visuals. Like our music and lyrics, it requires some personal interpretation. 

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Jason: I think it’s the most authentic representation of where we came from, where we are, and where we are going musically.

Dustin: I've always liked music that sounded like a beautiful destruction. The push and pull of the human experience.

Gabe: Not sure about the 'genre' part, but I think we all simply love dark, spacy, and emotional music.

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

Jason: Yes And no, most of the guys grew up together. I am the outsider of the group. I didn’t know Dustin before this band, but I knew of him, as we all played in different bands around the scene before we formed Ambassador.

Gabe: Dustin and I have known each other for the longest, but I've known Ean about as long. Ean and I were in previous bands together since we were in our late teens. Jason was always in the local scene, but we got to know him a bit later through old bands and this project. 

4. Each band member favourite band?

For Jason it's a positive Pink Floyd, Dustin's music app stats say Russian Circles, Gabe's current favorite is Brutus, and Tyler Childers for Ean.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Jason: The ineffable joy and sadness of life.

Dustin: The process from invention to execution.

Gabe: I enjoy the process, but mostly the way it makes me feel. Whether it's numbing, affirming, exciting, etc. I've always felt that my nature is rooted in music, so as a medium for self-expression and escape, it just works.

6. Where was your last gig?

Gabe: Before we started writing and recording Care Vale, we played a really fun and well-attended hometown show at Cajun Daiquiri, a drive-through daiquiri shop (yes, we really have them in the swamp.) It's always pretty DIY and smokey, but we usually get to jam with old friends and drink too much, so that's good, right?

7. Where would you like to act?

Jason: I would love to play a show at Whiskey a Go Go or CBGB’s.

Dustin: Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Gabe: Red Rocks for sure. Saint Vitus or Roadburn come to mind as well.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Gabe: We aren't hard to please and don't fit perfectly with very many bands, so really it would be out of some of our favorite bands like Russian Circles, Brutus, Emma Ruth Rundle, Tool, or Torche.

9. Whom not?

Gabe: Hmmm. We are pretty easy going. Pop Evil 'rock-starred' us when we opened for them and their manager was an asshole. I think I speak for all of us when I say we'll pass next time.

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

Jason: I used to be the lead singer of multiple bands, but in the last band I was singing in, I kind of had my first bout of stage fright. I haven’t been a lead singer since.

Dustin: Nah. If you've prepared there is nothing to be afraid of. Stay ready and you ain't gotta get ready.

Ean: Probably early on. Gotta be relaxed and confident to play well.

Gabe: My biggest thing was standing at the mic. Especially since we don't talk a lot during our sets or dance around. Much better now with a guitar in my hands. Always something to do.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Jason: The bands that have inspired me the most would definitely be bands like Tool, Deftones, and A Perfect Circle, but I also love bands like the Cure, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, and The Church.

Dustin: Deftones from an early age, but Explosions in the Sky, Russian Circles, Pelican, and Kyuss are certainly on the list.

Ean: For this band, latest inspirations have been Kings of Leon, Agents of Oblivion, and Russian Circles.

12. What do you think of your fans?

Jason: The people that I know, and I’ve spoken to who are pretty jazzed about our band, are people who love music. And I don’t mean love music in the traditional sense, as everyone loves music I’m sure. I’m talking about music enthusiasts, these are the people who like our music.

Gabe: Our fans fit a certain profile. Like Jason said, we do better with music enthusiasts and people who are open minded or 'thinkers.' They are always really supportive and we appreciate that. Your friends will always support you, but it always feels good to chat with fans in other countries that are listening to and buying merch from some random band in south Louisiana. Those are the fans that keep us going.

13. What do you think of our site?

Jason: It seems pretty rad to me! I support anyone who is trying to create a platform for underground musicians. I just want to say I really appreciate you guys giving us this opportunity to share a little insight into our band. God Bless. 

Gabe: Sites like Breathing the Core that give relatively unknown bands a chance to reach more like minded people and strengthen the culture of alternative music are invaluable.Thanks and cheers.

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