Interviews: Four Trips Ahead

We have had the opportunity to interview the  Hard Rock band Four Trips Ahead 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 come out just like that? 

Brian, our guitar player, thought of the name early on in rehearsals as we were initially playing under different strange names to get our live performance legs together so to speak. FOUR TRIPS AHEAD is suggestive of our four distinct personalities going on literal and figurative journeys together. It also signifies the different musical and artistic directions we take individually and together as a group. We hope listeners will travel with us on our musical adventures. The songs eventually helped shape the band name and identity relatively quickly.

2. Why did you want to play this genre? 

It called to us. We’re all fans of different types of music, but we tend to naturally write more hard-hitting, aggressive songs. My creative soul identifies with hard rock. Maybe it’s a New York City thing?

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

Brian, Dan, and I have known each other for quite some time as we played in different bands on the NYC scene. When my old band broke up, they invited me to get together to see what would happen as they had wanted to work with a different singer. Without sounding cliché, there was an immediate chemistry as we liked much of the same music and shared many of the same influences. We also began writing new music almost immediately, which is always a great sign. Ken joined us about six years ago and brought a ferocious new vibe to our rhythm section—a perfect fit. Coming from NYC, we grew up loving hard rock, prog, and metal, but we listen to many different genres of music.  As a result, I think those diverse elements naturally creep into our music more often than many of the current hard rock and metal bands that I hear.  

4. Each band member favourite band? 

This is a difficult question to answer—we grew up listening to so many different types of bands and music. Some of our rock favorites are Queen, King’s X, Van Halen, KISS, RUSH, Soundgarden, Dream Theater, Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, Alice in Chains, and Meshuggah. The list is endless really.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Life as we know it. I like to people watch. Riding the trains in NYC is where many of my best lyrics get fleshed out. Being observant of the world around us and connecting with people from all walks of life while travelling is the ideal inspiration. The band also has great chemistry and we write freely, bouncing ideas off of each other constantly. 

6. Where was your last gig? 

In New York City, we played an industry showcase in October 2019. We had several shows lined up in spring of 2020 and then COVID-19 hit.

7. Where would you like to act? 

We’d love to play in Europe, particularly the UK, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Spain. I hope we can also get to Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina where we have been getting a great response from our music. A dream would be to play Japan, Nigeria, and Australia as well.

8. Whom would you like to feature with? 

If you mean, who we’d like to tour with, I’d say the Rival Sons, Gojira, Mastodon, or the Winery Dogs as we really dig those bands. In terms of ultra-huge bands, AC/DC, KISS, Iron Maiden, the Foo Fighters, or Guns n’ Roses would be incredible.

9. Whom not?

I won’t answer that question because it is sure to get us the opening slot on THAT tour.

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

I always get nervous before we hit the stage, but usually the music and adrenaline take over. Being nervous is healthy—that means that you respect the stage and the audience and you want to do your best. Performing as much as you can helps you get accustomed to all situations, from the smallest, run-down venue to major stages—it’s all important to finding yourself as a performer. And you can never rehearse too much.

11. What bands have inspired you the most? 

The bands that inspire us are the ones who are fearless and aren’t afraid to be different or to explore. I mentioned many of them before. My personal inspiration is Queen as their talent, particularly their songwriting, was incredible. I also love Marillion because of how they’ve made beautiful, poignant music with total support from their fans, regardless of industry trends.

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

I’ve had a couple of stalker fans in the past. One asked me for my sweat drenched shirt after a show and another tried to get me to read my lyrics in strange places. I’ll leave it at that. Most folks are terrific though—they just want to talk music, take pictures, or have something signed. I’m extremely grateful that people take interest in what we do.

13. What do you think of your fans? 

Our fans and supporters have been extremely supportive. We miss performing live and intend to see them on stage in the spring of 2022.

14. What do you think of our site?

Love it. I especially appreciate the coverage of up and coming hard rock and metal bands. I’ve been checking out lots of the music on the page.

15. Something to add?

We have a new EP, REMNANTS, with the first two singles, “Remnants,” and “It’s Alright.” We intend to release a third single in the coming weeks. And as the pandemic hopefully gets under control, we plan to start performing live in the coming months and perhaps make it out to Europe next summer. We want as many people as possible to hear REMNANTS. In the meantime, we are rehearsing and finishing up exciting new material that we plan to record in the late summer or fall of 2022. Check out our social media sites to follow what we’re up to— 

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