Interviews: The Downcast

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Pop Punk band, The Downcast 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? 

It just came out like that. We wish there was a great story behind this, but there is not.

2.Why did you want to play this genre? 

We all love so many different and dissimilar genres. With our sound, we’re able to combine what we love and make it work. Alternative music is pretty open to this idea, and we’re grateful for that!

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

Yes. Julien and Matt were friends before the band was formed. We were connected with Arthur online while looking for a bass player, and he introduced us to his friend Leo, who became our newest guitar player.

4. Each band member favourite band? 

Matt - Limp Bizkit Julien - Taylor Swift Leo - Story Of The Year Arthur - Kiss

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 

Our need to express ourselves is definitely our primary inspiration.

6. Where was your last gig? 

Our hometown of Toronto! It was one of our best, and just a few weeks before the COVID lockdown.

7. Where would you like to perform? 

We’d love to make it out to the east coast of Canada. The closest we’ve ever played is Montreal.

8. Whom would you like to perform with? 

Each one of our members will have a different answer for this, but one band we could all agree on is Four Year Strong. We’re working with their guitar player Alan on our record, and that band has been a huge influence on our sound.

9. Whom not? 

Limp Bizkit, Taylor Swift, Story Of The Year, and Kiss.

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

I (Matt) usually get pretty nervous before a show. 2 shots of whiskey before hitting the stage does the trick. There’s a very fine line between too much and not enough, and it’s a dangerous game to play. If done correctly, it works wonders. There’s a Danish movie called “Another Round” that outlines this approach perfectly, if you’d like more details on the method.

11. What bands have inspired you the most? 

Again, each member will have a different answer for this. Certainly the prominent pop punk bands of the early 2000s really inspired each one of our passions for the genre and sound.

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

We had a fan ask our previous guitar player Chris if he’d take a selfie with them. Of course he said he would, but then they asked him to take it in a stall in the men’s bathroom. We had a good laugh about that one. He didn’t do it...

13. What do you think of your fans? 

We would have quit without them so we think they’re essential to what we do. Love y’all!!!

14. What do you think of our site? 

It’s so sick you should change the name to Breathing The COVID Droplets

15. Something to add?

If you’ve read this far, god bless your soul. We’d LOVE if you’d check out our upcoming single called Rough Love! If it’s not out by the time this is published, it will be soon! Hit us up on the gram to follow along on the journey: @thedowncastto

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