Interviews: THE OTHER LA

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Rock band, THE OTHER LA 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?

Aria: My family and I moved to Louisiana in 2014 but my friends thought we moved to Los Angeles because we kept referring Louisiana to LA. My mom said we moved to the other LA and I thought it was a cool band named when we first started playing shows as a cover band.

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

Aria: I’ve always loved rock n roll growing up as a child. However, I wanted to experiment with different styles from new wave to hard rock. We always try to make every song sound unique just to make things more interesting.

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

Aria: Well my bass player McKenzie and I are the only original members because we were on the road a lot and it took a toll on our other bandmates. This is actually the first solid lineup we’ve had in three years. Our guitar player Gerardo has been playing with us for three years so we now consider him a full time member because he has showed us a lot of hard work and dedication. And last but not least, our drummer Josh has been playing with us for about 3 years and he’s one of the most down to earth musicians we have ever played with.

4. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Aria: I get inspired every time I go out in nature so I can be alone with my thoughts. It helps me tune into my subconscious to see what kind of traumas still thrive inside my mind. Either due to past relationships, childhood, or everyday problems inspire me to write lyrics.

5. Where was your last gig?

Aria: Our last gig was back in late April in Mississippi at a venue called muddy waters. The owners are amazing human beings who were very generous with giving us our own green room and special discounts from their restaurant. We played on an outdoor stage with our friends from Roses Unread and it was an incredible experience playing music again.

6. Where would you like to act?

Aria: I’ve always wanted to play the Pacific Northwest because the birth of grunge was in Seattle, WA and I would love to see where Nirvana played and hopefully play the same venues as these legendary bands.

7. Whom would you like to feature with?

Aria: I guess my first option would be either be Tool because I love the progressive rhythms and the sweet but ferocious voice of James Maynard Keenan who is one of my inspirations for writing lyrics. My second option would be Siouxsie and the banshees because Siouxsie was one of the first punk singers and has been one of my idols. I love her writing style and her creativity never ceases to impress me.

8. Whom not?

Aria: That’s a really tough question because I’ve never been the biggest fan of publicly saying that a musician sucks because art is art and who am I to judge their creativity. Granted, there are a lot of genres that aren’t my cup of tea but I respect all types of music.

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

Aria: I’ve honestly never suffered from stage fright because being onstage is how I use my voice. I have social anxiety when I’m offstage and have difficulty at expressing my emotions with others. To those that do suffer with stage fright, just let out all of our emotions while performing and I promise you, the stage fright will fade away.

10. What bands have inspired you the most?

Aria: A lot haha. I guess my top ten would be Korn, Tool, Three Days Grace, Siouxsie and the banshees, old school Paramore, The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, Evanescence, Static X, and Bauhaus. The list goes on and on.

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

Aria: This didn’t happen to me but some girl asked my bass player to sign her breasts and it was, um, an experience.

12. What do you think of your fans?

Aria: Our fans are like family. They’ve stuck with us from day one. Even though we are a completely different band than we were in 2014, they still give us the love and support.

13. What do you think of our site?

Aria: I’m really impressed by how you guys interview different bands from around the world. Whether it’s metal, punk, post-punk, or electronic, you guys have an incredible resume of bands to check out. I always love checking out different genres and it’s really helpful how you guys list every sub-genre.

14. Something you'd like to add?

Aria: I’m just happy to be playing shows again and really getting our name out there to the world. We appreciate all of our fans for sticking with us and continuing to support us. Much love

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