Interviews: iwatchyousleep

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Post-Hardcore/Rock band iwatchyousleep 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 plan it or come out just like that?

We were all just brainstorming and Auston put this one out there. We all just felt that it fit the purpose of the band, a double entendre of sorts. It could be taken as a positive or negative.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We wanna play ALL the genres hahaha…we all have different backgrounds in music and they tend to meet on our albums. We don’t really seek a genre for us, we play as it comes.

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

Lindsay and Jeff worked together for years on another project that Jake actually joined near its demise. Auston was seeking for a while and a close mutual friend hooked us up with them.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Jeff: Nine Inch Nails

Auston: Night Verses

Jake: Bad Religion

Lindsay: My Chemical Romance

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

A lot of outside sources shape who we are as individuals…many of them being the different forms of media. So a lot of other artists; mainly bands/musicians but also videotapes, physical artists, Film/TV, ghost stories, folklore, etc. In terms of starting songs and sections, we usually have a very short thought of a situation, and the feeling within them and use that to move into a track.

6. Where was your last gig?

It was a “The Decibel Foundry” gig at “Bear Metal Studios” in Santa Fe, NM. with HIRS Collective, Die High & The Illegal Aliens. Shout out to Augustine Ortiz Jr. & JDS3!

7. Where would you like to act?

We all have our special venues, but small venues are what we love. Intimacy is key.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

At the moment, some of us are in love with HEALTH’s “Rat Wars”, Bayside’s “There Are Worse Things Than Being Alive” & Night Verses. So yeah, let’s do a show.

9. Whom not?

Nothing “All-American”. At this moment, we’re quite disappointed in this place.

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

Absolutely. I think it depends on each of us. I think we all dabbled in self-medicating with substances beforehand, but we’ve all learned our own lessons with that. So now, we deal internally with the current personal, and sometimes shared, current events and try to exorcise them on stage in each performance. Really embracing the persona you choose to be onstage; having an alter ego can help be a sort of safety net. Oh, & remember to stretch.

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

To give one of us a thorough back rub while, the fan, was on roller skates and a hallucinogen. It was well received.

12. What do you think of your fans?

We’re lucky to have them. They’re why we keep coming back. Connecting through music is such an honorable process. The fact that there's people doing that with us while we play, there’s that tether of connection…priceless. Give us that drug.

13. What do you think of our site?

We’ve always loved the zines. You’re the ear to the ground. Well written, and thoughtful, and I actually found a couple groups we’d never heard of until reading Breathing the Core, so thank you!

14. Something to add? 

We sincerely thank you for your time in reading or writing this article, we only hope you will give us a listen when you’re in the mood.

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