Interview with Stephanie Wlosinski (lead vocals, bass) with Hearts and Hand Grenades and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: Who are you and what do you do in the band?
SW: Stephanie Wlosinski and I am the lead vocalist and bassist
PD: What type of artist are you?
SW: I am a musician
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
SW: As a kid I was always into music. My favorite category has definitely been rock but I grew up being exposed to different genres. My mom used to blast the radio while we would do chores and it made that so much more fun. As I got older, I found my stride in alternative and heavier rock music and that has influenced me still today.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
SW: I’m a huge MUSE fan so I find myself inspired by those guys quite often but I think the grunge and alternative sound of the 90s has also been so influential in my life that I draw inspiration from bands like Foo Fighters and Green Day.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
SW: For me, I’d like to just get out there and tour the world. A dream would be to share the stage with MUSE or In This Moment.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
SW: Mike and I do the majority of the song writing. He creates most of the rhythms and I write the lyrics. We typically form the base for a song then bring it to Kenny and Tom to add their flavors to it. Most of the songs are about exploring an emotion. We range from themes such as break ups, adrenaline rushes, to feeling isolated and even just standing united.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
SW: We’ve done our best at being present on social media, especially since we haven’t been able to get out and tour since the lockdown has happened to the live music scene. Platforms like facebook and youtube have really been beneficial to get our music out to the world so we will continue to utilize social media as much as we can.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
SW: I’m not against buying an album digitally versus in physical format, but I know there is a lot of debate with music streaming. It’s unfortunate that artists aren’t properly compensated with most streaming services, but it is a necessary evil to get your music heard in this digital world we live in.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
SW: I have always loved the song Blackout by MUSE. It’s gentle yet so compelling. Lyrically it’s just brilliant, and the music is this beautiful and delicate melody.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
SW: I personally have a hard time dealing with people picking their nose. As gross as it is to talk about boogers, it’s even worse to have to see them, so people….use a damn tissue!!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
SW: I think I’m proudest of how far we’ve come in a relatively short amount of time. We formed in 2019 and have been fortunate enough to be welcomed into the Eclipse Records family and work with a great team of people to help us get noticed both nationally and internationally.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
SW: We are already working on recording our second album which we hope to release sometime in the fall.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
SW: We fully intend to hit the road and get on tour as soon as safely allowable. We were disappointed that we weren’t able to tour to promote the album release for Turning To Ashes but that just makes us hungry to get out there and show everyone what we can do! You should be there because we’ve got a lot of bottled up energy from the lockdowns and we won’t be holding back when we hit the stage!
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