Before The Drop – Interview
Interview with Rob (g/v) of Before The Drop and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
BTD: Old school man, basically I’ve started playing music when I was eight to snort cocaine of hookers’ boobs and not much has changed since then.. Aside from that, the funny thing is this band is -for me- that I play guitar and sing, while i’ve been a bassist for years.. In this band, I started playing bass, but when Marlouk took lead vocals and felt she needed some back up, I started singing with her. Playing guitar gives me more space to focus on singing, but the being a bassist-thing kind of rings through in my playing (don’t expect any solos here 😉 )
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
BTD: This band is basically a two week brain-fart of Maarten, our guitar player, who -heavily influenced by bands like Mogwai) wrote ten would-be instrumental tunes. When Twan (the drummer) and I joined, we soon recognised this shit needed a different approach and we recruited Marlouk , growing more towards the post-indie sound we have now. You can kind of feel it in the music, we want to play loud but the songs require us to dose.. It gives an edge to it..
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
BTD: We’re all musicians who are used to play in more heavy bands, from metal to stoner and so on, so there’s a bit of Kuyss, Faith no more and Mogwai in there, but at the same time we listen to Angus & Julia stone or Oscar and the wolf.. Its all in there (somewhere)..
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
BTD: Man, that was, is and will ever be world domination! Touring and just playing the shit out of these songs, can’t get enough of it! Besides that, Twan aspires tpo be a professional curling player and Marlouk hold the world record for not eating gingerbread on a wednesday 😉
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
BTD: Maarten is our musical genius, Marlouk comes up with the vocal lines. As a band, we then take the ingredients and start to build a song out of it. Feeling what structure the song needs and what hooks we should place where.. It’s usually a pretty solid process, where we strive to achieve consensus (and actually find it too, what are the odds?). The songs are about life in general but mostly love and the loss of it (are there other subjects then?)
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
BTD: It’s a continuous process to keep afloat between the many many bands out there, we’re a self managed band up until this point and we’re chasing venues, festivals, on- and offline media ourselves!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
BTD: It’s just a given, whether you like or dislike it. And if you can’t beat em, join em.. We put our music out there and try to go the extra mile in merch and playing.. As soon as the whole album is recorded, we’re going Vinyl (of course)..
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
BTD: Ok, after seeing ‘hired guns’ on Netflix, that dude who wrote the Ghostbusters theme seemed the happiest of all.. Maybe that’s the key 😉 But, truthfully, i have a soft spot for ‘Suzanne’ and ‘Estranged’ (I know, couldn’t be more far apart but here we are..)
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
BTD: Only yesterday I’ve watched ‘the voice’ and though i recognise there are really some musicians there who’ve been around the block, some of these people just touched a mic the first time and are playing with a solid, professional band with in-ears over a class AAA system, light, dancers and whatnot and it makes my skin crawl.. You’re not a real musician if you haven’t played somewhere in a carton box over a €50,- PA for half a crate of luke-warm beer after a six hour drive.. And now i’m really going to force myself to stop before next year starts and i’m still on a rant..
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
BTD: In music, pride also comes in numbers, so playing a couple of big Dutch festivals for a 10, 12K crowd is definitely up there.. There’s just something about the not hearing applause but a sorth of distorted sound coming your way from there big group things..
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
BTD: We’re writing and have some studio time planned for the second of three visits to finish this album.. Just building and polishing our live set and basically figuring out how and where to reach our audience best.. So far this band has been a thrill of a ride and we can’t wait to see what’s next..
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
BTD: As I said, we all are used to playing the heavy stuff, so the energy wants to come out, while this music forces us to play calm and focussed.. We feel this while we’re playing the songs, and the energy builds.. The double vocals kind of add to that tension, so we build something up during playing.. Come and see if you can ride that wave with us \m/
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