Filmspeed – Interview
Interview with Craig from Filmspeed and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
F: I’m Craig and I sing and play guitar for Filmspeed.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
F: Well, Nick (the bassist) and I moved from Detroit to the LA area about a decade and a half ago and have been doing the band thing ever since. Ups and downs, different lineups and projects and hiatuses had been the backdrop. About 3 years back, we locked in Oliver and really put this thing into high gear. Since then, we’ve been cranking out the shows and the content.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
F: This band is a rocknroll power trio on paper because it’s what comes out most natural for the live show. Our core influences are incredibly diverse between the members. Growing up in Motown sets a standard what “real music” sounds like. Yet, the Detroit area is incredibly rich in Jazz and EDM. Don’t even get me started on HipHop and Rock-City. Then you’ve got the proving grounds of Southern California. We’ve done everything from backyard kid birthdays to sell-out national venues . This place has been shaping the sound since we unpacked. And then there’s Oliver, who’s got a fckn Jazz Degree and international music scholars for parents. Non-music influences? Uhhh… Cooking, Stand-up Comedians, Gaming/Twitch and fine alcohol.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
F: Goals is easy. Glastonbury, Coachella, Leeds, Lalapalooza, Grammys, RockHall. This one time, I had a dream that my best friend was a centaur and I was manager for his mayoral re-election campaign. Dreams are weird, man.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
F: Everything starts as little diddys with no real direction. Once the music is all done and it sounds right with the band, I’ll figure which story fits the vibe. Topics range from raging party anthems to riffing jams about crippling anxiety. The recent single, “Need A Rush” is about the addiction to adrenaline. This upcoming single “Brain Dead” is about media ruining relationships.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
F: In the streaming age, we weaponize the social networks as best we can. Outside of that, we podcast! “Consistently Off”is a candid chat between the 3 of us, filled with personal stories, inside jokes and random rabbit holes as we drink for a couple hours at a time.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
F: It’s too late, music and art have already been a commodity by it’s rulers. So really however people consume, is above our heads. I’d like to think piracy has gone down a bit since streaming has picked up so hard. Either way, music pays jack and we know that. Until we hit the top 40, we’ll be paying off credit cards to keep this train rolling.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
F: Oooo boy, it changes all the time. Hmmm… “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”. Go listen and then ask me ‘why’ again (if you really have to).
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
F: Profound- Ignorance and Intolerance. Petty- Kidz Bop albums and those thin plastic covers they put on new electronics (gotta rip it off asap).
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
F: Luckily, there’s new milestones every few months for us. Last year, it was probably recording these new singles. We got to really dial in some genuine rocknroll. We had L.A rocknroll tastemaker Jason Hollis produce these. Live band, straight to analog tape on a big, beautiful, vintage console in the house that BRMC fancies and were mastered by an industry giant. It’s the best sounding stuff we’ve done yet. Now that this is our new standard, we’re considering pressing vinyl…
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
F: We’ve just finished filming the video for the new single, and we hope to get it out just a few weeks after the song drops. We head back to the studio soon to do some cool stuff with a new producer (details to come), and we’re tightening up 3 more songs to run thru the magic Hollis filters.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
F: There’s no tour scheduled right now, but we’re aiming for Springtime. But if you’re in SoCal, we’ve got this rad gig in Echo Park, L.A for “Anti-Valentine’s Day” (Feb15), it’ll be a salute to the singles. Why anyone should be at one of shows is always the same; it’s what we DO. We’re a live band before anything else and probably one of the best you’ll see do it. Show up and tell us we’re wrong
Band location – Huntington Beach, California
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