Interview: SLOW BURNING CAR
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
My cousins and KISS got me into music. If I was not playing music I would have been playing sports (Soccer, Hockey, Basketball).
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
Sports and traveling. Seeing new things and meeting new people stimulate new outlooks and ideas.
How long has your band been around?
I recorded the first Slow Burning Car album called Blowback in November 2004 til November 2005, then put a band together around it and had our first ever show in spring 2006 at The Viper Room in Hollywood, CA.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
From Los Angeles, CA…lots of geo-political activity and a rich rock history to draw upon.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
I actually had a song I was recording called "Slow Burning Car" for the first album so I decided to name the band that.
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
London (The Grey Horse-Nov 2007), The Viper Room (1st show - Hollywood, CA), opening for Ace Frehley of KISS (January 2018 Agoura Hills, CA)…there have been a lot.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
I like The Canyon clubs (franchise) in Southern California. I would like to play The Palladium in NYC and The Wiltern in Los Angeles.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Queens Of The Stone Age, New Model Army, Verve, Slow Burning Car
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
make sure you play for love as a hobby and not for financial gain. I would tell my younger self to lay off the substances and seek out the professional entities you need to expose your music to.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Don't smoke weed
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
In The Trees (my first song I ever wrote), Public Cynic and Crime Minister are my truth.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Ladish Man and Soul Crimes generate intensity, In The Trees gets requested the most.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
I write the music foirst then add lyrics. Sometimes I will have a part written and try to match it with an idea of another band members (Krista Ray usually).
Krista has a few she brought in as well with music/lyrics completed by her (Diamond In The Rough/fabulous Disaster).
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Social viewpoints and personal observations.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
Rarely. When we do we address it on the spot, show mutual respect for each other's opinions and compromise.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
After completing the shows we have here in California with LA Guns and Stephen Pearcy (Ratt), hopefully we will be touring in Greece this summer/fall.