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Interview with Dead End Job
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
We come from different musical backgrounds. Coming from things such as being related to founding members of big bands, to signing contracts with parents, music has been an important part to each one of us individually. We'd be working Dead End Jobs, which we are already, the difference being without playing in Dead End Job
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
We like to play video games, watch robot anime and read books.
How long has your band been around?
Since 2018, which is longer than high school which is strangely vindicating.
Where are you based and how did that influence your music?
We are from the San Francisco Bay Area. There have been a lot of popular musicians that have come out of here, but there is also a thriving scene of DIY musicians that help shape our sound
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
It was a last-minute, spur of the moment thing when we were forced to put a name down on paper for our first show and couldn't come up with anything. So since we practiced at a dead end road and would meet up after work, we just decided to go with Dead End Job
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
We have been playing shows since 2018, but our most memorable show would probably have to be opening for KennyHoopla since he was such a down-to-earth guy and it was pretty cool to be able to have the opportunity to work with someone of that calibre
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
Our favorite venue to play at is San Francisco parking lots with other local musicians.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Wembley Stadium, with us, our good friends Surprise Privilege and Goof, and the opening act would be Green Day
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?
We would say to just keep putting yourself out there and to not be afraid of taking risks or chances.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Don't second guess yourself. You will waste more time thinking about if something will work or not instead of actually finding out.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
“Everybody Loves You, But Noboby Likes You”, “Autumn Tree”, and “Car Battery” are the hits people request.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
Either Colin or Kyle will slap one of us across the head and go HEY I'VE GOT A GREAT IDEA! Then we all play the song perfectly on the first try or Octavious will come in with a song completely written after binge watching Ancient Aliens. Alex is too busy watching anime to write anything
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Slack off you don't need your job! Don't say YES SIR or YES MA'AM say CRAM IT! Don't go into work tomorrow and call in sick.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
We have disagreements, we get past them the way most people do… by playing Fortnite.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
We would like to move up to playing bigger shows or even festivals, even if that means starting our own!
How can your fans best keep up to date with you, any socials you want people to check out?
The best way to keep up with Dead End Job is by following @deadendjobofficial on Instagram. While we do post to tiktok under @deadendjob.band Instagram is where we communicate with the masses