The Drums (Jonathan Pierce)
WHO ARE THE BAND MEMBERS AND WHAT DO EACH OF YOU DO IN THE BAND?
Jonathan Pierce – Vocals
Jacob Graham – Guitar
Adam Kessler – Guitar
Connor Hanwick – Drums
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU MAKE / PLAY ?
We play Rock N’ Roll, but on the sensitive side.
WHERE ARE YOU FROM ?
We are all live in NYC together.
HOW DID YOU GUYS GET TOGETHER AND WHEN?
Jacob and I started writing songs together about a year ago and we became a four-piece when we moved to NYC about 8 months ago.
WHO ARE YOUR INFLUENCES IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY ?
Orange Juice, The Strokes, The Shangri-Las, The Zombies, The Smiths.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HARDEST PART OF BEING IN THE BAND FOR YOU ?
No personal time. Ever.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR EARLY DAYS AND HOW THEY DIFFER FROM NOW ?
Well we have only been a band for a year, so our “early days” are maybe a few months ago when we were playing little shows in NYC. Small hallway venues… and now we have just played to 5,000 people at Brixton on the NME tour. Pretty surreal.
WHAT WAS THE LAST GIG YOU PLAYED, WHAT DID YOU THINK OF IT ?
Berlin. It was my favorite of the tour. I loved that place. Felt strangely like home? Long live NYC and BERLIN!
HAVE YOU ANY FORTHCOMING GIGS IN IRELAND OR NORTHERN IRELAND ? IF SO ARE YOU LOOKING FOR WARD TO THEM AND WHY ?
I think we may be playing some festivals around there this summer. And of course we are looking forward to it. Ireland is significant.
DO ANY OF THE BAND HAVE ANY IRISH OR NORTHERN IRISH CONNECTIONS ? IF SO TELL US ABOUT THEM ?
I actually may be part Irish. I think Jacob too.
WHATâ€™S THE MOST SUCCESSFUL THING YOU GUYS HAVE DONE TO DATE ?
Well, we just finished our album, and to us that is a success. We are thrilled with it.
WHO HAS HELPED YOU THE MOST GET TO WHERE YOU ARE TODAY ?
I think we did it all ourselves. UK Radio has helped a bit too. NME has been good to us. so far.
WHATâ€™S COMING NEXT FOR THE BAND ?
We will be playing shows all year, mostly in Europe.
IS IT HARD BEING A NEW BAND IN TODAYâ€™S INDUSTRY ?
For us , it has not been hard. It has all felt very natural. I think it is better now more than ever to start a band, because there are so many ways to be heard!
HOW IMPORTANT IS THE INTERNET AND SOCIAL NETWORK SITES TO THE SUCCESS OF YOUR BAND ?
Well, the internet is how people first discovered us, and got the ball rolling.
– WHOâ€™S THE MESSIEST IN THE BAND? Connor
– WHO IS HARDEST TO LIVE WITH ON TOUR? Ty, our sound-guy
– WHO IS THE JOKER AND WHY ? Jacob
– WHO MOANS THE MOST ? Jonathan
– WHO IS THE MOST ROCK â€˜Nâ€™ ROLL & WHY ? 4-way tie
– WHO IS THE MOST ANNOYING ?4-way tie
– WHO WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO COLLABORATE WITH IN THE INDUSTRY ? we really don’t collaborate unless it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Interview by Â©FAMEmagazine.co.uk / Â©FAME Inc