Instead of the normal Follow Friday post, this week we have a interview with three members of Saving Vinyl City. Along with the interview, they give a short bio and make the case why you should follow them. Here it is, written by them and uncut. Catch them tonight, headlining THE GARAGE.
Saving Vinyl City is a four piece band that blends its own unique style of funk, pop, and rock to entertain audiences and provide amazing music. Started back in 2012 SVC has played all over the Twin cities and has made tours out to the other regions of the mid west as well. Saving Vinyl City comes equipped with a large tool box featuring instruments that range from strings all the way to brass. Every show is wild, fun, and energetic with heavy amounts of crowd participation. SVC plays original music but also likes to put their own spin on the songs they cover making everything song and show they perform very unique. With lead singer Matt Allen, Bass and Saxophone player Josh Pratt, Lead Guitar Mike Tober, and rhythm and lead drummer Tim Johnstad, Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Band is always looking for a good time and most importantly to impact the fans on a major level!
Upcoming shows: April 20th at The River http://www.facebook.com/events/100911976758787/
THE GARAGE: Name, instrument?
Matt: Matt Allen. Lead Vocals and Keys
Josh: Josh “JP” Pratt, Bass guitar and Sax
Mike: Mike Tober, Lead Guitar, Back Up Vocals.
THE GARAGE: What’s your sound and who are the artists that influence Saving Vinyl City?
Matt: Our sound is varied from song to song but mostly we fall around Funk Rock or Funk Pop as I have heard it told to me. To name a few artists out of the many we pull from I would say The King of Pop MJ for sure, Stevie Wonder, The Fray, Maroon 5, also for me at least I look to a lot of the old school 80s hair bands like Guns & Roses, Journey, and people like Steven Tyler and KISS as far as stage perfomence and how to interact with a crowd.
JP: We are a funk rock band whose influences range from Stevie Wonder to Red Hot Chili Peppers to Maroon 5.
Mike: SVC is a funk rock group with influences such as Maroon 5, Stevie Wonder, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc.
THE GARAGE: What should the audience expect from your performance this weekend at THE GARAGE? And is there a particular song you’re most excited to play? Why?
Matt: I think the people should be perprared to have fun first and formost. We are a fun band and as soon as those lights go on, and probably before too, we are going to be having fun. The more fun we see the crowd having the more we feel we have the green light to be as weird, crazy, and insane as we normally are. I think that im super excited for every song we are going to play to be honest but If I had to chose one I think that one of our new songs from our second cover album is going to be hilarious and bumpin. You’ll have to come and hear it for yourself.
Mike: They can expect a fun and entertaining show filled music with catchy tunes and great lyrics. We write music that is uplifting and makes you feel good.
JP: Everyone should be prepared to get out of their seat, on their feet, and moving to the beat! We will be performing a new song that we’re all really pumped about. That’s all I can really tell you.
THE GARAGE: Here’s a big question: What makes a song good? What song do you consider perfect or which one comes closest?
Mike: Songs are almost never perfect. There are always changes that can be made but we write songs that are pleasing to our audience.
JP: A good song is one that you find yourself singing all day without even realizing it. It has a catchy hook that you want to air <insert instrument> to and rock out! One of the most perfect songs, in my opinion, is Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. Incredible vocals, killer guitar riffs, and everyone knows it.
Matt: I think a good song is a song that anyone wants to sing no matter the difficulty of the song. I mean “We Will Rock You” is a great song because you can sing it and want to sing it at any time. If there is a message that you want to portray in a certain song or an emotion you want the audience to feel then as long as they feel it you have a good song on your hands. I think the perfect song or at least the closest to it is probably “Don’t Stop Believing”. As soon as you hear it you know, it’s about to go down.
THE GARAGE: What do your practices look like?
Mike: We run through the set list for upcoming shows so that the songs are fresh in our minds. We also want the band to playing together and sound solid with transitions. We also take time to write new music as a band.
JP: A lot of odd hours, a lot of writing, and a lot of music!
Matt: It’s funny because for as wild and crazy we are most of the time our practices are pretty efficient. I mean for sure we do have those moments where we just go off on crazy tangents and just jam for a little bit but we actually all really want to put out the best product we possibly can for our fans. So when we practice we really do our best to stay focused and do our best. However sometimes in those crazy moments is where we find the thing songs, the hooks, the movements, or whatever that we just fall in love with. So I guess you could say it’s very controlled chaos.
THE GARAGE: Excluding THE GARAGE, what’s your favorite venue to play? Why?
JP: The River down in Byron, MN is definitely one of my favorites. Just the atmosphere of the place along with the staff makes it enjoyable to play at!
Matt: that’s a tough one because there are so many great places that we have been able to perform at. I couldn’t just say one but I could say that The Beat, Destiny Christian Church, The River, Passion Church are some really awesome places.
Mike: The River in Byron, MN is a great venue it just has a great presence about the place and is very welcoming to all people so that everyone there has a sense of belonging. Plus there sound system is digital which we like.
THE GARAGE: This is a different direction, but is there a piece of technology that’s indispensable to you (aside from the obvious, like mics, amps, etc.)?
JP: I don’t need much to put on a show besides my bass, tuner, and amp. But for my sax, my portable mic is a must.
Matt: well to be honest I don’t have a lot of things to bring with me besides my keys and all the wires that go with it. But I do my best to always know where my sustain pedal is.
THE GARAGE: Besides you, what local artist deserves more attention?
JP: Marah in the Mainsail, Double J, Loftland. All incredible in their own right!
Mike: Marah In The Mainsail, Loftland, Stephone, Double J,
Matt: there are a lot of awesome local bands out there and we have played with some really amazing talent. Guys like Double J, Stephone, Nathan EJ some really talented guys. Bands like Marah in the Mainsail, Jim the Fish, and At The Wayside should also be some guys you keep an eye on.
THE GARAGE: What are you listening to right now?
Mike: Maroon 5
JP: It’s kind of a mix of indie with pop/rock feel. Including Mumford & Sons (I Will Wait and Lover of the Lights), Family of the Year (Hero), Muse (Madness), Foo Fighters (Everlong Acoustic), and Walk of the Earth (Red Hands).
Matt: Right at this very moment? No lying “The Book of Mormon” is been on repeat for me for the last couple of days! The show is totally not for everyone but I love musicals and as really bad (as in potentially offensive) some of the songs are I just am in love with the show. If I had ten years I could probably tell you all about it. but besides that I am listening to Justin Timberlake “Suit & Tie” and a lot of Accapella stuff.
THE GARAGE: Do you have any advice for a fan who wants to start a band?
JP: Go out there and do it! Grab some friends, find some instruments, plug in, and rock!
Mike: Be inspired to right greater songs than the ones that already exist!
Matt: Starting a band is a great and amazing thing to do. Keeping a band is very VERY difficult. My advice is if music is what you want to do for the rest of your life and being in a band is how you want to pursue that passion then find people who are in it for the long haul as well. Don’t just look for people who can play, sing, and look good find people who you think you can spend the rest of your life performing with. Then once you have that look to find the people who inspired you in music and then see who inspired them. You might find something that you didn’t even know was there and fall in love with it. then you can take what you found and add your own voice to it. After you do that practice and perform! Don’t think you have to be perfect before you get on stage for the first time. Nobody starts off the greatest band in the world it takes trial and error and a lot of it. The more times you can get in front of an audience the better because every time you put yourself out there you will learn something about how you and your band works and performs. Finally I would say don’t let the setbacks kill your dreams. Whether you are playing for 3 people and your mom or 300,000 people and your mom put on the same great show every time. Put all your cards out on the table from the moment you hit your first note and remember that fame is a byproduct of Hard work, Passion, Dedication, and Luck. You never know who will be watching so never give it anything less than your absolute best.