(Hey everyone. Here is an interview with a rock band that I featured on Mixolydian recently. They have a great sound and a clear direction of who they are as a group-Derek).
Derek Kortepeter: You guys are clearly influenced a lot by bands (80’s metal and 70’s arena rock) that I grew up building my chops on as a guitarist. Needless to say, I’m stoked that people are bringing these styles back. You also have your own musical fingerprint, could you describe how you developed your sound?
The Brink: A lot of our influences definitely come from older bands such as Bon Jovi, Skid Row, Aerosmith etc. but what we’ve done to develop our sound is take certain influences of that style of music, but not make an exact copy. We definitely like to keep a very open musical mind and try to take a new approach to redeveloping that 80s stadium rock style, making sure we are in keeping with the way todays modern music scene is going.
DK: How did you become a band?
TB: Gary and Alex grew up together and have known each other since they were 13. After years of playing in bands locally they decided the wanted to create something bigger and better. Dave met the two of them a few years ago after auditioning for the drummer position. After a year or so searching for the right vocalist they approached Tom, and after a year of expanding their fan base they approached Joe who slotted in very recently as the rhythm guitarist.
DK: What would you say your “musical mission” is as artists and rock musicians?
TB: We like to bring a modern twist to a classical style of rock n roll. We feel that a lot of the “show” has been taken out of gigs and there are very few bands out there who do more than just stand on stage and play the music. You could say our mission is to keep the audience engaged and excited, giving a rock fan everything he or she wants from a rock show.
DK: Thematically what would you say your band’s songs focus on?
TB: There are 4 main themes that we believe are the main focus of our tracks; lust, love, partying and probably the biggest of all “believing in yourself”. As musicians we always try to relate our songs to the audience in some way. Using personal life experiences and bringing them into the lyrics means that people can relate to them in their own way.
DK: What experience do you try to give to your audience at concerts?
TB: We enjoy putting on a big, flamboyant show which engages the crowd and always leaves them wanting more. We always love to give them the “stadium rock experience” no matter the size of the venue.
DK: When you get together to work on songs, what is the process? Is it methodical or shoot from the hip?
TB: It’s very shoot from the hip when we are writing. As the idea progresses it then takes on a certain patter, this sometimes goes back to our 80s influences, utilizing certain aspects which bring life and energy into the track. However most of the time it is all about feel.
DK: When did you decide that music was the only path to travel?
TB: For all of us it was back when we were about 15 or 16 and we heard that 1st rock album that made us go “Yes, this is what I want to do”. For Tom it was Whitesnake’s Slip Of The Tongue, for Joe it was G N’ R’s Appetite, for Alex and Gary it was Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet and for Dave it was a combination of Zepplin and Deep Purple tracks. Hearing these great bands really gave us the passion and fire to try and follow in their footsteps.
DK: In the future, what do you hope to do with the band and its music?
TB: Our main goal for the future is to be able to take our music on the road and tour the world. We want to be able to say “We did that, we played across the globe and we left a mark” To leave a legacy of some form would be something that we would absolutely love to be able to do.
DK: Any dream venues to play, or maybe dream musicians to collaborate with?
TB: Dream venues would be places such as Wembley Stadium, Madison Square Garden in NYC, and The Whiskey A Go Go in LA as these are some of the most iconic venues. Other musicians we would love to collaborate with would be artists such as Slash, David Coverdale, Richie Sambora. We would even love to work with Eminem, if ever there was an opportunity to do so. We would also like to work with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
DK: Anything you want to say before we end this interview?
TB: Firstly thank you for having us. The only thing left to say really is some shameless plugging; we have an album coming out on October 29th called “Would You Love Her”, it will be available as a digital download on ITunes as well as hard copies from Amazon etc. Just visit www.facebook.com/thebrinkband for more details. Thank you once again.