someonElse — unsigned alternative metal quintet from Queens, NY, US
Great unsigned band someonElse continue our "Life Rules" section with their thoughts on independence, motivation and DIY!
We've been playing what we want so far, without negative outside interference, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
The phrase we use a lot to each other is "Go big or go home". You should always strive for more and aim high. That's the only way to accomplish anything.
If you stop, even for a moment, you become stagnant and unmotivated.
Without motivation, it becomes difficult to ever strive to be better.
We all want to be able to play to hundreds of thousands of people, and influence everyone one way or another. That is our end-goal, and THAT keeps us working.
We all influence each other a lot in the band.
When one of us comes with an idea for a song or a piece of music, the rest add their thoughts and ideas to the mix, and what is left is just a masterpiece in our eyes; An amalgamation of different musical influences and ideas.
It's really quite broad, and sometimes you can feel a vibe of it all in each individual song we write.
Our influences range from Tool, A Perfect Circle, Karnivool to Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, STP to Deftones, Kings X, The Cars to Megadeth, Lamb of God, Cradle of Filth, Pantera... its really diverse.
Whats particularly funny is that not everyone likes each other's tastes or source of inspiration, but when we write, all our ideas blend fluidly into what we do. Its great!
Same applies to the rest of us.
For example, Paul is Mr. Zen, always calm and quiet. Always listening alot. Until you put a few beers in him or stress him out, then he goes crazy.
Our personalities on stage and off are the same, except we're just alot more animated in front of a crowd.
...we're like brothers
What I personally don't accept at all is laziness.
With 5 members in our band, everyone needs to keep up and keep moving.
If we don't all do our part, we will never move forward as fast as we could, and in my opinion that's unacceptable.
We all have our distinct ways in which our music affects us, and what it means to each of us.
A lot of the time, when we write music, it's encompassing a series of emotions and feelings about our current mindset and situation in life as individuals. It is simply a way to convey our inner most thoughts and/or emotions, in regards to our individual lives and transpose all that emotion into our music... It helps us rock out and have a great time. It's all we have, basically.
The great thing about us is that we all have a hand in the writing process in some way.
Normally we practice our current songs for about an hour and spend 3 or 4 hours writing new material, some of which will probably never see the light of day.
It means a lot to us - to be an independent artist.
The DIY route, even though it feels more fulfilling, is also a much harder route to keep up and maintain. We're pulling through great, though. In the end, the benefits outweigh the burden.
We always grow as musicians and never feel restrained by what's the current "cool", "correct" or "popular" thing to do, in terms of music.
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