Answers by: Gary LaBarr for Walker’s Cay
How would you classify your music?
Our music is reminiscent of the great “hair bands,” and Alternative bands of the 1980’s, 1990’s, and early 2,000’s. Anything with a good melody line, and chrous hook!
Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?
We love bands such as Boston, Styx, Def Leppard, Bryan Adams, and Queen just to name a few!
What do you want your fans to take from your music?
Take? Well in all honesty, we want our fans to take home some great merchandise of the band, and of course, take home a fantastic time when they see us perform live!
How is the music scene in your locale?
Like most places around the world right now, the music scene, (and entertainment hospitality venues in general), are at a shut down due the this terrible virus. Normally, Toronto is a very vibrant entertainment mecca, often referred to “The Hollywood, or “New York” of the North. But right now, it is very important to keep people safe, and by closing down these businesses, that will help in stopping the spread of Covid-19 in social gatherings. However, (sadly enough), it will not help the venues financially.
What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?
I would have to say for me personally that the best concert I have ever been to was to see Boston (and opening act Sammy Hagar) on December 14th, 1978 at The Community War Memorial in Rochester, New York. I remember that Sammy had a wall full of red colored Marshall Amplifiers strewn across the stage, hence “The Red Rocker!” It was an awesome show! The best part about playing live? The thrill of entertaining family, friends, (and maybe some enimies as well), sharing the passion of our work to all of them.
Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite and why?
I personally like both “Tell Me,” and “Why Oh Why,” as they both tell a very real story about life and reality. No nonsense lyrics, and great melody lines to capture (we hope) most people’s musical tastes.
How have you evolved as a artist over the last year?
I think that the biggest change for me is realizing that you have to do things for yourself to get things done in this business. The more that you have to rely on people, the more of a disappoint you will have. I guess that is the same thought process about life generally. So I try not to rely on folks to move things along with my career.
If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have a dinner, have a drink with any band or artist, (dead or alive) who would it be?
I have to admit to you, I do not really know the answer to that question. I am not “star-struck” by any means, and to me, (no offense here), musican’s are just people who play an instrument (or sing) for a living. Sorry, but nothing special there. I would probably have to look at some of the very “old timers” of music, since they did not have the technology that we have today, and yet, they played and sounded amazing!
What is next for you?
Besides having a good bowel movement? (Only kidding)! I just want to (first and foremost), to remain as healthy as possible, live a good live, help people out where I can, but true to myself, and continue to write some good songs. Who knows? Maybe a song that I write can help someone get through a very tough time in their life. And by God, if that works, it was all worth it to me!
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