XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out? Live shows or announcements?
DAX DABS: We just released our debut single “Adrenaline”, and have a pretty badass animated visualizer for the single which is out on youtube!
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
DAX DABS: We actually started writing for this project back in 2016 while living in Los Angeles, but the official release came out on July 17th of this year, so definitely a very new band! Johnny and I actually met in 2010 when touring in past bands together, and moved out to LA a couple of years later. Now back in our hometown of Boston, We’re very stoked to officially launch Above Snakes!
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
DAX DABS: We started this band after being sick of dealing with ego band members, mostly lead singers who controlled the show, while we both were kind of in the background. Above Snakes refers to the snakes that bring you down in life, and to rise above them.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
DAX DABS At a very young age I was introduced to bands like the Beatles and beach boys and eventually picked up a guitar around 8 years old and started playing by ear, listening to the radio to emulate what I was hearing, and do this day I still am self-taught playing guitar, bass, drums, and piano!
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
DAX DABS: Definitely positive, and not taking shit from anyone!
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
DAX DABS: Our current goal is to hopefully get on the road next year!
XS ROCK: What do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
DAX DABS: Hard question! Haha, I truly do like both but nothing beats waking up in a new city every day!
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
DAX DABS: With our new single “Adrenaline” it’s about living life full speed in the fast lane and nothing can stop you going after goals in life, fueled by Adrenaline.
Everyone’s got passions that they strive for, but for some, it takes longer than others, you can’t let that bring you down, you need that adrenaline to keep you going!
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
DAX DABS: Practice 24/7!!
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
DAX DABS: Oh 100%! Our families have supported all our past bands, letting members live with us and never giving us a hard time! They are huge music fans so it works out!
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
DAX DABS: While we are a new band ourselves, we’ve been in past touring bands and can definitely say staying positive in this business is definitely the best advice we can give! Never give up! Keep pounding the pavement and things will pay off!
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
DAX DABS: I grew up listening to bands like the Beatles from my dad and then discovering bands like Blink 182, Limp Bizkit, and Korn on MTV’s TRL, it definitely influenced me wanting to be in a band!
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
DAX DABS: Korn, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach!
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
DAX DABS Definitely a professional athlete! I’m a huge sports fan and grew up playing sports and love sports as much as I do music but the music just took over haha
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
DAX DABS: I currently use a Kemper rack, PRS Baritone guitars, and Shure Wireless products!
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
DAX DABS The current music scene is pretty dope! Lots of great new Active Rock/metal bands and great new music from Korn and Bring Me The Horizon, however, it’s definitely missing new rock stars on a Korn / Limp Bizkit level like it used to be back in the day.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
DAX DABS Our debut single Adrenaline is now available everywhere and be sure to check out YouTube for the animated visualizer!!
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
DAX DABS: Absolutely!! Anytime! Great talking with you!! Thanks for the interview! See you at a show soon!! 🙂
ABOVE SNAKES IS:
JOHNNY SKULLS & DAX DABS