Q & A With Borderline Natives

Q & A With Borderline Natives

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Kevin- We’ve been putting out singles for our debut album which is titled “An Endless Struggle For The Proper State Of Mind and its due out Late August
Bobby: We’ve finished recording our first album and are finishing up the mixing and mastering on it. We’re super excited to get this album out there, it’s really been the biggest
thing we’ve been focused on during the COVID-19 shutdown. Moving forward we’re really just looking for the best opportunities to tour once everything opens back up.


XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Kevin: the band has been together for a little over a year this project has been around since 2017.
Bobby: In its current form we’ve just hit our first birthday. Kevin started the band a few years back and people came and went, but we’ve solidified into what we think is our best lineup.


XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Kevin: I felt like I had a gift and I wanted to use it. music was and still is the one i want to do in life
Bobby: I started playing bass when I was 17, and the second I started playing I was in bands. In my town every single band had 3 guitar players and a drummer, but nobody wanted to play bass. That was my in, everytime.


XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Kevin: my family has always been a big influence in my life. I started to sing at a young age and then playing instruments came a little later.
Bobby: I was always drawn to bass, not sure why but I was. I was required in middle school to play an instrument, so I played cello. I hated it, I never practiced and had no interest in it. So in high school, when I decided I wanted to play bass, my parents thought it was going to go nowhere. So when they got me a bass, I went upstairs and searched the internet “how to play bass guitar” and taught myself from there. 15ish years later I moved to Nashville, and the rest has been history.


XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Kevin: For me it’s a unity thing our fans can relate to feeling lost and not knowing why or about heartbreak.
Bobby: Atticus and Macbeth clothing. HAHA, seriously though, there is no doubt when you listen to our music that we love pop-punk music. I think when you hear our music it’ll remind you of all your favorite pop-punk bands, all your favorite Warped Tour memories, and we love that.


XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Kevin: playing for as many people as possible and getting our music out there!
Bobby: We want to get this music out to as many people as possible. It’s that simple.


XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Kevin: playing live is always a payoff especially when you’ve spent all this time writing and hoping people identify with the music and when they do it’s an incredible feeling.
Bobby: Wow… that’s a tough one. I love the creative process but playing for people, especially when they’re all into the music, is the best thing. So the live audience wins it.


XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Kevin: most are about lost love or heartbreak, others are about feeling lost and not understanding why.


XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Kevin: Staying genuine is very important it’s what keeps you connected to the audience Bobby: Being able to add something to the music, and serving the song. The bass is such a cool way to add to the music. Yea, it can sound boring but there are really subtle ways to change the sound and feel of a song.


XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Kevin: We played a warehouse and they cut our set in half so we played all of our songs two times faster and the people loved it!


XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Kevin: Nothing too crazy, just a few autographs here and there.


XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Kevin: Yes, it took a bit to convenience some, but once we got the ball rolling people were excited.
Bobby: They are, they have all seen how much it means to me and how big a part of my life it is.


XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Bobby: Work hard and say “yes.” Seriously, the opportunities you get today may never come back around again.


XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Kevin: Real Ones because we wrote it for live shows and the room always pops off when we start that one.
Bobby: Our singles, definitely. Best Intentions and Real Ones are so fun to play, but Sweetie is definitely my favorite.


XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Bobby: Blink-182’s Enema of the State and Metallica’s Black Album were the first 2 albums I bought, and that’s where I really fell in love with music.
Kevin: Green Day’s American Idiot and Blink’s Take Off Your Pants And Jacket.


XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Bobby: We’d play in between Alkaline Trio and Blink-182. Those are 2 of my favorite bands, and Matt should get a break between sets!
Kevin: I would say Blink and AVA somewhere in there if Tom is on board so am I. or anyone in All Time Low would be a treat.


XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Bobby: The way these first 2 singles (Best Intentions and Real Ones) being so well received by listeners has been amazing. That’s what I’m most proud of.
Kevin: Bobby hit the nail on the head. We are proud of the great reception of all our new stuff.


XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Kevin: this is all i’ve ever wanted to do i’ve done retail jobs and hated them all.
Bobby: I’ve had a bunch of other jobs ranging from retail to corporate ladder crap. I HATED them all, so I’m really banking on this working out.


XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Bobby: I’ve got a bunch of basses from different manufactures, but for this band I’m usually using my Musicman Stingray live and a Fender Precision for recording. For amps I use an Ashdown ABM 500. I bought my first Ashdown back in 2006 and they’re incredible. I can’t imagine using any other amp.
Kevin: My main rig is an orange 125 with a 4×12 cab and guitar wise we im all about Fender Telecaster Deluxes!


XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Bobby: I think the pop-punk scene is quietly strong. It may not be what’s on the radio all day anymore, but the scene is super loyal! Personally, I think the scene is ready for a big revival.


XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Bobby: I’m old… hahaha. Seriously, I look young for being 35. Aside from that, probably that I worked for almost 5 years for an aerospace/defense company.
Kevin: Me and Kaleb are the youngest. and We all four of us a bunch of clowns to be honest but we take what we do seriously.


XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Bobby: Just listen to our music! PLEASE! We love you all, and are so thankful to be doing this!


XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Kevin: Always a pleasure.



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