Q & A With The OddEven

Q & A With The OddEven

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements?

  • New record “Space Juice” arrived on earth on 4.20.20. We had hoped to follow that up with a bunch of live shows, but they all had to be canceled or rescheduled because of the pandemic. We shifted some shows from April and May to the fall… we have a group of shows in Florida in late September and we are doing festival shows in Jersey and Maryland (if they go off). Who knew when we started recording that the world would be upside down when the record was done?!?

XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?

  • Almost one year – The OddEven’s first show was 7/27/19 with Faster Pussycat and Bang Tango. We have had 6 drummers since then believe it or not for various reasons (from depression/substance abuse to family matters), but we are locked in now with K.Flinn.

XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?

  • Being on stage and having a good time. I love the creative element too – writing songs, etc., but that came second on the timeline because I could always jump around on stage, but becoming a songwriter took some time.

XS ROCK: What is your music background?

  • My brother played guitar, so that partially got me into playing and being in a band. When I first got into hard rock / heavy metal as a kid, all of the heavy hitters influenced me – I really thought Nikki Sixx from the Crue was super cool so that got me moved over to bass early on. I took lessons for a few months, but I didn’t really get a ton out of it. I learned how to play mainly by ear and repetition. I have a 2-year degree in music from a DC-area community college… at the time, I thought it would help me understand what I was doing musically, and I guess it did to some extent. I have played in bands from pretty much all contemporary styles of music before coming back to hard rock a few years ago.

XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?

  • Alien abduction music. If I was getting zapped up by a beam of alien light and taken onto a spaceship, I would hope The OddEven was playing loudly as the soundtrack to the event somehow

Q & A With The OddEvenXS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?

  • Get someone to financially back the band – I think that is really important in getting the band to the next level. Also playing overseas. All of the band members have played around the U.S. many times… we would love to branch out and play in Japan and Europe.

XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?

  • Two totally different things… I got into music to play live originally, and it still is great, but there is nothing quite like coming up with a cool idea, and seeing it grow and change from idea to band collaboration to recording and onto a record. Something magical about both, but more personal writing and recording.

XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

  • This record is about standing up for yourself and not taking shit from anyone or anything whether it be a bad relationship, work situation, substance addiction. Get up, and fight against the negative shit in your life

XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?

  • I would like to think that what I do brings some sense of joy and a distraction to the daily grind. Maybe someone was having a shit day at school/work or they just broke up with their significant other… I hope that people are able to let some of that go by jamming to some of The OddEven stuff in a recorded or live environment. I am a pretty social person, so I got into music in part to connect with others, share stories, make new friends, share music, etc. If that stuff brings people happiness, then mission accomplished!

XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.

  • I personally have plenty from other bands I was in, but for this band, the craziest so far was how we spent the first 4 months changing drummers before almost every show for various reasons. You would look back on stage and be like “who is that behind the drums today?!?” It definitely made things intense at times. One drummer wound up in the hospital the day before we were hitting the road for 4 shows in LA, MS, FL, and GA with Soulfly and Nonpoint on the bills. We got to the band house to load out and then had to make a quick to decision on a course of action when we found out we were drummer-less. Our soundman said he could play drums, so we decided to roll with it as opposed to canceling. He basically learned the set on the way to the first show. It was nerve-racking at times, but as they say, “the show must go on!”

XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?

  • A girl wanted us to make a line of alien-themed sex toy merch. While that might be a little weird, that idea is still on the table actually – lol!!!

XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?

  • Yes – always have been. (…well – my X wasn’t, and that is why she is my X today)

XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?

  • Be true to yourself in all situations. Remember it is ok to work hard, but this has to be fun, or else it will show through. If people in the band aren’t on the same page, then work to fix that, or get new people. Don’t waste time in a bad environment

XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?

  • Probably “Again” and “Fire in the Sky” (so far)

XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?

  • Motley Crue and/or Kiss. I used to love the make-up and the cool live shows as a kid. You got so much more than just a musical experience at their concerts

XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?

  • Top of my head: Led Zep, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Guns-n-Roses, The OddEven… now that I think about it, can we extend that list to 25 bands?!?

XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?

  • Getting the first record done. That is always a big step for a band… with the second record being even bigger

XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?

  • I think I told someone recently that I would be running a slushy stand.

XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?

Drive to a gig:

  • Two Gibson USA Thunderbird basses

  • Dark glass pedal + overdrive

  • Marshall 100 Watt Guitar Head (because I like to confuse sound engineers when they look for the bass rig)

  • 1 or 2 Marshall bass cabinets depending on size of venue 2×10 + 1×15 in each cab

  • Clayton USA Guitar picks (our new sponsor)

If we fly to a gig:

  • Both Gibson basses

  • Dark Glass pedal + overdrive

  • Trace Elliott mini head

  • House bass speaker

XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?

  • It really depends on where you go. Some cities are amazing… some not so much

XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?

  • I was adopted. I decided to see what Ancestry DNA had to say about me a few years back, and I keep getting invalid human DNA results… leading me to believe I am probably part alien

XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?

  • We can’t wait to see everyone again… and to those, we have not met yet, can’t wait to meet you! Hopefully, the world gets back to normal soon and we can get back out there and rock! Cheers!

XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!