Q & A With Tradmrkd

Q & A With Tradmrkd

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

Eddie: Hopefully we will have some exciting news on tour projects with a few other local bands in the near future. They are all in the pipeline. Unfortunately, COVID is not helping the situation. Another bit of exciting news is that we now have a new YouTube page.


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

Eddie: the band has been about since 2014. It was originally just Finlay and myself with our mate in the band.

Finlay: We decided that we wanted to try to do something with being in a band. So, in 2018, we became serious about it and found our current line up with Corey Finnie and James Riddoch.


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

Finlay: It was mainly just mucking around between friends. We would meet up like once every few weeks at our mate’s house. As he was the only one with a drum kit.

Eddie: We were terrible back then, to begin with. Fair to say, we have come a long way.


XS ROCK: What is your music background?

Eddie: We are all self-taught. Our background in music is rather short. I used to be able to read music, but I didn’t see the point when learning guitar. I knew where all the notes were and what they were called. So, that was good enough for me.


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

Finlay: hmm I think our music just conveys a good old pop-punk image.


XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?

Eddie: At the moment it is to release an Album. We have the material for it we just do not have the production to produce a good sounding album. If we can release an E.P then that would be as good. Playing tons of shows as well is another aim. Just to get our name out there.


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

Finlay: Eddie has written most of our music. We have some band material, and nothing feels better than coming up with a song. I would have to choose the live show. Nothing beats that energy.

Eddie: I would say the same, nothing beats the energy of a live crowd.


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

Eddie: Everything and anything. We have songs about love and then we have songs about not wanting to become bald and then about always messing things up. We cover a lot of themes just whatever feels right at the time.

Finlay: We tend to cover core themes and leave a lot of room for listeners to have their own interpretations.


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

Eddie: To not forget your roots. If you make it big and forget your roots, its like a slap in the face for those who supported you through your tough times.

Finlay: Be able to play your instrument and actually sound good hahaha


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

Eddie: We don’t really have any amazing stories as of yet. All we have to write home about is the one time we wanted to see if putting a knife in the toaster produced the effects we saw online. It did.


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

Finlay: we don’t have fans. So nothing haha


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

Finlay: for sure. When we first began playing shows, they were the only ones who would be in the crowd. We owe a lot to our friends and family.


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

Eddie: you are supposed to sound terrible when you first start out. That’s the whole fun part about being in a band. Just have fun and improve together. Who knows you could be the next Beatles.


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

Finlay: Pendulum for me, always a good song to end on.

Eddie: I think my favorite is cactus. I love playing fast songs and watching people’s reactions.


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

Eddie: I think it is clear when you listen to our music that, Green Day was a huge inspiration to me. I loved the simplistic yet effective music they wrote. The energy they had during live shows is something I inspire to be. Billie Joe knew how to get a crowd going.


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

Finlay: We would be the opening act for Nirvana, Guns N Roses, Foo Fighters, Green Day, the Smiths.

Eddie: I would be happy to see that, let alone even play in it.


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

Eddie: Getting our first ever gig. That was such a struggle and getting positive feedback was even more of a boost. We just grew stronger from there.


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

Finlay: well I am technically still a joiner. Everyone, except Eddie, is joiners in the band.

Eddie: I am still at uni so I probably would be on welfare.


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

Finlay: our equipment isn’t top of the line we just use standard fender amps. I play a P-bass and a thunderbird.

Eddie: I swap between a Les Paul Jr and a Strat. Classic rock n roll.


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

Eddie: It seems a struggle for bands. It doesn’t seem like it was in the early 2000s. there doesn’t seem to be that many new bands breaking through on the mainstream radios.


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

Finlay: Nothing. We are boring and have nothing exciting ever happen to us.


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

Eddie: All our social media and YouTube. Follow and like us to stay up to date with what we are up to. We post as often as we can


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

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