XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or Announcement?
Gerrod: We’re stoked to have just released our brand new single and music video for “Blow”! In under a month, the track has actually passed the 10k milestone on Spotify and we couldn’t be
more thrilled and grateful for the support and love we’ve received for our work.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Christian: One In The Chamber started in the spring of 2015, so we’ve been a band for about 5 years, now.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Gerrod: When the bartender from last week’s jazz gig calls you up about starting a rock band while you’re at a Christmas party, how could you say no?
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Christian: This is one of my favorite questions to be asked because while we all love rock n’ roll, collectively, we also come from different musical backgrounds. I listen to a wide array of
music, but I’ve been a metalhead since childhood. My parents would play bands like Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Dio on car rides and at home, and that’s where it
all started for me. I soon got introduced to more modern bands like System of a Down, Avenged Sevenfold, Linkin Park, and Disturbed and later got into more musically complex bands like
Dream Theater, Tool, and Ayreon.
Gerrod: I grew up listening to classic rock bands like Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, Bowie, and The Stones – and oddly enough, The Chili Peppers and Prince. As I began
drumming, I learned a lot from ‘90s hard and alt rock bands like Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, and Stone Temple Pilots. After that, I went to jazz school and grew a love for funk
Christian: The difference in musical tastes between us makes for some pretty cool collaborations.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Gerrod: Whatever you want it to convey. It’s loud, it’ll hit hard, and it’s rock & roll.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Christian: We strive to always be better than before, to keep moving forward, and to keep growing as a unit.
Gerrod: I hear it’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock & roll.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Gerrod: That’s a tough one. I absolutely love when we hit a groove on a new song. The recording process is fun too – getting the masters back is always like “holy shit… that’s us” – but
there is nothing like jumping on stage in front of a crowded room. There is nothing quite like the energy on the stage when the four of us get together.
Christian: As much as I love the writing and recording process, playing live takes the cake for me. There’s an incredible amount of things that go on during a live show. Nothing beats the
adrenaline rush you get when you’re playing to a crowded room, and there’s something to be said about the energy exchange that happens between the band and the crowd. It’s thrilling and
it’s my favourite place to be.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Gerrod: It really ranges from anything, but that all comes down to our singer Mike Biase and guitarist Cecil Eugene. They’re fantastic, lyrics just aren’t for me.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Christian: Inspiring people through music and leaving a legacy when I’m done.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Gerrod: We made our international performance debut on stage at a bar in the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. Between that, opening for Scott Weiland at what would be his final performance, driving down to Boston to record some demos, and earning a Guinness World Record for taking part in a concert that ran for over 16 days, I’d say we’ve had a lot of fun on the road.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Christian: My ex-girlfriend asked if I could perform a show fully nude once if that counts.
Gerrod: Unless you deliver on the request, it does not count.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Christian: We’ve received tremendous support by our friends and families from the very beginning. We’re fortunate to have a solid foundation that helps push us forward when we need
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Gerrod: Take every opportunity you can, make your own opportunities when you can, and try your best to stay on top of this forever changing industry.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Christian: “Blow” is one of my favorites. It just kicks ass. I can also always get into the groove of “Bills To Pay”, no matter how many times we play it.
Gerrod: I absolutely love the groove behind “Crooked Step”, and with its unexpected tempo changes, “Something To Say” is always a blast. At the moment, our latest single, “Blow”, is a
new favorite. It just hits real hard.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Christian: Hands down, Metallica. They’ve always been a huge influence in my playing and performance. I remember watching their “Live Shit: Binge & Purge” concert on VHS, as a kid,
and being completely blown away by the sheer energy and showmanship of the whole thing.
Gerrod: The sole reason I wanted to drum was from watching Chad Smith of The Chili Peppersat a drum clinic in 2006.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Christian: One In The Chamber opening for Avenged Sevenfold, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, and Led Zeppelin.
Gerrod: A boy can dream, right?
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Gerrod: It’s really tough to say. We’ve been interviewed on Toronto’s most popular news network, we’ve performed at some of the most revered clubs our city has, we’ve played as far
as a bar in the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, and we’ve opened for Scott Weiland at what was, sadly, his final performance. For me, I’d have to say it’s our first, and, so far, only 2020
performance at The Hideout, Toronto. That was a show that I left the stage blown away by what we’ve done – it’s an amazing feeling to get to regularly perform with musicians of this level.
Christian: It’s also incredibly fulfilling to see how our fanbase has grown over the years. We get to interact with people all over the world who genuinely like what we do to the point that they’re
purchasing our merch and coming out to our shows. To me, there is no greater accomplishment than hitting the stage and seeing a crowd of fans who are ready to cheer you on.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Gerrod: I’d probably be an author of some sort.
Christian: I would certainly be on the streets, fighting crime in a cape or something.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Christian: I typically run my Epiphone Thunderbird through a 450 Watt Ampeg BA-210. It’s small enough to carry around from gig to gig, but it also packs enough of a punch to fill a medium
Gerrod: Los Cabos 5A red hickory drumsticks – with my name on them – my Tama Superstar Hyperdrive kit, either a Mapex Black Panther Nomad or a Pearl Chad Smith Signature snare,
and Sabian cymbals – the darker the crash and the trashier the hats the better.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Gerrod: Looking beyond the Top 40 of the day, I am regularly surprised by the music coming from new rock, jazz, soul, and hip-hop acts. There is some truly amazing music being released
weekly, you just have to look for it.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Gerrod: I think it’s easy to put us in the rock revival category but if you listen enough, you’ll hear a lot of influences, surprising influences, that give us a deeper sound.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Gerrod: Thank you for all your support over the last 5 years. Check out “Blow” and share with your friends!
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Christian: It’s been a pleasure. Thanks for having us!
ONE IN THE CHAMBER Is:
Mike Biase – Lead Vocals & Guitar
Cecil Eugene – Lead Guitar
Christian Dotto – Bass
Gerrod Harris -Drums