Q & A With Wicked Garden

Q & A With Wicked Garden

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

Dominick: Our album, Post Dystopian Leisure Music, will be released in February. After that we plan on making videos and touring behind it.



XS ROCK: How long has the band been together?

Dominick: Well the original lineup was formed in 2011. The current lineup has been together since 2016.



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

Dominick: Honestly to play songs no one else will play. We started as a cover band doing 90s music. Everyone else in Vegas was playing 80s hair metal and we were bored with it. For me, I wanted a way to express myself. I have a lot of nervous energy and it seemed like the best way to let it out.

Troy: I would jam with friends when I was a teenager, but you couldn’t consider it any kind of band. I got talked into performing a few songs live one night at a bar in Germany. From that moment, I was hooked. The “high” you get from the energy of the crowd; it’s a feeling that you just can’t get anywhere else. From that moment, I knew that being in bands would always be a part of my life.



Q & A With Wicked GardenXS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?

Dominick: Me personally – performing live is always a thrill, but I really dig writing and recording. I’d love to start producing other bands as well. I love the process.
Troy: Recording is nerve wracking to me. I put a ton of pressure on myself to try and get everything perfect, which usually causes me to make mistakes. Writing is a lot of fun, but I don’t have a typical musician’s ego. So, it’s hard for me to present what I’ve written to other people. For some reason I can flip a switch when I’m on stage though. That’s where I tend to shine. So, that would definitely be what I prefer.



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

Dominick: I wouldn’t say outrageous, but we get in weird situations. Jay once missed a gig because he got snowed in while climbing a mountain, and Troy drove his motorcycle into a bar and onto the stage once.



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

Dominick: Well, I wouldn’t call it strange, but one of our biggest fans asked me to sing at his daughter’s birthday party. That’s was really cool. I enjoyed it.
Troy: If you mean musical request, a fan asked me one time if I would play “Despacito”. I’m not sure what it was that made them think I could or would do that!



XS ROCK: Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
Dominick: Oh yeah- totally. My father is the reason I became a musician. To be like him.
Troy: My parents are awesome! They’ve always been supportive of me.


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

Dominick: Off this record I love playing “Guilt Trip” and “Already Gone”. What’s really awesome is that since the single has been out for a bit people sing along at the shows. That’s an amazing feeling.
Troy: My favorite track from the upcoming album is “Good Luck”. I’m lead vocals on that one, so I dig that.



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

Dominick: My first inspiration was Aerosmith. They made me want to play in a band, but Nirvana and Alice In Chains totally made me fall in love with writing and presenting my songs in different ways.
Troy: As a young kid, I got to see Johnny Cash live. I always thought he was so fucking cool!



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

Dominick: Us, Alice In Chains, and Foo Fighters. That would be a dream show.
Troy: Hmm. “Dream tour”. That’s a tough one because it would have to consist of my favorite artists; most of which have passed. So, if we could conjure up some technology to bring them back, if would be with Layne Staley and Chris Cornell.



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

Dominick: The easy answer is my kids, but also the fact that I have never given up and kept playing when so many give up.
Troy: Musically, my greatest accomplishment is unfolding as we speak. There is so much “chance” in the industry, so to have the opportunity to put out an original album is something really special.



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

Dominick: A producer and songwriter.
Troy: Well, I used to be a Federal Agent, but losing my eye put an end to that.



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

Dominick: I use mostly Fender guitars and currently play Blackstar Amps.
Troy: I normally use a Fender Precision bass from the custom shop, a GK head, and an Acoustic 8×10 cabinet.



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

Dominick: I think there’s a lot of bands bubbling under who will break through if the public will let them. Too many kids these days don’t understand that music is supposed to make you feel something. They only know it as background noise or as a way to pretend you’re something you’re not.
Troy: I personally like a wide variety of music. So, I can pretty much always find something on the scene that I like, but my favorite era of 90’s style music is definitely under-represented these days.



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

Dominick: I’m a great cook!
Troy: I am actually a really shy person, but I can cover that up well in public.



XS ROCK: If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?

Dominick: Imagine if Nirvana and Alice In Chains raped The Smithereens.
Troy: I can’t really put a finger on our sound. I like that! I don’t think we sound like anyone in particular, and all of our songs have a different feel and sound from each other.



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

Dominick: Watch for the album and keep sharing the songs!
Troy: Our full length album, Post Dystopian Leisure Music, will be dropping in a few short weeks. Check it out!

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