The Bullseyes

Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience. 

Drummer/vocalist Matt and guitarist/vocalist Darek here. Born in Poland in 1990. Growing up in a small Polish town, classmates since we were 8, good friends since shortly afterwards.

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Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience and skills. 

Musically, we both come from very different backgrounds. Since 14 years old, Darek was slaying that guitar in a very “progressive metal” manner while Matt of that time dreamed of becoming world famous turntablist (a.k.a scratching dj). Each of us had different music background before forming The Bullseyes. Darek was perfecting metal licks while being a part of few progressive metal projects, Matt musically traveled from hip hop, through electronic music to finally discovering classic rock and neo-garage rock afterwards.
The Bullseyes came to existence in 2011 in Matt’s bedroom while after few friendly improvisational session we decided to record a valentine song for Matt’s girlfriend of that time. Matt provided the vocals and drums, which at that time were Akai MPD midi controller with sample pack on them with Darek providing guitar sound recorded through digital amp. Because of perfectionist approach to life, Matt did know that he can never pick up electronic music because it involves far too much tweaking and it’s too tempting to get into perfectionist loop and never release anything not polished enough. That’s when the fascination with garage rock developed. Bands like White Stripes, Flat Duo Jets, Brian Jonestown Massacre somehow showed us that the raw imperfections might also be a very cool way of expression.

 
Matt studied psychology, and it was during one of the introduction lectures that one of the lecturers mentioned the experiment in which the newborn child is being shown a printed face of it’s mom and some other random image. The child was almost always more willing to draw it’s attention towards the printed face of it’s mommy, but there was one exception. The mommy was loosing to the printed “Bulls-eye” symbol. That showed Matt that the symbol itself is so powerful, that we as a specie are somehow predestined to subconsciously favor it. That became the core representation of band’s idea, our symbol and the base of band’s name, “The Bullseyes”, because there are two of us.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 

The genre we represent can probably be described as Indie Rock or Alternative Rock. The main concept is that there should be no more than it is necessary. It’s just the two of us so we have to be picky enough in terms of what parts will make it to the record. It has to be possible to reproduce the performance during live shows. We are open for the experimentation but we try to make our music smart, snappy and honest. After all, we are just two pairs of limbs and two mouths.

In terms of visuals, Matt has been fascinated by the color red since he was very little, so naturally, our band that has been “marked” with one of the most powerful symbols subconsciously known to mankind (Bulls-eye) also has to have the most powerful color known to human specie. In the most recent video (“The Butterfly”) we used only two colors. Red & black. That stylistic choice is in pair with music we play. Fresh on the one hand, gritty and minimalist on the other. We consistently try to preserve that eye drawing approach through all of our visual communication. This also serves well enough as a tool in an era when every content one makes has to stand out enough to be noticed. Using the color code and consistent eye drawing symbols helps to obtain that.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business. 

Well, for one thing, music business is a hard business. You have a lot of competition while at the same time there is no competition at all. There is a great amount of fantastic bands out there, but it is not like people are going to stop listening to your songs if some other band releases theirs. It sometimes might be a little bit like that, for example if game changing hit album comes to existence there might be more people listening to it than to your music. You have to be relevant to your audience and work your way up to their tastes. Thankfully it’s not like any other service where you just change the provider. You still are somewhere on that listeners’ playlist. Unfortunately we live in an era when the music is less about the music than it was in the past. Today even the catchiest and the most amazing song ever produced has still have to be properly recognized and gain all the recognition through smart promoting – and it’s a lot of hard work.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot. 

The band consists of singing drummer Matt and singing guitarist Darek. We work with Marcin Samarzewski, very skilled studio engineer / producer who helps with all the finishing touches to our productions. In terms of visuals, we cooperate with two amazing photographers: Nina Twardowska and Mateusz Musielak. Nina Twardowska is responsible for all of our band’s photo shoots while Mateusz Musielak is a co-director of our yet to come videos and the most recent one: “Butterfly”. The video was shot and directed by the combined effort of Matt Jarzabek and Mateusz Musielak while all the illustrations were live painted by Monika Jarzabek.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal. 

We are very new to the music industry and for now we are focusing on gaining the proper recognition. It is not a secret and it’s almost every band’s goal to grow the biggest in the shortest time. At the same time we realize how hard it is and we are trying all we can to work our way up the ladder.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 

Most of the lyrics come from Matt and are directly driven by his passion to psychology and behavioral studies. What inspires Matt to write is observing the behavior of people around him as well as his own, while putting all he observed into quirky relatable metaphors. Every lyric Matt wrote is either from some person’s perspective, while heavily empathizing with what the person felt or focusing on his own state of mind and exaggerating that to form a proper artistic expression.

As for music composing, since the beginning of our work Matt’s priority was to simplify our musical expression which proved to be quite a challenge for Darek who’s guitar playing style was very technically oriented. With each following rehearsal we tried to play less correctly but far more powerful. Focusing more on the rhythm that became the main driving force behind our tracks. We both still love guitar solos, but now it’s less about properly counted delay with a pinch of distortion and more about feedback and overdrive to the max.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

Well, looking at how popular rap music has currently become (trap, grime), definitely stick to those (laughs), but seriously – music should be relatable and catchy/memorable. Some people relate to lyrics more, some people relate to melody more. I would put it like that, if you can make more people understand you – go for it. If you can make people dance – go for it. If you can make people associate your music with some activity a lot of them do or some feeling a lot of them feel – go for it. If you can combine it all, you’ll have a hit. Bonus points if you stand out enough as a person or if you make your audience laugh.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there. 

You have the absolute best music taste. Never change. We love the heck out of you.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 

It is going to be a lot harder than you think. There are no magic tricks. If the content is good you still have to be great at promoting it or find someone great at promoting it.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained. 

Since forming the band in 2011 we composed around 20 songs. We always wanted to start as professional as possible, that’s why we never released any of the songs we weren’t absolutely 100% sure they’re the best they can be. Now, we have the tools, we have the financial aspect taken cared of and all we composed is finally in the shape that we are willing to share with the world. As of 2017 we released 3 songs. Soon we will also release our early ones that we sung in Polish and after that we will be successively forming our debut album with all the songs that finally got to it’s final form. We have our complete set of songs to perform live and we are just before starting our first serious tour.

As for previous experience, Matt was quite of a successful rascal while having that “scratching dj” period of his life. He was part of the group of very influential people who shaped the Polish turntablism scene and the co-founder of biggest Polish message board about djing and scratching.

Darek: Has a rich classical music education background. He have played with many musicians while searching and setting up life priorities. He’s finally mature enough to say that you don’t have to play the fastest you can.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

We are the proudest of being the constant guest of number one Polish alternative radio as well as few smaller local ones. We have been featured by: The Indie Folx, Mytacism Music, Concert Crap, Djolo, Music Crowns, The Revue, Indie Music Nation. We are saluting to all the great folks that are eclectic and adventurous enough to keep up with the music scene. You are great <3

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

We have a rehearsal room set up in Matt’s home. We are meeting there constantly to rehearse our live shows and compose new tracks. The lyrics are usually written separately, same as melody ideas. The song ideas provided by Matt are often already containing lyrics and have that rough sketch of the structure with also main melody included. Darek is the wonderful mind that turns the musical blabbering provided by Matt’s keyboard and not-so-well played guitar into polished instrumental parts. For the recording process, it is pretty standard technique. We usually play the base of the track together at once adding and replacing the parts afterwards. Matt provides the main vocal, drums and keyboards, Darek provides the wonderful falsetto, guitar and bass parts.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

Matt: White Stripes, The Kills, The Black Keys, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Growlers.

Darek: Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Fryderyk Chopin, The Beatles, Tool.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so. 

We haven’t collaborated with any artist for now. As for future the future, we are very much open for any collaboration that will be weird or interesting enough. As for the big names, we would obviously want to collaborate with any musician that directly inspired us.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network. 

Site: http://thebullseyes.com
Soundcloud: http://soundcloud. com/wethebullseyes
Spotify: https://open.spotify. com/artist/ 4VrvRbGxs71Cs797ThTy6f
Youtube: https://www.youtube. com/channel/UCE9VvDXmsARtAVmWS Kebzmg
Twitter: https://twitter.com/w ethebullseyes
Facebook: http://facebook.com/ thebullseyes
Instagram: http://www. instagram.com/thebullseyes

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music. 

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-bullseyes/id1 254498929

Bandcamp: https://wethebullseyes.bandcamp.com

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

Matt: Well, for the saddest day, I had some bad episodes of being overwhelmed by a lot of things that were out of my control and I was stuck in a place where I couldn’t see any reasonable goal for me to pursue. Looking from a perspective, there were a lot of sad days on which you just want to stop existing, but those days are somehow behind me and the best day is a day that keeps me constantly inspired and that has been filled with great ideas, some composing session, some small success rewarding committed work that I would often share with my brother Mateusz and a great update form my girlfriend Sonia that I owe a lot to for making any day since meeting her a greater day.

Darek: The saddest day is when you realize that after years of trying you’ll never be as good as someone you’re chasing in terms of technical skill ability or creativity. But here comes this moment when you’re rising from the ashes of your childhood dreams, which might took a while. The moment you know you’ll never be someone else and no one else will ever be you. You can’t be mad at life for not giving you something. Just go with anything you have, because this is unique, this is what defines you. My fiancee Nina helped me a lot while dealing with this and I cannot be more grateful to her. 

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

Matt: I will probably try to make some smart investment. I am not that good of a money spender. Would probably try to secure the money in a way for me and my family to never worry about any reasonable expenses.

Darek: First taking care of my family in a best way possible so probably will strongly rely on Matt’s advice about investing. 

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Kolade Olamide

I am a poet , writer, beat maker, chef, songwriter, web designer, music promoter,digital marketer, blogger and director.

One thought on “The Bullseyes”

  1. I love them and their music, pretty awesome level for a self-made duo out of such country as Poland, but hey….whatta boring answers for a million-dollar spend! c’mon…. there’re way better options ;D

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