9 Dogs

Artist Name: 9 Dogs
Song: Too Far Gone
Album: Too Far Gone
Release date: Feb. 1st 2018

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Hailing from Hollywood, CA, childhood friends Monte McConnell on drums, Rob Richman on bass and Ty Stevens on guitar team up with vocalist Trent Durazo to create a special concoction of rock and funk with odd time groove. Collectively, they are responsible for touring, writing, producing and contributing to selling millions of records for some of the biggest names in the music industry.

Monte McConnell’s style of drumming is energetic, intricate and impressive. Being the son of a touring musician the groundwork was laid long before he even picked up a pair of sticks. Monte is a musical sponge – His influences range from James Brown to Afro-Cuban to Led Zeppelin to Jazz. The care and power is evident in every beat, he also can play most triangles.

Rob Richman took a page out of John Lennon’s book and decided to express himself as an artist as well as a musician. Rob’s bass playing ability is intuitive and creative. Seemingly effortless – but far from – To be able to lay a foundation with unwavering time and melodies – Technique and a strong “true north” must be present. Rob’s influences are taken from the greats – Tony Levin, Paul McCartney, Derek Smalls, John Paul Jones and Jaco.

Ty Stevens uses his guitar and his pedal effects with great skill to create his sound. Surprising and appropriate are words that best describe his playing. Ty has the ability to find guitar parts that elevate a song to the next level. Ty’s guitar influences include Hendrix, The Edge and Jimmy Page.

Trent Durazo, a graduate of the prestigious M.I. music school, takes what he learned and turns it into a very raw, very palpable vocal performance. The lyrical content is not to be overlooked; the care and craft for each song is evident to the listener from word one.

When these four talents combine – they create a rhythmic power infused with intensity, benevolence and the gift of great, memorable songs.

9 Dogs is a force to be reckoned with. Turn it up and lose yourself in their music.

 

 

State your reason for choosing music as a career.

Playing music is something I wanted to do all the time since I was young. Learning how to play instruments, sing, and play in a band… I was obsessed.

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Tell us how you write the lyrics to your song.

The band will usually write the music first. I will then listen to the music over and over and see what kind of head space it puts me in. The lyrics can be from my own experiences or me trying to put myself in someone else shoes.

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Share your press release and reviews with us.

9 Dogs was featured on The Frosty Heidi and Frank Show which airs on the LA based radio station 95.5 KLOS. Some quotes from the shows DJs are: “This music makes my head hurt” and “I think my eyebrows are sweating.” 9 Dogs ultimately won over the listeners and is now in the running to play the radio stations big end of the year festival.

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Discuss your life outside the music world.

There is not much of a life outside the music world. Outside of the band I teach music to kids, play in cover bands for fun and spend time with family.

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Discuss your music career.

My music career consists of teaching music, and playing in 9 Dogs. I graduated from college with a performance degree and never looked back.

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Elaborate on your artist’s name.

Well, 10 Dogs is just too many dogs… and 8 Dogs doesn’t have the same ring to it. So, 9 Dogs it is!

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List your five favourite music videos with reasons.

All music videos by the band TOOL because they are super weird and trippy. “Take On Me” by AHA because it’s just cool. “Up Side Down & Inside Out”  by OK Go – They did something I’ve never seen before and its super fun to watch.

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Tell us your source of inspiration.

Artists who have become successful in the music business despite having mental afflictions. i.e.: depression, anxiety, PTSD.

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Elaborate on the recording of this song.

This was the first song that I wrote vocals to for this band. It was my “audition” to see if I could write to this kind of music. It turned out pretty cool so we recorded it in Ty Stevens studio and put it on the record.
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Tell us your future projects.

We are always writing so a new record is never far down the road.

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List the names of those that have supported you so far.

I’d like to thank my parents for always supporting me.

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Tell us your point of view on vocal tuning.

Sometimes it’s necessary for people who can’t sing well.

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Tell us your thought on quality and quantity for the release songs.

Quality Quality Quality.

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Tell us your viewpoint on comparing music career to non-music career.

A music career is fun and full of uncertainties and barely paying rent. Non-music career… I don’t know I’ve never had one. I imagine it’s a bit more stable.

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Tell us your opinion on categorizing music into genres and sub-genres.

Genres and sub-genres are a nice way to try and explain something intangible, but don’t get carried away.

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State the genre you despise most with reason.

I don’t despise any genre of music.

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List your five favourite movies with reasons.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day- saw it when I was 5 years old and I’ve never been the same.

Step Brothers: Will Farrell and John C. Reily are beyond funny in this movie.

 

Taladega Nights: Same reason Step Brothers is so funny.

 

Caddy Shack: Bill Murry… duh!

Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back: Because I am a nerd at heart
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State the title of the song and the meaning.

“Too Far Gone”: about using drugs to open your mind and self-medicate and getting caught up in going ever further down the rabbit hole.
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State the title of the album and the reason for choosing the title.

“Too Far Gone”: It’s the title track on the record, our first real song together as band and it just seemed fitting for this record.

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