GENRE: Pop Rock/ Alternative Rock
Two parts Motown, one part Tinseltown, all parts moving. The power trio of Filmspeed is comprised of two lifelong friends and a born music machine.
From humble beginnings in 2004 outside Detroit, MI, and thru the gamut of the independent music industry, unyielding passion always precedes the sound.
Combining blood-pumping anthems, melodic hooks, and soulful grooves, Filmspeed thrives on the live music experience.
Every minute of every album is written, recorded, and produced by the band themselves.
In this modern music scene of smoke and mirrors, they wouldn’t have it any other way.
Pick up the latest release available online everywhere.
Tell us your real names, country of birth, and childhood experience.
Not many people know this, but our real names are Slippers McDonalds, Santa Payne, and Thomas Kraft-Foosball. We were all born on the same boxcar running through Fayetteville, AK. Weirdly enough, we’re not related though. One of those weird coincidences I guess. We all grew up down the street from each other but actually didn’t meet until September 2016.
Elaborate on your music career, band name, experience, and skills.
Craig found a guitar in his dad’s closet at age 6 and took it out. When his father found him, he scolded Craig and told him never to look in his closet again, and shooed him out of the room. Curiosity got the better of him, and every night from then on Craig would sneak into his father’s room and teach himself guitar. Thank goodness his parents were heavy sleepers. Thus began the musical career of Craig Broomba.
Nick was walking through the woods in Baltimore at age 14 and a bass guitar fell from a tree and hit him on the head. Thinking nothing of it initially, he continued his walk. A mile or so on, he saw the same bass guitar lying on the path in front of him. Same serial number and everything… at this point, he decided to turn back out of the woods. As soon as he turned around, the bass guitar was already in front of him again. Sprinting now, he reached his car at the park entrance. The bass was in his passenger seat! Nick had no choice but to learn bass.
Oliver came out of the womb holding drumsticks. Growing up, his parents told him that this was perfectly normal and that in fact an astonishing 24% of all babies are born with Stick Hand Syndrome. While not a curable condition, it is certainly treatable, and his responsible parents started him on drum therapy as soon as doctors deemed it safe. As of today, Oliver is on a strict regimen of 13 hours of drum practice a day, with hopes of cutting down to 3 hours over the next ten years.
We, three friends, came together to form Filmspeed. We chose the name after our favorite Keanu Reeves movie.
Skills-wise, Craig is a 4-time Regional Bingo Champion, Nick can yodel like nobody’s business, and Oliver can tie cherry stems in a knot with his tongue.
Tell us your genre and idea behind your music video and the song.
We are terrible with genres, so we just like to use the umbrella term of “rock n’ roll” and leave it at that. As for the music video and the song, we’re hoping they’re prime examples of that. The song is a jam we hope will get people riled up and ready to party. We actually had very little to do with the video, we hired our friends at Stage Twelve Productions to come up with a cooler idea than we ever could have on our own. Shout out to them for sure. We think it’s funny and poignant all in one, and we’re just happy we could provide the soundtrack.
Tell us how you are promoting your music.
We prefer carrier pigeons but have yet to see any great returns from them, unfortunately. So I guess in the meantime we stick to all the usual social media outlets: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter are all firing on all cylinders. Seriously, wait for our pigeons though.
Explain the story behind the song.
The song is called “Bless My Soul” because we all know that moment when you see the most beautiful person in the world that can’t be anything other than proof of a higher power. That’s what the song is about.
State the names of other members of your band, music producer, crew, or music video director.
The other “unspoken” members of Filmspeed are Buttons Hyde-Wilson on zither, Kyle Kalbi on keytar, and of course the lovely Michelle Calzone-Ricotta on nose-flute. We’d be nowhere without them.
We are luckily enough to have been able to produce everything ourselves so far.
Elaborate on the song and music video.
We did? Bless My Soul is about seeing the hottest person in the world and trying to seduce them, and the music video is our buddies at Stage Twelve Productions’ brainchild, so you’d have to ask them where they got the idea.
Tell us your future goal.
With regards to our future, we just want to conquer the world…
Tell us your weakness and strength pertaining to music.
One of our biggest weaknesses would have to be that we don’t actually know how to play our instruments…
Our greatest strength would probably have to be showmanship, though.
So while we may not be playing our instruments right, you’ll sure as hell believe we are.
List your favorite songs including the artists.
My Sharona – The Knack
My Bologna – Weird Al Yankovic
Tell us your position on “Do It Yourself” and signing to a major label.
Well, if you’re signing to a major label, you’re no longer doing it yourself, so they’re kinda mutually exclusive. We’re pro-both, though.
Tell us other activities you are pursuing apart from music.
Craig is an avid sculptor and ceramicist, Nick is making great strides in the field of experimental video art, and Oliver has sound installations on 5 different continents.
List your various works.
Filmspeed has a couple of albums and various singles under our belts, all of which are available…
State the official date of release.
January 18, 2019.