Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth, and childhood experience.
We are Billy Kurth, Hayden Stelly, and Austin Fults. We were all born in America in the early 90s.
Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience, and skills.
The group first formed in 2009, but we made music for shits and giggles and didn’t really take it seriously. After taking a multi-year hiatus, we got back together in 2015 and started doing live shows. The live shows helped us hone our sound, find out what works and what doesn’t, and allowed us to build a fan base. We have dropped two small mixtapes since reforming, but this is our first official project.
Tell us about your genre, concept, and idea behind your music video and the song.
The song started as a kind of dark trap song, flipping an ominous vocal sample over grunge-influenced bass. However, we played the song at a show with a live band, and it dawned on us that the song actually had a very metal vibe to it. We got the guitarist to come on the song so we could push it further in that direction. The concept is inspired by the film Spring Breakers, which is a movie that has been very influential to us as musicians. This song summarizes the corruption of innocence that takes place in the film.
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.
We are inspired by a range of musical genres and we incorporate a lot of those different elements in our music. Our new album has anything from sunny Lil Yachty-style beats, to the metal-rap of Angel With an AK, to ambient scores inspired by John Carpenter and Cliff Martinez. When we make albums, we put a lot of focus on the concept of the album and how each song fits into this concept. We’re all huge movie fans, so the story (regardless of how abstract) becomes a major element of our projects. We haven’t really had a chance to have high points or low points in our careers yet.
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 music video was self-directed, recorded using a DSLR and an iPhone 7, with effects added in post. The song was also self-produced, with added guitar by William Murry of The Iceman Special.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience, and your future goal.
Long-term goal: become successful enough as musicians to produce our own films. Short-term goal: play at Buku (music festival in New Orleans) in 2018.
Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
We are ultimately storytellers, and we have found that music is the easiest venue for us to tell our stories. We are inspired by music, movies, and life.
Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
I think the secret to making a hit song is coming up with a powerful melody. Not just something catchy, but something that sticks with you. Something I’ve learned from Nirvana: lyrics can be secondary to the melody.
Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Bring Your Friends will be available online on October 23rd. It’s a concept album, and it’s hard as hell.
Tell us the piece of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Create visuals that represent you and your sound as often as possible, and try to do something unique.
Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition, or awards you might have obtained.
We haven’t ever gotten any awards. Maybe next year!
List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send messages to them via this platform.
We have been featured by 88.3 KBYS radio station in Louisiana, Poorman’s Podcast, and Billboard Gang Magazine.
Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
Create melody first, fill in the melody with lyrics second. Once I’ve done that, I get a concept for the song from those lyrics and build the rest of the song around that concept.
Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.
Kendrick Lamar (attention to detail, concept albums).
Kevin Parker (ambitious musically, more abstract concepts, handles many different aspects of the music).
Grimes (self-produced, takes time with her music, and only releases what she believes is of high quality).
John Carpenter (great storyteller, uses music to aid his stories, makes songs that feel complete without vocals).
Brian Wilson (Thinks outside of the box, meticulous, focused).
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.
On this album, we collaborated twice with Nicole Needham, and are working on her album as well. Artists that I would love to work with: Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, A$AP Rocky, The Weeknd.
Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
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