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Q&A w/ Echo Drama

Check out the video for ‘Insanity’ below.

What is your favourite track to perform live?

Honestly, probably our latest single “Insanity” as I get to unleash some of my rock chops on the kit and I get to see the crowd go ape shit. Being known as a reggae band, the song can catch people off guard and get some unexpected but interesting reactions which I find exciting.

Most people ascribe to one idea or another about how the universe began, what do you reckon about it all?

It’s obvious. God snarted. That’s a sneeze and a fart at the same time. A rare miracle.

What is the first song you ever wrote and did it make it onto a release?

First song I ever wrote for Echo Drama was an instrumental that had a few different vocalists write parts to. Eventually Thando and Sinks’ version was “Situation” which was on our debut EP “Bury The Weapons”. I actually still really like the track and we still play it live at some shows.

What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome as a band/artist so far?

It’s definitely the logistics of being a 9 piece and everything that entails. Getting everyone in the same place at the same time is never an easy task, especially as the group comprises of really creative talented folk who are all prolifically creating music in other projects. Seriously make sure you google each member of the band and find their other work, it’s all top shelf.

Fuck/Marry/Kill: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter?

I’ll go cryptic on this one: Fuck Facebook for the alliteration, Marry Instagram because it’s so pretty and we all know love is superficial, Kill Twitter so Trump stops spilling Covfefe on porn stars.

What was your first ever favourite song?

Not sure which came first but I think it’s a tie between Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman”, the theme from The Phantom of the Opera, and Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells”. I’m as surprised as you are.

Does your music have consistent lyrical themes (if yes, what are they?) or do they change from song to song?

Our emcee Sinks is the main wordsmith and he definitely has some consistent topics he likes to touch on. He is an opinionated guy and not afraid to air his grievances with right wing politics and corporate economy. I also noticed when working on the album that he often makes requests in his lyrics for people to get out of his face. Safe to say he likes his personal space.

Are you playing any shows anytime soon (if you live outside of Australia, do you have any plans for a trip down under)?

We have a single launch coming up in Melbourne at The Workers Club on July 26th. This is our biggest show in a while as we have been working meticulously on this album over several years and excited to finally show off the first single from the release. Tickets available now through Oztix, some sick supports TBA soon.

Are you Pro or against streaming services and why?

*Enters the taco girl meme…why not both? I think streaming is obviously great for allowing people access to a wealth of music instantaneously. This is no small perk. However I think streaming has the potential to culturally undervalue the worth of music. It’s even in the name, music can just come and go, streaming away forever and then forgotten. I think there is something to be said for having to actually prioritise music you like over other music and make a deliberate choice to purchase and own it. It fosters a less fleeting relationship with art. I think this goes for the film/tv streaming culture also. So yeh. Fuck you Netflix.

Who would play you in a movie about the band?

Anyone except that bloke from Whiplash (who sadly kind of looks like me maybe). That movie sucked and almost made me quit drums. Not quite. But let me be dramatic. Echo dramat….sorry.

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

Royalty Noise – Local live hip hop band who are releasing their first album soon, I have been lucky enough to have a sneaky listen to almost the whole thing and it rules. It’s a pleasure to be both fans and friends with this crew.

Qlaye Face – Pretty different sound to my usual taste, but these Melbourne Prog gurus are seriously talented and making world class music. If you like your music dark and techy, get onto them right now. Even if you don’t love it, you will certainly admire it.

Dub Trio – I was going to try and keep it all local, but then I remembered that US Metal/Dub lords Dub Trio recently announced they have an upcoming release with King Buzzo from The Melvins. That is one hell of a collab, we should all be keenly waiting to see how that comes out.

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