Gunset Passion are an American rock band consisting of Kris, Nick, Tre’ and Tyler. And according to their Twitter bio, they are “determined to become living proof that you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars for a dead tree framed on your wall to be successful.”…
1. Do you have any upcoming works? A new album or single maybe?
We’ve actually been working really really hard on a lot of new material! Right now, in addition to our first two singles Tell Me Who You Are and New Blood, we have completed 7 new songs, and have another 9 that just need vocals/lyrics. We’re planning on going into the studio in March to record some new songs, and we’re planning a release of a music video in the late Spring/Summer.
2. Do you play any other instruments?
Our official lineup is: Kris – Vocals/Guitar, Nick – Guitar, Tre’ – Bass, Tyler – Drums. Everyone in the band plays at least one other instrument. In our new material we’ve been working on, there is a lot of piano, as well as various parts that will be put on violins or other string instruments. We try to approach writing our songs as if we have no specifically fixed role in the band. We’re just four guys creating music with whatever instruments we please, and while the obvious core of our sound is guitar, bass, drums, and vocals, thinking in this mentality helps us lift boundaries from the songwriting process and be much more creative. In fact, we wrote a song yesterday that will most likely incorporate woodwind and brass instruments, [laughs]
3. You have quite a strong fan base on Twitter and Facebook. Is there a name that you give to them?
Thank you! We do our best to reach out to as many people as we can since we haven’t played any shows yet. We don’t have any specific name for our fan base yet, aka Black Veil Brides Army or Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters, but I think that will come in due time once we establish who are fans really are, not just as a group, but as individuals. Once we know everyone a little better it will just come naturally.
4. Who are your musical inspirations?
Our musical inspirations differ I think by the person. From what I know of, Kris’ main inspiration is My Chemical Romance, whereas Tre’s main influences are Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Fall Out Boy, and The Gaslight Anthem. Our drummer Tyler takes his stylistic influence from the likes of Phil Collins, Aaron Gillespie of Underoath/The Almost, and Zac Farro formerly from Paramore. Musically I am mainly influenced by Coheed and Cambria, Fall Out Boy, and The Gaslight Anthem, though I greatly admire the grandiose, yet simplistic arrangements of older artists such as Bruce Springsteen and Daryl Hall/Hall & Oates. Personally, Rise Against and A Day To Remember have been big influences to me in pursuing my dream. Seeing Rise Against in concert for the first time when I was 16 made me realise that I wanted to play music for the rest of my life, and A Day To Remember’s message and lifestyle keeps me working harder and harder at that goal and constantly inspires me to achieve success. Their singer Jeremy McKinnon is definitely one of my biggest personal idols.
5. What advice would you give to wannabe musicians?
If by “wannabe musicians” you mean people who want to be in a successful band and make music their career, my best advice is to stop wanting and go do it. If this is the dream you truly want to pursue, don’t let anything get in the way of it. We’ve sacrificed countless hours that could have been spent on partying or hanging out with girls, instead spending them on finding out what music really is to us. I could go on for hours on this question, but I guess the main thing is shift your mentality from “I want to do this.” to “I’m doing it.” Live it, breathe it, eat it, sleep it. If you want to play music for the rest of your life, change your lifestyle and embody that. Work hard, if you want it bad enough, you will succeed. Don’t make excuses. There are 168 hours in a week. It’s just a matter of how much time you’re willing to devote to it. Keep working hard, and the rest will follow.
Thanks for stopping by and thanks again to Gunset Passion for the interview. For more information about the band, you can follow them on Twitter