We here at PUMP Merch and PUMP Sessions are gearing up for New York City's CMJ Music Marathon, which kicks off this Monday. For you industry peeps, let's meet up. For you music fans, let's rage. In honor of the festival, I'm posting an interview with my favorite Brooklyn rock duo, The Wicked Tomorrow. These two crazy kids bring more noise than a ten-piece and their songs are ferocious.
For more info on all of TWT's CMJ performances, go HERE.
Ladies and gentlemen, I proudly present my friends, Ian and Michelle...
Welcome to the PUMP Sessions Interview Series. Please introduce yourselves to the readers. Where are you from?
Ian: I am originally from Boston but lived in Brooklyn the past 7 years.
Michelle: I'm a native, born and raised in Brooklyn
How did you meet and when did you decide to form the band?
Michelle: We met a bar. I thought Ian was trying to hit on me, so I didn't pay him any attention for a while. But, then I decided he was OK. We didn't start playing in a band until a year or two after we met and it happened pretty randomly as I think most good things do. Ian was doing some solo projects and he asked me if I would trigger backing tracks and samples for him. As I learned more about making music we decided to start a band together.
What has your experience been so far in dealing with record labels, A&Rs, journalists, bloggers, promoters, agents, managers, etc?
Ian: Good so far. The people we've crossed paths with seem really supportive to what we're doing, so far and to me that can be a cool place to look for feedback. As far as labels and agents go though, I think the industry as a whole is in a kinda odd place right now. Between places really, because it is a business and we're all still trying to figure out ways to make money like they used to from music and bands. Unfortunately, that has spawned a fair amount of bullshit companies out there promising a lot and delivering very little. We've found that the folks that "promise" the most are the ones that end up doing the least for you, strangely enough
What people and/or companies have you brought on to your team in order to build your brand and gain exposure? Such as a manger, agent, publicist, etc?
Ian: Bill Addeo has been our manger over the past 10 months and he's definitely been an important person to bounce ideas off of and someone we consider part or our little team. He also consults with some other companies that have helped us get some stronger shows and bigger rooms which has really been amazingly helpful to our band. Other than that the biggest "agent" or "publicist" that we've brought onto our project is named: Luck.