Saturday, March 03, 2012

10 Questions with Drop the Down

Drop the Down is a punk/screamo/metal band from Louisiana.  The band recently released their debut EP Scream It Out (read my review here). 

For more information on Drop the Down check out the band’s Facebook page. 

This interview was conducted with lead singer/guitarist Dylan Frederick via email February 24-26, 2012

Dave:  How did the band get together? 

Dylan Frederick:  Well I was looking to start a punk rock band and met Aaron on Facebook after searching for a drummer and decided to start a band.
There were many people that came into the band that just didn't work out but we are finally starting to get everything solid.

Dave:  Why did you change the name of the band from The Apathetic to Drop the Down? 

Dylan:  The name didn't fit the music. As the music progressed in maturity, the name "The Apathetic" wasn't mature enough. The name oozed with too much teenage angst, and that's not what we are about.

Dave:  The style of music that you played has changed a good deal since you started as The Apathetic.  Was the change in style a conscious move or a natural progression?  Are you drawn now to heavier music than you were in the past? 

Dylan:  Aaron is a metal fan, and while hanging out, jamming artists like Deftones, Of Mice and Men, Falling in Reverse, and whatever else Aaron had stored on his iPod, we pretty much naturally started falling towards that. Aaron would always mess around with metal beats during jam sessions, and we just began to actually use them in our song writing.

Dave:  You recently released the Scream It Out EP.  What’s the story behind the release? 

Dylan:  Well I wouldn't classify it as a love album because it is not intended for that purpose but most of the songs were written either relating to problems with girls or just involving girls. Other songs were like changing from foolish ways into a whole new person. In "This Is Not Another Love Song" It was about a girl and just realizing that I had fallen victim to her ways and needed to make a change. I did haha.

Dave:  Does Drop the Down have any specific type of writing process?  Do you write some collaboratively or separately? 

Dylan:  We do a mixture of both. Dylan does most of the writing but we do jam and end up making the instrumentals for a majority of our more unique songs together. Aaron always writes his own drums parts and occasional guitar riffs.

Dave:  How did you get connected with Broski Team Records?  Are there any record labels that you’d like to work with?

Dylan:  Well Brandon Turk and Robert Jones from the label had heard our music and contacted us. We couldn't refuse the offer and the promotional benefits. Honestly, once we get everything down and we're ready, any major label would be great to work with.

Dave:  How’s the music scene in Louisiana

Dylan:  There's actually a pretty large number of bands that make it big around here. One of the biggest metal bands around, Acid Bath, started out of New Orleans. Vertigo Sun was also one of the biggest local metal bands around. They started the same place we're starting, and they opened up for huge bands and shared the stage with some of the biggest names in the country, like Five Finger Death Punch. (Fun fact: The singer for Vertigo Sun is Aaron's brother - in - law's uncle). Seeing all of those bands make it far really gives us hope for the future.

Dave:  This is a High Fidelity inspired question.  What are your top 5 bands/artists, albums, movies, television series, books/authors?

Dylan:  Bands/Artists: A Day to Remember, Mayday Parade, 311, Deftones, and blink-182. (Countless more)
Albums: White Pony - Deftones, Infinity on High - Fall Out Boy, Cheers - Ballyhoo!, Universal Pulse - 311, and Mosh and Roll - Bury Your Dead
Movies: Nosferatu, Boondock Saints 1 and 2, Alice in Wonderland, The Hangover, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and any silent or very old horror movie for Aaron.
Television Series: Two and a Half Men, South Park, Family Guy, Futurama, Tosh.0
Books/Authors: Edgar Allen Poe, Kurt Vonnegut, Bryan Katcher, Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Dickens.

Dave:  What’s next for Drop the Down? 

Dylan:  We are going to play some shows soon to get a nice start and then start working on our full length album, "Lost Between Right and Wrong", and hopefully we get more publicity from these things with the help of our label.

Dave:  Any final thoughts?  

Dylan:  We just want to thank everyone that inspired us to write and that supported us to help us make it this far and are supporting us to continue striding forward.

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