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ofHuman - 07.07.11

Interviewed by: Jenny Tate (07/11/11)
The following is a mini interview of generic questions that we posed to all bands that wanted to answer:

ofHuman
www.ofhumanmusic.com

1. How did you get your band name?
We wanted something unique that didn’t pigeonhole us into any specific genre, as we like to play a wide variety of styles. It keeps the fans wondering while letting them decide for themselves.

2. How did this band get started?
We have all been friends for over 10 years but always played in different bands. We finally got the chance to connect, and it has been a blast ever since! (May ’08 is our birthday).

3. What bands are you influenced by?
We prefer “inspirations” because while we listen to a LOT of different types of tunes, we always make sure to have our own style and sound. Incubus, Foo Fighters, Tool, Meshuggah, NIN, Prince.

4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
Led Zeppelin would have been nuts just because it's Led Zeppelin! Currently, touring with Foo Fighters would be a dream come true – straight up WE DON’T GIVE A **** ROCK ‘n’ ROLL!

5. Best food to eat on tour?
Most fast food is unhealthy, but we have a ritual of stopping at a local Subway for grub, plus some beer and throwing a Frisbee (for exercise) - that seems to do the trick.

6. Why should people listen to your band?
ofHuman blends a lot of different backgrounds, including drum corps, blues and driving rock with guitar harmonies, 3 vocalists, and pounding yet necessary drums. We maintain a mindset of hard work and devotion, either at home rehearsing or on the road performing. We like to insure our live show is just as good if not BETTER than our recordings – live is where it is at now-a-days! If we can’t play a killer live set, what kind of band would we be?

7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with?
Chuck Norris. We love roundhouse kicking things. And yes, he IS an athlete. Don’t second guess this or Chuck WILL find you.

8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank?
Family is pretty important to us, as they support us while on the road and if we need anything at all, they are always there. Plus our friends, who are all quickly becoming like family with the current state of the band, really putting it all out on the line. Our friends are being so supportive and excited for us! Also, our record label.

9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Getting a foot in the door is tough, but it’s a tough industry all around. We are prepared to work hard, and since we can’t change the state of the industry, we just work hard to adapt yet remain unique.

10. Memorable tour experience?
Just being on the road with the guys, who love this art as much as I do, makes a lot of trips memorable. Most recently, traveling through Cincy to Kentucky we cracked our radiator and 20 minutes later broke our tie road = no steering! We got very lucky (and we had a good driver [Adam] haha!) but it was a very memorable (and expensive) trip to say the least.

11. What does AP.net mean to you?
AP does a lot for bands of all sizes! It is a great location to go for awesome interviews, blogging, and checking out new up and coming music. We are very excited to be a part of the long line of great artists!

12. What is your favorite song to play?
Through The Fire And Flames by Dragonforce on Guitar Hero. We do a pretty cool rendition of “Kiss From a Rose” by Seal.

13. What is your vacation spot of choice?
Anywhere that we have music and friends is a vacation - we are lucky to have the profession we have.

14. What music reminds you of your childhood?
A few songs of the top of my head, “Always Somethin’ There to Remind Me” by Naked Eyes, “Every Breath You Take” by Sting, “Time Consumer” by Coheed and Cambria.

15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
Hm. The power to move THE WORLD with our music, like Wonder Boy.

16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals?
Adam likes to round up the group right before the first note and he always says "Hey guys"…(they turn around)…"just go out there and have fun." It’s predictable, yet the guys always fall for it.

17. What is something that most fans don't know about you?
If we told you…then we’d have to kill all our fans.

18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish?
Radio is a great place to reach out to those who don’t know the band, but there are certain stations more fit for different types of music. We are currently airing on online stations and 99.7 The Blitz in Columbus (a rock station). Anything is possible though, so we never say never…

19. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Teach lessons to new drum students, party with friends, ride motorcycles, and play video games.

20. What kind of hidden talents do you have?
Adam: I'm pretty good at hula hooping…not many guys in bands will admit to this haha. Even better, I can run, kick a soccer ball…and hula hoop all while drinking a beer!
 
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