(Nathan Shepherd, vocals and guitar, w/ G2P )
Why did you want to start this group? As an adult I had only played lead guitar and not lead vocals which means I was at the mercy of someone else’s lyrics. I loved the music that I was playing in each group but I have children and I wanted to be able to share my passion with them. Not having control of the lyrical writings meant there was language that I didn’t care for my kids to hear coming out of something I was involved in. I have been a singer/songwriter since I picked up a guitar when I was 8 and I felt it was the right time for me to explore my own dreams. Tell us more about the band title? G2P is obviously an abbreviation for something. The name came out of desperation. I had stopped playing with my previous group (Murdok) for about three months when I received a phone call from an old musician friend asking if I wanted to start a group. Two days after agreeing to start a new project we were hit up by a local event coordinator advising us that if we wanted to play an Industry showcase we could but we had only about a month to put a set together. We didn’t want to dwell or spend too much on the name so we quoted a line from a classic cult movie. To find out what quote it is and what movie it came from you will have to ask someone in the band personally. It’s more fun for us that way… How long have you been performing as a band? G2P was formed in the first week of September 2011. We began as a four piece with two singers and a few weeks in we cut it back to a three piece. Major musical influence’s? Between the three of us we have quite an eclectic amount of influences. Personally, I have only purchased 311 cd’s in my life. I connected at a young age with their quick tongued lyrics and melodies. I always had a thing for catchy, high energy, out-of-the-box guitar hooks and Tim Mahoney introduced me to that style which I could never shake out of my head. Later I discovered Tom Morello and he had quite an impact on me figuring out all the different sounds you could make a guitar make without using pedals or using very minimal pedals. The Police and Bobby Darin were large contributors to my vocal influences. Of course I have to give credit to Chevelle. The guitar tone they use and them being a power trio as well is an obvious connection. Describe your sound? We feel our sound is unique. We are not trying to model ourselves after anybody. From one song to the next we sometimes change genres completely. A good frame of reference would be if you were to take Sublime, 311, Chevelle and R.H.C.P., and put them in a blender and hit puree, you would come up with something resembling G2P. Do any of you have a crazy /dramatic show experience you have had? We were invited to come up to Nashville and play a private showcase at a very popular practice studio in front of three people. We had been on the road for 4 days, coming from playing the Cleveland Music Festival, and during that time our drummer had become too ill to continue the journey. So Dave and I decided that we would still play the showcase but with acoustic guitars. We made it to Nashville and had to re-write our entire set in a parking garage in downtown. We went up to the 8th floor and plugged in our acoustics to our amps, from the back of a minivan, in an outlet and spent the next hour sweating from head to toe with our amps turned up in a parking garage with cars driving past us with puzzled expressions on their faces. We felt really good about our set! We made it in time to perform. We have three songs to make an amazing impression. So we played our first song, awesome, we play our second, I am feeling great, then we get about half way through the third and my guitar pick is out of position in my hand. Normally I throw it in my mouth while I am playing, then grab it back out during an upstroke without missing a beat. Not this time. I flipped the pick up during an inhale while I was singing. The pick made the decision that it wanted to lay flat across my throat, of course with no concern for my need of oxygen. While we continued to play I tried to cough, I tried to swallow it and none of these things worked. I had to stop playing in the middle of the song, grab a drink that was left on the stage by another group and do my best to pass the pick. As soon as I swallowed it, I reached for the microphone and humbly said, “sorry, I swallowed my pick.” It didn’t bother me when they fell off their chairs laughing, it didn’t bother me that it ruined our song, it bothered me that they were recording the whole event and I am sure they showed it to everybody (I know I would have…hahaha)…well at least they will never forget G2P. Do we know how to make an impression or what? Is there anything you would like to tell our Reader’s? I always like to remind everyone that every person or group you hear and like on the radio started out as a local group somewhere. It was their own local support that got them to where they are. Every venue and artist works really hard to put on shows. All I ask is that you get off the couch once or twice a month and support your local scene. I promise you that you will have a great time. I listen to new bands all the time and I have to say that I am blown away to see a great band perform and the only people there are the other bands, the bartender and doorman. It a shame because these groups obviously are putting a lot of time into what they are doing, the clubs are cleaned and ready for a party and the only thing that is missing is the people who keep saying they are going to come out and never do. I bet there are a whole lot of people who have watched a local band go to the top and wish that they would had not been lazy and only paid 5 bucks to see them back then instead of 40 now. I understand there are some bands that have some work to do, but every time they play they get better and what better way to work on getting better than having the support of the community.
What do you think of the Orlando Scene, and if you don’t like it, what would you do to: I think the Orlando scene is full of talent—couldn’t ask for better people to be performing with. What are you thoughts indie vs. label? I think it depends on the artist and the artist’s goals. Indie music has become a lot bigger due to sites like BandCamp and so forth, so it’s great for people making and marketing their own music. The advantage of being on a label, though, is that there’s a division of labor (marketing team, producer, etc.) that is almost impossible to get going only the indie route. What funny/dramatic show experience you have had?? A sort of painful, but maybe retrospectively funny show experience I had was this: I was playing a set and my guitar kept coming out of tune, in addition to the fact that my voice was sore. So the set was already botched, but got worse when I had to hit this note at the peak of my range at the climax of a song and it went painfully flat—I could see the cringe on people’s faces. Probably funny to have seen, not too funny for it to have happened to. What has OrlandoBands.com done for you?They’ve helped me get more exposure, more experience, and allowed me to play with a lot of awesome local bands. Who are some of the local bands you would like to play with, or enjoy playing with?There’s this really cool electro-progressive dance duo that doesn’t have enough exposure called ‘Svine und Strusel’. I’d love to perform with them some time. If anyone’s interested: youtube.com/svineundstrusel. What songs influenced you the most from you childhood? Probably ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’ by U2 and ‘Beat It’ by Michael Jackson.
Fracture the Syndicate (Chris Callaway – Guitar/Back up vocals)
Define your band name? Fracture the Syndicate: a disturbance or break of an organization or group with a specific agenda What would you say our the band’s Major musical influence’s? Deftones, System of a Down, Chevelle. How would you Describe your sound? Heavy progressive alternative groove rock metal. Why did you want to start this group? The three of us have had other bands in the past and all freed up simultaneously to work on the sound that we were looking for. Do any of you have a crazy /dramatic show experience you have had? I saw an old guy with a cane that was having trouble walking start throwing his cane in the air and head banging in front of the cameras. How does the band write the songs? Generally one of us will come up with a concept that all three of us elaborate on. A lot of the time I will write the lyrics and a concept for the vocals that Jimmy (Bass/Lead Vocals) will take and build off of. The instrumentals derive from whoever had the original concept. I would consider us all evenly distributed as to who is bringing something to the table. Besides social media, and flyers do you practice any unique methods of promoting upcoming shows? YouTube Is there anything you would like to tell our Reader’s? We’re coming for you, so watch your shit.
The American Love Story
(Monty the bands front man )
How long have you been performing as a band? We are fairly new. We have only been together for 2 months. We had some early restructuring but the final line up came together about a month a go.Define your band name? The American Love Story is a collective of dedicated musicians who moved to Orlando to write their own story. As we came together we all realized the motivation behind our music is the love for it, hence came the name American Love Story. Major musical influence’s?We are influenced from all types of music. Hip Hop, rock, Gospel and soul, Reggae. All of us listen to different types of music so we use that fact to our advantage.Why did you want to start this group? Well, we all love music. We let the relationships grow organically. Nothing was forced at all. Do any of you have a crazy /dramatic show experience you have had?Well during our very first show, we had our drummer break his stick on the last song, but the crowd was screaming, one more song! ONE MORE SONG!. So we did one more song. We didn’t have a song ready nor an extra drumstick, but we did it. Dave started playing a rift on guitar, the drummer began to play with his hands and i freestyles the song. But that song is now our opening song! Everyone loved it. How does the band write the songs? We are all songwriters so we get together and let the music ring. When we hear something we stop and write it. Sometimes we go to other places like a park and just talk. Sooner or later someone will say, that should be a song. Besides social media, and flyers do you practice any unique methods of promoting upcoming shows? Word of mouth for sure. Is there anything you would like to tell our Reader’s? To keep up with us. We are a very unique product and we love to perform. Link up with Ben Gardner, he has his pulse on the local music scene for sure. Thank you.