KickActs interviews Eric Seevers of “Social 66”

 

Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be found online.

My name is Eric Seevers, I play bass guitar for Social 66 we can be found @

www.facebook.com/social66band

www.reverbnation.com/social66

www.youtube.com

itunes

soundcloud 

etc..

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Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?

For me personally I grew up listening to thrash metal, played guitar and rode skateboards so I liked the faster heavier stuff. I always looked up to Alex Skolnic, Dave Mustaine, Danny Spits, Randy Rhoades. The faster music made me want to go harder and faster and I loved the way those guys made their guitars sound like a chainsaw slicing into raw meat. Some did it with elegance and some attacked it head on.

 

Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music business?

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!!! no seriously. its a tough, tough business and if you don’t have the drive and determination to take it as far as you can along with some tough skin you’ll find that this biz doesn’t care about you or your band you need to do it for the lvd of music and not of fame and fortune.

 

What piece of advice did you ignore that you wish you hadn’t?

Nothing really comes to mind because I felt like I never had a mentor to help me through it was always trial and error. I burned a few bridges along the way and built some real good ones too. but in the end it was just me and my desire to share my music with people and after a few right and wrong turns, here I am.

 

Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to share?

I have a long history before I joined Social 66 so I have a lot of war stories but since Ive joined Social 66 Id say it would be when we played Planet Rock in battle creek MI with Saliva. From the time we showed up at this gig things were falling apart. When we finally got on stage Jason was having major issues with his gear and the FOH guy was pushing us to get started. Almost near meltdown we stripped it down to bare bones and just ripped into it. I seen this near empty room fill up quickly and start moving toward the stage and before you knew it we had a couple hundred screaming people in fort of us picking up what we were putting down. So what started out bad turned into a great night for us.

 

Do you have any other hobbies other than playing music? Collect stamps? Collect hats from off the side of the road? Draw pictures of peckers or boobs?  Make sock puppets? Sit in the dark and eat Cheetos?

Me personally I have too many damn hobbies! I play basketball, golf, snowboard, ride motorcycles, collect comics, ugh..,. I need to get rid of some.

 

What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to address that?

It would appear to be hit and miss nowadays? Some markets can’t get enough rock n roll and some are ghost towns. It helps when you have a local rock station backing up the shows and letting people know there are cool things going on and when to get out there and support the bands that come through. without it it makes it difficult to keep people informed without the right promotions.

 

Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X factor and The Voice have helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?

HURT! if people at home think that is what real life is about then they are gravely mistaken! people need to grab a guitar grab your buddies and jam. learn to get better and go through getting the door slammed in your face a few times. a panel of judges and “america” voting is not real life.

 

What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?

I understand both sides being a fan and an artist. If people would look at paying for music as a donation to the artist to be able to make more music and continue touring and coming to their hometown then I think it would go better. Im not buying music to make someone rich, I buying music to help an artist make more music.

 

Tell us something about each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect to hear.

Hard working, nice guys. We all have normal lives outside of this rock nroll thing just like everyone else and sometimes people lose sight of that. its not like we are super heroes with a cape coming in to slam your ear with loud drums and guitars. We will hang out with you, talk to you, drink with you, do what all of you are there for, have a good time and listen to good music.

Hypothetical situation. You’re on Gilligan’s island and you get to hook up with only one of the survivors… Which one and why?

mary ann, hands down. she might look sweet and innocent but I bet she’s a wild cat!

 

Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so, what was it?

Yea I’m not as young as I look. I’ve owned a few in my life time but I still don’t buy that old BS that they sound better than CD’s. save that BS for someone else. I prefer a clear sound not some sandpaper scratchy ass vinyl record

You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the first night in his sleep or what?

No Id keep him around and beat him up everyday and make him do the lame stuff I don’t want to do.

 

What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?

You go Girl! stack that paper as high as you can because its all gonna come crashing down someday. Good luck keeping your kids from finding out about your past because in this day and age people are gonna find out what you do and did.

 

Which would you rather hear in concert?  Lip synching or real vocals?

Real Vocals! duh!

 

10485998_4608293621401_1222675418_nWho, or what, is the next big thing?

Social 66 and unsliced bread

 

One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is…

Sebastion Bach. Can’t get enough old skid row. It’s my guilty pleasure.

 

Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.

I listen to pop music and I love it! there I said it. I don’t care what people think. if its good its good.

 

Favorite movie of all time and why.

Wow… too many to choose so I’ll cop out and say the Star Wars movies.

 

Our last question is called “Shout It Out Loud”. It’s were you get to talk about whatever you want to talk about. So go ahead and “SHOUT IT OUT LOUD”!

Id like to thank all the Fans for helping us get to where we are at and to the future we about to be in. If it wasn’t for all of you we wouldn’t be here and I love you all.

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