ANOTHER LOST YEAR!
Welcome to Kick Acts. Tell us a little about yourself and were you can be found online.
We are a group of young strapping lads from the south that should never be left alone with power tools. Haha We’re the everyday dudes from right down the street and we happen to be in the rock band Another Lost Year. We have some social media stuff, I think it’s called The Facebook and The Twitter
and The Instagram. Also 2 sites, whoisALY.com <http://whoisaly.com> and anotherlostyear.com. We play roughly 200-250 shows a year. Coast to coast and border to border.
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Who are your musical heroes and influences? Why?
Mr Rogers. He has a sweet yet soft voice. Also ADTR, Breaking Benjamin, Journey, Kansas, Conway Twitty, Sir Elton John, Angie Aparo, Garth Brooks. And Tupac.
Music should make you feel something. Have you ever listened to any of these bands and NOT felt something. Next question
Do you have any advice for someone just getting started in the music business?
Get a side hustle, thick skin, and a rich significant other. Leave your heart in your music and your feelings at the door. This is the real world. No one cares. No one listens. You gotta make them care. You gotta make them listen….
What piece of advice did you ignore that you wish you hadn’t?
Haha I can’t say those…. At the end of the day we’ve carved out our own path. It’s what we’re known for. It’s what I hope we’re always known for.Integrity.
Do you have a greatest gig story or worst gig horror story you’d like to share?
Every show is its own thing. But watching the Midwest markets grow from nothing to 150+ people a night is one of the best feelings ever. The nights that we play to smaller crowds where you have to rely on connection though…. That’s where the magic is.
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?
I collect watches. Seiko to be exact. I just score a sweet 50th anniversary divers kinetic. My boy Eric, he’s a pilot. Not that that has anything to do with anything, but he has a similar obsession. And I wanted everyone to know I have a pilot friend.
What do you think about the current music scene or lack of? Care to address that?
It varies. It starts with the bands. Then the promoters. Then the venue. It’s a joint effort. We’re all responsible for growing it or killing it. You have a pet? Do you feed it?
Do you think reality shows like American Idol, X factor and The Voice have helped or hurt the music industry as a whole?
I may have been on one of those. Tried out for all three. Who knows. To each their own. We hurt the industry as consumers. We let this happen.
What is your opinion of unauthorized music downloads?
Can’t stop it. Embrace it. Napster was the best and worst thing ever. Again, we’re all to blame.
Tell us something about each of your band members that we wouldn’t expect to hear.
There isn’t much people don’t know about us. We’re people. We have good days. We have bad days. Much like every other person. Sometimes you catch us in a funk. That’s something about all of us people probably didn’t know.
Hypothetical situation. You’re on Gilligan’s island and you get to hook up with only one of the survivors… Which one and why?
Do you know what a vinyl album is and have your ever purchased one? If so, what was it?
Haha I do. Also I know what lazer disc is. DO YOU? I have purchased many a vinyl. Probably my favorite though is Otis Redding. I love the smell. The sound. All of it. (Editor: Lol good come back on the Lazer Disc! It was a great concept that never really took off, too bad :(…)
You’re marooned on an island with Justin Bieber. Do you choke him out the first night in his sleep or what?
I’m actually digging his new stuff. I know. I know.
What is your opinion of Miley Cyrus?
She grew up in the spotlight. She’s just being her. I follow her on social media. She’s a beast.
Which would you rather hear in concert? Lip syncing or real vocals?
I’ll pretend like you didn’t ask that. We run no tracks. That’s where I’ll leave that.
Who, or what, is the next big thing?
Anyone who works hard. You don’t become legendary by buying your place. You earn it. You make people care when they don’t want to. Success is defined by many different levels. I feel Another Lost Year has a many of the pieces and we’re connecting the dots. Shameless plug.
One artist you can’t get enough of and can’t live without is…
Kelsea Ballerini and Lauren Alaina both country singers. They’re boss’.
Confession time. Share a secret about yourself.
I take selfies in the gym. Daily.
Favorite movie of all time and why.
I’m hooked on Straight Outta Compton right now.
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”!
Check out our new album first and foremost that drops in June. The new EP comes out in a matter of days, also, if you’re of age, go vote. I don’t care for who. Just do your part. Remember. Make them care. Thanks for taking the time to chat.