I first wanted to take the time and thank you for doing this interview with me today. For our readers who haven’t heard of you yet, can you tell us about yourself and anything about the band you’d want us to know? Who have been your major influences in your writing style?
DramaScream is a mix of melodic rock with a splash of metal. Our band consists of : Lauren -Vocals, Steve-Guitar, Greg-Bass and Justin- Drums. We aim to entertain wherever we go. Our style can be heartfelt or heart pounding. Music is a crucial part of our lives, like many people it’s what gets us through the day. We are all fairly sarcastic and offensive individuals. If you spent the day with us you would either cry from laughing so hard, or just cry and run away. We stay true ourselves at all times and try to not get caught up in the drama (no pun intended…or maybe it was?). Our influences are all over the place, from Pat Benatar to C.K.Y. We all have a wide variety of artists and bands that we love. Listening to us it’s hard to pin down just one or two influences.
Let’s talk about what you currently have going on. Any new music or new tours in the works? If you were to say one song of your own perfectly sums up what you are all about which song would that be?
We are currently working on our second album. We are organizing a summer tour in the North East United States. I would say that our single “Sweet Revenge” off of our “Built To Follow” album best represent our band.
When you write any new music, can you tell us what the process is like? Describe to us what happens in a typical writing session.
Lauren: Writing usually starts with Greg or Steve having riff, then they go to Justin for Drum part ideas, once they have a loose version of a song, they send it my way. I’ll give it a listen and I can usually tell within 20 second if I’m going to be able to write to it or not. Without sounding crazy…If I can’t see a picture in my head of what the song makes me think about I toss it aside. So if I can envision the song in my mind..I can usually get the melody down and write the lyrics that day…or at least get the chorus down.
With the music industry always changing and evolving, what are the things you like and don’t like about it? What aspects of the industry do you feel have hurt or helped your career? If you could change anything about it, what would it be?
I think that access to music has been a double edge sword. On one hand we can get our music on tons of platforms, but now so can anyone with the ability to record and upload their music. With so many bands trying to fight for attention its harder for one band to stay “on top”…there seems to be so many sub genres and niches. I often wonder if there will ever be bands that sell out arenas. You still have Metallica and Maiden touring but will there every be bands that big? Even getting to the level of Slipknot, Foo Fighters, Shinedown and bands of their caliber..it seems to be dwindling. Not that theirs a lack of talent, it’s more like the “Rock Star” dream seems a bit harder to obtain…you see people go viral but then what happens? I believe having access to create music has helped us tremendously. We don’t have to have a record label sign us to make a really awesome well produced album. It’s more how you get your music out….More often then not it seems to be a money game. If you want to open for a touring band you “pay to play” most of the time. I think its also about finding the right formula and outlets, networking is huge. You are able to access people all over the world. I believe determination and perseverance are musts in today’s music world. You just need to keep on top of what your doing, and make sure you let anyone and everyone know about your music.
Do you or any of your band members have any side projects? If so, what are they?
Lauren: Steve and I play in a cover band for fun. We were in the band prior to starting DramaScream. We don’t really have time for much else . The 4 of us all work full time, and play out mainly on weekends, we take any opportunity we can get. DramaScream is like having another job, between writing, gigs promotions, BUT it’s definitely a job that we all want to be doing full time.
When you’re preforming how do you handle any mistakes on stage if they ever happen? Do you have any stories that stand out to you that you had to make a memorable recovery?
We’ve had mistakes, usually we just cover it up and move on. Sometimes we laugh if it’s a part that we clearly goofed. We have not had any huge mistakes yet, we practice all our changes and transitions for hours, so fortunately we haven’t run into a big issue. Now that you asked the question it will probably happen though!!
How do you decide which songs go into a set when you perform live? Do you change up the sets or stick to a regular set list? Do you have any covers?
We base our sets off of the type of show we are playing. If it’s a gig with metal and thrash bands we usually go with our heavy hitters. If the bands are more alt. Rock /hard rock, we mix it up. We cover Linkin Park- “Given Up” and System of a Down-”Aerials”.
If you had a choice to go on any bands tour, which tour would you pick and why?
Lauren: I would love to go on tour with Stone Sour, Halestorm , Shinedown. Mainly because I love all of those bands. I grew up listening to Stone Sour and Shinedown . They have awesome vocalists and are my top favorite concerts that I’ve attended. Not only would DramaScream fit well, but I could fan girl and play at the same time. Halestorm is just incredible, Lzzy is such a bad ass and makes no apologies for who she is. Dramascream is different enough that we would balance each other out, and make one killer show.
Steve: C.K.Y would be a blast to go on tour with..their live shows are always entertaining. Oh and they cover GG Allin “Bite It You Scum”.
Do you have any advice for any upcoming artists? What’s the best piece of advice someone gave you when you realized you wanted to be a musician?
My advice would be to keep going not matter what. It’s not easy to be in a band, success does not happen over night and it one hit doesn’t always mean longevity.Always try to make time for you fans, let them know you appreciate them. Never think you are too good for a gig, and always thank the people who help you along the way. The best piece of advice I’ve ever gotten is “ Don’t let others keep you from doing what you love”…I was in a really toxic relationship in my life and I was also at a very low point in my own mind…I realized that no one else was every going to help me but myself. I couldn’t let one person dictate what I wanted to become. From that point on I decided that I would strive to live my life doing something I am passionate about …for me it’s making music.
Any last words?
Don’t take yourself too seriously learn to laugh at yourself. If you can’t accept that you aren’t perfect you’re never going to make it through life…. and if you ever want to buy a pet please adopt!!