Andre Judge, Emory Davies, and James E. Pilipovic also known as the emo rockers of Life Underfoot talk about life and their release they have under foot.
About The Band:
For any of our readers who are unfamiliar with yourself / yourselves tell us a little bit about your band.
We’re Life Underfoot, and we’re an Emo/Punk band from Owego New York, formed around early January 2019.
What was your earliest memory of music that peaked your interest?
Twisted Sister was on TV once when i was younger and for some reason seeing those guys dressed as chicks but rockin out was rad -Andre Judge
Who was the first album / single you purchased?
The Misfits Famous Monsters CD!!! Still one of the best albums from the Misfits in out opnion.
When did you first pick up your respective instrument / or start singing?
I thnk it was around elm/middle school! Our guitarist and singer didn’t actually start learning and really playing till 9th grade.
What route did you take with your music / instrument / lessons / music school / self-taught and any fond memories of that journey?
We’re all self taught musicians. James (drums) is the only one to have gone to college for it, which does benefit the band a lot….he knows things that we don’t so it really helps.
Who were your hero’s as a young musician that inspired and pushed you to want to be a musician too?
Dave Grohl!!! I don’t think there’s any as cool and down to earth as Dave Grohl it seems.
Is there one particular album or song that gave you a “Eureka” moment from your youth that made you want to be a musician?
Fall Out Boy’s entire “Take This To Your Grave” album
What was the best gig you’ve ever attended?
The Story So Far, Four Year Strong, Terror, and Souvinoirs in Clifton Park. Rad show great energy would love to be able to play with any of these awesome bands!!!
Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?
Justin Timberlake!!! His song Suit and Tie is really catchy.
So any new music in the works currently or just released?
We’re actually finishing up the writing process and plan to hit the studio in January.
Where and when did you record it?
The Lumberyard hopefully near the end of January.
How does the song writing process generally work for you?
We normally just go to practice sessions and either wait till someone says they have something new or just start screwing around.
What route have you taken to build up and establish a fan base locally & beyond your local area?
Just playing shows and doing our own thing. Evveryone else like to kiss each others asses where we’re from. If you wanna hang and play shows that’s awesome, but we’re not gonna bow to you cause you run the scene.
What is the music scene like locally to you and where do you fit in?
There’s some great bands, a lot of miserable people though, as for fitting in we don’t and we like it like that. We won’t kiss ass to play a set with you, because we’re all equals. So we stick to the friends we have for local shows.
Do you feel there are enough venues around you to help promote and establish up and coming bands like yourself?
No it would be cool but there isn’t.
What would you like to see ideally to help hard working bands / artists get better exposure and opportunities to make a living form their craft?
A free streaming service for artists. Spotify was talking about it but we think it’s still to early in the works.
What is the best piece of advice you have received on your journey thus far?
Don’t stop, once you stop you’ve already fallen behind.
What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learnt on your journey to date?
Being in a band isn’t always as great as it sounds.
With the music industry always constantly changing – how have you had to adapt to the ever-changing landscape?
I feel like we came in at the right time. With everything being digital now as long as it’s up online anyone can find us!! Sites like Bandcamp and FaceBook are amazing and have done wonders for us.
Does the introduction of New Technology / Digital Age / Social Media etc enhance your life as a musician or do you feel it can be more of a hindrance?
I def enhances us!!! If it wasn’t for Bandcamp and FaceBook we’d have to work a lot harder i think to get noticed.
So moving forward what’s next for you?
Hopefully another EP and Tour we had so much fun on our most recent tour this summer.
How do you see the evolution of the band / yourself as an artist?
If this band could progress like anything i’d love for it to be like Brand New. Just how each album changed but was consistant…it was wonderful, and ending how they did was just a beautiful mess.
Do you have any short-term or long-term goals in mind?
Long term is to be a legendary New York band. We just wanna be known like all the New York bands like Ramones, Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, Blondie, and Glassjaw
If you could tour with any band or artists who would that be?
The Story So Far!!! Their last album was amazing!!!