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Small Talk With FIDLAR

By Alex Hollatz
On April 30, 2013

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FIDLAR is everything you want in a punk band and a bit more just for good measure. They drink more than you could ever dream and do enough drugs to sedate a rhinoceros. The music on their recently released self-titled debut reflects their lifestyles, fast, short, and straight to the point with song titles like "Cocaine" and "Cheap Beer", which are unsurprisingly about cocaine and cheap beer respectively.

I was lucky enough to get a hold of FIDLAR and have an e-mail conversation with them (or maybe only one of them, I don't really know who I talked with to be honest and I kind of enjoy that). As I expected, the answers were short and straight to the point, just like their music. For any normal band this would be a short interview, but for them I feel like this is a long one. Frankly I'm just glad they even bothered to deal with me at all. Buy their debut. It's worth it.


1. When did you guys meet and start playing music together?

We were actually assembled together, after many open auditions and callbacks, by legendary Hollywood talent agent/ spiritual guide, Ernie Prescott. Then after he gave each of us our vision/image/role in the band, we began writing/recording songs together in Los Angeles.


2. Zach said at your Boston show with Wavves that being in a band was fun, so what is you're favorite part about being in a band?

 Being able to play/write/record music all the time.


3. Is the whole band involved in writing the lyrics or is that something only a few concentrate on? How do you decide between Elvis and Zach on who is going to sing?

Usually, Zac writes the lyrics for the songs he sings, and Elvis writes the lyrics for the songs he sings.


4. You have a high energy live show. What do you guys do to get hyped up to perform?

We spend an hour in deep meditation and breathing exercises before every show. Then we all drink a cup of hallucinogenic tea steeped from an exotic succulent that Prescott discovered on his journey to the Far East. 


5. What do you guys love about music? Also, what do you guys like about music today and what do you not like?

How it sounds; it seems like today there's so many bands that are trying to be really "cool" or "deep" and it just comes off as contrived. Just be honest with yourself and make the music you want. 


6. What are your plans for the rest of 2013?

recording, touring, writing, hugging, dancing, drinking, touring, making videos, sleeping, drinking, recording, wrestling, touring. in that order.

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