Who: The Wrecks
Where: Los Angeles, CA
What: Indie Rock
Sounds Like: Blink 182, Cage the Elephant
This weekend, I received the opportunity to interview The Wrecks after their set at Edgefest. Not only are they awesome musicians, they're also genuine, happy guys. Thanks so much for sitting down to talk with me and here is your interview as promised. :)
Q: What drove you to want to make music as a career?
Aaron: It's crazy because we're playing with Blink today, but that is why I play music because of Blink 182.
Billy: I saw a girl play Welcome to the Jungle on the drums in the fourth grade talent show and I was like "I want to play the drums"
Schmidt: My mom used to play a lot of Motley Crue in the car and I wondered how songs were made and I thought no way I could be like any of those guys. I wanted to play guitar after that so my parents bought me an acoustic guitar and I thought "This isn't right," but I kept going with it. I was at a friend's house and played his electric guitar and realized that's how bands do it.
Westen: For me, I saw Green Day and Jimmy Eat World in fifth grade and I wanted to do that. The in college, I realized that no other job would be fulfilling and make me as happy as playing music
Nick: My grandma taught me how to play the piano when I was really young and for some reason I really gravitated toward writing but then I got more into alternative music after going to a concert when i was thirteen and that's what I wanted to do. I wanted the touring, the band life, and to write songs and perform for huge crowds of people.
Q: Any advice for people trying to break into the music industry?
Schmidt: Never be discouraged and stay motivated.
Nick: Hard work, honesty, and genuine appreciation for what you're doing goes a long way. When we moved to LA, we quickly saw the people who looked like they worked really hard but none of the genuine hard word and grind is there.
Q: If you could perform onstage with one artist, who would it be and why?
Billy: Cage the Elephant, and play In One Ear with them. I would probably pass out if that happened.
Aaron: Blink 182
Schmidt: Red Hot Chili Peppers; even though they're a big band, I'm die hard from the beginning with the sex funk.
Westen: Probably Jimmy Eat World or Green Day
Billy: Foo Fighters would be sweet
Nick: I would say the Killers because that's the only band I would put above other bands
Q: Who are your musical influences?
Nick: In high school, I listened to Pop Punk and gravitated towards detailed and honest lyrics: bands like Say Anything, Motion City Soundtrack, the Front Bottoms, or Modern Baseball. Bands that don't hide behind a lot of metaphors and tell exactly what happened to them.
Aaron: Obviously Blink 182 but lately my influence has been Schmidt because he's taught me everything.
Billy: 80's drummers because they power through and don't care if they look stupid. Drummers like Tommy Lee or Mark Schulman from Foreigner
Schmidt: As a guitar player, I'm really into funk stuff like John Frusciante from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jimi Hendrix. As far as more alternative, I'd have to go with Queens of Stone Age, Kings of Leon, Cage the Elephant, Vampire Weekend, Black Keys, or Cake.
Westen: Probably Jimmy Page, a lot of 70's music and funk.
Q: What would you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Aaron: This past week we played at SXSW
Westen: We played with the Mowgli's at Texas A&M
Billy: Walking on stage and hearing a shit ton of people know the band's lyrics is so weird to see
NIck: We played our first ever festival today and we're 30 or so spins from breaking the Top 40 in national airplay with Favorite Liar and I think if we get that, that will have been our greatest achievement.
Q: How would you describe your sound?
Nick: Honest, energetic indie rock