Band Q&A – ATHRS

ATHRS is a one-man band from Florida USA! It consists of solo DJ/guitarist and vocalist ‘A’.

1) Who are your top 3 influences?

Hard to say but;

  1. Adventure Club
  2. Green Day
  3. All time low

2) How did you get your band name?

ATHRS, pronounced ‘authors’ like the writer of a book. Basically the idea that we all have the power to write our own stories and be who we want to be. A lot of people also think the melding of rock / electronic isn’t really possible so it’s a nod to that as well. Basically the impossible becoming possible.

3) What is your song writing process?

I don’t really have one. I guess usually I’ll write a song on guitar, track the song into Ableton, and then wreck it with production. But sometimes I might have a cool beat or drop and go from there. I just try to catch inspiration when it hits.

4) What are your plans for a year from now?

Just putting out a ton of music and trying to play as much as possible and seeing where it goes. Got some cool collabs coming so we’ll see!

5) With you being a solo band, are you looking for other people to join?

Not at this time. Eventually it may be cool to have a drummer on tour or add some more elements but at the moment I’m happy behind the decks.

6) First gig experience?

My old band used to play at this kids amusement park in Naples called King Richards. We would take all of the barricades out of the laser tag room and throw down. It was lit!

7) Biggest challenge?

I’d say just being a different kind of artist. Kind of an outcast to the band world cause I’m not a band and kind of an outcast to the DJ world because I do more than just DJ. It can be hard to get bookings cause no one really knows how to place me or the music and that makes it sometimes difficult. But the ones who get it, get it.

8) Your dream tour to star on?

Probably to support All Time Low and Kayzo.

9) Favourite thing about performing live?

I love getting in flow state when everything sort of stops and is just in a vibe. I love feeding off other people’s energy. The experience is hard to explain.

10) Favourite song to play live?

Right now it’s ‘Under My Skin’ for sure. There’s just something really powerful in that song. The words are meaningful, the track is hard and it always gets a great reaction.

11) What inspired your recent songs?

A lot of things but more than anything I think not fitting in. Struggle. Rejection. Perseverance and hope and striving to have a stronger sense of self in a world that just tells us to be a million things that aren’t us.

12) What do you do when you’re not musically involved?

I kick it with my dog, besides that it’s pretty much all music all the time in some capacity.

13) What gear do you use?

Pioneer cdjs, Gibson SG and the headrush pedalboard! That thing is the bomb!

14) In your opinion, what’s your best song?

Depends on the day and what mood I’m in really. My favorite so far is called “Vehicle” and it’s coming out soon…

15) Funniest show story?

I’ve had my tables just fall mid set. I’ve had the music just stop playing. All kinds of stuff!

16) Fast forward and you’re a millionaire. What do you do with the money?

Invest it in talented artists, save a bunch of dogs, and feed people.

You can follow ATHRS on Twitter or Facebook.

Listen to top tracks on Spotify

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