Band Q&A – The Forum

The Forum are from Gainesville, Florida! Their members consist of;

Michael Higgins – Vocals
Nick Wheeler – Guitar
Jacob Farrell – Bass
Ethan Klohr – Drums

1. Who are your top 3 influences?

Michael: Death Cab for Cutie, Jimmy Eat World and Bad Suns.
Ethan: Rush, Deftones, Foo Fighters (but too many to count).

2. How did you get your band name?

Michael: We all posted separate ads on the Gainesville musicians Craigslist page in the fall of 2014/Spring 2015, and over the course of a few months, Nick, Jake, and I had all separately contacted one another. When Jake and I met by chance on campus, that’s when we started meeting up to write. Eventually we re-connected with Nick as well. The name “The Forum” is a reference to how we all met by putting ourselves out there in the community online because of the drive we had to start creating.

3. What is your song writing process?

Michael: Usually one of us will come up with a melody for a verse/chorus combination and we will get a sloppy phone recording of it. Once we’ve all listened to it, we meet up to piece it together. So though the ideas start entirely rooted in one person, the music composition is very collaborative after that.

4. What do you hope to achieve a year from now?

Michael: We’d love to support a touring artist in the southeast. We’ve done a lot of touring in Florida and have expanded a bit into the states above us, but hitting a new audience with a different act is something we are all very eager to do.

5. What was your first performing gig experience like?

Michael: The first few were just apartment and house parties in college with just three of us. But the first full band performance was pretty intimidating. We were opening a local festival for a band from LA, and it’s kinda funny, we show up and they have all this gear, and here we are with our little amps and guitars, ready to go. The show was at 5:00 PM in the dead heat of a September afternoon and we all pretty much got sick from how hot it was. It was really cool seeing friends and family make the trip, and we felt accomplished, but yeah, the brewery we were playing let me stand in their freezer for a while after.
Ethan: Playing my first show at The Wooly back in January is still one of the coolest experiences of my life, the energy in the crowd was unmatched and the reception we received was incredible. I was on such an adrenaline high the entire night.

6. Biggest challenge so far?

Michael: Working around everyone’s schedules. We are split between Orlando and Gainesville, so making sure we can all get places around the state at the same time, while working around what works for us individually, is a huge challenge. It certainly helps to have great communication.
Ethan: It was balancing my classes with making time for practice, playing shows, and recording but now it is managing my busy work schedule with having enough time to travel to and play shows.

7. What is your favourite thing about performing?

Michael: Honestly, everything about that day. Doing final promo on social media, loading into the venue, starting to see people filter in the doors, and then just the excitement and anticipation that surrounds live music. The feeling of sitting down by our merch table after loading everything back into the cars/van after the show is very relaxing, knowing everything went smoothly. I’m almost ready to go again immediately.
Ethan: Getting to do what I love; since I live in an apartment being on stage is the only time I get to play the drums and I love every minute of it.

8. Where would you most like to tour?

Michael: I’d love to do a tour of the east coast in the late fall. I know that’s a bit specific. I’ve always kind of imagined going to these big cities during the change of the seasons, being cold outside and then playing a sweaty show inside.
Ethan: Europe (specifically Western Europe and the UK) because there are so many great bands that have come out of that part of the world and there are plenty of amazing cities to tour in our free time.

9. What inspired your recent songs?

Michael: Transitioning from college to adult life, for sure. I’ve definitely overanalyzed leaving certain things behind, and a lot of that comes out in these recent lyrics.

10. What do you all do when you’re not musically involved?

Michael: We definitely all work a lot! I work in recreation in central Florida and love every second of it. I love to watch pro and college sports, hang back with friends, and travel when possible.
Ethan: Playing sports, working, going to concerts and sporting events, hanging out with friends.

11. In your opinion, what’s your best song?

Michael: Our newest single ‘Comet’ is pretty hard to beat for me, but a few ideas that we have in the works have me extremely excited.
Ethan: Even though it is our most recent song I would say comet. I feel like our sound continues to evolve and comet is a great driving rock song that is always enjoyable to play and listen to. However I am really excited about our upcoming material so that title could be dethroned.

12. Who has the worst dress sense?

Michael: At our absolute worst? Me. I show up to shows way too often in a bucket hat, joke of a t shirt, and thrice-rolled gym shorts.

13. Funniest show story?

Michael: My best friend Matt can’t stand in the front during our shows anymore because he makes me laugh too much. There was a time when he decided to hint at an inside joke during one of our songs and I literally could not finish the second verse because I was laughing too hard. He had to leave the venue.

14. Pizza! What do you all have?

Michael: Recently it has to have banana peppers on it. Also I’m totally cool with Hawaiian pizza, pineapples are beautiful.
Ethan: I keep it simple, usually just cheese or pepperoni but I also like ham, bacon, and green peppers.

15. Most annoying member?

Michael: Jake. Don’t look at his Twitter.

16. Fast forward and you’re millionaires. What do you do with the money?

Michael: I would definitely be traveling a lot! I’d put a good amount of it into music as well. Maybe have few houses around the country to help with the travels. And buy a lot of Goldfish.
Ethan: Travel, go to a ton of concerts and buy a music studio, the rest I’d use to help my family and friends.

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