Los Angeles based quartet Life Down Here is that pop punk act with an hardcore edge that really brings back the meaning of music. Find out what the band has to say about how they got started up until what they are doing right now. Discover even MORE interviews HERE.
1. Life Down Here what is Life Down Here?
Originally, “Life Down Here” was the name of one of our songs, which is now called, “Calling Out”. We were in the recording process and we didn’t really have a band name yet, we had tried to come up with several names, but none that really hit us. At that same time, my father was taken into the hospital and grew very sick. Within 4 weeks of him being in the hospital, he unfortunately slipped away and as it is, WE (the band) are living Life Down Here and he is no longer a part of that. So that’s how “Life Down Here” came about.
2. Tell me about your music what type is it and what type of band are you?
First and for most, I am a guitar player and grew up listening to bands like Metallica and System and am very fond of what Haley from Paramore is all about. That being said, our music is a little more guitar centric and if we were to hit the road I’d love to see us play with bands like Rise Against, Paramore, or even System of a Down.
3. Do you have any material currently available right now?
Yes, our album “The Beginning” just came out on Jan 6th. It’s available on Itunes or our website (<a href=”http://www.lifedownhereband.com/”>www.lifedownhereband.com</a>).
4. What type of recording process did you use? Who produced your recording?
We recorded our album “The Beginning” at NRG recording studios and Jay Baumgardner was the producer on the project. Working with Jay was a really awesome experience. He pushes you for the best takes he can possibly get out of you. If we say we’ve completed a song or a guitar part, we go back and listen to it the next day, and he or myself think it could be done better, we tried and tried until we got it just the way we liked it. It was a lot of work and lots of fun. I definitely learned a lot from that man.
5. How did you sell your CD’s/Audio Files?
Right now, we sell our cd’s and merch at shows, online on our website (<a href=”http://www.lifedownhereband.com/”>www.lifedownhereband.com</a>), Facebook Fan Page (<a href=”http://www.facebook.com/lifedownhere”>www.facebook.com/lifedownhere</a>) and Itunes. You can also find us on Spotify and our YouTube Channel (<a href=”http://www.youtube.com/lifedownhereband”>www.youtube.com/lifedownhereband</a>).
6. Who are your musical influences?
Some of our biggest musical influences would be System of a Down and Metallica; to Paramore and Rise against vibe, even like the old school rock; Zepplin and Hendrix, all the way to something chill very singer songwriter vibe; Melissa Etheridge.
7. What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
“The Beginning” is basically an overview of the last couple years of my life. Everything from abusive and failed relationships, to suicide and mental institutions, to believing in yourself and celebrating your life and being who you want to be.
8. Do you write your own songs? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)
I co – write every song. Whether it’s written by only me; me and eli, the bass player; or a handful of other writers (ie: Jason Evigan from After Midnight Project, or Marcos Curiel from POD). There’s no real process per say, the creative process is a unique and different thing for every song you create.
9. Are you looking for an independent label deal or a major label deal? (Why?)
Definitely the independent label route. It seems that there’s a level of passion and attention to detail at the indie labels that I rarely see at the majors but I’m open to all things given the right circumstances.
10. What live performance experience have you had? (Any industry showcases?)
We play every weekend, sometimes even 2 to 3 times a week! It would have to be the one thing that I can say has really helped us develop our sound, look and feel as a band.
11. Life Down Here can expect to do what in 2012?
In 2012, I would ideally love to see us playing around like we have been. Maybe even get ourselves a little tour, we just released our album so trying to build a following and get our music out in the world so everyone can know who Life Down Here is!