1. Why name your band Academy?
Evan – Academy refers to a place in the town I grew up
2. What musician first introduced you to music and led you to become a musician?
Evan – My parents
John – My Grandmother
3. When writing music do you like to first get a beat or write the lyrics? And why do you use this order?
Evan – Goes both ways… I’m constantly writing words/phrases/ideas & we’re constantly making/hearing new music so those two things come together in different ways
John – Both & Because
4. If you can meet any artist either dead or alive who would you want to meet and why?
Evan – Frank Sinatra. One of the coolest guys of all time.
John - John Lennon – legend. Would love to get his take on music these days. Would he be writing hooks for Kanye?
5. Your song Seventeen is composed very nicely. The inspiration for the songs beat was from Lorde’s song Love club. Do you guys like taking beats from other artist and add your own lyrics to them? What is the process when doing this?
John – I like writing lyrics and melodies over any song I like. When I heard that Lorde cut I wanted to jack her style with the vocal harmonies for a beat. I figured I’d do one better.
6. What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you during a show?
John – Half the crowd on the stage with us
7. How was it like doing your first gig?
Evan - First gig we probably sucked… At the same time, it was the most fun/epic shit I’d ever done in my life, and I knew it was something I’d wanna keep doing for a long time.
John -We all had to pee so bad rolling into NYC’s Chinatown at rush hour. Shit was crazy.
8. What is the first instrument you played?
Evan – Alto Saxophone. No one believes me when I tell them that –don’t know why.. RI All-State jazz band in ’08, and I still have the tee shirt to prove it!
John – Piano but wanted to play guitar like my mom from the get go
9. Where do you see your band heading in the next ten years?
Evan – 10 years from now I’ll be 31. I don’t even want to think about that
John – South Pacific
10. What is a hidden talent that you can do that no one else knows about?
Evan – Damn, I wish I had a hidden talent!!
John – I Lucid Dream