JG: Justin Gammella
AB: Aaron Bonus
1) I’m sure you get this all the time but where did your name come from?
Honestly, we had making up band names and don’t think they matter too too much. At the time we were thinking of names “Royals” and “tongues” were pretty big on alternative radio so that’s how it became.
2) How did you two meet?
JG: Around two years ago, Aaron’s manager at the time hit me up to see if I’d be interested in writing a song with Aaron for his project. We met and wrote and finished a song in the 6 hour session we had; we knew right away we had chemistry. We didn’t start working together much more in-depth until he got back from tour a few months later.
3) What is your least favorite question to be asked?
To be honest… how did you get your band name, because it’s not a cool story.
4) What is a question you wish you were asked more and what is the answer?
JG: I’m a producer/gear guy first so I always love when people ask about how the EP was recorded or what effects we used for certain parts etc. The EP was mostly recorded in my home studio in Buffalo, NY. Parts of “Rollin’ On” were recorded in LA. Our studio is very minimal which actually really inspired us to think outside the box sometimes or forced us to try different methods of recording or producing because we had limitations with what we could and could not do. I think a big part of our sound came from those limitations and us just figuring things out as we went.
5) What did your parents play for you when you were younger?
JG: My dad is from Italy and came here when he was around 20 years old. He would play music that Europeans liked; ABBA, Alan Parsons Project etc. I definitely had to rely on friends to get my musical taste, even though I do love ABBA.
AB: My dad introduced me to the Jackson 5,the Beatles, queen, and all things classic rock. My mother showed me rod Stewart and the bee gee’s.
6) What were you into when you were teenagers?
JG: As a teenager I was definitely outwardly into the whole me/punk scene. I was a huge fan of Brand New and Taking BackSunday, that whole teen-angsty scene, ha.
AB: I would say dredge,the killers,jimmy eat world, and the postal service.
7) What is the music scene in Buffalo like and has it influenced you?
JG: To be honest, we are sort of the out band out in Buffalo. It is slowly forming an alternative scene but Buffalo’s main musical exports have been hardcore and pop punk music. Most of the local bands here fit into those two genres.
8) If you were to blow up overnight what would you do with your success?
JG: Personally, I’m a workaholic and I love doing this (producing, songwriting). I would want to build up my studio significantly more and just write, write, write. Aaron and I both are interested in developing other acts as well and that’s one of the first things we’d do too.
AB: Not to sound cheesy but I would be a voice for those who don’t have one. Things I believe need to be addressed in the world.
9) I saw that you listed Smallpools and Passion Pit as some of your influences is there any influences people wouldn’t expect?
JG: I’m a HUG fan of The Beatles, you’d know that right away if you ever walked into my studio. But I also am a sucker for pop music. I consider Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, Dr. Luke etc. to be some of my biggest influences, especially in production.
AB: I love nickel creek, they have a more county vibe but I dare anyone to listen to “why should the fire die” in entirety and not become a fan.
10) What do you do to wind down?
JG: Honestly? Just veg-out on the couch with my girlfriend and watch Netflix or something. I don’t think people realize that even though I’m not killing my body by being in a studio or playing a show it is pretty mentally exhausting doing it for 8-12 hours a day and I just need to zone out and not think about anything.
AB: I am sure by listening to The balance lyrics you can take a guess lol.
11) What are you working on now? Touring? EP? LP?
JG: We are working on exactly that. We are releasing our debut EP on March 10th independently and are currently working on a full length with no set release date at the moment.