Voice Of Addiction and the Journey of a Punk Band

Episode #540: A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/avaliveradio/2017/11/30/episode-540-ava-live-radio-behind-the-music-with-jacqueline-jax

 

 

Jacqueline Jax logo photoInterview by Jacqueline Jax
host of A.V.A Live Radio

Band Name: Voice Of Addiction

Person Interviewing:  Ian Tomele

Song name: Rustbelt
Music: Punk Rock
I spent my first 21 years growing up in Cleveland Ohio. This song is about what I witnessed during those years through the collapse of industry and turning the middle class into the new poor.

My music is…
Politically-charged and socially conscious punk rockers creating a commentary on life surprising moments.  In the dawning of the new Trump era, the need for an album such as “The Lost Art of Empathy” has never been more important.

Our focus this next year will be on performing the music and getting out among the fans. It’s really all about exposure for the band at this point. We sell our music at a discount to make it more affordable for the average listener. You can purchase the music on our website. VoiceOfAddiction.com

Songwriting..
You never know when inspiration will hit, so I always carry a small notebook and pen with me. The spark can be a rhythm, melody, lyrical line etc it does not matter. Usually the skeleton of the song is me on my acoustic guitar. But sometimes it is bass as well as keyboard. Sometimes parts and riffs fester over years before they make sense with something else, whilst others come from concept to completion in 15 minutes. I am a big believer in “if you can’t get it in 3 takes you shouldn’t be recording it.” I also like to get the whole project done all at once. For instance I did this full-length in 2 weeks.

Balancing your art with life..
Contrary to popular belief the vast majority of a musicians time is spent on the non creative aspects of the industry. I think it is every indie artists dream to be comfortable enough and have the time to “just create.” but when I win the lifetime achievement award I will thank ADD, Insomnia and coffee.

Exposure…
As traditional musicians, we are having a tough time wrapping our heads around building a business and marketing the music online. It’s much different than it was years ago and we just keep falling back on the age old tradition of booking gigs and supporting the music ourselves until somethings breaks. It just what we are the most comfortable with at this point.

I live in…
 Chicago which is a major hub for music. I have been here 15 years now and am still in love with the city and the scene.

Website & social media links:
http://VoiceOfAddiction.com

www.facebook.com/VoArockers

http://twitter.com/VoArockers

http://voiceofaddiction.bandcamp.com/

www.instagram.com/voiceofaddiction