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Interview With James Turpin From Broken Romeo By
Chris

Broken Romeo are one kick ass rock band.
A band which brings rock band to what it should be.
Just good old plain fashioned rock.
So here is the interview Broken Romeo.

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1. How did you get into music?

Just sort of fell into it I guess. My brother and I we’re
always huge Queen fans. I also was very into U2. Bono and
Freddie were always the Ultimate front men. We decided to
put a band together and we were off.

2. What were your influences growing up?

Queen, U2, Guns’N’Roses, The Cult, Alice’N’Chains, The
Beatles.

3. What has the response been like to the album and the
ep?

The response has been good thus far. We’ve all but sold out
of our First printing of the EP. It’s more of a matter of
getting the material heard. When your not our touring all
the time it can really be a struggle just getting anyone to
listen to your music. We really feel like our style of
music making a comeback with bands like Velvet Revolver,
The Darkness, Audio Slave, Jet (from Down Under) doing so
well.

4. What bands/artists have you enjoyed playing with the
most?

We played with Social Distortion a few years back…Had a
fantastic time! Such a fantastic band!

5. Has the Internet help you get your music out
there?

Absolutely. There are so many different websites and
Internet radio Stations that play independent music. It
makes it much easier than trying to get your music and
traditional radio stations. The world is a much smaller
place with the Internet.

6. Have you had much response from labels since the
release of the album?

We haven’t really shopped the CD’s to any labels. We did
showcase for a couple of labels at the Coconut Teaser in
Hollywood, California several years back but the industry
is so different now. With home recording studios,
inexpensive CD replication and Internet radio you don’t
need a major label to get your music heard. Being an
independent act gives you the freedom of doing your own
thing. Of course it helps to have someone distribute your
music.

7. Any chance of coming down under to play?

We would love to! I’ve never been south of the equator
before and I Hear Australia is absolutely beautiful. I’m
also impressed with talent that comes from Australia both
in music and in Hollywood talent. It would really come down
to a matter of economics unfortunately.

8. What are your view on file sharing and the MP3
format?

File sharing for an independent band like us who are trying
to get our music heard is an absolute must. The mp3 format
has made it much easier to make your music available in an
easy to use/download/e-mail format. The more people that
have access to our music the better.

9. Any one you would really like to tour with?

U2…How’s that for reaching for the top. I would love to
just hangout with those guys. To me they are the ultimate
band success story. They’ve survived for so many years and
have remained relevant while still being true to whom they
are and what they do best.

10. Have you had much response from overseas?

Actually we have…we’ve sold several CD’s in the UK,
Germany and Brazil.

11. What would we find on your stereo at the
moment?

U2’s “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb”, Black Label
Society’s “Mafia”, Better Than Ezra’s “Greatest Hits”, The
Killers, Muse, Queen’s “News Of The World”, The Cult
“Love”, Alter Bridge…

12. Realty TV? Good or bad?

It has some entertainment value but it’s really gotten over
the Top…so much so that it really has become non-realty
TV.. It does tend to make everyday people into 5-minute
celebrities…

13. What movies have you enjoyed recently?

I just caught Master and Commander on DVD…I really
enjoyed the Movie. Best I have seen in a while.

14. What are your favourite movies?

The Shining, Amadeus, The Game, The Empire Strikes Back,
Alien, Raiders Of the Lost Ark, Vacation, Something About
Mary, Dumb And Dumber just to name a few.

15. If you were on The Simpsons what would you be
doing?

Drinking a pint at Moe’s

16. How has radio Wazee helped the band?

By putting our song “Ashbury” into heavy rotation we got
exposure. It Helped us not only sell CD’s but also helped
us sell our music on I-Tunes as well.

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