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Interview With Scott From Doublethink By Chris 21/1/07

The joys of the Internet is you find an awesome band.

This band happends to Doublethink and they play really good rock music.

So naturally an interview is a must.

So read on wait for the debut album to come out this year and check out their stuff.

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1. How did you get into music?

My dad really. My mom got me into Bowie because she is a huge fan of his, but my dad got me into music as a true art form. Before he showed me what was up, I only thought of music as some sort of television commercial or something.

2. Who were your idols growing up?

When I was REALLY young my idols were Tears For Fears. Even as a kid I was in awe of how enormous they sounded. They just had this earth-shattering sound, everything was so loud. Not loud like Slayer loud, but just made to sound so huge. I immediately loved that as a kid and that hugeness is what I try and get with doublethink.

3. Who were your influences?

I get influenced by everything I listen to, but my biggest influence is the Smashing Pumpkins. By far my favorite band of all time, I’ve learned so much from listening to them. They are the blueprint for doublethink, that’s for sure.

4. What have responses been like to your EP “Feeler”?

“Feeler” has gone quite well. We recorded “Feeler” before we had played our first show together, so there’s an innocence on there which I’m not too happy about. I think the songs are very well written tunes but I don’t think the recording of them is as good as it should have been. Especially with the track “Raining Frogs”. That song is one of my favorites we do and it gets no justice on that EP. But if you’re looking for a place to start and get the idea of what we’re trying to do, “Feeler” is perfect.

5. What inspired you when recording the EP?

I don’t really remember, it was almost 2 years ago! I guess the fact that we needed product to sell people so they would know who we are inspired me.

6. Has the Internet helped with the bands music?

Oh, in a million different ways. When I was 15 or 16 years old the Internet still was not a totally universally accepted thing, and I was in a band then trying to promote and whatnot. When the Internet took off my whole life got easier and more efficient, and we’ve reached people through it that I never would have reached using the outlets I was using before.

7. Do you think tools like MySpace are useful?

For the band, MySpace gets the word out. Nothing is going to get the word out like playing great shows and selling CD’s though, I think that’s a thing a lot of young bands aren’t thinking about. They’re like, “get on MySpace, create a buzz, get a deal.” That’s not the attitude to have, even in the slim chance that it works you end up playing on a stage in front of thousands of people and not being ready for it because you never did any of the work. MySpace is just a new tool in an old toolbox.

8. Who would the band most like to tour with?

The reunited Smashing Pumpkins, Silverchair, MUSE, Oasis, the Stereophonics, Coldplay. Mostly British bands! We’re a British band stuck in American skin. But hey, we’d tour with anyone. Shows are shows.

9. If you could work with anyone who would it be?

I’d really like to work with a producer who has the ability to push us to our limit while giving us the praise we deserve. Producers we work with either don’t push us, push us in the wrong direction, or let us do what we want but don’t praise us for it. We’ve just been producing ourselves now, because we can do it better than anyone we’ve tried.

10. Have you had much press about the EP?

Yes, a whole bunch. Radio shows, magazines, newspapers, and Internet zines ike this one. When our new album drops they’ll be tons more. We’re a press-friendly band.

11. What inspires the band when writing music?

Depends on the song really. We listen to tons of music from all different categories so we just use what we need for the song. If we’re writing a crazy heavy song, all our crazy heavy influences come out, and likewise for our soft ballads. You never know what you’re going to get with us.

12. What has been your favorite gig to date?

We played a show at a high school in New Hampshire in 2005, and for some reason it was just nuts. There’s never been energy at a show like that before or since. It’s weird, because we’ve opened for big names like Collective Soul, Nonpoint, and The Exit, but none of them compared to playing to 100 or so high school kids.

13. Has the band had much support from radio?

Not as much as we’d like, but there are 5 or so college stations that support us on a regular basis. Like I said before, with the new album being released this year things will go crazy.

14. What is on your stereo at the moment?

I’ve been on a total Stereophonics kick recently. I think Kelly Jones is just an awesome songwriter and a real rock and roll singer. He’s got that grit in his voice like Liam Gallagher does. Great stuff.

15. What are some of your favorite musical artists/bands?

The Pumpkins. Always the Pumpkins. I could list out all my favorites but we’d be here all day, and most of them no one would ever have heard of. So, the Pumpkins.

16. Have you had much response from labels?

We had interest from a major subsidiary label that unfortunately (or fortunately, rather) went under before we could sign anything. Since then we’ve raised a few indie’s eyebrows but I think everyone is waiting to hear what we can do with this new album coming out.

17 Any new releases in the pipeline?

Our debut full-length album will be released sometime this year. We’re excited!

18. What has been the career highlight so far?

There hasn’t been one. This album being put out will be it.

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