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Interview With Perry From The Travoltas By Chris

The Travoltas are band who
has pop styling of The Beach Boys mixed with the punk rock
styling of The Ramones.
But the music so damm catchy and makes you rock out.
So I wanted to find out from this rocking band.

The Travoltas
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1.How did you get into music?

I got into music when I was probably 5 years old, then I
got my first drumkit. I started playing in bands since I
was 13 years old, and switched from drums to vocals later
on. Most of us are playing their instruments for all their
lives. We grew up listening to Kiss and Iron Maiden, later
we discovered the Ramones and Bad Religion, which made us
want to form a band.

2.What were your major influnces growing up?

Elvis, The Beach Boys, The Ramones, Bad Religion, Kiss,
Iron Maiden, that kind of stuff.

3.How did The Travoltas form?

We formed in Highschool. I started out with Vince, we were
already playing in a punkband, but our leadsinger had to be
institutionalized (!), so we had to move in a different
direction. I started singing, we found some other guys who
were willing to start a surfpunkband, and the rest is
history!

4. What has been your favourite show to date?

There are so many to choose from. We played in front of
50,000 people, but also for 1 guy who got kicked out of the
club cause he brought his own beer.. Maybe the Dynamo
Festival, The Lowlands Festival (both in Holland) or the
Swedish Hulstfred Festival, at least they’re in my top 5!
The Vans Warped tour was also a great experience.

5. What has the response been to your new song
released?

So far pretty good. Some people think we’ve gone too poppy,
but we’re also getting new fans coming to our show. The
reviews in the magazines were, 9 out of 10, very
positive.

6. Whho do you enjoy playing with?

This year we had a lot of fun with The Creetins and The
Hawaiians from Germany. Also the Popsters from Italy know
how to have a good party.

7. How has zines helped in getting your music out
there

A lot, because it’s a great way to reach out to people who
might not even know us. I think it’s also good for the
punkrock scene, at least smaller bands get supported
aswell.

8. What are your views on the mp3 format and
filesharing?

I don’t mind if people download a couple of songs to hear
what we’re all about. But if you like it, please buy it. We
put a lot of time, energy, talent and money in our
recordings, I think it would be unfair if musicians don’t
see anything back. Besides that, most mp3’s sound like
crap. As a producer, I put a lot of time in the recording
and mixing process, and I’m not doing that to have it end
up like crap on the web.

9. Do you think the internet is good for getting your
music out there?

Yes. It’s a great way to present yourself and make your
albums available. There are so many online cd-stores and
legal download sites, that it’s easier for punkrock fans
around the world to get music from the bands they love. I
remember the old days, when I’d order an album at a store
and had to wait for 3 weeks for it to arrive. Nowadays,
it’s just a click away.

10. Who would most like to record a song with if you
could?

Brian Wilson, the Messiah of Music.

11. If The Travoltas could be on The Simpsons where would they
be playing?

At Moe’s of course!! With unlimited amounts of Duff
Beer!

12. When touring what is the album that must be played
on the tour bus?

Painkiller by Judas Priest!

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