Phoenix Rising singer Scott Lathwood; describes their music as a hybrid of Nu Metal Rap Rock, EDM and Alternative Rock. It can go from super heavy to super melodic in seconds. Here is an interview he did for me recently.
Tell us about the history of the band?
Kent (Rapper/screamer) actually found us all on Craigslist, Which is pretty amazing considering the cohesiveness of all 6 members and how well we get along. Normally bands have to go through three lineup changes to find the right members. Before we knew it we were in LA recording an album with Tyler Smyth and making music videos, The members are Kent and Myself (Scott) on Vocals , Lee (Guitar) Allan (Bass) James (Drums) and Mark (Synth)
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
Personally I was raised on 60’s/70’s Music So John Lennon & Paul McCartney helped to shape my vocal melodies and my tone and style were heavily influenced by Daniel Johns (Silverchair) , Brandon Boyd (incubus) and 90’s R&B. As a collective we have a lot of different influences which helps us find our own sound.
What record are you currently listening to?
I’m currently listening to Fall Out Boy – Greatest Hits. I was never really a fan but thought I’d give them a shot. They have some really great melodies and vocal hooks; I can say I’m now a fan.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
My favourite to play live from the EP songs is “If I say No” I feel it showcases different elements of my voice that aren’t in other songs. It’s a great song for dynamics.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
I would love to tour with 30 Seconds to Mars or Sevendust. I’ve seen both bands live. And both of their shows are amazing, It Would be a great opportunity to learn.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
We played in San Angelo, Texas and had a smoke machine malfunction which set off the Smoke Alarms and pretty much drove everybody outside, Funny thing is none of us noticed until we couldn’t see the crowd anymore.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
I feel New Rock and Metal bands have been driven underground to some degree and are waiting on a revival. You look at these kids who are around 10 years old, who unless their parents have shown them Rock/Metal have only been exposed to pop on the radio. I think as they start getting sick of that they will start to look for something different and Rebel.
What advice would you give to someone starting their own band?
Do it for the love of Music, NOT the money and find a way to stand out, We put a lot of effort into our live show and most of the time find ourselves having to fight to get to play with our own setup of lights and stage equipment which is a big part of what makes us Stand out.
What are your future plans?
One thing that we as a group wanted to approach a little differently was the concept of a single. Every song will have some kind of visual component released with them. We want it to be more than just music, more of a total experience which we carry to the stage as well, so getting on the road in the next 6 months will be pretty important for us.