Our Future Leaders is an Orlando based rock band. With intricate guitars, heart-pounding rhythms, and emotionally-charged vocals, Our Future Leaders EP, Machines, breaks free from the status quo. The album has been hailed as “an atom bomb of a debut…” by Indie Music Reviews, and was produced by Casey Daniel of Seven Mary Three and NerVer.
Tell us about the history of the band?
I moved from Jacksonville to Orlando, FL and started a band with a couple Jacksonville buddies called Breach of Peace. I reached out for a lead guitar player on Myspace I think, that’s where I found Danny Foote and we really hit it off. We played a bunch of shows for a while, recorded a few demos, & eventually changed the name to Our Future Leaders. We’ve had several members come and go over time, but as Our Future Leaders we’ve been together since about 2010-2011. Daniel Blume joined on drums and we released our first EP Machines in 2011.
How would you describe your music?
Our music is dynamic. We’re a rock band, but I think it’s important for music to have ups and downs and to lean into different genres. The “scream to a whisper” concept really resonates with me. I also avoid clichés because I feel it taints the art of it and people who really appreciate the art of music can see through that. I want the experience to be genuine.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
My first favourite band when I was about 8 was Rush. I would listen to A Farewell to Kings on cassette and they’re still a huge influence today. I’m also heavily influenced by a lot of 90’s bands like Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice in Chains, Live, Soundgarden, Silverchair. It would be a long list, lol.
What record are you currently listening to?
The new Sum41 album Order in Decline. It’s fantastic all the way through.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
I love to play Kill the Youth live. It has this fast punk rock energy that just gets me fired up and the crowd can feel it. I’m really looking forward to play You’re the Void live, it has really intense, emotional vocals that I think will resonate in a live setting.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
The Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
I think I signed a boob once, but our drummer Daniel Blume signed a girl’s back and she tattooed his name haha.
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
I think it’s in a weird kind of transition right now. There’s a lot of generic garbage on the radio and that’s made a lot of people say things like “there’s no good bands anymore”. There’s a ton of amazing bands out there but you have to be willing to look. Spotify, Pandora, and other similar apps have made it possible to discover so many artists now, but it’s also muddied the waters a bit.
What advice would you give to someone starting their own band?
Record professional quality songs and get as much content out there as you can. And don’t fall for pay to play shows disguised as local “festivals”.
What are your future plans?
The next song is already finished and we’re planning to release that within the next few months along with some potential live show dates, maybe a small tour schedule. Either way we’re planning to release a lot of music over the next year.