How would you describe your music?
Youssef here everyone… We are a high energy, feel good band, our sound is dynamic topped with an honest message and we stay true to our core grungy sound
Tell us about how the history of the project?
Our start defines the type of band we are when I think about it.
When we first started in Detroit, we had no reputation in the music scene & no promoter would return our messages. So I stared following local venues on social media if a booked band cancelled an appearance last minute & the promoter or venue needed a fill in, we’d be ready to hop in our car to play the show.
We were fortunate enough to open for several national touring bands like Otherwise & Tantric which were our first breaks & now we just finished our summer tour with a couple of shows at the Goose Lake Jamboree festival’s 50th anniversary.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
The sounds that changed my life were 90’s bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice n Chains. Their music shaped who we are as a generation. Honestly, growing up listening to them was so powerful.
What inspires you?
There is so much going on around us good & bad, & what better way to channel that energy & express it than via music? The guitar usually comes first then the lyrics flow.
Our new single Thawra was inspired by the deadly attack that happened in Lebanon on August 4th that rocked the nation, leaving over 300,000 people displaced & thousands still missing or dead.
This humanitarian crisis really hit me hard. The blast is only second to the Hiroshima bomb. This prompted me to write Thawra & work with the uncredible Layal @Ipr1ncess who produced the video with the most authentic shots of what’s going on down there. We hope this song will shed light & raise awareness of what’s going on in Lebanon.
All proceeds from the single will go towards supporting the Lebanese Red Cross so please purchase the single via our Bandcamp page https://randomties.bandcamp.com/track/thawra.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
I’ve never written in the studio, most of the writing has come during down time or on the road. It’s when you have a chance to look around & get inspired. Not to say at the studio there is no inspiration but generally we are there to record so the focus is on that.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Week 39 is such a personal song that any parent can relate to.
I was terrified. Those last few weeks of anxiety starting from week 39 were more than all the previous 9 months put together.
I wanted this, wanted him to be safe, more than anything else in my life at that time.
And then suddenly he was born & in our arms! https://youtu.be/lk40kyOpIn4
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Touring with the Foo Fighters or Rolling Stones would be a dream come true ☺
What are your current thoughts on the music industry?
Given that the future of live shows is up in the air, we are turning to social media more to connect with our fans & new listeners, keeping them engaged with engaging content via our Insta page https://www.instagram.com/randomtiesofficial/
For those that would like to check out our first EP Believe released in June you can stream on spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/2AgVtBezXj5svd8gDr2Gar this was the EP I put on hold for years. I wrote & did a lot of the stuff myself as opposed to previously, I would work with a group.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
The funniest hands down was when a fan told her husband during one of her songs that she was pregnant, he was so happy, his first reaction was should you be jumping up & down on stage ☺
What are your future plans?
We want to remain consistent by providing quality music to our audience & reach a wider fan base geographically so a big thanks to you for giving us this interview.
We plan on releasing our second EP sometime in October with a couple of music videos & hopefully when things settle down we will have a clearer idea on our next tour.