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Interview with Radio Way.
This week I interviewed the band Radio Way. The title of their most recent release, "Just Like the 80's," sums up the band's style nicely. Radio Way's music is firmly rooted in the 80's, yet they bring a modern electronic twist to the genre that makes it their own. They're not afraid to sport hot pink sunglasses, yet their particular brand of electronic pop/rock fits in perfectly with today's music scene. Radio Way sets a positive example for all the indie rockers out there. They'll play any show they're offered, whether a big festival or a church group of seven kids. They're also great to have at a show, because every time I've seen them play live, they are right up in front, dancing for all the other bands. Aspiring musicians take note: you could learn a lot from these guys. Enjoy the interview, and don't forget to visit Radio Way at the links below.
Brax: Can you tell me about the name of your band? What exactly is the Radio Way?
Radio Way: The name came from a road that Dave lived next two the last few years of his life at home. How cute, right? Radio Way is the name of our new wave/electro-punk/whatever band.
Brax: What music project are you currently working on?
Radio Way: We are working on our first full length and our second release. It is entitled "What We Dream Up." It has been a long endeavor, but it's been a fun process.
Brax: I have a question about the lyrics from your song "Just Like the 80's." How old were you in the 80's, and why were you eating hairspray?
Radio Way: We were all 1 year old. We were eating hairspray because it lined the air. Though the song is actually about making out with someone... who has so much hairspray to the point you can taste it in the air.
Brax: Star Wars or Star Trek?
Radio Way: You don't even want to get us started mister! We have a lot to say about this issue and if we even attempt to answer we will just all start arguing! What on (insert home planet here) are you trying to do to this band! How dare you start such a controversial conversation... er, oh yeah, um... Lord of the Rings?
Brax: What are your favorite bands to play live with? Why?
Radio Way: Probably Ohm's Law and Isopod. We have toured with them a few times, doing altogether give or take eight shows with Ohm's Law and five or six with Isopod. Isopod is fun to play with because Brent is a great guy and his music is so abstract, yet accessible. Ohm's Law is fun because of their energy on stage and the fact that we have choreographed dances to several songs.
Brax: If you could time travel and play a show in any era, except the 80's, (that's too obvious) when would you choose and why?
Radio Way: Well we all own pea coats, so the 30's is the obvious choice because pea coats = organized crime. Yeah, that sounds awesome. Dave would drive, Phil would be shotgun, and Colby would be the man hanging out the door with the tommy gun killing all the po-pos as we brought Mrs. Veronica HottieMcHotterson her booze. Then, when the po-pos broke down the doors to said woman's speakeasy, we would literally make their brains explode with our music. Brains would fly everywhere and after a few seconds of shock, jubilation would occur and everyone would continue to party.
Brax: iPod, CD, Vinyl, or other? Why?
Radio Way: Other? Why is "other" even an option? Are you insinuating that someone once answered cassette or 8-track to that question? Weird. Anyway, the music snob in all of us would say vinyl but for all practical purposes iPod. Vinyls sound great and are cool but you can't listen to vinyls while driving from LA to Portland in a day after a hard night of clubbing.
Brax: Tell me about your best and worst live shows ever.
Radio Way: The best is hard to say. We would probably have to say our most recent show in The Dalles (our hometown) where we played Joy Electric's "Sheffield Youth" as an encore and did so terribly that everyone had a good time. Prior to that, we had an almost flawless set where Phillip literally sprouted wings and flew about the room showering everyone in guitar solos to the point that they were covered from head to toe in tablature. The worst? Probably any show where it was just the fellow bands as the crowd... which has happened a good... well, we're not into percentages but it's happened a lot.
Brax: What is your opinion on robots?
Radio Way: Robots are stupid. Androids are better.
Brax: Any advice for others trying to “make it” in music?
Radio Way: We don't have the right to give advice, considering we haven't "made it," so we will carry on advice given to us by someone who we think has. Don't be afraid to suck at first because eventually people's standards will drop and they will think you are awesome. Is that advice?
Brax: Anything else you’d like to add?
Radio Way: Check out www.hicaprecords.com and don't be afraid, hairspray isn't lethal, in small dosages.
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Thanks to Radio Way.
Check back next Wednesday for another exciting band interview.
Thanks for repping an Oregon band! Come up Oregon way and I’ll show you many more!