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Interview with The Trade.
This week I interviewed Chris Lopez of the band The Trade. I first heard The Trade on the pop.vox.christmas Volume 2 compilation. They did an awesome rock version of We Three Kings. Since then, they've gone on a brief hiatus, and they're back now, better than ever. When I saw them play live, lead singer Chris brought his wireless mic into the crowd, prowling amongst the audience. He even climbed a stack of chairs at one point and sang from the top. That is the perfect visualization of The Trade's music. It's in your face rock and roll, with a unique swagger. Believe me, these guys have the potential to go very far. Enjoy the interview, and don't forget to visit The Trade at the links below.
Brax: Can you tell me about the name of your band? What exactly are you willing to Trade?
The Trade: Webster’s would explain that a lot better than I could.
Brax: What music project are you currently working on?
The Trade: We’ve been working on a bunch of new material. We’ll be recording soon. No release date scheduled yet.
Brax: What makes The Trade's live shows special?
The Trade: Marcos Barboza, Tyler De Young, Omar Ahmed and Brian Willett.
Brax: If your band could time travel and play a show in any era of the past, when would you choose, and why?
The Trade: The French Revolution. Nothing like powdered wigs, blouses, and crooked politicians getting beheaded. I think I’d end my musical career on that note.
Brax: With what other bands do you most enjoy playing live shows?
The Trade: Not too sure yet. We just started playing out again.
Brax: Where do you see your band in five years?
The Trade: Hopefully, we will be making music we love. Now enters the proud Little League team mom speech, "But I love making music with these guys." I think I’m going to make those giant My kid is better then your kid laminated tee-ball buttons with their picture on it so I can put them on a denim jacket and wear it at the next Trade show.
Brax: iPod, CD, Vinyl, or other? Why?
The Trade: Vinyls, because it really is the best way to hear a record for the way it was originally meant to be heard. However, I also keep my albums on my trusty iPod to drive in my car with.
Brax: Tell me about your best and worst live shows ever.
The Trade: Best live show was our first show back from not playing for about six months at Gypsy Lounge in February. We had one of those “reason why we do this” moments.
The worst show was at a church that asked us to play this event they were holding at The Felix Event Center at APU. There were close to 1000 people watching us when one of the preachers walks up on stage as we are about to play and starts pressuring people to give their money, telling them to give as much as they can… 20 dollars…100 dollars…1000 dollars…1 million dollars, and he wanted them to stand to their feet. We were all standing on stage wanting to crawl in a hole and die somewhere. We were also treated poorly and felt used in the worst way imaginable.
Brax: Wormholes or black holes?
The Trade: Black holes have always intrigued me.
Brax: Any advice for others trying to “make it” in music?
The Trade: If you want to “make it” in music then try out for American Idol. Make sure to shave your head and have a perfectly trimmed beard like a knight at Medieval Times. Add a couple of tribal tattoos to the skin and practice singing in a monotone range, but don’t forget to flex your muscles in every possible direction, then repeat again until everyone forgets about you. But, if you want to make music you enjoy, then just lock yourself up in your room and don’t come out for a couple of months until you have something you're proud of.
Brax: Anything else you’d like to add?
The Trade: Thanks for taking the time to interview us!
Brax: You're welcome!
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Check back next Wednesday for another exciting band interview.