Contributor Michael Warren talked to the band Minority 905 as they discussed many topics including their new album Dangerous Ambitions - Read it HERE
From Green Day To "Soundtrack" Minority 905 Has Your Sound
by: Michael Warren
Listening back to several of your previous songs you can hear your bands passion for bands like Green Day, blink 182 and others. Why is it these styles of music seem to be where Minority 905 is comfortable?
Steven: Those are both bands that we grew up on, and their influence on us remains strong to this day. We’ve picked up a number of other influences along the way, but Green Day and Blink 182 have special places in our hearts.
John: I think it’s just a natural result of their influence. I think over time certain characteristics from other influences have made their way into our music now.
Spasimir: I've always loved the sheer amount of energy that those two bands (and other pop punk bands) have. That's the reason why they are two of my favorite bands of all time and also the reason why I'm more comfortable playing this style.
Describe the process in which each of you took to develop who you have become today.
Steven: I spent a lot of time playing music and not doing anything else. I started playing guitar and bass when I was years old, and I haven’t looked back since.
John: A lot of research and practice to try and learn as much as I can.
Chris: What they said but I added the whole “completely fail every class in school because I didn’t care about anything else outside of music” part.
Spasimir: I started off playing in a marching band. While I was in it I also played a lot on the house kit. Eventually I got guitar hero with the drumset and I played the shit out of those games. A lot of my music taste comes from my parents, who listen to a lot of rock (Whitesnake, ACDC, Bon Jovi, etc), my mother's cousin (who introducing me to more heavier bands like Linkin Park and Disturbed), friends and just my own personal curiosity to check out new music.
What is each band members favorite kickback/crash and burn band to chill out to?
Steven: Probably PUP or The Story So Far for me.
John: All Time Low.
Chris: deadmau5 or REZZ depending on whether I’m feeling more chill or want something aggressive but in the same chill vein.
Spasimir: It changes frequently. Lately it's been a lot of Migos or Fall Out Boy.
Since music seems to have different feels in different locations... what does the metal, hard rock, punk, pop punk, alternative scene look or sound like in Canada? Seems like the area because of the hardworking folks and indie side of things would have some defining measures.
Steven: The metal and hard rock scenes are pretty much dead in Toronto, but punk has always been strong and pop punk has been on the rise the last couple years. Indie and folk still reign supreme as well.
Talk about your latest album "Dangerous Ambitions." Who wrote it? Is it about anyone in particular? Where was it recorded? Did you work with a particular producer?
Steven: We recorded Dangerous Ambitions in Toronto, and we worked a renowned Toronto producer by the name of Anton DeLost.
John: I wrote the lyrics and most of my lyrics are inspired from my own personal experiences. I think a lot of this album is just me talking to myself.
The video and the single for "Soundtrack" merge really well. Where was it filmed and who was the videographer?
Steven: It was filmed at a cottage in Feversham, Ontario and was filmed by Miguel Barbosa of YEAHfilms.
Plans in the works for the rest of 2018 and the beginning of 2019?
Steven: We’re working on some top secret projects for the end of the year, and maybe play some shows in 2019 and continue to be doing what we’re doing.
Spasimir: We'll try to keep posting interesting videos (covers, medleys, music videos) on YouTube throughout the months. Hopefully in the summer of 2019 we can tour a bit in the US.
Dream lineup- what four bands would you like to tour with and where in the lineup would you like to perform?
Steven: Green Day, Paramore, PUP and Billy Talent. Probably playing right before Green Day would be best.
John: Green Day, blink-182, Paramore, All Time Low. I’d prefer to go first.
Chris: Wow it’d be a really weird show for my lineup, Green Day, Paramore, Jonathan Coulton, Ninja Sex Party (plus TWRP). Completely disregarding genres woooo!
Spasimir: Green Day, blink-182, Sum 41 and All Time Low. I think it makes the most sense for us to perform first with a lineup like that.