FILMSPEED (from l-r): Nick Stout (guitar/bass/backing vocals), Craig Broomba (vocals/guitar), Oliver Dobrian (drums/backing vocals)
INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Originally from Detroit, but now based in Los Angeles, Filmspeed are a three-piece that have dedicatedly combined melodic hooks, soulful grooves, and anthems guaranteed to get the blood pumping, to create a indie-rock sound that they can truly call their own.
This, in addition to a thriving stage presence, has resulted in the band gaining a devoted fan base, as well as much critical praise.
Having recently been on a US tour, promoting well-received third album, ‘Hexadecimal’, Craig Broomba, the frontman of Filmspeed, spoke to me about the successes, as well as some of the trials and tribulations, that he and his band mates have had up to now.
How did the band form initially?
It has pretty deep roots just outside of Detroit, Michigan. The bassist, Nick, and I grew up in the same town, went to the same high school, worked at the same grocery store etc.
We started Filmspeed with the drummer from the project that took us all out to Los Angeles, a pop-punk power trio with keyboards and loud hair called No One Goes Home.
The first Filmspeed record was put together remotely while each of us had lives away from each other (laughs).
Unfortunately, life takes precedent sometimes, and the original drummer decided to leave, therefore, the second record was a massive purge of material once we welcomed our next drummer.
Now, here we are on album number three, and it’s the first to feature our newest and most bestest drummer/singer/guitar/piano/ degree holding musician/ hell of a great guy, Oliver.
Okay, so now I’ve told you what has gone on in the last two years in this whirlwind of a band, we’re caught up.
What would you say was your approach to songwriting?
Typically, I’ll get an idea somewhere around the 70% complete range and present it to the band. We’ll jam on it, destroy, rebuild, and polish, until we all love it as a Filmspeed future hit.
What inspires the band lyrically?
Life. There’s so many stories to tell, so the music almost always comes first. Once we have a clear idea of what that is, it gets really easy to know which story goes with which vibe.
A few years back, two of you relocated from Detroit to California. What were the reasons behind the move?
We had a motto, which was also the name of the band we moved out here with, “No One Goes Home“. It was about making a career in music our top priority.
Detroit is the greatest place to have as your hometown, as you’ll never find a more honest, loyal, passionate, and tough group of people anywhere, however, as a young pop-punk trio, though, we decided to jump in to a sea of people, and make as big a splash as possible.
And how was it trying to establish yourselves in a new settlement?
It was tough before we got here, and tougher every day, but luckily for us, there’s music fans everywhere you go, and so long as you’re doing something real, they’ll find you.
Also, the biggest advantage to planting a band in Los Angeles is that you have a daily opportunity to busk outside the Capitol Records building! (laughs)
Recently, the band released an album, entitled ‘Hexadecimal’. How was the recording process for that?
This record has two drummers featured on it, with just over half of it written and performed with Oliver, as the songs are written over the course of about four years.
The original plan was to put out an EP by mid 2016, but of course, life happens. We had a solid batch of nine tracks to choose from, all done on our own with help from our great buddies at AEA.
However, during the talks about how and when to release them, we amicably split with James, our previous drummer, so obviously, we had some retooling to do, therefore, we took time to play live and get a groove, but then, we had to go on hiatus for a few months, during which Nick lost his father, and my mother passed away not long after that. #fuckcancer
Once we got back, we made sure we were settled, unshook, and ready for anything, and we quickly make the decision to make it an LP, so it was back to the studio at AEA, and then, we turned it into a real product at Manifest Music in Santa Monica.
With Oliver at the drum kit, another 11 songs exploded out of us, with the final count being 19 jams, all totally different, fresh, raw, and handmade.
And how has the reaction been to the album so far?
Pretty fucking rad! We got added to some great Spotify spots, got two videos featured with some killer magazines, and have been singing along with the crowds all year long, so it’s been awesome.
How is the experience, for the band, playing live?
It’s everything, as we see ourselves as a live band. No matter what stage it may be, we’ll leave it all there every time.
Now that the album has come out, what are your plans for the near future?
We’re currently preparing for the release of our next single, ‘Bless My Soul’.
It’s coming up quickly to a year since the LP first came out, so we’ve got a video to make and support the new track, so we’re most likely looking at an October release, and after that, we’ll probably bring out one more single before the new year, and then we’ll be hitting the road and planning an EP.
Meanwhile, we got new episodes of our podcast, ‘Consistently Off’, as well as the ‘#NailedIt w/ @CraigBroomba’ vlog constantly renewing on our Facebook page.
And finally, what advice would you give to any emerging bands/artists out there?
Whatever it is that you do, do what you love, and don’t let anything stop you.
‘HEXADECIMAL’, THE THIRD ALBUM FROM FILMSPEED, IS AVAILABLE NOW, VIA AWFULLY GOOD RECORDS.
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