Ever popular than ever I’m proud to bring you another interview in my series of “Who’s the Band” and this time I bring you an interview with Dysfunctional Kid, so I’m going to stop rambling on and get on with the interview..
Q: So how did you come upon the name of your band? Is it the first name you chose?
A: It was made up one night, I don’t remember when. Dysfunctional Kid was kind of
my solo project back in the day, now that we’ve grown to a full band we’re
stuck with the stupid name.
Q: Introduce each member and instrument played or role in the band?
A: Levi “Multiple Beards” Netto plays drums and does none of the singing. Marl
Bro plays bass and takes care of some background vocals. Erik B. plays guitar
and does half of the singing and I play guitar and sing the other half.
Q: So what genre of music would you say you are in and who are your major influences?
A: I think Punk Rock is the closest you can get to naming the music we play.
We’re mainly influenced by a lot of cool bands (too many to name them), D.I.Y.
ethics and cool or uncool things that happen to us and people we care about.
Q: How long have you known each other? Where did you first meet up?
A: I’ve known both Marl and Erik for a long time, since we used to be in another
band a few years ago. Levi was a good friend of a good friend, we needed a
drummer and we got together in my bedroom and from that moment on it just
happened. Erik was the last member joining the band after being a three-piece
for a year. He played in a band called Well Known Secret before joining us.
Q: How long has you band been performing/producing music? What inspired you to produce your style of music?
A: It started out in 2006 with a few songs I wrote all by myself. Then two years
later we got the band together and started writing new songs more and more. We
started playing live shows from 2009 and on..
Q: Are you signed to a record label (Indie or major)?
A: No, we’re taking things the D.I.Y. way. We’re releasing our stuff on our own
record label of Suburban Sultan Records.
Q: Where can people find your music? Do you have an official website?
A: We don’t have an official website, people can check our MySpace page
(www.myspace.com/dysfunctionalkid) which is official enough I guess.
Q: Have your ever performed live? If so where and to how many?
A: Yeah, as said before we started playing live shows from 2009 and on. We’ve
played quite some shows so far in several places on several festivals in the
Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. Sometimes in front of 10 people, sometimes in
front of 100 people but we don’t care about that, as long as we can play,
Q: Who writes/produces the music and/or lyrics to your tracks?
A: Most of the music is done by the entire band, we all have our touch to it.
Lyrics are done by Erik and myself.
Q: How would you describe your music-making process?
A: It starts out with a cool idea, most likely a simple/standard guitar riff with a
vocal melody and a rhythm in mind, then we come together and everyone adds his
bit and then work it out. It’s a great feeling when a song comes out of just a
simple basic idea.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
A: When we started out in 2008 we just wanted to do one show but after that show we
decided to do some more. We kind of missed the feeling of playing live shows and
it was great to experience that feeling again so we just played as many shows as
possible in our first year of existence and I think it worked out pretty good.
We had some great nights, met cool people and played with really awesome bands.
We’ll continue doing that.
Q: What’s your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune?
A: We are definitely not looking for fame and fortune. We just want to have a great
time playing live shows with great bands and meet awesome people. Beside that we
just want to record and release an album every now and then.
Q: What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
A: Start out by doing what feels right and stick true to it.
Q: How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
A: Some of our songs are showcased on our MySpace page (again that is:
www.myspace.com/dysfunctionalkid). We don’t mind if people illegally download
our music, it’s a great way to get our music heard and if someone thinks
it’s cool, come to one of our shows and we’ll have a great time.
Q: Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?
A: All of our friends and families for both offering financial and emotional
support, we love you guys and girls. Also, big thanks to Patrick Notten for
recording most of our stuff for free, you’re the best.
Q: Any last words?
A: If there’s anyone who likes us, get in touch, we’d love to play at your
house, in your basement or anywhere else. Alright!
Thanks for the interview guys