Artist Interview: 1-on-1 with I-Exist

I am here today with a hard rock band full of talent from your own back yard.  Hailing from Indianapolis, they are making their way through the local scene and doing so with a force.  Matching industry quality lyrics and a sound that you expect to hear coming from the radio, they have a good chance to make it in this incredibly competitive market.  I have seen these guys a few times and their stage performance is spotless.  Hang out with me today as I introduce you to I-Exist.

Where did you guys all meet?

Brian Jon and Buddy all met through  Cameron was introduced to us by Eli of Trenches.

How long have you been together?

We have been playing together for two years now.

Any previous bands before this?

We all played in various bands before this one.

You guys have jobs besides music?

Brian serves at PF Changs, Jon is a PC support analyst, Cameron is a percussion major at Butler University, and Buddy is currently ranked number five in the nation at Gears of War 2!

Any tattoos in the group?

Jon is the only cool one with tattoos and the longest hair.

What is your favorite venue to play?

Piere’s in Fort Wayne.

What is the largest crowd you guys have played for?

We have played for over five hundred during the final round of the Battle at Birdy’s.

The smallest?

Again, at Birdy’s, we played for about five people.

Any chance we are going to see you guys on the road this year?

We have plans for road rage in the spring/summer of 2010.

I love your MySpace page. Who designed that for you?

Brian designed all of the artwork and Ross Burwell pieced it all together for us.

What came first for you guys? The image or the music?

Music first and the guyliner and white belts came after.

I hear some screaming going on back there. Who is belting at the top of their lungs?

Brian does the screaming .

In one word describe your genre.


PC or Mac?

We are 50/50.

Where do you guys see yourself in five years?

Releasing our third album on a major label and touring.

Who are some of you biggest influences?

(Brian) Live, Tool, Our Lady Peace, Enya, and Haste the Day.  (Jon) Smashing Pumpkins, Iron Maiden, and Dinosaur JR.  (Buddy) Alter Bridge, Pink Floyd, and 30 Seconds to Mars.  (Cameron) Tool, Radiohead, The Allman Brothers, and Battles.

If you could meet anyone alive or dead who would it be?

(Brian) Neo from the Matrix.  (Jon) Caitlin R Kiernan, Peter Steele, and Drew Hayes. (Buddy) Darth Vader.  (Cameron) Hunter S Thompson.

Let’s get some pizza. What toppings?

Pam’s Pit Stop Pizza with pepperoni and ham or we could just hit up Ci Ci’s Buffet.

Coke or Pepsi?

Brian says Mountain Dew slushy the rest of us say Pepsi.

What is your all time favorite song to play?

Pass Out from “Within Imagination”.

Tell me about your motivation when you sit down to write a new song.

Start with a message, blow your mind, end with PWNAGE.

Who is the ringleader of the group?


Let’s say you are headlining at Madison Square Garden. Who is your opener?

30 Seconds to Mars.

What do you want to be remembered for when this is all said and done?

Inspiring anyone willing to listen to our music.

I always give the artist the last word. Go.

Thanks Ricky for this interview!  To anyone reading this, we would love for you to check out our music if you haven’t.  You can start here: We have shows posted and you can add us as a friend on MySpace, Facebook, and whatever crazy social networking sites you may be on!  Keep supporting local music in Indy.