Artist Interview: 1-on-1 with Tantric

Artist Interview: 1-on-1 with TantricIn today’s age there are very few bands that actually classify as true rock bands. Sure, there are a lot of bands that try to be rock bands, but a lot of them fall victim to the bubble gum pop sound that we are all so used to hearing on MTV. A long time ago I was introduced to a band that stood the test of time when it came to holding that rock and roll title. But then they disappeared. I have no idea where they went but have waited for their return ever since. With the hit song Breakdown filling my eardrums for weeks and even months at a time, I never forgot the words to that one hit wonder track that made these guys famous. It is needless to say that it was an absolute pleasure for me to sit down with the guys from a long time favorite band of mine, Tantric.

Where did you guys come up with that name?

After recording our first record a, studio secretary gave me the idea in a very creative way. (hint hint) Then after that we saw many omens that enforced the idea. It stuck and now I have Tantric tattoos all over so the name isnt’ going anywhere. (Laughs)

How long have you been together?

We have been performing together for ten years.

You guys seem to have had several lineup changes. Why is that?

After the third record was shelved, back when Maverick Records folded, the band members got frustrated and quit the industry. I never give up!

Who are some of your biggest influences?

All of us have different ones from classical to total metal. That what gives us our sound. I’m a fan of good song writing.

Tell me about this new album.

I love it! It’s a heavier side of Tantric and is packed with great songs. Just give it a listen.

Where are you guys originally from?

The band was founded in Louisville, Kentucky but the members are from everywhere. Boston, Jersey, Florida and Louisville.

You guys are playing 8 Seconds Saloon here in Indianapolis. Are you going to ride their mechanical bull?

Trust me you don’t want to see that.

How did you guys get hooked up with Jagermeister?

Our buddy from JVC hooked us up with them and they are great to us! Thanks to Chad and Jager!

Are you guys on Twitter?

We are on MySpace and Facebook. That seems to be the most we can handle. We run our own pages and that a lot of work.

Where can I get some of your merchandise?

You can get in online on our MySpace or at our shows.

Describe your genre in one word.

Underrated. (Laughs)

What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?

So many…I’m a clutz and I trip all the time and fall on or off the stage.

Tell me a little bit more about Silent Majority Group.

They are a small label out of Florida.

Why did you change your name from C-14?

Self explanatory. That name just sucked. (Laughs)

Am I allowed to say that you will never write a song better than Breakdown?

I think we already have, but everone has a favorite.

Speaking of writing song, who writes all of the lyrics?

Hugo Ferreira writes all of our stuff.

Where do you guys practice?

Normally in New Jersey at Erik’s place. We also rehearse at sound check a lot when we are touring.

What are you drinking on stage?

Jager, beer, vodka and water in that order. (Laughs)

If you could be any cartoon character whom would you choose and why?

Stewie from Family Guy because he is bent on taking over the world.

If you could only play one song for the rest of your career what song would you pick?

“Bird is the Word”.

Where do you guys see yourself in five years?

God willing we will be bigger and better.

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

As a part of rock and roll history

I always let the artist get the last word. Go

We can not live without our fans