By: Jaaziel Job
We hope to one day be able to successfully dabble in as many genres as those bands have and still connect with people who like their music loud and robot-free.
Photo: Vicky Kao
Meet Ian Nichols (Vocals), Brock Tinsley (Guitar), Tim Kealey (Bass) and Kenny Saunders (Drums) - a Canadian band known as 'Double Experience'. Identifying themselves as a 'Neo-Nerd Rock' band, the lads have toured parts of North America and the UK. What exactly is Double Experience all about? What inspires them? We find out more in this exclusive interview with Brock Tinsley.
Introduce yourself - what defines ' Double Experience'?
Double Experience is all about bringing the roll back into rock music. Our genre has been slowly refining itself over half a century so it's time a band combined this technological and creative progress with the original spirit of taking whatever is considered popular and blasting it to smithereens. Our band is living proof that you can succeed without having to play the game the same as everybody else.
Who are your primary musical influences and why?
Our band really looks up to bands like Queens of the Stone Age, He is Legend, Queen and Led Zeppelin. The reason being is that they all cover so much ground sonically, and all anybody can really say in response their entire catalogues are “they are a rock band”. We hope to one day be able to successfully dabble in as many genres as those bands have and still connect with people who like their music loud and robot-free.
Tell us more about your experience touring Canada and the UK?
Nobody is snowed-in alone in the woods in the UK, and therefore everybody is way more receptive to the idea of leaving their house to experience live music and have a drink. As for Canada, depending on the month, touring is absolutely dangerous. For example, we don't tour out to the west coast anymore after driving overnight through a blizzard in the mountains just to try and make it to the next show on time.
What do you think sets you apart from other bands in the scene?
We aren't selling sex, which will probably ruin our career in the long run. Too many bands have been trying too hard to perpetuate success by buying the right look or the right number of fans that they forgot that all that shit doesn't matter if your music is connecting with people. I think people start believing in our band the moment they realize we don't take their support or trust for granted by consistently entertaining them on and offstage.
What's installed for 'Double Experience' in the near future?
Our upcoming full length is a bit of an experiment for us. We've spent a few years just releasing singles and grinding away on the live circuit so this will be a milestone for us. Maybe afterwards, we'll see if we can get into the hologram market and tour dozens of places simultaneously. It's the only way we'll make it back to the west coast of Canada. The dedication is real.
You can find out more on their official website - http://www.2xexperience.com/
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