A Q&A with Red Maker
Genre-hopping alt-indie from Sioux Falls, South Dakota – here’s vocalist Morgan from Red Maker…
What’s the title of your latest release, and what does it mean to you?
Our debut album here is our self titled release, Red Maker. Figured we weren’t saying anything overall on the album but just presenting ourselves. Why try to be fancy when you can just call it what it is, right?
What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
This whole first album we are very white belt at this whole putting out an album thing. At least properly putting out one. We recorded everything ourselves, and then figuring out all of the different ways of just trying to get our name out there. Probably the hardest part of it all is just trying to make people care about the thing you’ve worked so hard at.
Who produced the release – what did they bring to it?
We produced it all ourselves with Tyler at Red Dot Recordings doing our mixes. He’s super hyped on the band and easy to work with that it makes us excited to get our next track to him to see what he does. Otherwise in our part of producing, it’s the challenge of trying to get every good idea into a song without getting clogged and the song just being a blur of noise. We always love trying out new stuff so when we have to practice restraint that’s painful. But the end results have been amazing.
What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
Hopefully they can find something they can relate to. We write about life in general, no politics, no religion, just life. We talk about its ups and downs, all of its beauty and everything about it that pisses us off. So if people can hear it and even for a moment realise they aren’t alone in anything they’re going through.
How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process?
We all bring in either whole songs or at least decent portions of one. Then we all add to whatever we feel will make the song better. Sam and Kyle are such amazing musicians that it’s easy to only make the song more badass.
What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
We fan girl on so many bands it’s hard to pick just a few even. For myself I personally aspire to be half as cool as Dax Riggs in anything I do. I’m fully aware that’s a futile effort.
What countries would you like to tour? Are there any standout venues you’d like to play in?
Anywhere that would take us honestly! Sam has made statements about doing some inhumane things to himself for a chance to play Wembley. Hopefully we can just get paid to do it as opposed to having to perform any shameful acts.
If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
Well I’d go probably go for our most streamed and most requested song ‘B!tch’ (available anywhere you stream music). I feel like a lot of bands at most talk about things they’re outraged with, or upset about but not out right pissed about. ;B!tch’ is exactly that, it’s just a pure venting of that one person you can’t fuc*ing stand. Everybody I talk to always says they have somebody in mind whenever that song comes on. I want you to have that release too!
What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
We are dead set on making this our full time career. Until people are begging for us to tour and make records we’ll do it out of the love of the game.
Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
Check us out everywhere @redmakerband! Follow us and tell us every reason why you think we suck. But check out the first album before you say anything!
For more info visit: facebook.com/redmakerband