AA: Thank you for this interview opportunity, please share with us how you developed the unique Heavy Rock sound of REVILUTION and when did you become an official band?
Dan Seitz, vocals, guitar: Just like any other musician, I've developed my style mostly by listening to other bands. I'm heavily influenced by the rock and metal I heard in the '70s and '80s, so a lot of those chord and note progressions directly inspire how I play now. Early Black Sabbath is a big one for chords and lyrics for me. I loved how they could just play these simple chords and progressions and make it sound so dark and heavy, and Geezer Butler is an amazing lyricist. As far as the initial founding of the band, it started in 2011 when I first came up with the name, then meeting Marie through a former bandmate of mine, her buying a sixteen-track recorder, and then writing and releasing songs as REVILUTION.
Marie B, vocals: You are welcome. I enjoy the opportunity to spread knowledge. I really didn’t develop it I allowed it to form through the music. We have been a band since we released music. There have been band members but only Scott has fully embraced the music, stage image, paying for expenses like gas when we travel, room to stay in on away gigs, and a share of management fees. Also writing songs and instrumentals.
Scott Flint, guitar, vocals: Well, I joined the band just over 2 years ago.The unique sound comes from each band member's own style of playing, and when combined gives us the sound of REVILUTION.
AA: How do you balance a touring rock lifestyle with a regular life as an emerging artist?
Marie: Wow, balance. I couldn’t say there’s exactly a balance. When you’re touring, THAT is what you’re doing. The first year we did was local and I don’t remember any life things that happened that year. Even though it was all local shows pretty much everything we did was geared towards the shows we performed.
Scott: For me there really isn't any balance, touring is controlled chaos, and a regular life as an artist is madness so when combined it comes out to insanity. And I love it!
Dan: It's difficult, honestly. Southern California demands a lot from you, whether you're an artist or a blue-collar worker. Trying to be both means some pretty diligent time-management skills, prioritizing what you're going to do when. It tends to remove your free time pretty thoroughly.
AA: If you had to describe your sound with only one song of yours, which one would you choose?
Marie: "Bastard" because that song has a little of each element. Our song "GirlStuff" is definitely a favorite too. That one I wrote with Dan and it took a while to find the voice for it. It highlights all my most favorite things and shows other women it’s okay to be who you are. Whether it’s riding motorcycles, fast cars or making a great cup of coffee.
Scott: I would choose "GirlStuff" because the song just kicks ass.
Dan: I think "Bastard" is probably the best representation from the current EP. It's got a simple yet catchy riff, Marie's and my vocals blend well together, and Scott rips it up during the solo. And people really identify with the lyrics.
Favorites from your current album?
Marie: "Bastard" because it’s the funnest. I like them all though.
Scott: All of them, they're all really great songs.
Dan: I like "Phantoms," personally.
If you had the opportunity to meet one band or artist who would you choose and why?
Marie: Kip Winger because I was so novice the first time we worked together. I’d like to really kick it with him now that I’m not so uptight.
Scott: Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters because Dave is such a talent and his song writing is so good, just like Dan in our band a gifted song writer.
Dan: I'd have to say Ace Frehley. We just got his latest record, and it's just fantastic! Such a consistently great songwriter, and he still has the attitude he had when he was in KISS.
AA: How do you feel the independent Rock/ Metal music scene is evolving and do you like where it's headed?
Marie: I think the evolution of technology allows anyone who can use it to make music. That really mixes up the music genres and evolves it so they aren’t so rigidly categorized which in turn is a new kind of freedom to create.
Scott: I think the music scene is doing good, where it's headed I'm not real sure, there are still a lot of anti-metal people out there so you have to work harder to win them over, but in the long run metal will prevail.
Dan: Honestly I was pretty worried about Rock and Metal for awhile there; there are way too many sub-genres, and a lot of people who have no clue how to write a song are putting some ugly sludge out. I can't even understand the screamo stuff, so if there is a message in there somewhere, it's totally lost on me so the songs are pointless and uninteresting to me. But lately I've noticed this trend of people you would expect to be into pop or hip-hop wearing classic Rock/Metal t-shirts. When you ask them if they like AC/DC, they're like, "F**K YA!!! I just started listening to them, and I'm HOOKED!!!" That tells me two things; Rock is for everyone, and the stuff that influenced me growing up is the best, it's timeless, and still relevant today. So, I'm just going to keep doing what my heroes did, with a modern touch.
AA: We all have "aha" moments that help us continue on our journey. What have been your "aha" moments in the music industry?
Marie: Wow, there have been so many. Probably the first biggest one was when I heard President Obama use my words on the band page in one of his speeches on TV. At the time I felt like I wasn’t being heard to a large audience. Another one was the moment a hush came over the audience in Las Vegas when I sang the song “I Remember You” by Skid Row. I’d been on stage before but never as a lead singer. The moment I realized we had such good management that we had just been the headliner band for our first time playing in Las Vegas.
Dan: "Hey, if I downtune the guitars a half step, I have an easier time hitting the notes!"
AA: What does 2020 have in store for you?
Marie: Well, it’s looking pretty exciting for next year. We've been in contact with a couple of different producers and engineers so with all of us writing the new music will be the richest yet. Which means a pretty serious tour. I really don’t project like that which leaves me open for new things which I can’t imagine. I mean, who thinks that they will perform with some of the most famous and talented people in the world when they’re growing up?
Scott: 2020 is gonna be mostly touring in support of the new album.