The Carmonas are joining us on the 6 O’Clock Swerve with host Wayne Bledsoe on October 13th. This event is free to the public and will be held at Barley’s Knoxville. In the meantime, enjoy this Bullet Backstory from The Carmonas. They were gracious enough to answer our questions for this regular feature on the WDVX blog.
- Biggest musical influences? As far as our influences are concerned, it kind of runs the gamut stylistically speaking. No matter what we’re into at the time we always seem to go back to certain groups or individuals to inspire us as they did when we were growing up. Everything from Lemmy to Ledbelly. We take inspiration from all of it.
- What made you decide to pursue music as a career? We take inspiration from all of it. There is way too much greatness to narrow down. I think we originally did and still do in some ways hold on to this romantic notion of music as this great noble cause. A sort of cosmological imperative. Something that if you can do you should do. Not expecting to get anything out of it, but giving back a gift that was given to you. It’s hard to think of that sort of a thing as a career, but I think it was the magic and mystery of music and how it affected us. The idea of mastering that mystery seemed like as good of a way to make a buck as any.
- What advice do you have for young musicians who are trying to hone their craft? Advice? Don’t be afraid to criticize yourself, but don’t beat yourself up. Learning that balance is very important. Never stop learning something new. Listen to as many new sounds as you can. Even if those sounds are from 150 years ago. Most importantly, always be honest to who you are. Your individual perspective is all you have in this business. No matter what any one tells you, if you know whats right then trust yourself.
- What’s your favorite thing to do in Knoxville? So many great things to do in Knoxville, a lot involving food, We love eating at the Tomato Head in market square and Not Watsons for their burgers. It was also a lot of fun riding the rickety elevator to the top of the sunsphere only to find the bar from Blade Runner at the top. Of course, jamming with Wayne Bledsoe and the good people at WDVX at 2am is always an honor.
- If you could work with any musician (living or deceased) who would it be and why? Musicians we would love to play with. Alison: Duet at the Ryman with Patsy Cline Aaron: Robert Plants’ voice goes out before the climax to stairway. Aaron jumps on stage to finish song. Becomes new lead singer of Zeppelin. $$ Gets paid $$ Writes the soundtrack to Highlander 3. Chad: Beethoven would be cool to jam with……… seemed like a real dude.