The Tiki Brawlers put out their first full lengh album in the Spring of 2019 entitled, “All Night Riot” The record has been streaming regularly on on Spotify, and Button Down Radio in the U.K.. Currently, The Tiki Brawlers are working on their second album and are preparing for a summer tour of the Southern United States.
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
A ska blend of reggae, rock and punk.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
We wanted something completely over the top sounding. Originally, we were going with The Tiki Bar Brawlers, then we just shortened it after some discussion. Not really a story other than bouncing off five hundred names to each other to see which one would sound right!
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Every member of the band brings their own influences to the table when we get together. That's why this band is so great! Ian (vocals) is a huge old school ska and punk fan. He really brings that added level of aggression when he sings. Galen (Bass) is a huge reggae fan, loves the band Stick Figure, and his influences really carry over well to the bass. He can lay down a pocket groove all day long. Jonathan (Guitar) listens to everything. He's into stuff like Theivery Corporation, and Radiohead to name a few. Brad (Drums) brings his influences as a jazz drummer, love of EDM, and a huge Stewart Copeland fan.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Currently, The Tiki Brawlers are working on their second full length album. We plan to have it finished by late Spring of this year.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
All members of the band have been playing in other projects for a while. This band in particular finally has all the ingredients that we need to be successful. Our goal is to bring our music to the people who wouldn't normally listen to ska and get them interested.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
We always enjoy, "Punish Myself". It's one of our longer songs, and it gives each member a chance to shine a little bit in the song.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
The biggest challenge so far is to be sort of "land locked" here in the Midwest. Basically, it's a 4-5 hour drive to go anywhere else outside of Kansas City that's worthwile to go play. We are in small market here for live music, so we rely heavily on internet streams of our music and word of mouth.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
We will get together at Brad's house with the mindset that we are going to write new material. Usually someone has a riff or Ian has a set of lyrics to try out and we'll go from there. The chemistry in the band is such that once we get just a small idea rolling, the song practically writes itself.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social Media has been huge for us! Since we are in the Midwest, we don't get much attention. However, with all of the great streaming music services available, our music has been able to reach listeners in 22 countries. It's cool to get a shout out from someone in Germany who likes your band.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Anything by the Clash, Theivery Coporation, Ramones, Stick Figure...The list could be 1000 lines of bands!
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
We all have day gigs, so music is just a great escape for us! Hopefully we can do this full time before we're dead!
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Practice, listen to all types of music. Let each genre shape you as a musician. You may not listen to classical music, but as an artist you can appreciate the sounds and instruments being played. Be humble and have fun!
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
The music industry has changed so much in the last 20 years with music streaming. I would make it easier to get more original music out there for start up bands for less money.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Having played in cover bands for a while, writing original music is the only thing that stimulates me as a musician right now. It's the only way out of the "cover bubble" Every musician has played or is currently playing in some type of a cover band. Myself included. But when you put 4 good musicians in a room together, you're going to come up with something really stimulating that's worth pursuing.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
All members in the Tiki Brawlers have worked very hard to get this fairly new band off the ground. We enjoyed opening for The Toasters in October and we look forward to getting out music out to you! Thank you.