Interview with our ReverbNation Winner, Songbat Blvd (fka. The Suitz)

1.Who are you as an artist? What is your story? 

A: We are Songbat Blvd, a 3 piece band, working to become a 5 piece. Jack Jettison sings the songs, Mike Grima is the lead guitarist and Quentin Ronsick is the drummer. As an artist, our goal is to push people’s buttons..all of the buttons.

We don’t remember our story… We woke up on the boulevard one night and Heather was yelling at us because we had a show to play and just rolled with it.

2. How would you describe your music and what artists have inspired you in your style? 

A: We’re like punk or something. Maybe hardcore(ish?)? Uhhhhh 3 BANDS! My Chemical Romance, Alkaline Trio, & The Venetia Fair.

3.What makes your music worth it to the world? To your fans?  A: Guts. Honest guts make up every bit of every song; true vigor; and we’re kinda funny sometimes.

3. What do you feel is the future of music and the industry in 5 years? 

A: “You could find the Abstract listening to hip hop, my Pops used to say it reminded him of bebop, I said well daddy don’t you know that things go in cycles” We agree with Phife so that means that in five years music will be good again with echos of the early 2000s probably. As far as the industry goes, we believe the market for touring bands will continue to be on the rise. We really hope so anyways.

4. What surprises you the most about the music industry from when you first started? 

A: Nothing. Nothing surprises us.

5. What’s your "Poison"? 

A: Jack: Soy milk because it makes me sing higher and swing my hips on stage. That was a joke. Jameson, 2 Gingers, something Irish and friendly.

Quentin: Jameson, booty bars and matcha powder. Give me all three of those ingredients and I’ll probably do whatever you want me to.

Mike: Ginger Beer

6. How is your Art “your religion”? 

A: We practice on Sundays…

7. What are you truly creating with your music that changes the world, changes society? 

A: Wanting to change the world with your art is noble (or evil/self righteous/misguided) but also the trickiest of business. These days we find it best to take a more relaxed approach and just be our truest selves in and between every song on stage. If your cause is genuine, and your passion is ablaze, your music will be something very dear to someone because they feel the same way and that’s all we hope for.

8. What is the (spiritual, political, social) message of your music? 

A: Every song is about something different and a lot of them are theatrical stories. Overall we set an example of being brutally honest and also just brutal. Like with your worth ethic..

9. Have you been “lucky” or “gifted” in the music industry so far? Tell us more: 

We consider ourselves lucky because of our strong team dynamic. Between all of us in the band and our manager, we have a team full of straight shooters and awesome, hard working people. We’re also lucky af to have our friends, coworkers, and families supporting us. None of what we are doing would be shit without them.

10. What do you really think it takes to make it in the music industry? Tell us 3 keys. 

A: Passion, drive and Bob’s Muesli.

11. What is your main inspirational philosophy in life? Favorite quote? 

A: “Be like water”

12. If you could start over, what would you do differently in your career? 

A: Nope.

13. Where do you see your career going in five years? 10 years? Next year?

A: By next year, signed to Epitaph Records and touring as much as possible. Five years, touring full time. Ten years, still touring.

14. Legacy: At the end of the day, how do you want your fans to remember you and your music? 

A: We try not to think about that too much, that way we don’t cheapen the experience for everyone.

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