-Interview- Mobday (1/10/15)

Port Crane, NY based rock band Mobday gets interviewed and talks about their long history together, their "Vertigo" album and upcoming plans.
From: Port Crane, NY
Sounds like: Rock

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Mobday” and is there any meaning behind it?

I know music was a big thing for all of us growing up. Speaking for myself, the sound came from all of the music I loved as a kid like Korn, Deftones and Alice in Chains mixed with some Aerosmith and Tupac. I love big grooves, no matter what the genre and that's what we go for. The name MOBDAY was thought up by our friend Dave Askew back when we formed in 2005. I don't think it really has a meaning, which is why we like it. It sort of gave us a license to kill to play whatever music we want, when we want since it doesn't have a familiar tone to it.

2. What do you want listeners to take away from your music?

I just want them to enjoy any piece of it that stands out to them. We don't talk too much about what our songs mean, so that allows our fans to interpret them any way they would like and have it mean something to them personally. There's nothing like a song that gets you through so I hope we can be there for our fans like the music was there for us.

3. How has the response been so far to "Vertigo" since its release?

Pretty awesome. It's an album that Ryan (vocalist) and I felt came out darker and more personal than we had anticipated. I was worried that these songs would be too deep for people to enjoy but it seems that everyone is liking this one more than our first album. We've been receiving emails from fans recently saying how our new songs have helped them through a tough time or it's there for them to start their day and get motivated. We couldn't receive a better compliment and it made the process of this album worth it.

4. What can people expect from your live show?

Extremely high energy and lots of fun. We want to deliver the whole package bringing great songs and putting on the most entertaining set possible. Mobday live is how we want to make a big impact. I hope people enjoy the albums but, to really get this band, you have to experience us on stage.

5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

There are so many but I think some big ones for us would be Deftones, Korn or Queens of the Stone Age.

6. Any crazy show stories?

We were playing in an upstairs venue when it was about 90° outside so, upstairs and full of people with the stage lights, it reached over 100° on stage. At least that's how it felt. A couple songs in, I completely blacked out then woke up downstairs on the sidewalk with my friend feeding me a juice box. I figured I fell over and they took me out but I realized that i finished the set without even knowing and walked myself downstairs. It was more scary than anything so hopefully that doesn't happen again!

7. What’s your take on the current state of rock?

The music world in general is in quite a state of shock, but you can't kill rock music. Rock, even while containing countless sub-genres, is one of the few genres that ages like wine. We all still love to zone out to our parents' copy of 'Toys in the Attic' because it's real and is something you can feel. That's what's most important to me. As long as it feels honest, there will be people that can identify with that song or album for years to come. I feel that rock music is currently flying a little under the radar but it will always be there for us.

8. What’s the current music scene like there in New York both locally and state wide?

Statewide and locally look pretty similar at the moment. It's very hard to get even our friends and family out to see us, but the cover bands are packing the venues in. There are so many original bands out there, even from our town, but we're all going through the same thing. I'm sure that's true in many places as its not a new concept, but we've been to different states where the original music seems to pull a bigger crowd so we try to travel around as much as possible.

9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

Legal downloading is cool with me. It's very convenient for the listener now as they can buy the songs they like and not buy an album full of filler for just one song. We're still album guys though so, hopefully, people enjoy our albums from front to back. As far as illegal downloads, it's hard to bring to an end and it hurts the musicians making the music. I know our first album got out there on the file sharing sites but Vertigo, so far, is doing pretty well.

10. What’s next for Mobday?

Everything. We've been around for almost 10 years now but it feels like everything is coming together. We're already talking about album three and the ideas we have for that so far are some of the best we've had. Right now though, we want nothing more than to tour this album and get the word out there that we're here and ready to kick some ass.

11. Any shoutouts?

Anyone and everyone who has ever came to a show, listened to our music, stopped us in passing just to shake our hands; we love all of you and we can't thank you enough for the support you've given us. We hope to see you all and meet many more of you in 2015!