-Interview- Split66 (5/5/22)

Split66 talks about relatability in their music, the current Hard Rock scene and much more.


From: Missouri
Sounds like: Hard Rock

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name "Split66" and is there any meaning behind it?

"We all got into music for the same reason basically, we love it lol. For some it was Vh1 and MTV. I remember watching music videos and thinking; man that's got to be the coolest thing in the world. Rock has always been what drives all of us, especially GOOD metal. But we all have a different bit of flavor which helps us create the 66 sound. Some of us like power metal, some of us like pop alternative, some of us really dig oldies... (Micheal Stanley, the who etc.) There's a lot of flavor in this group so defining it to a T is a bit difficult. Our name, well...Split66 seemed like a catchy name, no one was using it and now we have 6 members so, it stuck"

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

"We want our listeners and music family to have something relatable...real world life experiences that they can vibe to but also escape with. We want people to enjoy our raw sound to that when they hear us, they hear US and not someone that sounds like a band they've heard before. Most of all for everyone to take away a enjoyable music experience."

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

"Hard rock/metal, melodic groove."

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

"Asking Alexandria, Killswitch Engage, Slipknot. Any of these would be a lifetime reward and honor."

5. How has Covid affected what you do?

"It's been difficult getting people into venues because of restrictions but now it seems to be getting better. On a positive note it's given everyone time to practice more and focus more energy into our passion."

6. What’s your take on the current state of Hard Rock?

"We're glad to see that bands that we listened to 10 years ago are still out there and putting out new music. As we all still hold on to the bigger bands music, it's our generations rotation to start putting out new big things, and keep the scene alive, and we're more than happy to take on that responsibility."

7. What’s the current music scene like locally there in Missouri?

"Music scene is great. Local bands/ shows are starting to pick up. People are hungry for a music scene and we're here to deliver! Saint Louis has always been known for its blues heritage but don't be fooled, there are many prolific artists of all genres that have hailed from here. We're proud and grateful of all the support from our hometown."

8. What’s your take on the royalties that streaming services pay out to artists?

"Robbery lol, there really should be a better pay system/scale for this. It's a shame at all of the time, money and effort that goes into this; and yes, we love music but the pay system is faulted to say the least."

9. What's next for Split66?

"New music, plans to tour midwest US next year, you'll just have to stay tuned lol."

10. Any shoutouts?

"Family, friends, shock city studios for helping us record our first EP, Cat Mues of Stl Roar, the many local supporters and venues helping us get our music out there."