Jake (Massanari) and Jordan (Griffin) moved to Southern California from Las Vegas. Once they were settled out here in Orange County and found me to be their drummer, it became Them Evils.
How long have you all known each other?
Since my audition 4-5 years ago. Jake and Jordan grew up on the same street together in Vegas, so they have much more history with each other. We’re all family now!
At what age did you decide you wanted to be a musician?
I started teaching myself how to play drums when I was around 11. At that time of my life music was the only thing that I was enthusiastic about, and was seeking out inspiration to better my playing abilities. It’s my favorite thing in the world!
Tell us about EP “Rollin’ Stoned and Livin’ Free”?
It’s our third studio EP, which was produced by our late friend Kato Khandwala. I would say it’s got more variety of style than our previous recordings. From songs like “Untold”, “Got Me Rockin’”, and “Practice What You Preach” you can see we’re still finding ourselves as a band, but we’re having fun doing it!
What have been some of your Favorite Tours?
It doesn’t come down to picking a favorite because any chance for us to be on a stage is something I’m grateful for. The Pretty Reckless, Zakk Sabbath, Alter Bridge, Steel Panther… it’s all good times.
What are your rehearsals generally like?
We jam a bit, then get down to business. We’ve been taking advantage of our time off touring this fall to write new songs, so that’s been a big part of rehearsals lately.
7. Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?
Anything can be used for inspiration, it comes from a lot of different places. Whether it’s your favorite band or a new band discovery; a movie you just saw, or a bad day you’ve had. It’s never one specific source.
Jordan usually will have a riff to present and we build everything around the riff. We all recently have been figuring out various recording software, like Logic, to the point where we all create personal song demos and share them with each other. A lot more ideas have been coming out this way, it’s been a great help in song creation.
Do you think that online presence is important for fans to find you and critics to find your music to write about?
Nowadays it’s a necessity – it certainly makes things easier to connect with fans. We’re so glad that people take time to share with us experiences they’ve had at one of our shows. A girl got out of a speeding ticket by giving the cop our CD one time, for example. It’s so rewarding to know people connect with the songs!
What has been your biggest challenge as a band or artist?
We’ve been dying to get to Europe! With us still being an unsigned and self-funded band, it has made getting overseas a challenge. We have confidence we will get there in the next year or two though.
What are your upcoming tour plans?
We have shows in Arizona and Las Vegas this week and a hometown show to close out the year at the Wayfarer in Costa Mesa on December 8th. We kick off next year by doing a tour with Pop Evil and the Shiprocked cruise in January! You can get tickets through our website at www.themevils.com/shows
What Major Festival’s and Tours have you performed on?
Louder Than Life, Rock On The Range, Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, Aftershock, and High Elevation. We’re stoked to have developed such a great relationship with Danny Wimmer Presents to do so much with them over the past couple years. They are the best!
Anything else you’d like to say to the fans?
Go grab yourself a copy of “Rollin’ Stoned and Livin’ Free” on CD and vinyl from our website www.themevils.com; or go download it from iTunes or Amazon. Also, go follow us on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter – We’ll see you on the road soon!