EMQ’s with THE LOWS

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EMQ’s with THE LOWS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Detroit, Michigan based Supersonic Groove Rock band The Lows! Huge thanks to Vocalist Angelo Coppola for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Angelo Coppola. I’m the primary songwriter and lead singer of The Lows. The Lows actually started as a solo project when after the break-up of a recent band, I decided to forge ahead into the studio with a slew of songs I had written. On the first EP, I wrote all the songs, played all the drums, sang all vocals, and played rhythm guitar. I needed someone to provide some killer bass tracks so I recruited phenomenal Detroit bassist Wolf, and from those early demo recordings, convinced two amazing guitarists Nick Behnan and Brandon McNall to join. Hard hitting drummer Duane Hewins was brought aboard on drums because I wanted to front this band rather than be the drummer/lead singer like I’d done in the past.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name The Lows came about when I decided I wanted to release the first EP with a band name instead of a solo artist name even though I had done all the songwriting and the majority of the recording. I really wanted a band name to get out and play the songs live. The Lows actually came as a derivative of my first name Ange-lo. I had a few friends that called me Lo. That led to the name The Lows.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We’re from the U.S., specifically from Detroit, Michigan. There’s a rich history of music in Detroit and a ton of great talent. You can go see a great musical performance of any genre on any given night and that includes rock & metal.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

We released a new single ‘Love Xtinction’ about two weeks ago and it’s received incredible response so far. Plans are in the works for a music video for it.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We have a huge variety of artists that influence and inspire us. Everyone in the band is truly a student of the game. I have a particular love for 90’s era grunge bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Nirvana, STP & Alice In Chains. I think that comes out a bit in our sound.

What first got you into music?

My dad is a musician so we’ve always had all kinds of musical instruments around the house. He used to sit me up on the drums when I was two or three years old and encourage me to play along to music. So it’s been a part of my life ever since I can remember.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Would love to collaborate with Dave Grohl! Love his energy and creative drive. Constantly creating! He’s got a great knowledge of the history of pop and rock music, is an experienced filmmaker, and knows about production and the recording process. Extremely well rounded guy!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Probably because our brand of rock would fit so well, I’d say Rock On The Range which is now called Sonic Temple here in the U.S.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Not so much a weird gift, but a wonderful couple that follows and supports us wherever we go brought each of us our own personalized sweat towels embroidered with the band logo and our individual names. They know we put it all out there on stage and we sweat a lot! It was such a kind gesture and we were so grateful.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

My message would be to thank them for their love and support. If someone is willing to spend their time & money on us, that’s the greatest compliment we could receive. Without them there is no us.

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

I would love to hear all the great music that Kurt Cobain could’ve brought us, but the one that really gets to me is Chris Cornell. I have serious regrets not having seen him perform in Detroit on that fateful night.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Two things I enjoy the most are creating and performing. There’s something about coming up with a song idea in your head and seeing it through to a full-fledged song release. Performing is so rewarding because you get to meet and connect to people with the music being the main force that brings you together.
The one thing that I hate is you spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars to get your song to sound the best it can possibly be and most people will listen to it, at least the first time, on a crappy little phone speaker.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Even though I myself subscribe to a music streaming service, I feel subscription fees should be higher in order to give a more fair compensation to artists and songwriters. I mean 1 million streams might make you enough money to pay your cell phone bill for one month. That’s just not right.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of my all-time favourite albums is “Binaural” by Pearl Jam. I love it because the whole album gives off such a unique vibe and every single song on the album is great for its own different reasons. It’s also a more underrated album of theirs because it didn’t get mainstream attention, but it definitely should’ve.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I love listening to CD’s or vinyl at home. I do stream a lot too though because I’m always on the go. All in all I’d say CD’s are still the very best quality audio experience.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

That’s tough because we’ve had some great ones but probably opening for Candlebox at a sold out Fillmore, Detroit earlier this year. Such a great venue and the audience was electric.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Maybe something to do with video game development because I enjoy them in my free time! Or maybe a sports commentator because I love talking about sports.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dave Grohl, Jack Black, Billy Corgan, Steve Carell, and Page Hamilton!

What’s next for the band?

We just released a brand new single ‘Love Xtinction’ available on all streaming services. Plans are being made to do a music video for the new single as well. This month we have some awesome festival shows lined up all around Michigan with The Verve Pipe, and Sponge. We also plan on releasing another single late summer and booking some shows branching out regionally throughout the Midwest U.S.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Our website can get you to all our social media and streaming services:
http://www.keepitonthelows.com
Other popular places you can find us:
http://www.facebook.com/keepitonthelows
http://www.twitter.com/thelowsmusic
http://www.instagram.com/keepitonthelows

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Thankful for Google right now! Haha! Had to look them up! Unfortunately I’ve never had one, but they look like a flattened cupcake to me so I’m going with cake.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks for taking interest in what we’re doing! We feel very fortunate to be doing something we love and we appreciate people like you trying to help get our art recognized.

 

 

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