Ft. Lauderdale, Florida is mostly known for its history, retirement lo-cal and beaches. Once a hot spot for college spring breakers; it’s now a pit stop for those traveling from the north on their way south to party in South Beach. The area has been looked over when it comes to music because of the dominant hip hop influence that now resides in Miami. All of that is changing now. Broward County is becoming a hotbed filled with unsigned talent of all types. But here comes a band that’s looking to put “The L” on the map with their turbocharged alternative rock style. Yes, I said Rock! These guys have been in the game for sometime now and have loads of experience from being in previous bands around the globe. Rock fans everywhere are flocking to their Myspace page to sample their music. Their guitar-driven melodies and passionate lyric’s blend together to create a powerful mix of hook filled, edgy songs that make their latest album release “Time Sensitive Material” a definite must listen. There have been comparisons to Bon Jovi, U2 and Tom Petty, but this band must be judged by their own unique interpretation of today’s Rock.
How did the name of your band come about?
< AudioCrash > It actually goes a long ways back. In the old days when a cassette tape broke... we would call that a “Temporary AudioCrash”. With a little tape repair...the sound would come back close to normal. We dropped the temporary and stuck with “AudioCrash”.
How did you guys hook up and what are your roles in the band?
< AudioCrash > It came naturally. Everyone in the band has a particular talent. We start with the music created by Craig then added lyrics and melodies by Guy to get the song started. The rest is just a process of experimentation.
Do you find it more difficult to establish yourselves in the industry being based out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida as appose to being in New York or LA?
< AudioCrash > Sure… I suppose… but with MySpace, we can reach the globe in a matter of seconds.
What type of feedback have you received about your music?
< AudioCrash > The feedback has been strong to date and that is from everywhere in the world. It’s amazing the comments we get from fans. It really makes it all worthwhile when we take the time to sit back and read them.
In your opinion, what separates your band from the other rock bands out there?
< AudioCrash > All bands are different. We all have different styles and influences. It is really about the listeners/fans. If they prefer our sound, it is nice for us, right?
You are absolutely correct. Give me the names of the members of the band and each of your roles in the group.
< AudioCrash > Guy Strzepeck on lead vocals and Craig Maseratti on electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano and backing vocals. Keith Rose (bass), Nick Roy (drums) and Cliff Wallach (guitar).
Where have you guys performed?
< AudioCrash > This project was formed in late 2006, early 2007. To date, we have concentrated on local Florida venues. We all have our own professions, so we try to keep the travel to a minimum at this time while we write more music for our 2nd release.
What should I expect when I attend a live AudioCrash performance?
< AudioCrash > We are fairly straight forward Rock and Roll. Hopefully, you will enjoy the music and the hooks we provide. We enjoy playing live and are told quite often that our live sound is better than the studio recordings.
Do you hope to sign with a major label or are you content with your current arrangement?
< AudioCrash > Actually…. No. We do not see the benefits of a major label for our situation. We do not see changing labels in the future. We are extremely happy with Dirty Garage.
Talk to me about your new album release entitled, “Time Sensitive Material”. Start first with the choice of album title.
< AudioCrash > It is “Time Sensitive” because we believe in living life as if it is our last day. We also touch on a couple issues that concerns American’s at this time. We are not making political statements, but some social issues are presented in “EveryDay” and “Captain America”. We feel there are many “Time Sensitive” issues for the people of the world and our Country at hand.
Describe the creative process that went into producing your latest work.
< AudioCrash > I think it is all about putting melody and words to music. It is very basic songwriting. It may come from and idea or a note of music. It also comes from our families and the influences they have on us and the motivation they provide for the band.
I know artists don’t generally like the comparison question but, for someone that never heard your music, which band would you draw a comparison with that reflects your sound?
< AudioCrash > Wow…. too hard to answer that. We have heard comparisons, but I really like to leave it up to the listener. Again, we follow basic Rock and Roll and that could range from the Beatles to The Foo Fighters (not to say we sound like either).
Which tracks from the album would you tell fans are the “must listen to” tracks?
< AudioCrash > The feedback has been strong for “LifeLine”, “My Fault” and “EveryDay”. Having said that, reviews and listeners have chosen each song from the album. This really intrigues us and is why we like to show a variety of sounds from start to finish.
Tell me the story behind the track “Every Day” and the controversial “GunTar”.
< AudioCrash > “EveryDay” was based on a TV documentary that followed a Special Forces Unit in the Middle East. The job these soldiers do everyday is amazing and terrifying. What touched us was to see that each night the men would return to the tents and access the web to chat or cam with wives and family. Some of the soldiers were looking at babies that they have never touched. Imagine that?? Unfortunately, the documentary ended with a soldier losing his life. That soldier had a wife and 3 kids back in the States waiting for his return. The song is a tribute to these brave men and women who serve each and everyday to protect freedoms we enjoy. Again, it is not political either way. It is only to recognize the sacrifices people make for others. The “GunTar” was made by Craig. It just fit the video we made for “EveryDay”. We have received many favorable comments on that guitar. If you watch the video, you will understand.
What do you guys do when you’re not creating music?
< AudioCrash > Work...work…work! We also enjoy our families and friends. Music helps fill a gap and allows us to be creative and express ourselves when needed.
Please share with us the charity work that the band is involved in.
< AudioCrash > We find it important to give back. We currently support: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, The Broward Children’s Center and a National Breast Cancer association. We want to help the children of the world who suffer from unimaginable diseases. We also support Breast Cancer Research in honor of our Drummer Nick Roy. Nick lost his wife to Breast Cancer a few years back and is an extremely brave man raising 3 children by himself. We salute him.
And we salute Nick for his courage and the band for your efforts. Do you have any performances or tour dates coming up?
Where do you see AudioCrash in the next 5 years?
< AudioCrash > Good question. We just hope to keep making music we are happy with and our families/friends enjoy. I think we can continue to do that for the next 5 years.
Is there any other business you would like to share with the readers and fans?
< AudioCrash > Again, we just think people should take a step back every now and then and think about others. Try to understand then help when you can. The Business of Charity is a good way to accomplish that.
Very well said, I agree with you 100 percent. It was a pleasure interviewing you guys. Thank you for opening up to our readers. What words of wisdom would you like to leave them?
< AudioCrash > It is cliché...but just try to live everyday like it was your last. Try to sparkle for the time you are here and attempt to make a difference in someone else’s life. Thank you all for reading our interview and thank you Nine5Four for featuring us in your magazine.