The final guest to feature my Music Interview Marathon is Japanese trio TramstonValley. They share a brief outline of their music style, creative process and how they came up with their band name.
Band Name: TramstonValley
Members: Haruki (Vocals/Guitar), Wallaby (Bass) & Nogi (Drums)
Genre: Rock, Post grunge, Blues rock, Southern rock, Alternative rock & Acoustic rock.
Founded: June 2018
Originated From: Tokyo, Japan
Discography: First 3 (single), From inside of me (single)
How would you describe your music?
Our music is simply rock/modern classic rock.
What is your musical creative process like?
First, we make a melody or guitar riffs, then record all instruments demo while thinking lyrics.
How did the band form?
Haruki was singing solo in open mic at a small book shop, where he met our bassist Wallaby. Then we played a two-piece acoustic duo for a while.
Haruki and our drummer Nogi, already played on another jam session. One day Nogi came to the book shop and we played in a three-piece style. That time we had a really good feeling. So, we formed a band very naturally.
How did you come up with your band name?
When we were thinking about a band name, we had tramset (medicine) and Winston (cigarette). Then Haruki was listening to John Mayer’s album Paradise Valley. So, we mixed those names; “tram” set, win “ston” & paradise “valley”, which made TramstonValley.
Who influenced you within the music industry?
We were influenced by 90’s and 2000’s U.S rock. Also, Haruki was influenced by his uncle (an unknown guitarist) and Andrew McGuier, his guitar teacher.
Have you performed live much and what was your favourite gig to play at?
Yes, but we haven’t been able to perform much with this band because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In winter 2018, we joined a Japan tour with an Australian metal band, which was our favourite and best gig! It was really exciting!
What is the best thing about being in a band?
We always have many visions and images in our heads. We think the band is the best place for outputting those things and just fun jamming with band members.
What’s the biggest problem you’ve had to overcome so far as a musician(s)?
Haruki has fibromyalgia since he hurt his neck. He is still fighting with some pain and numbness every day. He hasn’t overcome it yet, but he will overcome it someday.
What plans have you got coming up this year?
We’re just focusing on making and recording a new EP.
What is your ultimate dream as a band?
We want to perform in many countries.
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