Interview with Dan DelVecchio – Lead Guitarist of Face The King

This year you were voted the “Best Band of Long Island,” by the Long Island Press Magazine… congratulations!  How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together and how does it feel to get this kind of recognition? 

Thank you! Since the band started in 2009, we’ve gone through 2 lineup changes and it isn’t until now that we finally feel we have the right group of guys. With each new member that has joined, it’s had an everlasting impact on the band’s music. To our luck we’ve made the right choices, and in comparison to when the band first started I feel our music has evolved in a way that more clearly defines us and separates us from other bands out there. The musicianship has improved greatly and so has the songwriting. To get this kind of recognition is a proud moment for all of us – we’ve all been working so hard for this for most of our lives and it’s incredibly rewarding to say the least.

 Do you think piracy is bad for musicians like yourselves?

67383_10151439993132114_815485259_nFor up and coming musicians like ourselves it can be bittersweet. In one breath it’s the very reason why most bands and artists struggle in today’s music industry and can barely put dinner on their plate (if that) – there’s no denying that it’s changed the music industry forever. On the other hand, it gives an unknown band the opportunity to spread their music to the masses in a way that wouldn’t be possible if piracy never existed. It’s essentially a double edged sword.

What can you tell us about your latest album?

Our latest release, “The Sound EP,” is a 4 song preview in anticipation of our upcoming full length album. It includes our latest single, “You, Me & the Sound,” and three other new tracks that we feel clearly defines more of who we are as a band. While it has taken the band in a direction of more energetic and hooky songs, our track “The Stage,” is a ballad, showing our more tender yet intense side. These four songs however are only the tip of the iceberg, there will be more to come and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it.

“The Sound EP,” is currently available for download on our official website and Bandcamp, giving fans the option to donate whatever they think we deserve for the EP. It will later be available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3, Rhapsody, etc.

What is your relationship as artists with technology?

As an artist in this day in age, technology is one of the most crucial things to be in touch with. I for one do most of the band’s social networking and interact with fans all across the country and the world via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. A band in our position can no longer rely on a record label to run their business until they have already proven they can run it on their own.

What music do you listen to when you are having a great day?

I am all over the place with my music. I listen to anything from Rock to Pop, Funk, Blues, to Dance, to Metal. Some of my favorite bands including some of whom I grew up listening to are Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Who, Eric Clapton, Foo Fighters, U2, Muse, Bruno Mars, The Black Keys, Kings Of Leon, and Coldplay to name a few. The other day when I wasn’t in the best of moods, “Get Lucky,” by Daft Punk came on the radio and I just got so amped.

Who does most of the song writing? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?

It may be uncommon among most other bands, but ALL of us in the band are very much involved in the songwriting process. Sometimes Eric or myself will bring a song to the table that’s almost completely finished, or it could start with a simple guitar riff. Randy could bring an idea for a song to rehearsal that’s based around a drum groove, or Joey – a bass line. Any one of us will bring an idea to the band, and then we will all work on it together. In order for something like this to work cohesively you need musicians who mesh well together, both musically and personality-wise. If it works, then you have something special. I feel there’s something magical about it that can’t be explained.

The message we choose to convey in our songs aims to promote a sense of positivity to our fans – find who you are, love who you are, do what what you love – and don’t let anyone stand in your way. It’s a reflection on the way we feel as musicians who are passionate about what we do, and have experienced or observed things in our past like bullying and other forms of hate. Another premise for the songs we write is the idea that music is something that should bring people together of all different walks of life. When people go to a concert, petty differences are put aside and fans sing together in unison regardless of race, sexual orientation, or anything that makes them different from the “norms” of society.

998860_10151692921382114_543835308_n (1)What is some advice you would give a newly formed band?

The first thing I can say is do it for no other reason than you love it. Don’t do it because you want to be famous, or because you think you’ll get “rich.” You’ll find yourself to be gravely disappointed. Having said that, if you find a group of talented musicians who mesh well together, then it’s something you should hold onto. You hear about bands breaking up all the time and there’s a reason for it. A cohesive band that can work together successfully is something that’s hard to come by, so if you have that and in addition you truly believe in the music – if it gives you chills down your spine, then stick with it and stop at nothing. Patience and persistence is key. The three most important words to remember: Don’t. Give. Up.

 I can see you guys are active on Social Media. How important do you think it is for a band to be engaged with their fans on social media these days?

I think being engaged with fans is something that many bands today have forgotten about. The fans are the driving force behind any band – without them you are nothing. Showing appreciation and gratitude for your fans will go a long way, because you’ll more likely gain loyalty from fans who will stick by and stand behind what you do as a result. We’ve had fans from all over the world draw portraits of us, post Face The King YouTube covers, and promote us in their respective states/countries. For our recent headlining EP release show at Gramercy Theatre, fans from both out of state and out of the country flew down to New York just to see us play. This is the kind of loyalty that makes a band successful, and we couldn’t possibly be more grateful to have that.

 What are your plans for the future?

Face The King has some great things brewing over the horizon – one of them being new music. As I mentioned before, “The Sound EP,” is only the tip of the iceberg and we’re stoked for the fans to hear the rest of the new material. In addition we’re working on building a team, and are in talks with several companies who wish to bring Face The King to the next level. We’ve gotten as far as we can running this business on our own, and need the right backing from someone who truly believes in our music and the message we want to convey. Most importantly, what we do have is the fans backing us – and as long as we have their support there is no stopping us. Stay posted.

Any last words?

We want to thank the fans as always for their continuous support. You’ve served not only as the driving force behind Face The King, but as our inspiration to keep going. We want this more than anything in the world, and if things go our way – both our dreams and your dreams will come true.

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