This week, I had a chance to exchange emails with the lead singer of OddFellas, Drake Fisher. All in all, this rock band draws on the strengths and interests of each member to make something unique. Their facebook page asserts they’re alternative rock with psychedelic hints and progressive tendencies. If you’re looking for a hard rock group that strives to incorporate other flavors, you should check out the OddaFellas.
During the interview, Drake was able to describe his band, their tastes and opinions. This helped me understand them as individual people, rather than “guys-in-a-band”. We talked about their influences, their backstories and what the band plans to do next.
• What are your biggest musical influences?
We have a ton of influences.. We each have our favorite bands that we obviously get influence from. I’m the lead singer of the band. My vocals are mainly influenced by the grunge scene in the 90s. I also get a lot of compliments of sounding a bit like Jim Morrison. He’s one of my favorites by far! I also get a lot of inspiration from a band called Big Head Tod & the monsters. Lyric wise, I get influenced by hip hop. Music, I love all music that has to do with depression.. hahah idk why.
Our guitarist, Dako Ryan, I think mostly gets his influence from bands like Pink Floyd, and Red Hot Chili Peppers! He also loves bands like Queens of the Stone Age, Pearl Jam, and Mastodon! Our Bass guitarist, Davey Ellis, is a huge fan of Tool! He also listens to a lot of Prog [sic], and hardcore metal. I think one his inspirations as a bassist would definitely be from the band Primus. He also loves Red Hot Chili Peppers (what bassist wouldn’t?). He can fuckin’ slap that shit I’ll tell you what.
Last but not least, our drummer, Mason Galavis. I’m pretty sure this dude just gets inspiration from any and every band he listens to. I know for a fact that his all time favorite drummer was The Rev from Avenged Sevenfold. This dude listens to a lot of mainstream rock from the 2000s era, but he also loves all the bands that we love. He also loves to watch videos of a good drummer named Luke Holland. I think some of his favorite bands and influences would be bands like, Nothing More, Fever 333, Highly Suspect, and a lot of others. Mason has zero limits on musical inspiration.
All that being said, I do believe we have each developed our own style and sound on each our instruments including vocals. I hope that one day people will be getting inspired by us to start a band!
• Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
We for sure have our guilty pleasures, but honestly, if you know us, you probably wouldn’t be surprised at anything we listen to!
I love listening to Jazz music and Mac miller(Larry Lovstien) like on the daily. Dako said he likes the Goo Goo Dolls..that was surprising to me.. Davey likes all kinds of weird shit, but I’m never surprised, lol. I’ll also sometimes listen to country music, because it reminds me of my wife. That will probably surprise anyone that knows me.
• What’s next for the band?
Man..we’ve got a lot of plans for our future! We will be recording a bunch of new songs with Bart Rose from Fort Worth Sound, the last week in February. We’re going to do all we can to get everyone to listen to our music when we get it released. Travel travel travel….that’s all we do and will continue to do. We’re just going with the flow right now. I couldn’t really tell you what’s next though…you never know 😉
• How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
Oh, I think for releasing it is GREAT for bands!! I think back in the day they had to work a lot harder than all of us do these days.. we can literally post something online from our iPhones and people can immediately start listening to it. I think It was a lot more challenging for older bands to get them heard..
The way i think it’s changed?? Sometimes I don’t like it, because hardly anyone buys the actual copy of music anymore, they’d rather just go get it for free online. Which sucks for us musicians sometimes, but I think this generation is really getting back to the old roots of Rock n’ Roll. One of these days our phones and computers will stop working and all we will have to rely on is our CDs and Vinyls…so listen up everyone…buy a foooking [sic] CD!!!
• Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
Of course! All of our songs are about something in particular..you can find influence in our music to not give up…to be yourself, to love, to cry, to mosh, to not be a cruel mother fucker to people. You’ll never know how much the words you say about others could mean to someone. Whether it’s meaningful or hurtful. Just be carful what you say and how you treat people..don’t tell anyone what they need to be doing with their life’s, and definitely don’t let anyone tell you what you should be doing with yours. Fuck the system, do what you want!!
• Can you describe your sound?
Original…music that just feels good.. Rock N’ Roll. We also get really psychedelic at points. All in all it is very unique!
• What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
Cleopatrick, Ready the Prince, YungBlud, Grandson, HighlySuspect, Fever 333, Patrimony, Dube’… I recommend all of them!!!
• What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
Iv [sic] liked music since I was a baby. Damn near my entire family is musically inclined somehow. I grew up around back yard family jams! I was also raised in church and would love to watch the band, I was eventually the drummer for the worship band for several several years as a teenager. I knew one day I’d be up there drumming. I know [M]asons story is kind of similar to mine, always had some sort of family doing music, except he grew up drumming in Bars with his step dads rock band since he was 14! But don’t get him twisted, he was also involved with church bands whether it was guitar or drumming! The kid just worked his ass off. Dako says he would not be doing this if it wasn’t for Jack Black and The School of Rock…I once seen a baby picture of Davey playing a guitar at just 3 years old or so. I think we were all just meant to do this from the beginning…
• How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
Nothing with this band is a one man effort. We all work together no matter what it is. So when it comes to writing music, you could say it’s pretty magical. We all throw ideas on the table, sometimes it takes minutes to write a song, sometimes it takes weeks, or months even. There’s been a few times the dudes have helped me with lyrics, but for the most part I write the lyrics. We all write our own parts with a little help here and there
• If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
Fuuuuuccckkk…so hard but easy..for me anyways..I’d probably say Jar of Flies by Alice In Chains. I could listen to Layne’s voice all day every day. I’m actually naming my daughter after him, “Laynee”. I’m not sure about the other dudes though.
• Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
Peal jam, if you’re out there, and you’re reading this…please let us go on tour with you!!! So many more…we’d love to tour with anyone we can!
• What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
I’m not sure, I haven’t thought about it very hard. I thinks it’s just the way the world is now with social media and marketing. It’s kinda bullshit and the anticipation to release an album these days fucking sucks… I’d like to just do it like the old days, go in the studio for a week, slam out an entire album, and just drop that shit…maybe w we will start doing that again.
Other than that I think we’ve fallen into the bullshit of releasing singles and EPs before the Album. It’s just how shit is now a day. We like to be a little odd though, so we may switch shit up next go around.