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MEET FAULKNER



You may have seen Faulkner on MTV recently during their half hour special of "Soundscapes and Skyscrapers". We spoke with Dimitri on the phone the other day and he told us that the band had a blast filming one of their downtown LA shows on a rooftop. During the show they premiered a brand new single "Halo Me".

Faulkner is Bi-coastal. Half of the band is from New York, the other half California.. The guys make it work, splitting their time in each place with a lot of red-eye flights back and forth. Members include Lucas Asher, Eric Scullin, Dimitri Farougias and Christian Hogan.

Faulkner has been blowing up on Youtube, with their single "Revolutionary" hitting over 2 million views. I'm told that this is one of the bands favorites, done at the end of every show. Faulkner recalls shooting a music video for it in Hawaii being epic." There were crazy helicopter rides over volcanoes. They also filmed it at Jurassic Falls , where the iconic Jurassic Park was shot."

Something I find unique and interesting about this band is that they shoot all their stuff in monochrome. The effect keeps a very simple but very powerful look throughout.

Songwriting is a collaborative effort. "Lucas Asher (quarterback) comes up with ideas. It starts with his vision of what he wants to do. Everyone else jumps in and puts their own signature." Faulkner's sound covers a few decades of musical influences. There is a lot of 70s punk (The Clash), with 80s pop melody hooks (David Bowie) and 90s hip hop (Dr. Dre).

When asked what makes the band stand out from other artists he says he's never really thought about it. "We just go out there and do our thing. It's not a competition. We put our minds and hearts together and try to do the best we can to connect with as many people as we can."

One of the bands proudest moments was their collaboration with RZA for the song "NY Anthem". They say it was a dream come true working with the legendary hip-hop artist. "It was a real treat and incredible experience." he adds.

Another proud moment was recently sharing the bill at Riotfest with artists such as Iggy Pop, Pixies, Run DMC, No Doubt and Prodigy. "We grew up listening to and were influenced by these bands. It was a very big moment for us."

Faulkner's debut EP "Revanchist" has been widely received. The band has been getting a lot of love. People are engaging on social media. "We're very proud of that EP."

When asked where the band wants to go, the immediate reply was everywhere. "We love playing live. We want to hit every stage we can whether it's a huge or a small dive club or somewhere in the middle."

Fans interested in seeing one of their shows can be assured a high-energy performance with a lot of excitement. "We're so appreciative of everyone who comes to check us out. We will never give them a half-assed show."

The band is looking forward to shooting the full album during the first part of 2017.
The sound will be pretty co-hesive. The rest of the tracks are in the same vain, and are ready to be released. The guys have been writing a lot of new and slightly different material but that will be saved for their second album.

 What else are they excited about? "We have a new collaboration coming out with an amazing MC Rapper" Dimitri can't tell us anymore than that, but we're sure it'll be big.

Be on the lookout for more from this rising band!










 

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