Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band/project.
I'm a solo artist with a revolving live band. For "The Noise" EP, Lincoln Parish (formerly of "Cage the Elephant") produced and played most instruments. Evan Hutchings played drums, Landon Milbourn (of "Goodbye June") performed background vocals with Leisa Dupree Hans and Ashley Wilcoxson (background performers for "The Black Keys", El Camino record).
For starters, what bands or projects were you a part of prior to Rabyt? How long has this band/your project been around?
My first band was a punk, shoegazeyish thing I started while living in Brooklyn, NY. We called ourselves "The Bleeding Bombshells" with big plans to rock Manhattan around 2007. We played some great venues both live and televised, but ultimately packed it up about a year later.
What’s the origin of your name?
I've always loved what rabbits represent in stories and films like Alice in Wonderland or The Matrix. Those characters or symbols take us on a mysterious, surprising, and challenging journey that ultimately leads to self discovery. For me, my music has been that experience and I hope to share that with others. I want my fans to help create a community where anything is possible, you can be whomever you want to be --Unlimited by a name or preconceived identity, a chance to visit a playground of truth, your own truth - with full acceptance. People ask me why I spell RABYT with a 'Y'? My answer is "Why Not?"
Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs and do you think these topics will change over time?
I wrote all of my songs on this EP with an LA-based Canadian writer, Andy Stochansky. Andy was great to support the themes I wanted to explore.The topics you'll find on this EP are:
- My struggle to find a "musical voice or identity" while traveling the U.S and coming full mental-circle to embrace my rock-n-roll Ohio roots.
- Social awkwardness / being the outsider
- Music as a lover and solid companion
- Staying up when the world is fucking you over
These topics will grow on the next record, but this is the stuff that will be the foundation from which I expand.
What bands/artists are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
The Notorious B.I.G
Was there a particular band/artist or concert that inspired you to start a band?
Hearing Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" at my 9th grade dance. A group of seniors asked the DJ to play it and then pulled me from the bleachers where I was sitting and lovingly dragged me into their drunken circle in the middle of the dance floor. I never liked going to high school dances and usually spent half of the time trying to figure out how to leave early or not go at all, but my anxiety completely vanished when I heard the line "we're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl", and I never wanted to escape that feeling or leave "that circle". That was the moment, after that I started to write and sing songs - Something that will continue for the rest of my life.
What do you do to prepare for a show? Any flexing, exercises, ect …
Silence, just silence, before THE NOISE!
What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far?
Meeting the gracious and majestic, Steven Tyler while scouting yogurt at the Pinkberry in LA. He had me sing harmonies with him while strolling arm-and-arm down Sunset Blvd. Singing Aerosmith's "Amazing" - It was a real moment form me - Sharing personal obstacles, receiving some powerful encouragement. I am forever grateful for that experience. Steven, if you can hear me, thank you!
If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
QUEEN. Freddie Mercury was a God amongst us mortals, a musical superhero that graced us with his talents and gifts! The Clash would be pretty fucking cool too :)
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Just my thanks!!