It's not too bad. It could be better but we're the opening band so we're just trying to do our best. The other bands aren't really drawing so it's not helping us that much.
You guys are currently on the Jaegermeister tour.
I'm not so sure if it's Jaeger sponsored or if there's just a couple of bands that are Jaeger bands. I don't really know if Jaeger put anything into it. I just know that a couple of bands are on Jaeger.
Tell us a little about your band.
Luxt has been around for about seven years and this particular lineup is almost two years now. On this record, American Beast, it was recorded by all five members that are currently in the band. It's our latest effort with the current lineup.
How many albums do you guys have out?
This is our fifth but we're considering this as our debut nationwide release because we've got pretty good distribution and we're actually out pushing this record nationally.
You guys are from Sacramento, CA. How long have you guys been on the music scene there?
The band has been around for seven years but we didn't really hit Sacramento hard until three or so years ago. Maybe four now. We decided to just really, really hit them hard and play every month. By doing that we built up a pretty good following throughout the northern California area.
Do you guys play a lot of shows in Los Angeles?
No, we don't. We tend to not necessarily avoid that area but it's really expensive to travel down there because you don't get paid and it's a 400 mile drive for us to southern California so we don't really see everybody taking time off from work to do it so we just haven't really ventured out that way enough.
How long have you been a vocalist?
About eight years. Since Luxt started really.
Why did you decide to break into the music business?
It just happened. I had the opportunity to play keyboards for an older band that Erie had before we started Luxt and then it turned into a singing role. He asked me if I wanted to sing in this project that we both started and that's how it came about. Nothing too rock star thrilling.
You guys are a self-proclaimed "cyber voodoo rock band". What exactly is that?
It's just a name that we came up with ourselves to describe our music. We're not metal. We're not electronic rock. We're not industrial. It was just something that was fun and fit the style of music we're doing.
Tell us a little about American Beast. What's that on the cover?
It's a shark's tooth. It's a megaladon tooth. It's the biggest beast in the ocean.
Tell us about some of the tracks on the album and the inspiration behind some of the songs.
It depends because most of the inspiration comes from everyday life. Some of the tracks we prefer live because they have the energy that we want to portray with our live shows such as "Life Is Pain" or "Nerve" is always a good song to start with because it brings out the energy immediately. I like playing "Cease" because it has really good feeling behind the song. It really changes from day to day on which of the tracks are favorites. I like them all in a different way. It's a very diverse album and a diverse sound. We've got some heavy tracks and some slower tracks and some more fun tracks.
I was playing the CD in the car for some friends and they loved it. If it's successful in the car that's a good thing. It's definitely a road CD.
That's cool. I think that "Mary Magaladon" is a fun driving song for me.
Everyone loved the title track. Is your album getting any radio airplay?
That's cool. We were on college and commercial specialties for 10 weeks. We charted for 10 weeks. We did that 10 week radio campaign and we actually stayed on the charts for that long. Apparently with college radio, they suggest that you don't really go much further than 10 or 12 weeks because after that the record becomes old if you will because there are so many albums that college deejays will sit on it for it a while and then they'll go to something new. We were successful in that respect that we stayed on the charts as long as it was being pushed.
Are you getting airplay on regular radio?
No, you generally don't get much commercial airplay unless you've got a lot of money behind you and usually that's if you're on a major label. It costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to get commercial airplay. That's why we don't have it. I know there's a couple of stations that might play us on specialty shows. A couple of deejays here and there might throw us in but it's very, very sporadic. It costs that much money to do it.
In other words, it's all about money and not about the quality of the music.
Absolutely, right. It's all about money and what label you're on.
You guys have gone on four national tours and opened for bands like Godsmack. Were there any particular bands you liked opening for?
Most of those were shows that we did locally in our hometown because we're a bigger drawing band so none of those were actually with those bands on tour. They were just opening slots on individual shows. Our favorite was Rammstein. They've all been great. We've enjoyed most shows that we've played anyway. We try to make the best out of every show we get.
You guys have a DVD coming out this summer.
We do. It will have six videos on it and behind the scenes footage and live footage. We just don't have a release date yet.
Where can people get your CD?
You can buy it online. You can buy it at our shows and you can pretty much buy it at any store you go into. They may not have it stocked on the shelf but you will be able to have them order it. Anybody can order our CD.
Any other thoughts or comments?
No, not really. Just have people come and check us out live. That's what we do. Our live show is our biggest selling point. Going to the shows is really important for us to sell records so the more people who come see us live, the better off we might be. At least that's the hope.