1. What's the name of your band? What's the origin of that name?
BLACKTOP MOJO BABY!!!
2. What are your names, nicknames and corresponding instruments?
Matt James - Vocals
Nathan Gillis - Drums
Ryan Kiefer - Guitar
Catt Murtis- Bass
Chuck Wepfer - Guitar
3. If you could fill a pool with anything but water, what would it be?
Money or probably chocolate pudding.
4. What’s an average day like for the band?
On tour: usually wake up, hit the truck stop for some coffee, roll to the venue for load in, workout in the parking lot, soundcheck, shower (if there’s a shower nearby), find some food and maybe a good beer, warm up, play the show, tear down/have a couple nightcaps. Rinse and repeat.
5. Where/When was your last show, when/where is your next show?
Our Last show was at the House of Rock in Corpus Christi, TX back in February before all the craziness hit the world. Our next show is a live stream with Clutch, Crowbar, and Saul May 27th.
6. What are some of the best pranks you as band mates have pulled on each other?
We got in a clothes pin war with some of our friends in a band called Kirra. We were on a run with Otherwise, Lullwater, and them. They would sneak up behind you while you were talking to someone and try to see how many clothespins they could fit on your clothes or your pass or whatever. By the end of the tour, everyone had their own color clothespins and was doing it to each other. The last night when Kirra was on stage, Otherwise, Lullwater, and us walked up on stage during their set and started tagging them and everything we could stick clothespins to. I think all in all we used about 1500 of them.
7. How has your music evolved since you first began playing together?
When we first started, we were playing music that I would consider more country than anything else. Where we come from, there isn’t a whole lot of places to play rock music, so we’d take gigs playing covers in country bars and honky tonk type of places. When we wrote our first record, all the songs were much heavier than the tunes than the stuff we’d been playing in the corners of those bars, but it was more “us” if that makes sense. After that we started traveling out to Dallas, Houston, and Austin to play in rock clubs.
8. What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite?
My favorite part is getting to write music, and get to travel around far and wide to perform it for people. I don’t really have a least favorite thing. Even the worst day living your dream is better than the best day at a job you only half ass.
9. If you were a superhero, what would your power be?
Teleportation, so I could go hang out with friends that are far away whenever I wanted.
10. What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
Don’t do it for anything other than a love of making music. If you do it for money or to get famous, or something like that, you’ll be sorely disappointed.
11. Who are some of your favorite musicians?
I’m a huge Chris Cornell fan. He’s probably one of my favorite singers. Led Zeppelin, Tool, Elvis, Robert Johnson, Jeff Buckley, Curtis Mayfield, Alice In Chains, Ryan Adams, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the list goes on forever and ever.
12. What is the craziest thing you've ever received from a fan?
We’ve received a lot of cool stuff from our fans over the years. I’m not really sure we’ve ever received anything too weird or crazy. Most of them send us booze, or books, or records, or letters and cards. Cool stuff like that.
13. What song means the most to you and why?
I think if I had to choose, it would be Prodigal. So many folks have reached out and told me personal stories that relate to that song, and it’s so cool to hear people from all these different walks of life find something that grabs them, and to get to know so many people through that.
14. How can people gain access to your music?
15. If you had one thing to say to all your fans, what would it be?
Thank you. Can’t wait to play for y’all again! (Fingers crossed it will be soon)
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