1. What's the name of your band? What's the origin of that name?
We decided to call ourselves Dirt Nap because we felt like there was this attitude (from some people at least) of what metal is supposed to be, like it had to be violent and angry all the time or it was for pussies or something. We like to bring out the acoustic guitars at times and show that other side. Sometimes the quietest songs are the most powerful. We went with the most brutal, stereotypical metal name we could think of and it stuck. Metal can be beautiful too.
2. What are your names, nicknames and corresponding instruments?
a. Matt Humphrey
i. Nickname(s): Humphrey Bogart, Matt the Cat, Humphrey Dumpty
ii. Instrument(s): Vocals
b. Sebastian Anderson
i. Nickname(s): Sabby, Bash, The Mastermind
ii. Instrument(s): Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, backup vocals, piano
c. Tyler Arganti
i. Nickname(s): Ty Ty, Ty Guy, Ty
ii. Instrument(s): Bass, acoustic guitar
d. Ryan Sajovic
i. Nickname(s): Saj
ii. Instrument(s): Drums
3. If you could fill a pool with anything but water, what would it be?
Matt: I would want my pool filled with things that are green.
Sebastian: I would want my pool filled with money, textbooks, and audio equipment.
Tyler: I would want money for sure; a lot of Benny Franklins.
4. What’s an average day like for the band?
An average day for the band involves us going to work at our day jobs and coming home to our instruments.
Matt: Enjoys hiking, pro wrestling/sports entertainment, swimming, and video games in his spare time.
Sebastian: In what little free time I do have I enjoy taking care of my fish, learning as much in the STEM fields as I can, and furthering my theory, composition, and production skills.
Tyler: I enjoy playing music, weight lifting, gaming, spending time with my pets, and furthering my general knowledge in whichever ways possible. Everyday you can learn something new.
5. Where/When was your last show, when/where is your next show?
Our last show was our album release party for our new record we just released prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. We performed last on February 15th at Olde Towne Grille performing our new album in its entirety. All future shows have been postponed, however, due to COVID-19 but we hope to see you at a venue near you, hopefully this fall.
6. What are some of the best pranks you as bandmates have pulled on each other?
Sometimes when we can't wake up our singer we use a little taser on him to get him moving or we'll put a few bricks in Tyler's bass case and watch him try to figure out why it's suddenly heavier. Just little things like that.
7. How has your music evolved since you first began playing together?
We have evolved in the sense that we are starting to find our sound and are growing together musically. We are starting to perfect how to bring our own influences and styles into one new sound all of our own.
8. What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite?
Our favorite part about this line of work is getting to perform in front of people and evoke emotion out of them. Being able to write lyrics and songs that people feel were written just for them. That rush and high you get up there. The satisfaction of making something of your own out of nothing and affect someone's life in a positive way by doing so. Our least favorite part is probably loading in and tearing down. Especially tearing down.
9. If you were a super-hero, what would your power be?
Matt: If I could have super powers I would want to be able to fly and live underwater. Be able to experience the world from that perspective. Fly with the birds and swim with the sea life. Being able to see what they see but safely lol. That or to just be immortal and not age.
Sebastian: I would like to have the ability to manipulate time the most. There are never enough hours in the day. So far in life I have minimized sleep as I find it to be a waste of the most precious resource to me. It would be nice to be able to spend a lot of time learning and doing the things I want to do without needing to be exhausted in the process lol.
Tyler: I would want the ideal abilities of Superman, or perhaps Goku, or a saiyan warrior from DBZ.
10. What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
Our advice to anyone wanting to form their own band is practice hard. Surround yourself with people who want the same thing that you do. Don't start drugs or drinking. It will only slow you down and cause more problems. Also don't waste too much time with girls. That too will slow you down and usually seems to ruin bands. Also don’t waste a majority of your time together or alone working on your visuals and choreography, hitting the woodshed is a lot more effective. Remember this is music, people don’t hear that stuff through the speakers. Always put the band first and be true to yourself.
11. Who are some of your favorite musicians?
Matt: Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour), Dexter Holland (The Offspring), Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), Layne Staley (Alice In Chains), Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), Shaun Morgan (Seether)
Sebastian: Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom), Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), Devin Townsend, Johann Sebastian Bach, Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Tyler: Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), Jon Foreman (Switchfoot), Mark Hoppus (Blink 182), Sebastian Anderson (Dirt Nap), Tom DeLonge (Angels & Airwaves), Benjamin Burnley (Breaking Benjamin)
Saj: Abe Cunningham (Deftones), Andols Herrick (Chimaira), Dave Grohl (Nirvana), Igor & Max Cavalera (Sepultura), Steve Shalaty (Odious Sanction)
12. What is the craziest thing you have ever received from a fan?
Probably this note and phone number a fan girl gave Matt where she referred to herself as "Amber the whore". Gotta love shameless self promotion haha.
13. What song means the most to you and why?
Matt: I think the most personal Dirt Nap song to me is “No Place Like Home”. There's so much going in it lyrically from a soul searching sort of place. It's about the passing of loved ones and trying to deal with grief. Questioning your faith and just everything around you and how the time has gone by. Feeling like life is passing you by. Wanting to get out and live your life and to see the world. Ending one chapter or part of your journey and starting another. At the same time seeking comfort in whatever you call home and some sense of normality and control.
Sebastian: “Pain In Fortune” is the most important song to me. It is my proudest accomplishment from a com-positional and melodic standpoint. It blends elements of classical music, melodic metal genres, and pop music. The harpsichord intro was my way of sneaking in a Bach-like piece in there and I like how that melody and chord progression works its way into the bridge later on. The chorus is really simple but effective, I particularly love the “classical stops” as I call them the last time. The guitar solo is pretty bitchin’ too, super melodic and shreddy.
Tyler: “Sheep” is my choice because of the powerful meaning it holds. We unfortunately live in a society that’s run by corrupt politicians who only care for themselves and not the actual communities they are supposed to support. Sheep is a reminder that you have your freedom and can’t be owned by anybody. This song also has my favorite Dirt Nap bass-line and guitar solo.
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?
The one thing we would want to say to our fans is to always remember that you’re not alone, and never expect less. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Realize your value, who you are, and where you come from. We will always stay true to the origin of our sound.
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