When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
Drew:I think at first back in the high school days it was about the dream of being a famous rock and roll band, travelling the world, avoiding the 9 to 5 office jobs. These days it’s about staying connected to each other as friends and a piece of our youth. We are all very different people then when we started, but the one thing that has always been the same is the feeling of getting to play music together.
Brian: I knew I wanted to pursue a career in music the very first time I brought my guitar to a party in high school. Girls who had never spoken to me before all of the sudden wanted to know my name. it was like fishing with dynamite!
Who are your musical inspirations and why?
Michael:As a kid I can remember my dad blasting the vinyl of artists like, Chicago, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and Joni Mitchell to name a few.From there is expanded to bands Like The Who which really opened the door to musical theatre.Seeing all of them from Les Miserable, Miss Siagon, The Producers etc.My teenage years I would fall asleep to bands like Green Day, Offspring and Silverchair.It is because of all of these bands and artists that I have listened to growing up has made me appreciate every not, every word produced by musicians.
Drew: This answer changes by the day, but today it’s The smashing pumpkins. The amount of material they are putting out, and plan to put out in the next year is insane. The work ethic is impressive, and it makes me want to work harder.
Journey - We all have such different musical backgrounds. Igrew up listening to country music with my family and only diving in to rock music when I picked up my guitar at the age of 13. I learned to play guitar mainly because of Mark Tremonti (Creed) Now Alter Bridge.
Brian: I grew up with classic rock always playing around the house. Bands like Zeppelin, the Who, Pink Floyd and Bob Seager (Mom) were the first songs I rocked out to. As an adult, I’ve found myself drawn to bands with a classic feel, most notably Alter Bridge. Over the more recent years, I’ve found myself leaning towards harder rock banks like Bad Wolves, Nothing More and Asking Alexandria.
Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
Drew: 1) I’m a sucker for musical theatre
I play in a weekly dungeons and dragons game.
(Im an avid critter. If you know you know )
Journey: 1) I am the one that takes everyones ideas in Ravenscode and Demos them out in my studio before sending them to SLR Studios in Windsor, ON Canada where we record the final version.
2) I am always writing music, whether its for me personally, Ravenscode or fellow musicians.
3)To this day I still listen to country music as my main music genre.
Michael:1)I am also a Director of Photography working on TV shows.
I play video games…all the time.NHL and GTA currently (stats taken in Dec. 2020)
I star in an online comedy channel (Comedies Never Win)
What song of yours best describes you and why?
Drew: “Be the same” is basically my thoughts every time I look at Justin. I have never had the strength to tell him how I feel.
Journey: Storm - Mainly for the reason that it brings my country roots with my rock attitude all rolled up in one song.
Michael: Fire - I have a fire inside me that makes me want to go and get shit done.A passion and drive to do things for the better.
What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
Drew: Laval Quebec, studio 910. First gig in Quebec. Drum kit broke, running on no sleep, and had a killer set. We were stoked when people showed up. Met a lot of great people that night.
Brian: Our CD release party for District. It was in our home town of Windsor Ontario and surrounded by family and friends. We packed the best live music venue in town and invited some of our favourite local bands to join us on stage. Great night!
Michael: WFCU Centre in Windsor.The arena where the Spitfires play was huge for me.Biggest crowd I have ever played in front of. It went by so fast but was quite the rush.
If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
Drew: The Troubadour. The bands that have been on that stage, the history, the legends. Bucket list venue.
Brian: I would love to play Rebel in Toronto. Its beautiful inside since it has been renovated and was good enough for Alter Bridge, why not us!
Journey: Pine Knob now DTE Energy Music theatre. I have seem so many of my favourite bands and musical artists there from Linkin Park, 3 Doors Down, Brad Paisley,Rascal Flatts, Staind just to name a few.
What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?
Drew: Just hit 15 million streams on Spotify, and released our second full length album. Future goals, more albums, more connections with fans.
Brian: Reaching 80 million streams was pretty great. In the future I would love to take our live show to other parts of the world other than simply North America.
Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?
Drew: We have a rule when loading unloading the trailer. Always be in pairs. That because once I was alone watching the gear, a few guys came up and struck a conversation with me. Behind me a guy stole my cymbal bag with all my bronze. Had to go to a music store the next day and get all new gear. Really hard lesson to learn.
Brian: So we’re playing a show with a band called Ridding shotgun and we are sitting around back stage drinking a few beers and shootin’ the shit about our recording experiences. Journey (Justin) drops a famous line we always use in the studio to bug Mike, “Bass is just filler”. He forgets that this inside joke is not known to the other band and that he is sitting next to the 250lbs bass player. So the huge bass player stands up and looks like he’s going to murder Journey. Now most people in this situation would have their fight or flight instincts set in and either run away or try to get in the first punch. Not Journey though. He looks the guy right in the eyes and hugs him. Watching the anger on this gigantic mans face quickly turn to surprise was one of the best things i’ve even see. He then smiled, and hugged Journey back before sitting back down and opening another beer.
What do you like best about being a musician and why?
Brian:My favourite part of being a musician is being able to write songs that people can relate and make connections to. I love hearing from fans who talk about how a song has made them feel or how it has helped them through a tough time in their life. It’s an amazing feeling.
Drew: The feeling when people connect to something you wrote is tough to explain. I never tire of people telling us their take on lyrics and what they took away from the song. It changes from person to person and there are no wrong answers. It’s very intimate, and it creates a connection.
Journey: The fact that I can put my thoughts into a song that many people can relate to even if I think I am the only one with that thought process.
Michael: That a small riff or a few words that I come up with can be turned into a song.A song that has changed peoples lives is pretty special.I am very much a people person and interacting with the fans is something I enjoy doing.
If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
Brian: I’ve always enjoyed the social sciences and at one point considered pursuing a degree is psychology in order to become a therapist.
Drew: We all have full time careers outside of the band. If the opportunity is ever there we would make the band our full time jobs.My job outside of the band is in live events. I am a lighting designer/technician for all manner of expos, theatre, and live music.
Journey: Producing Music in my studio and helping other musicians bring their dreams of making a song/EP/Album come to life.
Michael: I am pretty good at making TV.Making beautiful pictures using a camera and some light is a pretty special feeling.
What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?
Drew: Front row at Pine Knob for Linking Park, My chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, Placebo, Him, Mindless Self Indulgence all on one bill. INSANE.
Brian: This is a really tough one as I’ve seen some pretty incredible live shows over the years with some of my favourite live acts being Alter Bridge, Muse, and Finger Eleven. But the best show would have to be Avenged Sevenfold with Buck Cherry and Shinedown. It was just a good old rock show and the atmosphere was something truly special.
What would your ideal festival line up be and why?
Drew: I wouldn’t mid seeing Ravenscode on a festival lineup. Maybe a pinup that also had Foo Fighters on it. Yah that would be good.
Journey: Dustin Lynch (Country), State Champs, Shinedown, Saint Asonia, I Prevail and Alter Bridge. Because those bands are the ones that are constantly on my playlist in my streaming app.
What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Drew: I was stressed about a venue that just sounded like garbage. Completely out of our control, and it was preventing us from having a good time. My friend Brandon said. “Your problem is that you give a fuck… stop it”. He didn’t mean that we shouldn’t care about our performance, but why worry about something we have no control over.
Michael: Life isn’t a dress rehearsal.It’s the real thing.So make sure you get it right the first time through.
Journey: Never stop making music.
What things make you happy and what things annoy you?
Michael: I would say being with my family.Home is a special place.Also hanging with these knuckleheads in Ravenscode.Nothing can come between us and that is special.Things that annoy me…getting owned in video games.Like…how can someone be THAT good?
Drew: Things that make me happy; driving with the windows down, peeling the protective plastic off of something new, getting a green light at that intersection that you always get a red.Things that make me not happy: slow internet, breaking a guitar string, covid, ducking auto correct.
Journey:My Family, making music and Food make me the happiest.Alarm Clocks, when little things that should be simple aren’t and my slow Ass internet where I live. Seriously, its terrible lol.
Journey: I love spending time with my wife, she is by far the best person I have ever met. She’s so supportive and helpful, we can just spend so much time together and never get bored of each other. Also, I do play Video Games when I have some free time and believe it or not I enjoy detailing my and my wife’s car. I just like driving around in clean cars.
Michael:Sorry…I need to interrupt…..that answer just made me tear up.hmm..maybe it’s my allergies?
What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
Drew: Read. Im into sci fi writers like Earnest Cline, Dennis Taylor, Neil Stephenson
Journey: I love spending time with my wife, she is by far the best person I have ever met. She’s so supportive and helpful, we can just spend so much time together and never get bored of each other.
Michael:Sorry…I need to interrupt…..that answer just made me tear up.hmm..maybe it’s my allergies?
Journey Cont.:Also, I do play Video Games when I have some free time and believe it or not I enjoy detailing mine and my wife’s car. I just like driving around in clean cars.
Brian: When I’m away from music I love spending time with my wife and 2 year old son. I’m an avid reader (mostly sci-fi and fantasy with some horror mixed in). I also love to watch and play sports, though a lot more watching than playing these days lol.
Michael:I am always playing around with technology (cameras etc).Always making videos. But I will find myself with a guitar in my lap while doing this.It’s amazing how it always comes back to music.
Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?
Drew: Streaming services could definitely pay artist better, but the opportunities for people to be exposed to different artists now is limitless. There is no barrier to getting your material out there, but there is also a vast quantity of other artists you are trying to stand out from. Good in some ways, bad in others. The one solace is that for the most part it is a level playing field. All bands have the same challenges to deal with.
Journey: Yes and No, yes for how fast word can spread when it comes to staying up to date with your favourite artists/bands whether it being a new release or tour announcement. I also find it great for discovering new bands to listen to.
Michael: It is good in the sense that it is much easier to interact with the fans.Before it would have just been at shows.And if then…you couldn’t talk to everyone cause you have to pack up your things and drive to the next city.
How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?
Journey:Most would probably say it’s important to a certain extent, but for me personally I’m not looking to seek attention on my image.I am a jeans and T-Shirt kind of guy, nothing fancy.
Michael:Just do what makes you feel comfortable.That in itself is a style.No need to try and sit in.I am like Journey….jeans and t-shirt….sometimes without the jeans though.
Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?
Drew: Should we have one?
Michael: I don’t think any of us have any.If we get on a world tour with Foo Fighters….we will make a pact and get a Ravenscode “R” on our shoulder.
If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?
Michael:Nothing.Canada is perfect.Right?But really, one day isn't enough...but I would probably have it so that not one person goes hungry. EVER.There is too much poverty out there and it doesn't seem fair that some people are able to sell their private island to stock their wine collection that is depleting, while others are living pay check to pay check and having to decide between food or rent.
Drew:Canada needs to take a long look at how we continue to treat Indigenous people. We need to do a better job of keeping promises and working with the communities.
Journey: Thats a tough question, I don’t know if you want me running the country lol I guess if I had to answer the question, I would start by giving away free food to everyone LOL
What would your ideal day consist of?
Drew: Any day we are in the studio.
Michael:Obviously playing video games.Oh and playing a show and hanging out with the fans before and after.
Journey: Waking up whenever I want, get a workout in, walk downstairs write/record music, Video Games back to music again and spending the night with my wife.
What has been your experience during the Covid 19 situations.Can you tell us how this has affected you personally, how it has affected you professionally and maybe a story from this time or a message for people out there?
Michael:It’s been hard.I am a people person.I love interacting.I love hugging.Not being able to do those things has been tough.That being said…I did look at the extra time it gave me in life and I did something with that time.I started a comedy channel on YouTube (Comedies Never Win).I was able to write music.I basically was able to do things I didn’t have time to do before the world shut down.Sometimes we need to just do what we love.
Drew: Outside of the band I work in live events. It was the first industry to shut down as gatherings are basically the business model. I was out of work for 6 months, and during that time I started a small 3d printer farm to produce PPE for front line workers. With help from family and friends I was able to produce over 10000 parts donated, from face shields to ear savers. The people that are in our hospitals are heros, and I was proud to help them in the small way we did.
If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?
Michael: Buy some merch.Not just from us, although that would be nice, but from bands that have it.To the last question, Covid has really hurt the arts and not being able to play live hurts.But knowing that the fans are there to support their favourite artist by buying, not only their music, but a hat or shirt goes a long way.It lets us all know that we have had an impact on their lives.
Drew: Thank you for your messages. Thank you for listening. Thank you for sharing our music with your friends. More is coming.
How would you answer the question Who are Ravenscode and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ?
Ravenscode: we aren’t much different from music and while away from music. We are 4 Friends who have passion for writing music, hanging out, playing video games.
What was the first record or song you purchased and why?
Journey: First Album I Purchased was 3 Doors Down - The Better Life. LOVED Kryptonite and Loser. Those 2 songs made me a huge fan of the album and that band.
Michael: Dookie.All the cool kids had it.That hand drawn cover was so awesome.I think I wore that CD out.
What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
Drew: Enjoy the ride, keep it fun, work hard.
Journey: DO IT! I would never speak badly of anyone trying to follow their dreams of being a musician, I encourage it!There are so many talented people who are too afraid of what may or may not happen. I say, if it makes you happy, then do it and don’t look back. We are an Indy band so we haven’t dealt much with the industry but we have heard both good and bad stories about it.
If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
Drew: Producer Butch Vig. He is the drummer for Garbage, and has produced many amazing albums including Nevermind by Nirvana, Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins, Wasting Light by Foo fighters.
Journey: Carrie Underwood - She is such a great singer/ songwriter and an incredible person.I would love to see what we can come up with together
Michael:Queen. Who wouldn’t want to be in the room when they came up with “boom boom clap.boom boom clap”.Like c’mon.
If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?
Drew:Other than “Gonna make you sweat”, I would say “Space Oddity” by Bowie. It’s a full cinematic masterpiece in 5 minutes.
Journey: I honestly have NO idea.
Michael:I will answer for Journey.It would have to be a Journey song.That’s how you got your nick name.
What things make you uncomfortable?
Drew: Wet bus seats.
Brian:triple that ^^^
Journey: Planes, Small Rooms and Mushrooms. I hate mushrooms.
If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?
Drew: Lots of pictures. Only my friends would read it, and they don’t read well.
Journey - Zombies that I would kill, while eating food.
Michael: Anything with zombies in it.
What has the rest of the year got in store for you and can you tell us about any gig date changes or where we can find the info?
Drew:Ravenscode.com new ep in 2021 provided shutdowns don’t prevent studio time.
Journey:We are going to be recording more songs in the summer of 2021 at SLR Studios in Windsor. And due to the COVID restrictions its just going to be writing writing writing which in all honesty I’m perfectly ok with that! Check out Ravenscode.com for any upcoming dates.