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  • When did you decide that a career in music was for you?

Brie (vocals): I never had any other desires in life other than to perform. I knew when I was 11 months old and had a death grip on my Fisher Price tape player/microphone that I was only supposed to sing and dance. 


Michael (Drums): Art in general has always been something I was heavily interested in. At a very young age I was constantly drawing and for a little bit I thought I wanted to be an artist. Around middle school  is when I got into playing drums after watching my dads band perform and ever since then I decided I wanted to pursue music. It’s something I couldn’t see my life without. 


Justin (Bass): I’ve always loved music as far as I remember. When I was VERY little, my parents would occasionally put on concert films in the living room and I would point at the screen at the guitars they played or something lol.


  • Who are your musical inspirations and why? 

Michael: I always gravitate towards bands with great harmonies so The Beatles, Beach Boys, and Queen are standouts. Keane is great with hooks and melodies. As far as my drum play style, it would have to go to a mix of Tre Cool from Green Day, Blake Richardson from Between the Buried and Me, and Jay Postones from Tesseract, to name a few. 


Justin: Phil Collins is a big inspiration to me as a singer and drummer. And the members of Genesis in general are inspirations to me as songwriters. Some others are R.E.M., Cream, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and The Police/Sting.


  • Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?

Jordan (Guitar): Probably not, I think I’m pretty open about just about everything about myself. 


  • What song of yours best describes you and why?

Brie: Probably “Trigger Warning”. I think it probably best encompasses my dark sense of humor, my frustrations with the status quo, and my unique brand of crazy. 


Jordan: For me it’s definitely “Burn it Down”. It’s long, it’s pure rock, it’s got an ethereal middle section and an awesome climax. That’s me in a nutshell when it comes to writing music. 


  • What has been the best gig you have done to date and why? 

Jordan: We played this gig for 4th of July at a huge outdoor amphitheater and we were right before the fireworks and at one point everyone had their phones out with the light on and we were playing bohemian rhapsody. It was just incredible.


  •  If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?

Jordan: I would love either Madison Square Garden or Wembley Stadium. My favorite artists and heroes have had legendary performances at those places and I would love to pretend I’m having one too. 


Justin: Royal Albert Hall, Staples Center, Radio City Music Hall, as cliche as those sound, it would be super cool to play at those.


  • What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?

Jordan: Honestly, probably this album. I’m so happy with how it turned out and still happy with it. I’d like to put out more music that’s even better and spreads to even more people.


  • Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?

Jordan: There probably isn’t much, everyone in this band is pretty lame.


Brie: One time after a gig we listened to the same song, Nelly’s “Ride Wit Me” for almost 2 hours straight on the ride home. That is quite literally the most interesting thing we’ve ever done. Like Jordan said, we’re pretty lame. 


  • What do you like best about being a musician and why?

Michael: I enjoy writing and recording the most. Being able to construct a song and create something new for the world of music is fulfilling. I also enjoy playing shows and meeting other bands in the process.


Justin: I love watching a song come into its own slowly but surely, not yet knowing what the outcome is but being optimistic that it’s something you’re passionate about and others will love.


  • If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?

Michael: I’d honestly want to be a part of the stage process somehow, like doing lights, pyro, or sound. 


Justin: I’ve been very interested in audio engineering for the past couple years, so engineering for other people would be a lot of fun judging from previous studio experiences.


  • What has been the best gig you have been to as a fan and can you tell us about it?

Brie: I recently got to see Neck Deep for the first time after years of unsuccessful attempts and that made me really happy. Eagles were spectacular, Bruno Mars was epic, Elton John was mind-blowing, and Billy Joel with Stevie Nicks had me sobbing and dancing for 3-hours straight. Taking my niece to her first ever concert, Paramore, was pretty incredible, too. 


  • What would your ideal festival line up be and why?

Jordan: A bunch of people who are all dead. And because they all inspired me and made me the musician I am today. 


  • What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Brie: No reason this can’t be fun. 


  • What things make you happy and what things annoy you?

Brie: I pretty much just like music, my dog, my family, and being outside in nature. Everything else is pretty annoying to me. 


  • What things do you like to do when you are away from music?

Michael: I enjoy going to see movies and visiting theme parks. 


Justin: Same as Michael, but I also like being on the internet a lot of time in the day.


  • Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?

Brie: Like most things there’s a good and a bad. We wouldn’t be able to reach as many people as we do if we didn’t have the internet connecting us to strangers. We would have a sliver of the success we have now if it weren’t for Spotify playlisting and social media algorithms pushing us to new fans. On the other hand, I don’t think most people who are inherently artistic are also the same people who are good at self promoting. I know I’m certainly not. Having to follow literal trends and bastardize other people’s ideas in the name of content creation feels counterintuitive to artistry, for me personally. Fortunately we have a lot of fun making our videos with our pal Grant, but without the guys I would not be online at all. So, it’s a tough one.  


  • How important do you think your look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?

Brie: It’s always been important, but probably especially now more than ever considering attention spans are objectively shorter and you have milliseconds to capture someone’s attention before they swipe away. To certain people you are your online presence. It’s a digital portfolio. But I also feel it’s an important form of self expression for me to have my image and my outfits and my social media presence portray who I am. I don’t stress about image too much because to me looking fierce is part of who I am and it’s part of being a rockstar. 


Michael: I think image is extremely important to stand out in the industry. So extreme examples would be bands like KISS, Slipknot, and Ghost who take the image aspect to the max and it always gets attention. Other more subtle image decisions work well to make your band more recognizable and familiar. 


  • Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?

Brie: I think I am the most tattoo’d of the band. I most recently got a tattoo of Mona and Russer from Nanalan’, who are basically just me and my dog, LuLu, in Canadian puppet form. I have a tattoo of my late dog Gigi and I have Jessica Rabbit prominently displayed on my forearm, as she is my style icon and the ultimate symbol of cartoonish femininity. I have a matching tattoo with my best friend, I have a psychedelic Mickey Mouse because I love Disney and being a little freak, I have “fall in love with yourself” in my mom’s handwriting, and “no reason this can’t be fun” in my dad’s handwriting. I have a few more cute, silly ones, too. Tattoos are a vital part of my self-expression.


  • If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?

Jordan: Congress salary would be based on the average income of their lowest-earning constituents and no more uncapped “donations” from wealthy donors. 


Brie: The supreme court would be in for a rude f***ing awakening, that’s for sure. 


  • What would your ideal day consist of?

Michael: First off… overcast and rainy, then the day could consist of a solid songwriting session with the band with good food and discussions. 


Justin: A couple hours of musical experimentation with friends and then some downtime. 


  • If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?

Brie: To be dramatic, you are the reason we get to do what we love. Streaming our music, watching our videos, sharing with your friends, engaging with our content, might not seem like much but it makes a huge difference in our lives. It makes us really happy to be able to make music and we don’t get to do that unless it resonates with people so we couldn’t be more grateful that you found us and like us, you really like us! 


  • How would you answer the question Who are The Disassociates and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ?

Jordan: I think we are still kind of figuring that out, at least I know I am. My ideas for this band are always growing and changing, so who knows where I’ll be with it in a few years. 


Brie: There is no line between Brie, the person who writes lyrics for The Disassociates and Brie, the human being, except I might be even crazier in person. 


  • What was the first record or song you purchased and why?

Michael: I think technically it would have been “Planetary Duality” by The Faceless. I was really into death metal and other forms of metal when I was in high school and that would have been the first cd I purchased and I remember receiving it in the mail and immediately listening to it front to back on the computer.


  • What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?

Brie: Don’t do it until we get famous, please. We need an open lane. 


  • If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?

Jordan: Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin or Axl Rose of Guns n Roses.


  •  If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?

Jordan: Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor, or maybe Beethoven's Moonlight sonata movements 1-3. 


  • What things make you uncomfortable?

Brie: Everything. I have chronic pain and anxiety. I have never known peace. 


  • If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?

Jordan: Probably my deepest darkest secrets.


Brie: My book would be about Jordan’s deepest darkest secrets. 


Justin: Maybe my point of view about tons of situations and “escapades” in my life, basically like an autobiography.


  • What has the rest of the year got in store for you?

Michael: I hope we get a ton of shows under our belt and get to play some festivals. I’d like to get our live presence out there in the world and see what happens! 

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