Interview With 'Enormodome'
Firstly, introduce yourselves and tell us a little bit about the band and how you came to be?
We are Mikey and Jeff. Our band is called Enormodome. We are from a little mountain town called Flagstaff, AZ. Jeff plays guitar and sings and I play drums and sing as well. Our band came from the two of us looking for a way to have some fun playing music in the time off from our other projects. We started out just setting up in Jeff's studio and playing riffs really loud and hard. Quickly we started putting melodies over them and we laid them down in his studio. Before we knew it, our friends had heard these demos and were asking us to open some shows for them. The band name is from watching 'This is Spinal Tap'. We will let you go watch it and figure out where it's from.
What were you all up too prior to the band, was this always the chosen path or did you have other dreams and aspirations?
We have both been in serious projects before this band. Jeff was in a band called Mercy Fall and they were signed to Atlantic Records. Mikey was in a band called Telescope that made a record with A-list producer, Johnny K in Chicago. Since we began playing together, we have always had the desire to make the best quality music we are able to, always pushing ourselves, but at the same time, really not take ourselves too seriously. We have never wanted to do anything but this for a living. Both of us go completely nuts in a "normal" job. We hope we are lucky enough to do music for a living for the foreseeable future.
Tell us about your latest Album and why our readers should check it out.
Our new (self-titled) full length album is a collection of 11 songs that we are really proud of. We enlisted the help of our friend, engineer and co-producer, Matt Dougherty from Chicago. We wanted to do something different with this record, and we decided to record the album over the course of two weeks at Mikey's house. So we pooled our resources and called in a number of favors to acquire some great outboard gear, and combined that with lots of equipment from Jeff's studio. We turned Mikey's house into a pop up world class studio. Basically, we locked ourselves away from start to finish. We had a blast making it, and couldn't be more proud about how it came together.
Have you ever come face to face with someone within the music scene who has left you awestruck and why?
We have certainly had run-ins with lots of music industry people that have been incredibly positive as well as some that have been incredibly negative. On the positive, We both love coming across bands/ singers/ lyricists that just have an incredible way of melting together melody, meaning, and lyrics so effortlessly. When a song just gives you goosebumps there is no denying it and no replacing that feeling. On the other side of that coin there are just so many people in this industry that are trying so hard to take advantage of artists in any and every way possible. It's crazy how dishonest a person can be toward artists, who, already have a pretty uphill battle from the outset of their careers. You just need to do your best to surround yourself with people that you care about and trust. There is no magic alternative to success, it is still an exercise of lots of hard work and a whole lot of luck.
If we were to head out to one of your live shows what can ourselves and others expect?
Lots of loud, sweaty riffs and rock and roll. Also the occasional bit of self-deprecating humor.
If you had one artist/band that you could go on tour with tomorrow who would it be and why?
MUSE. They freak us out consistently, in the best kind of ways. Songwriting, production, raw energy. They are such a great band.
You can spend an hour with a musical icon living or dead, who would you pick, why and what would you speak about?
Mikey: Tough one. I know it's cliche, but I would love to have an afternoon with John Lennon. I long to see how he sees the world (and how he would see the world today), and I would give a crucial body part to be a part of his songwriting process.
Jeff: Stevie Ray Vaughan. No talking. just guitars. Me doing a lot of watching, maybe a little weeping...
And finally and most importantly is Die Hard a Christmas Movie?
Yes. Deck the halls with drama and explosions...
We just want to say thank you for taking the time to answer our questions.
Website - www.enormodome.net