What's the name of your band? What's the origin of that name?
We’re called Double Experience; there’s nothing gamers like more.
Please list the name, age, and respective instrument of each band member.
Ian Nichols (26) - vocals and bass
Brock Tinsley (25) - guitar
Dafydd Cartwright (27) - drums
What genre of music do you consider your work to be? Who are your major influences?
We’re a nerdy neo-rock band. We want to prove to people rock bands don’t have to sing about skateboarding or getting dumped to be considered a rock band. Our major influences are Queens of the Stone Age, He is Legend and Royal Blood.
When did you form your band?
How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
Ian and Brock met through respective bands; Dafydd was initially an emergency fill-in during a tour of the United Kingdom that the previous drummer opted out of but has since taken measures to join the band in Canada full-time.
Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time?
Ian or Brock will provide the initial design of the song - a desired theme or mood defined by a rough “blueprint” - and is built up from there. If we’re not writing or rehearsing we’re playing video games or watching movies, so our songs reflect that. The effects of movies on fandoms, role-playing, girl gamers, and even an entire song about the lore of Destiny all became Double Experience songs.
Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
We’re a guitar driven band so it usually starts with riffs from Brock. One philosophy where we differ with many of our peers is writing lyrics last after crafting entire vocal melodies out of nonsense. It provides us a strong, pleasing melodic foundation for any geeky details and basically keeps the horse before the cart. The song has to sound good before you can impress people with obscure references or wordplay.
Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organizations?
We started our own label “Coflax Rock” after experimenting with a third-party label. We’re not opposed to working with them but for now, we keep our musical destiny in-house.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?
Shortly after our band formed we all moved in together to allow for spontaneous practices. The reality of running your own label and generating the income to do band has yet to allow us this privilege.
What can you tell me about your instruments? (i.e., Are you subject to brand loyalty or will you play with whatever's available? What made you choose the instruments you have now? Was it cost or was it a style/model/brand/colour preference?
The short answer is that when you are a blue-collar band, instruments and gear are just tools. Our priority is investing into our touring and therefore we value durability above all else.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
We want each song to dovetail against each other but each have their own shape or character We continually work towards covering the all-important basics to ensure that we can keep experimenting with any shape or character we like.
How do you get psyched up for a gig?
We do a three-sided fist bump. We kept experimenting with different pre-show rituals and we continue to do that one out of superstition.
Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you ever play any covers? Do you have a set play list?
We prepare a show insofar that we adjust what works or doesn’t work on the road or mid-show. The show isn’t about us, it’s about the audience and to have a one size fit’s all operation is a mistake.
What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
We were playing a festival in the Alps in 2015 and we had to follow a local DJ act who dress up in Teletubby costumes and essentially wreak havoc onstage. They obviously perform incredibly inebriated and for this festival in particular they showed up minutes before their set on bicycles. The crowd loved them, but the novelty wore off once they began throwing the bicycles into the audience, making out with each other on stage, doing cartwheels and feeding each other hotdogs. It was surreal.
What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so,how?
Dealing with incompetent people who have no concept of e-mail courtesy or basic communication skills.
What's your ultimate direction for your band? Are you seeking fame and fortune?
We’re seeking a job; a full calendar in music that starts with our band and ends with working on our off season for other bands.
What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
If you expect anything out of music, you expect too much.
Any last words?
We’ll be geek long after it’s not chic.