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Afresh:  What is your name, and name your group/band/act?

Kill the Drama

Afresh:  Where are the artists from?  What is their talent in the group?

Pittsburgh, PA USA

Bryan Laskey – Vox/ Guitar

Steve Stiller – Guitar / Vox

Oz – Bass / Vox

Jason Godek  – Drums / Keys / Loops

Afresh: How did the band get the name?

We once had a female lead singer who brought a tremendous amount of drama to the band. Hence the name. We let her go  after three months and were lucky to find Bryan as her replacement.

Afresh: What instrument do you play now? (If applicable)

Guitar.

Afresh: What (who) does your act/art consist of?

A pretty heavy heartbeat of music with winding vocals tangled within it.

Afresh: How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before?

Dynamic. energetic. Loud. Encompassing maybe.

Afresh: Give me some details about  the group/act/art?

People have called us eurosex rock due to the romanticism and driving energy in the band. There’s also a bit of
arena rock in there as well.

Afresh: How long have you been  performing live or making art?

We’ve been a band for four years.  Oz, our newest bass player, has been in KTD for a few months now.

Afresh: Where did you meet your  group and how long have you been together now?

We met mostly through some online  classified ads. Jason and I have been playing together for well over 10 years
now. Oz was a mutual friend who was in other bands as a guitar player. We were  hesitant to ask him to move to bass for us but  and to our surprise he’s  been outstanding as a bassist and a great fit for the band.

Afresh: What has been the biggest  challenge for you or the group?

Getting out of our hometown and  getting larger gigs/tour. Finding the management to get us out on the road to
play in front of our many fans around the world.

Afresh: You’ve heard of the term  “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles?

We have a lot of fans who love our  music all over and though we don’t have the opportunity to play for most of
them live right now, we still connect with them and deliver our music and  videos to them in other ways.

Afresh: Everyone loves a celebrity  so what advice do you have for the youth of today?

humm… id say to stay grounded. Even  if you do become famous in some capacity, it likely wont last long. I’d say
enjoy it but dont abuse it because you’ll probably still be here and become  humbled long after your fame has left you.

Afresh: What does your family think  of your performance and do they support you?

Our families have been way  supportive since we’ve been young. From having to go through the torture of
hearing us practice or learning to play at a young age to staying positive  about making music a career. Its easy for parents to look down on careers in  the art fields as its usually not an easy or lucrative path. You do it because
you love to do it. Though, with a some luck and hard work, the pay off is much  better than it would be taking the path of least resistance career-wise.

Afresh: Thinking back, did your  family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?

I grew up on old school country like  Johnny Horton and Johnny Cash so i’m a bit off from what my parents like. They
might not get what I do at all times, but they can tell a good song when they  hear it regardless of style. Music is music when it comes down to it.

Afresh: Do you have your own  favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now?

Not really. I like all kinds of  things from electronic to hip hop. I’m all over the place. Rock though when
done amazingly always gets the most out of me. The other things i listen to to  try and feel for ideas to incorporate into my style or our songs.

Afresh: Do you have other interests  or talents you would like to share with us?

I think I’m a pretty good hockey  player. I think if it wasn’t so expensive to play growing up I would have
pursued it more. It was always my first dream to do that for a living. Now  music’s filled in there.

Afresh: What has been your strong  influence to continue performing?

Probably failure. I’ve been  fortunate to accomplish many things in my life, and though we’ve done alot with
KTD, i’m still waiting for me to be able to sit back and say finally that his  has been as successful as i wanted it to be. That drives me everyday.

Afresh: Does anyone in particular  influence your artistic/musical talent?

Adam Jones from Tool, the Edge, Tom  Morello… i’d say from a guitar style standpoint that would be my biggest
influences but since i’m more into music writing, i’m a huge fan of Thom Yorke  for the emotion and textures he uses and I’ve totally been influenced by the  simplicity and effectiveness of bands like Weezer, Queen, Led Zeppelin, and
Nirvana.

Afresh: Who does most of the song  writing/art/literature?

Bryan writes most of the lyrics with some help from  myself and does the vocal melodies widely on his own, but besides that Its a  true collaboration. When we started, alot of the songs were born out of guitar  riffs I wrote in advance, but now anyone of us come up with ideas and we run  with them. We all know our style and what we should sound like, so its easy to  have ideas come from all over and still sound like Kill the Drama. Oz has been
coming up with some ideas lately that are really exciting and we come up with  more music on the spot than ever before. I think its about being comfortable as  a band and the experience of playing together for years helps as well.

Afresh: If you had to change one thing about your  music/group what do you feel would be the best change to benefit the group  overall and why?

Only thing I would change is to have  more responsibility. Though we work hard, its sometimes easy to become
become complacent when we aren’t doing KTD with all our time. I wish we had the  opportunity to be 100% committed as professionals and hope we can find the  support system around us to make that a reality. I can only imagine what we
could accomplish.

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Afresh: Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of?

Yeah but i wouldn’t call them stalkers, per se. Mostly some diligent fans over the internet. I actually
encourage it. Its up to us to deal with it correctly.

Afresh: While getting ready to  perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal?

Well sorta. Our backstage room at a  club was crashed by the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team after the Stanley Cup
finals a few years back. That was insane. I can’t go into much detail but its a  night we’ll all never forget.

Afresh: Tell us about your most  embarrassing moment if you care to share it with us?

I was in another band on my 21st birthday and it just so happened that we had a show that night. I was doing
shots and getting really wasted beforehand, and when we went on stage I could barely stand, let alone play. My guitar was out of tune and there was a big crowd and I felt like i left everyone down. Needless to say, I try to wait till
after the shows these days before getting crazy with hard liquor.

Afresh: What has been the mostbizarre thing (thrown) on the stage with you?  How did you react?

I’ll have to twist the question a little, but at our first show in front of a big audience it was so hot and
humid that Bryan got sick by the end of the show and did “the big spit” on stage. I think I was the only one who saw him do it, but lets just say the headlining band wasn’t too happy about it.

Afresh: What is your wildest story with the group?

So many I couldn’t really pick one.  I’d say that everytime we’re out somewhere it seems like we out do ourselves though.  Never a dull moment. We keep it that way.

Afresh: What has been the worst nightmare for the group?  How did you get through it all?

When our original bass player Skinny  left the group it was really hard for us to deal with. He was a good friend and
did so many things for the band that he was tough to replace. I think we just assumed that Mars his replacement would be able to step right in and it would be business as usual but we were all wrong there. It set us back a bit, but we
just kept pushing forward and we’re in a great place now with Oz.

Afresh: What are your up-to-date performance plans?  New releases?  Tours? News?

We’re recording our second album right now and hope to have it done by Summer/Fall so that’s where our focus is
right now. We have a couple international opportunities that we’re waiting to play out so hopefully we can do that as far as touring goes to keep our live legs moving.

Afresh: If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive who would it be? Why? (Name up to three)

Stevie Ray Vaughn just to hear him play again. I’d also like to be on stage with the full Pink Floyd just to feel
firsthand what it would have been like to be involved in a show like that.  Living, I’d probably like to jam with Tom Morello. I can pull a lot of riffs  out of my ass and think it’d be fun throwing ideas at one another in an
on-stage  riff-off.

Afresh: What is the furthest show from your home that you have done?

Just some US shows, but we were in on some mini-tours as far as Belgium and Russia that we hope come through for
2010.

Afresh: Have you been involved in any benefit performances?  What was it and how did you become involved?

We’ve done a few of these. We’ve donated our music for countless causes and did some shows but i’d to do more
like personally. Hopefully, we get a few asks to do some shows like this later this year. We take a lot of pride in using our music for something greater and positive.

Afresh: Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.?

We do have management but we’re a free agent come April 1st.

Afresh: Is this your first interview or do you have some other articles/stories about you posted somewhere for public viewing?

No we’ve done a lot of these. I’d say google search “kill the drama” and you’ll find dozens of articles/interviews/reviews about KTD.

Afresh: Do you have any video links where people can see you?

All our videos are up on youtube.com/killthedramamusic including our latest video “Sunshine”

Afresh: Do you have a website of any type?  (Name all options)

for most content you should hit up myspace.com/killthedramamusic .. but if you want to be on top of updates either @killthedrama on twitter or facebook.com/killthedramamusic is where you should follow/fan us.

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