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

Afresh: Where are the artists from?  What is their talent in the group? – We are from Dallas, Tx.

Afresh: How did the band get the name? – A couple of the guys used to work at Budweiser.  They “threw” beer for a living so they decided to name the band Thrown.  Greg, our singer wanted to name the band Glasscock, but was out voted and Thrown was chosen.
Afresh: What (who) does your act/art consist of? – Greg Vinson (vocals), Brad McFarland (guitar), Jason Hood (drums), Phil Sahs (bass)

Afresh: How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before? – We get asked this question all the time.  We always tell people we are a straight up rock band.  Not alternative, or metal, or nu metal, or this or that.  There’s nothing wrong with any of those genre’s, but we are just your traditional rock band.

Afresh: Give me some details about the group/act/art? – The band first got together in 2004.  Like I said earlier, a few of the guys worked together at Budweiser and just started talking about music one day.  The next thing you know, they were jamming in the original drummers garage.  Playing songs from bands like AC/DC, ZZ Top, Guns N Roses, and on and on.  Around the same time, I was another band in Dallas.  I went to high school with Greg’s wife and we would run into each other occasionally around town.  She told me her husband was in a band so I went and checked them out.  My band actually played a couple of shows with Thrown.  I really enjoyed watching those guys.  I thought Greg was a great singer and Brad was a phenomenal guitar player.  In May of 2006, I got a phone call from Greg telling me his drummer quit the band and they had their first show booked down in Dallas and they didn’t know what to do.  I told him not to worry about it because I’ll fill in until they find someone.  And it just went from there.  In October I decided to leave my band and play with Thrown full time.  We released our debut CD in 2009 and have gotten to play some really cool shows with bands like Sevendust, Powerman 5000, Fuel, Styx, Drowning Pool, and Jackyl just to name a few.

Afresh: How long have you been performing live or making art? – Since 2004.  We really started traveling in 2006 and haven’t stopped since.

Afresh:  What do you feel distinguishes “an artist” from just a musician? – That’s a tough question.  Ultimately, I’d say the difference between an artist and a musician comes down to creativity.  The artist will create something out of nothing; build a song from the ground up. The musician will take that creation and add their personal flavor to it.  Both pieces are very important and I think we play those different roles at different times.

Afresh: Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now? – 3 of the 4 members worked at Budweiser.  They had a mutual friend who could play bass and that’s how the whole thing started.  Thrown has been a band now for almost 6 years.

Afresh: What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group? – Hard to say.  I’d say the biggest challenge sometimes is knowing that you aren’t allowed to have a bad night in this industry.  Every time you take that stage you have to kill it.  The old saying “You never get a second chance to make a first impression” could not be any more true when it comes to live music.  I’ll tell you the one thing that makes it easy for us and that’s our fans.  We have some of the best fans who always show up and support us.  They give us all their energy and we give it right back to them.
Afresh: You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles? – You deal with a ton of unexpected obstacles at every show.  9 times out of 10, you’ll get to the venue and something isn’t right.  You just have to let roll down your back.  There are people behind the scenes who are working hard to make sure that everything gets taken care of and those people appreciate when treat them with respect.  Everywhere we go, we are always told that we are easy to work with and that will never change.  We’re all there to do a job and screaming at this person or that person won’t get you anywhere.

Afresh:  Do you feel the economic crunch has hurt the industry, or do you have some other promotional tips to help support your music? – There’s no doubt that the crunch has hurt the industry.  But it all comes back to the fans.  And like I said, we have some of the best fans.  They are constantly spreading the word about us and introducing new people the band.  And as long as the fans are there then there’s no economic crunch that will keep us from doing what we love to do!

Afresh: Art & Music has an impact on both young and old.  Everyone loves a celebrity, so what advice do you have for the youth of today? – My advice would be to do what you love and love what you do.  And be passionate about it.  You’re only here once, so make the best of it.  You’re going to hear the word NO so many times in your life, but you have to persevere and rise above it.  If music is what you choose, then get ready because you’re in for ride.  You will have people at every turn telling you you’re not ready or not good enough or whatever.  But don’t let those people come between you and your dreams.

Afresh: What does your family think of your performance and do they support you? – We have very supportive families who love what we do!  They just worry too much when we’re on the road.  Don’t worry mom, we’ll pull over if we get too tired!

Afresh: What is your stance on how to get the public to support “live music” and see the shows?  Any ideas??? – You have to use every media outlet that’s available to you.  And get your fans involved too.  Ask them to call the radio stations and request your music.  Ask them to spread the word.  Ask their opinion of your shows, songs, merchandise… You name it.  Your fans make your band.  We are constantly doing fan giveaways for their help on our websites.  It’s also helpful when the bands are supportive of each other.  We just played an awesome show here at home (Dallas, Tx) with our friends Soulicit, Calling All War, and IMI and the bands put 1000% into not only their sets, but promoting the show and making sure that their fans watched every single band.  You’re always going to have competition because that’s just natural. But when it’s healthy and you get bands to support and promote each other then everything takes on a different look.  Add that to the support you get from your fans and then you don’t feel like you’re all alone trying to make this thing happen.

Afresh: Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests? – My dad played (and still does at age 71) in a small country band way back in the day and that’s how I got my start.  I used to play with him.  I’m talking about OLD SCHOOL country stuff.  Thank God there was no you tube back then.

Afresh: Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now? – As a band, we like a lot of the same stuff.  We were kids growing up in the 80’s and 90’s so that’s the music we associate with.  We love bands like Motley Crue, Metallica, Pantera, and Godsmack.  Our musical interest away from the band are all over the place.  But that’s what makes us who we are.  When different influences come together you typically get something special.

Afresh: Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us? – Myself and Greg like to play a little golf from time to time when we’re on the road.  But I wouldn’t say that the word talent comes into play when talking about our golf game!

Afresh: What has been your strong influence to continue performing? – The fans. Bottom line.  They are the number one reason.

Afresh: Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent? – In my personal performance, I’m heavily influenced by Tommy Lee.  (As every drummer should be!) Brad is influenced by Dimebag and you can’t go wrong there.  Greg is influenced by Sully.  Phil is inspired by guys like Les Claypool.

Afresh: Who does most of the song writing/art/literature? – On our first album, we had contributions coming from every band member.  On the new record, most of the material has been written by me.  But it doesn’t become “Thrown” until all the guys get their hands on it.  We are a team and I guess for the most part, 1 person will generally write down their ideas.  But the band makes the song.  So there’s a long answer to a short question.

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? – That’s a loaded question!  I can tell you that I wouldn’t change a thing about our music.  Honestly, I can’t think of what I would change.  Do we always get along?  No.  Do you always get along with your husband or wife?  No.  And that’s what makes us who we are.  If we start changing things, then we start losing what we are.  A total cop out answer… I know.

Afresh:  Where would you like to see yourself within the next five years as an artist? – On your tv’s and on your radios and ipods.  On stages in your cities or countries.  We want to be EVERYWHERE!  World domination!

Afresh: Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of? – No stalker that we are aware.  However, we just played with Styx recently and were told they have a big time stalker.  Apparently this person has been making death threats against the band.  Scary stuff.

Afresh: While getting ready to perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal? – We are usually very available before we play.  You can almost always find us out in the crowd hanging out and watching the other bands.  We love to meet our fans.  And when you get right down to it, we are fans too.  We’re fans of all the bands who are trying to do the same thing.

Afresh: Tell us about your most embarrassing moment if you care to share it with us? – It’s hard to embarrass us.  We all have a good sense of humor and we’ll be the first to call ourselves out if something goes haywire.  So at this time, I can’t remember being embarrassed.

Afresh: What has been the most bizarre thing (thrown) on the stage with you?  How did you react? – A pair of men’s underwear.  Not cool.  Funny.  But not cool.

Afresh: What is your wildest story with the group? – We plead the 5th.

Afresh: What has been the worst nightmare for the group?  How did you get through it all? –  I’d say the worst nightmare was replacing on of the original members.  I won’t go into any details about it, but nightmare is a good descriptive term.  We got through it as a band.  We sat down, made a plan, stuck to and here we are now. And just like most things in life, it was for the best and we are better and stronger than we’ve ever been.

Afresh: What are your up-to-date performance plans?  New releases?  Tours? News? – We are actually working on a tour right now that will benefit music programs in schools.  But we don’t have all the details yet.  It should be announced in September.  We are currently writing a new album.  It’s about 90% written.  The plan is to do pre-production in late September and begin recording in October.  But we may bump that up.  We should make a decision this week and we’ll post it on our sites.

Afresh: If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive who would it be? Why? (Name up to three) Motley Crue, Pantera, & Metallica.  Those guys have influenced our music more than any words can describe.  It would be an honor to share the stage with them.

Afresh: What is the furthest show from your home that you have done? – I think the farthest we’ve been from is Missouri.  We were scheduled to play in Iowa last year, but the show got cancelled.  That would’ve been a fun drive.  10 hours of farting… Good times.

Afresh:  How do you feel about file swapping? – At this point in our career, we don’t have much a feeling about it.  For us, we just want people to hear our music.  No matter how they get it.  We never got in this for money and we don’t really feel like anyone is stealing anything from us if they get one of our songs or our whole album for free.  I can say that we’d be pretty upset new music that we hadn’t even released was floating around in cyber space.  That would suck and it’s uncool when that happens.  But that’s the world we live in.  Everyone wants everything for free.  But just as long as people are listening to Thrown and supporting us at shows then we don’t really care where they get the music.  We don’t fault the artists who do look down on file swapping, though.  They have every right to take whatever action they want.  It does seem though, that what you generally find is the people who support you and your music gladly pay for it.  But there are plenty who won’t.  And really… How do you stop it?

Afresh: Have you been involved in any benefit performances?  What was it and how did you become involved? – We try to do  benefit shows whenever possible.  Our fans have given us so much and we love to give back.  One of the coolest benefits we did was for one of our good friends in Parsons, Ks.  His son died in a tragic accident.  It was a very sad situation, but we were able to help lighten his load by donating all the profits to his family.  The look on his face is something that we’ll never forget.  It was worth it.

Afresh:  How do you think you would like to be remembered by everyone? – Loud!  We want to be remembered as a band who tried to bring rock back to rock music.  Over the years it’s branched off into so many different styles, and that’s cool.  But we like what we like and we do what we do.

Afresh:  As an artist, is there anything special you hope to be able to accomplish? – We want to be able to take care of our families.  None of us ever got into this for fame.  It was for love of music and performing.  And our families stand by us.  And trust me, it’s not always easy.  We’ve missed birthdays, holidays, anniversaries… You name it.  Everyone thinks that being in a rock band is nothing but a 24 hour 7 day a week party.  It’s not.  It’s hard work.  It’s time away from your loved ones.  So we do this for the love of music.  But ultimately, we hope to be able to offer our families a different life someday.  It would be a nice way of saying thank you for sticking with us.

Afresh:  When things seem to go negatively at times, how do you turn things into something positive? – Being in a band is like being married.  Nothing is ever perfect all the time.  But you have to trust your band-mates and be willing to listen.  We’ve had our share of disagreements, but you handle it, compromise, and move on.  Just like a marriage…

Afresh:  What do you attribute to your “drive as an artist”? – Our love for playing live.  There is no other feeling like it.  It’s electric.  When you look out in the crowd and see 3000 people going off to your music… It’s a natural high.

Afresh:  If you had to think of a slogan that could leave a positive impact for everyone what would your slogan be? – Hooray beer?  I don’t know.  That’s the first time we’ve been asked that question.  A general message in many of our songs is to not lie down for anyone.  Pick yourself back up, dust off, and move along.  So how about: GET BACK UP!  I dunno…

Afresh: Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.? – We are currently unsigned.  We’ve had a few offers made to us, but we’ve respectfully turned them down.  We are just waiting for the right opportunity.  Until then, we do it our way.

Afresh: Is this your first interview or do you have some other articles/stories about you posted somewhere for public viewing? – We’ve done many interviews and even made the cover of Crank It Magazine.  Google us and let us know what you find!

Afresh: Do you have any video links where people can see you? – We are going to record our first video in September of this year.  Until then you’ll just have to come out to shows to see our smiling faces!

Afresh: Do you have a website of any type?  (Name all options) – www.thrownrocks.com, www.facebook.com/getthrown, www.myspace.com/getthrown, and www.twitter.com/getthrown

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