Exit 380

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

Exit 380

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

DFW, originally starting out The University Of North Texas in Denton, Tx.

Dustin Blocker – vox, Aaron Borden – guitar, Jeremy Hutch – guitar, The Hutch – bass, Bobby Shoes – drums

How did the band get the name?

Exit 380 runs through Denton and we’ve always felt it was a name that kept us grounded in our origins.

What instrument do you play now? (If applicable)

Vocalist; plus harmonicas, some rhythm instruments and beginning to take up the keys for live occasions.

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

We’re a 5 piece alternative rock act, with hints of experimentalism and noir-folk.

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

High energy passion, sans-cheesery.

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

We established ourselves years ago as a solid live act in the southwest and into the mid-west, and we are just now garnering some accolades for our studio work having produced, engineered and recorded our last 2 discs.

How long have you been performing live or making art?

Personally, I started singing at an age before memory, so that makes it my entire life.

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

The original guitarists and I met in Denton, and the rest of the band was through acquaintances, family and auditions. The band has been together for 10 years now.

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

Finding time to rehearse, write, record, and tour. Our challenge has never been our will, it has always been the real world.

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

We ignore the personal hunger and strive for solidarity. Seemingly difficult issues become minor when faced with a gang mentality.

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

Love the celebrity all you want, just don’t expect to bring them home to Mommy.

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

It’s primarily their fault for getting me into singing so young, so they have no choice but to support me! My wife is really good about it too, although I know it can be taxing on her, she puts up a nice front for me.

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

Musically, yes. Artistically, no. There was a ton of singing going on in the house, but I never remember there being any good music to accompany it. It’s like my parents listened to all the music they learned before they had their children and then completely forsake their record collections while weaning us.

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

Definitely, I have gotten myself into a lot of folk, indie, acoustic type and we’re starting to venture into those worlds, but we’re not quite there yet.

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

I think I have forgotten how to have other interests and talents at this point. I’m banging my head against a wall enough with just one, so more would be utterly masochistic.

What has been your strong influence to continue performing?

The live high from the fans and the brotherhood so intimately associated with creating within the band.

Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent?

There are many artists I love, but it’s become such a ramshackle of musical intertwine within my brain, that I have no clue where one influence begins and another ends. I’ve never been very good at rock n’ roll trivia.

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

I write the lyrics and make the digital and physical art, but the band composes all of the music. I have no say in the music, which is a good thing, as the 4 instrumentalists in the group have their own yearnings, where they all encourage taking a turn at the writing block.

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 everyone would get a clock and learn how to tell time. Keeping time during a song is also vaguely important.

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

Yes, but they’ve always been harmless, at least up to this point, as none of us have been physically injured by a fan.

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

All of the time. But I get annoyed by everything when it’s nearly show time, so that’s my issue, not the fans.

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

None come to mind.

What has been the most bizarre thing (thrown) on the stage with you? How did you react?

A green plastic alien mask was once thrown onstage, so The Hutch slapped it on and finished the set with it on his face. Later he had a bout with dysentery, which we believe is directly related to the alien.

What is your wildest story with the group?

I don’t even know where to start on that. We have insane roadies, crazy fans, and we as a group are dysfunctional, so the “wildest stories” question would have to be a separate interview.

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

We’ve been blessed to not have to endure any overwhelming nightmare situations. Fingers-crossed.

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

We release our newest EP “Cities Townies” this Saturday (2/27) in Dallas and online at CdBaby.com, iTunes, Amazon, more. The local critics in DFW are giving it a green thumb, and we’re heading to SXSW again next month, so we’re looking forward to seeing where the current directs us.

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

Led Zeppelin.

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

Nashville is around 14 hours one way. That might be it. We’ve been up through the Mid-west a lot too though, so I can’t really be sure.

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

We play at least four benefit shows per year, usually relating to cancer, leukemia, and other serious illnesses. Promoters like to ask us to play, and we like to say yes.

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

We have a management company out of Dallas, signed to an independent named Rockyard Records, and we’re talking with RedBull and Rahr Brewery right now about some new sponsorships, so we’ll see were that goes.

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

We have quite a few interviews floating about the web; Quick Magazine, Dallas Observer, FW Weekly, NBC.com, some more that I can’t grab from the top of my head. We try to post them all on our Myspace Blog and official website www.exit380.org under “Reviews” to get at everything easier.

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

Yes, we have all of our music videos @ www.youtube.com/exit380

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

www.exit380.org www.myspace.com/exit380 www.reverbnation.com/exit380 www.twitter.com/exit380

Please feel free to add any other information you want to share with the public audience/readers.

That is probably all of it. Thanks for listening!

-Blocker (2.25.10)

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