|Tyler Dianocky, Dan Davidson
Katrina: How did you come up with the name for your band?
Tyler: Oh no.
Dan: This question. I’ve heard this one before. What do we do?
Tyler: It sounded cool, pretty much.
Dan: We had to do a show and we didn’t have a band name so Matt was like we’re Tupelo Honey. We usually make up ridiculous things,
we’ve said it’s Steve’s moms stripper name. I’ve said that Steve is from Bulgaria and that’s the boat that Steve took over, the ship was
called Tupelo Honey. I don’t know, it’s just a name. Like you name a kid something.
Tyler: That’s us.
Dan: There’s no ground explanation.
Tyler: Like Kat, just like Kat.
Katrina: What have you learned while touring?
Dan: Have money, make sure your ready to go. Be efficient.
Dan: Don’t be late and you have to make a lot of friends. Everybody’s a contact, everybody you meet cold be important in the future.
Tyler: Don’t be a dink. Always be nice to your sound guy.
Dan: We’ve learned a lot of things.
Tyler: Yeah we have.
Katrina: Who were your musical influences growing up and have they changed?
Dan: We all have different ones. We’re all super different.
Tyler: Mine was totally like, GnR, Metallica, Megadeath.
Dan: What age was that?
Tyler: 15, 16.
Dan: I was all about the grunge stuff when I was 15,16. Then I got into some punk, metal came along. Deftones, Pantera. It’s weird. In our
band you’ll hear Kelly Clarkson then you’ll hear Megadeath.
Tyler: Black Eyed Peas.
Dan: So we’re very strange.
Katrina: Which artist would you like to tour or work with?
Dan: I want to tour with the Foo Fighters.
Tyler: I want to tour with anybody. Audioslave would be cool.
Dan: That would be good.
Tyler: Same with Velvet Revolver.
Dan: They’re all lining up to tour with us. We’re just holding out for Jesus.
Katrina: How do you write your songs and where do you get your ideas from?
Dan: We watch Care Bears for 47 hours then we get drunk and we write down ideas. No, not at all. It’s always different. Small groups work
for us. Like me and Tyler get together, write some riffs and some melody then bring it to the guys and we’ll all have something. Define the
melody a bit better.
Tyler: Add lyrics.
Dan: There’s a lot of different ways. Sometimes we’re writing in Toronto, we’ll break up into lots of different groups and we’ll come back
with ideas and just record rough demos and then when we come home we sand-paper them, make them a little polished . So yeah it
seems to be working lately, we’ve written quite a bit this year.
Katrina: What’s your favorite venue to play?
Tyler: I love festivals, outdoor festivals are so fun.
Dan: We played this really good one in September, there’s like 6000 people there and we have a pretty good following in Edmonton so we
got to play after Grady and Vanilla Ice and stuff then it was Bif Naked, Default, Theory Of A Deadman. It was a really good line up, huge
crowd watching us. That kind of thing is so inspiring to play big shows like that. We’ve played lots of fun shows over the year. Definitely
Katrina: What’s your most embarrassing moment on stage?
Tyler: I haven’t really had one yet.
Dan: Steve pissed his pants last show.
Tyler: Greg shit himself. Matt forgot the words one time and I yelled at him on stage. Steve got hit with a guitar once.
Dan: Oh yeah, definitely that one. It was our first show and it was at Stage 13 in Camrose Alberta and our manager just took us on and he
was booking bands at Stage 13. So we have this big chance to write six songs in two weeks and perform on this beer garden stage in
front of a couple thousand people. Our big rock ending where you come down with the guitar neck, I smoked Steve in the eye and broke
his glasses and cut him.
Tyler: And it was raining and a huge thunder storm.
Dan: It was a nightmare.
Katrina: What’s your most memorable moment?
Tyler: That was one.
Dan: The day we got our van I was pretty stoked. When our first singe was first played on Edmonton radio it was significant for me. It’s
cool now because on our way here we were in Lloydminster and they’re playing our new single. I don’t know if we have much play in
Saskatchewan yet. I know we have North Battleford and technically Lloydminster is Saskatchewan. Pockets in Winnipeg and all over
Alberta. It’s starting to go.
Katrina: What’s the nicest or craziest thing a fan has done for you?
Dan: Tyler got panties thrown at him once.
Tyler: They were fluffy. Pretty panties.
Dan: I don’t think there’s been any crazies out there.
Tyler: There’s been crazies but we’re not going to talk about them.
Dan: Yeah we’re not going to tell stories about the crazies, I don’t want emails threatening my life.
Katrina: What’s your favorite song to perform?
Dan: I like “Screaming”, it’s our new single. It’s one of my favorites, super high energy right off the top.
Tyler: I like “Skinamarinky Dinky Do”.
Dan: It’s huge for us. I don’t know if you’ve heard it, we sold it to a band called Sharon Lois and Bram.
Tyler: We did, swear to god. I swear. Actually mine would be “Because Of You”.
Dan: That’s a good one too. Get to yell a lot.
Katrina: Who causes the most trouble in the group?
Dan: I don’t know, we’re all kind of equal assholes. We’re pretty nice guys. We don’t really cause trouble to harm our band, piss off
promoters or anything like that.
Tyler: We just do dumb shit.
Dan: Like shoot fireworks at each other.
Tyler: Pee on things.
Dan: Almost lit a mountain on fire once. Too bad.
Katrina: What advice can you give to people who are wanting to create a band?
Tyler: Make sure you have the right guys, number one. You need to be friends with them.
Dan: From the start. Make sure everyone is going to be in it till the end. 100% dedication. A lot of guys will try and balance other things like
school and stuff and that’s super tough. It’s do-able but we work so hard there’s not much time to do anything else. Day jobs, sometimes
girlfriends. That's my big advice. Work hard, get in contact with the right people and make lots of friends.
Katrina: What do you think about how Canadian music is being shown around the world right now?
Dan: It’s going good right now. Getting a good representation. Bands like Billy Talent is doing well. It’s weird apparently Danko Jones who’
s got pockets in Canada that he does pretty well in like Winnipeg, he’s know around the country but huge in Germany, he’s just a star. No
matter what style it’s good to see Canadian music getting out there. The states is definitely the market we’re trying to get into. Got some
heads turned so we’re working on it.