Getting To Know You: Detroit band Sail exclusive interview

Today’s feature is on up and coming rock band Sail, out of Detroit, MI. They have a ton of awesome covers featured on their Gigmor profile and we actually got to spotlight their “Limelight” cover on our “Gigmor’s Best 80’s Covers” blog post. We had the chance to sit down with their lead vocalist Anthony Fink and their drummer Tom Lowe. They weighed in on the band’s current state and a little bit about their beginnings.

 

Gigmor: Thanks for sitting down with us today guys. First question. What is each of your musical backgrounds? How did that lead you to Sail?

Anthony: I grew up classically trained in piano starting when I was about seven years old, then I got really into choir and eventually wanted to try it in college. I got into the Western School of Music, I really went for it when I wanted to. Then I decided to leave college to pursue gigging and that’s when I ran into them [Sail]. They like me, I like them, for about two years now we’ve been jamming out and it’s been great.

Tom: I started playing guitar in elementary school, then I started getting into drums in middle school. I kept with both of them for a while after. Aside from that, my first ever band experience was [playing with] a couple of my friends from church. We practiced a couple times a week and played some gigs. Now we’re here, doing Sail, and have two guitar players, a bassist, and a new female vocalist and have a ton of shows lined up.

 

Gigmor: How’s the songwriting process going so far for Sail?

Anthony: As every musician knows it’s a difficult process as well as a fun one. I actually have my solo EP out on iTunes– I’ve been writing since my freshmen year of high school. The other members are pretty into it too. As far as the band’s writing process it’s more about the collective sound. Each member kind of goes in different directions and eventually it all comes together.

Tom: We haven’t written that much music. We’re still working to perfect our four-hour set. Once we have time to put our own individual stuff on the table we’ll see what we come up with as a group.

 

Gigmor: Hit any speed bumps along the way?

Anthony: Creative differences obviously, people are going to want to express what they want to do. It’s never anything bad and always gets worked out. But it is imperative that everyone is on the same page in the end.

 

Gigmor: If you had to pick one, would you play only covers or only originals? Any personal favorites?

Anthony: Right now we want to do more originals, we’ll never not do covers. We love them too. We like to imitate the covers we play with a little bit of a modern flare to it. Some of my favorites personally are “Creep” by Radiohead and “House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals, the audience always loves “Limelight” by Rush.

Tom: I’d say originals. A cover band lets you make a living, but ideally I’d say originals. My favorite is probably…..”Soul To Squeeze” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

 

 

Gigmor: One selfish question real quick… How did you find out about Gigmor? How do you like it?

A: Our manager Cheri is very good at networking, your site seemed like it had a lot of action. We liked what we saw and just hopped in! The site looks great and is pretty easy to navigate.

 

G: On your Gigmor page we saw you said you were “Willing to Dress for Events”…any absurd requests?

A: Not yet! We would love to and are up for whatever!

T: Nothing weird, just suit and tie for weddings and stuff.

 

G: Okay, last question. What are the best and worst song requests an audience member has made?

A: There haven’t been many requests, we used to get “Freebird” all the time.

T: I can’t even think of a worst… well I guess it might have been “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons. I think it just went bad because that song is pretty synthy and obviously we’re more acoustic. That was more like it didn’t go over well not really a bad request. One of the better requests we got was “Short Skirt Long Jacket” by Cake. I love that song.

 

G: Well thanks so much for taking the time to sit down with us and best of luck!

Check out the band’s website www.sailbandofficial.com and their Gigmor page as well as a couple of their cover videos below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Written by Gigmor guest blogger: Ari Kapner

Trending Now: LaTasha Lee and the BlackTies

Thursday’s spotlight piece is on LaTasha Lee and the BlackTies. They are a retro-soul band whose sound is sure to take you back in time. LaTasha Lee was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and from a young age her mother, Michelle Crayton, knew she was bound for the spotlight. LaTasha continues to shine today, it’s the passion and soul in her voice that channels some of her all time favorite artists into her work.

 

 

LaTasha cites many artists as influences to her music. Among others, LaTasha acknowledges Etta James as one of her biggest influences. From blues legends like BB King and Muddy Waters, to more recent R&B successes like Mary J. Blige and Amy Winehouse, her musical style beautifully encompasses the sounds of yesterday.

 

 

In 2012, LaTasha made it onto FOX’s musical competition program The X Factor, where she placed in the top 50. The next year, LaTasha Lee and The BlackTies released their self-titled album on record label Carnival Beats Soul. Alongside the album, the group recorded over 25 music videos (of originals and covers) for their Youtube channel. After the buzz from the album, LaTasha Lee and The Black Ties got spots at two of Texas’ biggest music festivals, South By South West and Austin City Limits. Her newest single “I Regret It” is available on iTunes so make sure you send LaTasha Lee and The BlackTies some support!

 

 

Written by Gigmor guest blogger: Ari Kapner

Best of the 80s: Cover Videos

Today I’m searching through Gigmor for the best cover videos of 80s classics. Every up and comer needs a couple cover songs under their belt that are sure to get the audience going and pump them up. Most of the bands on Gigmor are looking for more and more shows so this could be a great way to showcase your material!

 

First we have a great live rendition of Guns and Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine” from the band April Calling. April Calling is a female led band from St. Petersburg, FL. They were formed in 2011. Check out their stellar cover below.

Next up is the Detroit rock band Sail. Sail is known for their energetic covers of Alt-Rock classics which you should check out on their page. The video I chose to highlight was their cover of Rush’s smash hit “Limelight.” Sail actually got a little glimpse of that limelight when they opened up for the popular rock band Everclear in 2015.

OK this one only kind of borders 80s but it’s one of my favorite songs of all time so I had to add it. Skyler Reed, an extremely talented vocalist, gives us an emotional performance of Lauryn Hill’s “Killing Me Softly,” which is another cover of Roberta Flack’s original. Fantastic vibes here. The Inglewood, CA aspiring songwriter/broadway talent crushes this one!

Written by Gigmor guest blogger: Ari Kapner

Spotlight on Vancouver’s Untitled Sequence

The first Gigmor spotlight of the week is on Canadian Alt-Rock band Untitled Sequence. Formed by four British Columbia Institute of Technology students and friends, Untitled Sequence is currently working on their 10 track album hopefully to be finished by the end of 2016. Though primarily an Alternative rock band, the four piece cites having Folk, Blues, and Psychadelic influences.

 

Untitled Sequence is led by vocalist Sean Lyons who, we interestingly found out, cannot whistle. On drums is Brandon Wright, alongside Dan Keen on guitar, and Trevor North on bass. The group would frequent the Railway Club, an iconic 85 year old venue in Vancouver that was shut down in late 2015. Although a pretty experimental band, Untitled Sequence is known for their consistent energy at their shows that they claim is unforgettable.

 

Personally, I thought these guys had a really unique sound. The two songs that really stood out were “Josie” and “Harpoon,” both smooth, relaxing belters that are honestly great driving jams– think long highway type deal. Check out their live version of their track “A Perfect Nothingness” below and be sure to check out Untitled Sequence’s page to shoot them a follow on Gigmor.

 

 

Written by Gigmor guest blogger: Ari Kapner

Spotlight: Who’s On 3rd

Today’s spotlight is on LA up and comers Who’s On 3rd. The reason I chose to focus on Who’s On 3rd was that their message really stood out to me; Who’s On 3rd wants to make the people dance. They want to get you movin’ and groovin’. Their unique blend of electronica, rock, pop, and dance music is sure to make some feet move and butts shake.

 

Hailing from New Jersey, brothers Mike and Keith Cunningham alongside long time friend Chris Halliwell moved out to Los Angeles in 2014 to continue doing what they love most; writing music and jamming out. Their influences include The Eagles, The Beach Boys, The Beatles.

 

Ranging from upbeat to more chill, all their music truly is “feel-good” and makes you want to escape to an island somewhere in the Caribbean. Check out their debut self-produced album “Sojourner” below and make sure to shoot them a follow on Gigmor. Can’t wait to see what else Who’s On 3rd has in store for us!

 

Written by Gigmor guest blogger: Ari Kapner