the Scorched is a one of a kind, stylistic and eclectic rock band based in the Southwest United States. Their sound is addictive and impossible to emulate. Experienced songwriters and cousins Kris Tuttle and Wade
Eno, guitar specialist Josh Ritz, along with power percussionist Derek Carlson, and multi-instrumentalist and Berkeley graduate, Sam Rasmussen; combine their styles to urge the listener to embark on a journey of true, raw emotion. Their unique, melodic and radical alternative progressive rock style, unwavering persistence and devotion to touring and consistently recording and producing awe inspiring rock has earned the Scorched prestige and respect throughout the music community as well as an ever expanding fan base throughout the world. the Scorched took time from their busy schedule to share some thoughts with The Underground.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Progressive Rock Alternative-derived from a wide range of influences, the Scorched is a forward thinking band whose focus is creating original music that not only bridges genres but defies them. Our sound is eclectic with both light and dark elements that create a sonic journey and an original experience for the listener.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
Who is the Scorched? The Scorched isn’t just a band, it is you, it is us…the Scorched is anyone who has been through adversity and never quit, never given up; anyone who has been beat down, kicked around, stood at the fiery gates and said “Not today,” with love and determination in their hearts. The Scorched is a community of wayward souls in search of something better, in search of something more, something meaningful. This concept is where we came up with the name "the Scorched"
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Heavily influenced by 90s rock alternative and grunge with bands like Pearl Jam, Sublime, & Alice in Chains, we are also have deeply rooted influences from bands like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stone all the way to Muse, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Sound Garden and Sublime.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
We are currently working on our first full-length LP which we hope will be groundbreaking and influential. We are also beginning to promote the LP with live performances and large charity benefit concerts in Las Vegas and throughout the southwest.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
Our goal is to make art that people can connect with, while turning the industry on its heels by creating original content that is meaningful, profound, and powerful in ways not seen in a long time. We also do very real and powerful things with our rock, such as organize benefit concerts, we have organized two major benefit shows in Las Vegas in the past year and have taken part in several others and you can expect more of this from the Scorched.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
We love all of our tracks for different reasons songs like "The Rise", "Close the Gates" and "Signals" come to mind because we really let everything loose and have super high energy on stage for these.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus far?
Breaking through the industry walls and gaining exposure; the biggest challenge for a band these days is getting the music to the public.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?:
We start with a concept rhythm or feeling and then build each element around that feeling allowing the song to develop on its own, in a meaningful way without forcing it to fit in a particular box.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social media is the major platform we use to bring our music and our message to the people. It allows us to connect with our fans on a day to day basis. Without exaggeration it has been instrumental in our success as a band.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
the Shift "Consecrate"
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club "Beat the Devil's Tattoo"
Baker's Dozen "Run and Hide"
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
We have all had a taste of the 9-5 grind, but we have all, always been making music in one degree or another.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Stick to your guns, make it about more than the money and dont listen to anyone trying to change your music or ethics. Work, work, work. Network and practice. You'll get there. Stay true to yourself, let the music come from your heart and allow it to be what it becomes. Also, tenacity, unrelenting determination, and patience with your path.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?:
We would stop with the formula rock and get boots on the ground into local bars, clubs, and venues to see what the scenes are developing; find truly original music.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Originality is essential and is everything to our band. This does not mean you erase your influences, but rather take those influences and create something new, something fresh. Originality in music comes from within yourself; creating something that expresses a feeling or a memory, or something personal in a way that others can relate to.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
We are just a band of guys who love music and hope it connects with someone, helps someone in some way, reaches someone in need and makes them forget about their troubles with the power of rock.
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