Jagger Holly Interview

January 21, 2019

 

 

Played at Oddity Bar on 10/13/2018

 

Members:

 

Jay - Bass/Vocals

Matze - Guitar/Vocals

Marco: Drums

Stiv: Guitar Mr. Casey - Drums

 

Youngstown, OH

 

A: So glad to finally catch you guys live and especially in Delaware of all places! The band seems to have a lot going on right now which is awesome, with your new record, “The Last of the International Playboys” coming out and your recent month-long tour. Let’s start from the beginning - How did you guys come together to form Jagger Holly? How long have you known each other?

J: Jagger Holly was born out of my other band, “The Spastic Hearts”, coming to an end and I wanted to have something that I could tour with whenever I could. With multiple lineups. Pretty much the USA lineup have known each other since high school and the Euro lineup, I’ve known Matze for 10+ years and Marco for a couple. I’m lucky to be able to play with such great dudes.

 

A: Wow, you guys have known each other for a long time! How long have you guys been playing together?

J: We started playing together in the USA lineup in 2015 and in 2016 we released our first record, “DJ Free Europe”. The Euro lineup got together around 2016-2017. Both are still going strong!

 

A: What made you choose the name “Jagger Holly”?

J: Every cool name is taken. So I figured why not just name it after my 2 favorite front men, Mick Jagger and Buddy Holly. Seems safe, no one would have that name because they already exist, right?

 

A: Yeah, you’re definitely safe with that one! What do you like most about playing live?

J: I really like that time where you can talk to people before the shows. Then playing live you get that rush for 30-40 minutes, it’s a drug just like any other. And then the part afterwards where you can just relax is pretty amazing. Not sure what I like the most though!

 

A: Who would you say are your biggest musical influences?

J: Ramones, of course, but I love Weezer and 50’s/60’s stuff. I’d say I don’t listen to too much before 1972 on a day to day basis though.

 

A: Awesome! You can definitely get a sense of that with your music. What genre would you consider yourselves?

J: I’d most likely say punk rock or pop punk. You can call it whatever you want because I really don’t care - it’s all rock and roll. Good music is good music.

 

A: Do you have any crazy and/or funny stories from being on the road?

J: A lot of crazy stories. I wish I could remember half of them. A lot of booze and other fun things get in the way of recalling things. Also mixed with the crazy times is a lot of down time and staring out of a window for 12 hours driving to the next gig. I’ve been to a lot of places but never got to be a tourist because it’s the drive to the gig...sound check...few drinks...play...party...pass out for a couple of hours...get up and drive 8 hours and do it again. I wouldn’t trade it for anything though!

 

A: That sounds amazing and exhausting at the same time! Speaking of being on the road, is touring in Europe (or any other country) any different than touring the US?

J: Oh ya! Every country is different. What is the same is the people, though. People who are into this kind of music are pretty passionate about it. I love meeting them and seeing how music is such a major part of their life because I am the exact same!

 

A: Where can people listen to and/or purchase your music?

J: All these fine people support Jagger Holly and we couldn’t thank them enough!

monsterzerorecords.com outloudrecords.bandcamp.com momsbasementrecords.bandcamp.com

 

A: What do you wish to bring to the music scene?

J: If I can take someone away from a bad day or make their “ok day” even better for 30 minutes - whether it’s live or on a record - that’s what I want.

 

A: Do you have a record label?

J: Yes! Monster Zero Records in Europe. Mom’s Basement Records in the USA and OUTLOUD! Records in the USA.

 

A: How has your music evolved since you first started playing together?

J: As much as it has changed it has stayed the same, really. A lot of people grew up and left the scene. Others took the ride with us. We like those people!

 

A: What is your biggest challenge as a band? How have you been able to overcome it?

J: Mixing everyday life (work, relationships) with touring and money and time. It’s not easy. However, you make it happen if you really want it.

 

A: Absolutely! Since you obviously have experience being in bands and touring the world, what advice would you give to people who are starting a band and in the process of making music?

J: Play as much as you can! Go into a studio and make a record. Don’t cheap out and record on a boombox. Be different. Sing what you feel...even if it isn’t a popular opinion.

 

A: What’s your ultimate direction/goal for your band?

J: Play on all 7 continents.

 

Check out Jagger Holly’s brand new record, “The Last of the International Playboys”, available on blue LP through Monster Zero Records, on red LP through Mom’s Basement Records and last but not least, on CD through OUTLOUD! Records, which includes a bonus track not available anywhere else!

 

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