We had the opportunity to interview Dada and 7Horse! While we call this an interview, it was more of an expansive discussion into all things music, while we got to the questions occasionally, because the company was too damn good. Check out our interview below!
1. How did you come to pursue music and how long have you been at it?
So, we did a 25th anniversary tour last year (for Dada), recorded a couple of tunes, put out of a vinyl 45 first first time. We've been in the studio since 2007, and that was the first new music we put out since since then. We really kind of ran around the country and did a lot of work last year.
But as of now, I mean, I guess you could say we're still kicking. You know, Joie and I have another project that we've been working on since 2011. 7Horse -- it's more of a blues influence. Cosmic country influenced, Rolling Stones influenced kind of rock thing. So, you gotta check it out.
We released a single from the first record. We're doing it all ourselves; we get a little radio promotion on on a song called “Low Fuel Drug Run” that got into the top 35 at the Altar at the AAA radio. But, “Meth Lab Zoso Sticker” was not as successful at mainstream radio, but it did get some play at the satellite radio on The Loft Sirius satellite radio. A guy named Mike Malone, a great DJ, kind of championed our project.
And then one day out of nowhere, we got this email from representative of a (Martin) Scorsese saying, “Hey, we'd like to license your song in this upcoming movie called The Wolf of Wall Street.” And at first, we we thought, “Is this some kind of a joke that came out of the blue?” We weren't sure just like some kind of phishing scam, some gray area or something. They asked us for a bank information right, but we followed up on it, and it was legit. And after some negotiation, we were able to come to an agreement, and you know, they used the song for almost five minutes in the movie. We were in the trailer and the second trailer for the film, so it was a lot of exposure, and it was a real break for us.
I mean it was literally the first thing we recorded as 7Horse after you know about a 20 year run as Dada.
2. Could you walk us through your process of writing music?
You know, the blues is where it all began. We had been listening to a lot of blues and a lot of classic country and me loving The Stones and playing, you know, the way they approach the blues and country is kind of our approach. It's a little bit tongue-in-cheek, but you know, but we do pay homage. We kind of take it to a new, kind of hybrid, into our own kind of flavor. And, yeah, people really responded to it.
It's been cool; we played The Troubadour the other night, and then, we were in Vegas last night. And now tomorrow night, we're going to do a show where we're going to do 7Horse, but in the middle, we're going to do a kind of reinvented little mini set of Dada songs and we really want to try to put it all under one big roof, so we'll see what happens. We'll see if that works out.
Well, we've got a bass player with us, we've added a guy to our live lineup, and we did it as a two piece for seven years. Now, we're doing it as a trio. Now, we've got a great musician, Brian Whelan who kind of cut his teeth in the Dwight Yoakam band for five years. He's a singer songwriter as well and kind of an American artist here in Los Angeles. Fantastic player man. He's a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar and keyboards on our new record and is playing bass with us live. The sound is killer.
I'd love to see 7Horse continue to expand and to be a four piece or five piece. I could see doing a lot of different things with it -- like kind of what The Stones have done adding horn sections, and, you know, if we have the money to pay for it, because that's the tough part.
But, we're having a great time with them. We're really excited about this new record that's coming out. And, you know, it was really fun last year to go out and do 25th anniversary and play in front of second generation fans, because people brought their kids. That was a lot of fun, but we feel we feel like we're writing our prime as opposed to looking back.
3. What artists have inspired you in your career?