Can you please tell all our readers about the history and discography of LOVE N WAR?
John – Formed Early 2000, by me and Singer Jeff VandenBerghe, struggled early with member changes till the addition of Donny Bragg on Drums and Ray Soliz on Bass. Our Debut CD “Up the Annie” was released officially in 2015, but recorded earlier.
When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
John- We started off as a reunion fro me and Jeff’s previous band “LESTAT” that had some success/popularity thru the early to middle 1990’s. “Love and War” was formed from there. We reformed for the love of music! We love to play music, it’s our Passion!
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
John- Trying to create a sound of your own is hard, you just have to let it flow, you are who you are. There have been so many Variations of “Rock Music” since the 60’s! You can only put all your passion and creativity into your playing and writing and hope it’s accepted as your “Signature Sound” We are a product of our influences, we borrow from what we’ve learned and has influenced us, and it will show in your playing/sound/writing. You can only hope something original comes from it!
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
John- I write all the music and half the Lyrics with Jeff VandenBerghe, the creative process starts there, then into the rehearsal room with the Band. Its easy to record if finances permit! Releasing songs are easier now days with the help of the Internet. Its getting the right promotion to get your music to the people/fans that is the Key!
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before they are fully ready to be launched at an audience?
John- Releasing your music too soon IS an issue if your not ready, it’s easy to get over excited with your recordings and wanting to release, we utilize the time and finances available to do the best you can with what you have before jumping the gun! A good product verses an average product can make or break your fan base.
I for one feel that the change of how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for recorded music?
John- The future of recorded music looks good ! Modern advances have allowed easier access to technology, home studios are more prolific, tracks can be exchanged thru files, we don’t have to rely on Corporate record companies anymore to get our music out there! If Modern advances kill anything, it will be the wealth of the artists. The days of bands receiving multi million dollar record contracts are few! They are there, but bands aren’t getting signed like they use to, most bands rely on their own to record, promote , release and sell their music!
What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
John- Our debut “Up the Annie” has had great and feedback! Our Live show gets the best response. I like how people have compared our music to 70’s Melodic Rock/Metal
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
John- Europe! We have always wanted to break it there! We have had some airplay in Japan, Italy, Australia to name a few! We hope this article attracts some of your readers!
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community playing in a band?
John – We are a community of brothers and sisters with one thing in common, MUSIC! It IS a greater community and I/We have always been proud to be a part of it!
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
John- The Live scene is the best part, it allows you to connect with your audience and Rock your Ass Off!! Yes, playing Live is the ultimate way to promote your music and get it to the people that normally wouldn’t hear it. The success of many bands has come from touring, the bbest way to gain Fan support!
What plans do you have for the future?
John- We are currently recording our new CD due for release spring of 2017, we plan to play out live as much as possible to promote, wherever we can! We hope our new CD we help gain our Fan base and open up some doors for us to play internationally!