Let's talk a little about the history of the your band. When did you originally form and is this the original line-up?
TOMMY: We formed Baker's Dozen on October 31st, 2016 on a night full of alcohol and crazy ideas. We've made
some minor adjustments since we began. But this is the line-up that I think IS Baker's Dozen.
I wouldn't wanna change a thing.
Do you remember how the idea of forming the band first came up?
OMMY: Zach and I were in an AC/DC tribute together(me as Bon, him as Angus) we got restless doing that
and started messing around writing some original shit. I said something like why don't we throw a group together
and go out and rock these tunes and see what happens.
How long after you formed was it until you played your first live show?
TOMMY:We rehearsed for about two months till we got ourselves enough tunes to go out there with something
other than our dicks in our hands.(laughs) We had no idea what everyone would think of us or our original shit.
you never really do, and that's part of the magic.
What were the memories of your first live performance?
TOMMY:We opened for L.A. Guns on our first show and the audience didn't know how to receive us at first.
The show was super high energy. I think we all had the kill or be killed attitude going on big time. We played
everything a tick quicker, but tempo always hauls ass with us live.(laughs) We went out and took no prisoners.
I think they dug us.
How would you categorize the style of the band?
TOMMY:I would say the style of the band is sweaty high energy American hard driving, Punk and Roll!
What image do you want your music to convey to your fans?
TOMMY:I don't think we've really thought about conveying an image through our music. We play what we like
if it sticks it sticks. It's a simple message of Rock and Roll funtime.
Who are your influences and how have they shaped your band sound?
TOMMY:My influences are Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Damned, Black Sabbath and Motorhead. I believe that who
you love and listen to come out in your playing and creating. so, I know they are in there somewhere.(laughs)
I'd say it's an absolute possibility that they've helped to shape our sound.
Let's talk a little about your latest album what are the listeners in store for with this release?
TOMMY:This is our debut album with Pavement Entertainment. I think the listeners are in store for a high energy album full of desperate times, truth and lies, love and hate, a little madness a little laughter. A rock and roll runaway train for sure.
Where did you record the album at and who did you get to produce the record.
TOMMY:We recorded "Cake and Chaos" at Space Brain Productions here in fabulous Las Vegas, NV. We were lucky enough to have our good friend and Jedi Master Jason Frohberg at the controls. He totally made the recording process a pleasant situation for maximum creative output.
Does the entire band contribute to the writing process?
TOMMY: Zach and I handle the writing, He'll either come up with a riff or I'll come up with a riff, or we'll come up
with something together. Then we'll flesh it out and bring it to rehearsal to show the guys. Then we bang it out till it feels good.
How do you feel the band has evolved musically and personally over the last year?
TOMMY: We've gotten much tighter as a band musically from all the live performance, the songs just flow like muscle memory and we've gotten used to handling any situation that may befall us on stage(laugh) We've always considered ourselves The Marx Brothers with guitars, We've looked out for each other since day one. We are the first one's to make fun of each other and the first one's to go to war for each other. It's a dysfunctional family no doubt, but a family none the less.
Favorite song of yours you've written?
TOMMY: My favorite tune that Iv'e written is "Dead Inside". But I have to say the guys are super receptive to new material
and that fact alone,helped to turn my little diddy into the monster I love. I wrote it, but it's because of them that i love it.
Favorite song of yours you like to play live?
TOMMY: I really love playing "I Know" right now live. It's like a runaway train. Me caterwauling on harmonica and Zach burning multiple solos. It's out of the box and unpredictable. A lot of fun live Fo'sho!
Where do you draw the inspiration for the songs you write?
TOMMY: We get our inspiration for writing tunes from everything going on around us. We live in Las Vegas and it's 24/7
There is a lot of subject matter to choose from daily.(laughs) It definitely influences our music.
how important do you rate the lyrical side of your album?
TOMMY:Being the main lyricist, I think It's important on a level where I totally want people to connect with the words
and possibly understand where I am coming from because maybe they've been there too. Telling a good tale and being the story master is kinda the lyricist's job. Helping people forget the every day struggle through song and word is the goal of the modern minstrel and words people can connect with are essential.
What are your current tour plans, if any?
TOMMY:As far as tour plans, we are ready to go anywhere and everywhere the music will take us. we hope to see
everybody real soon.
Describe your live performance for those that have never seen you live?
TOMMY:Live performance for Baker's Dozen is definitely a loud sweaty affair, full of cake, chaos a dirty joke or two all set
at a break neck pace. Very high tempo indeed. A kin to a runaway train driven by circus clowns. your gonna have a
Getting radio airplay and support is important for any band. What is your view on that?
TOMMY:Radio support is imperative for your band. It spreads the word and lets the listening public know your legit.(laughs)If they're good enough to be on the radio, they might deserve a listen type logic sets in. It's essential for the growth and forward push of any band. Folks take you a little more serious in the music game if you got a tune on the radio.
Do you see as we do that most local radio rarely support the up and coming new bands and even more local bands
just starting out?
TOMMY:Yeah, It's a messed up situation. With local radio it's hit or miss, there are so many local bands that it's impossible for local radio to help them all. Especially given that they have a two hour show to play local talent in. It's dog eat dog, first come first serve and who you know a lot of the time. persistence is important in this situation(laughs)
What do you think of the music industry right now?
TOMMY:Welcome my son, Welcome to the machine. The industry is a different beast now, gone are the record exec's with their fat cigars and lucrative contracts.(laughs)the use of social media and a more DYI attitude are more prevalent throughout the industry. With bands being famous online before ever signing a contract.
Did you find it hard to break into the business and what was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome?
TOMMY:When we started Baker's Dozen we didn't give a rat's ass to the whole biz aspect. We just played shows, stayed in our bubble and let the world burn around us. We were making ourselves happy through the music. I think the biz just
kinda found us.(laughs) We're still learning all the ins and outs of the actual biz aspect, I'd say that's been our toughest obstacle so far.
Tell us about your thoughts on your local music scene?
TOMMY:Las Vegas has a very diverse music scene. We are the entertainment capitol of the US, that being said there are so many other distractions for you to see other than a band playing original music. It can be a tough one. Las Vegas is also Tribute band land! Lot's of very talented tribute bands. If your looking to start or be in a tribute band this is the place.(laughs)
Are there any new up and coming bands that you are into?
TOMMY:I really dig this band out of New Jersey called The Battery Electric. They play this brand of rock and roll soul punk that is absolutely infectious. Their music evokes a goodtime, with everyone invited. a vibe everybody could use. Tell your friends.
How has social networking impacted your band?
TOMMY:Social networking as been totally helpful in getting the word out about us. Not only can people hear us they can connect with us and be part of everything we got going on. It's an amazing tool. It's been essential in the growth of this band.
Where can our readers find you on the web?
TOMMY:Facebook, Reverb Nation, Instagram, YouTube, we're pretty much everywhere these days.
What Equipment is the band using and do you have any endorsements currently?
TOMMY:I play Gibson guitars and use Orange amps, Zach plays Reverend Guitars and uses Hughs&Kettner Amps, our bass player Dave uses Schecter basses and abuses Ampeg bass amps. Jake our drummer beats on Ludwig Drums and Zildjian Cymbals. Currently we are endorsed by DR STRINGS, Xcel drumsticks,Pig Hog Cables, Seymour Duncan Pickups, Sinister Guitar Picks. Coffin Case and Dirtbag Clothing and we are always looking for more. So, any companies that need R&D done on their gear, we're the guys yer looking for.(laughs)
Thanks for answering these questions. Do you have any last comments for our readers.
TOMMY:Thank you for giving us the time. We're humbled that anyone would be interested in anything we have to say, But, we got our own rock and roll roller coaster and we want to invite everybody for a ride. And remember, that your better than you think you are. We hope to see you all real soon.
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