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A Dirty Dozen with ECHO 2 LOCATE – March 2019

| 26 March 2019 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Alternative Rock Band ECHO 2 LOCATE has released the official music video for their single, “High.” We are an alternative rock band based out of Maryland that strives to bring those who feel alone, a place where they can feel at home.” We get the band to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Rhiannon Neagle: Our new single “High” is an extremely exciting release for all of us. I had actually taken a full month to write it. I became almost overly picky about what was on the track and what wasn’t. I wanted to make sure it stayed simple while keeping the emotion to it. Even though the song sounds nothing like it, oddly enough, the beginning lead guitar riff was actually inspired by Marilyn Manson’s song “Kill For Me.”  I was excited to see how people would interpret the song. The first time somebody listens to it they usually think that it’s just a catchy fun song. However, if you really listen to the lyrics, it has a much deeper meaning to it.

Clarke Hildreth:  Rhiannon has a really good talent when it comes to putting a deep meaning into songs.  A lot of our fans like “High” due to it’s catchy and fun nature, while many others recognize that there’s a lot more to it.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Mike Pritchett: My parents got me into music in the fourth grade. I played trumpet until my freshman year of high school. There was a drum set in the band room and I figured let’s sit down and try. I could play a beat! I switched to drums, met guitar players and the rest is history.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Mike Pritchett: I had always listened to mainly rap. Then a friend brought to school Sepultura’s album Arise and was blown away.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Mike Pritchett: Killswitch Engage, older Sepultura, Tool, MXPX and Animals as Leaders.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Clarke Hildreth:  I would pick Mark Hoppus from blink-182, as he has collaborated with many artists and made cameo appearances in music videos for other bands.  As a songwriter, he has a talent for getting a song stuck in somebody’s head.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Will Servary: I can’t really describe it. Some of our songs definitely have some hard rock sounds with a twist of punk. I usually just tell people that they would have to hear it to understand. There’s been one comment made that I disagree with. After a show we played, someone came up to me and told me that our singer (Rhiannon) sounded like Amy Lee from Evanescence. They are both great vocalists, but they have completely different vocal styles that you just can’t really compare to each other in my opinion.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Rhiannon Neagle: Helping people and bringing people together is the best thing about being a musician hands down. That’s why I love what I do. Even if just one person is helped through our music, then in my eyes, we’ve succeeded.

8. When you have downtime and are hanging out with your family, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and how often is their an acoustic singalong or impromptu karaoke night?

Rhiannon Neagle: On the rare occasion that I have downtime and can actually see my family, it’s honestly a riot. My Dad or Mom will usually end up cooking dinner while me and my siblings annoy the life right out of them. I have one older brother and two older sisters and I think it’s hard for people to be around us when we are all together. Mainly because of our random musical outbursts that usually feature our main act of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

Rhiannon Neagle: When I was 15, I got to meet Tre Cool from Green Day (my favorite band) after seeing them in concert. I was eating at a restaurant after their concert and I saw him walking by and I ended up talking to him for about 15 minutes. He was one of the most rad people I have ever met. I told him it was my dream to be a musician and he told me that it didn’t have to be a dream because if I was already working on it, then I already was one. It was a crazy experience to meet one of my biggest inspirations and I will never forget about it.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Clarke Hildreth:  If I weren’t a musician, I would still want to aim big and pursue something that would push me to grow as a person.  I’d love to work for a company like Google or even start a business.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Rhiannon Neagle: I’m a person who believes that everything happens for a reason so I wouldn’t change anything that’s happened so far. Even if it didn’t change our current situation, I would never go back simply because if I didn’t have those experiences, I wouldn’t have learned what I needed to.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for anyone record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

William Servary: I would go back to Breaking Benjamin’s album Dear Agony. Mainly because from what I know it was Benjamin Burnley’s first sober album and it seemed to be the most true to his heart lyrically. The album’s meaning, at least to me, is about fighting for something that’s important to you even if you feel like you may lose.




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