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A Dirty Dozen with ANDY CHAVES from KATASTRO – July 2021

| 14 July 2021 | Reply

 

According to a recent press release: “As they gear up for the release of their new album Sucker next month, emerging alt-rock / hip-hop hybrid Katastro has released their new single “Droptop.” The positive, floaty track features background vocals from longtime friend Micah Brown of Iration. Sucker, the Phoenix-based quartet’s sixth full-length album, also features their buzzy summer anthem “The Way I Feel,” which is currently featured on a variety of top Spotify playlists including The New Alt, New Noise, PopRox and Beach Vibes. Sucker represents a notably more mature sound for Katastro – Andy Chaves [vocals], Andrew Stravers [drums], Tanner Riccio [guitar] and Ryan Weddle [bass] – while showcasing their unique melting pot stew of rock, hip-hop, funk, blues, pop, and reggae. The band’s fully collaborative creative approach, and unexpected time off in 2020, allowed for limitless possibilities. The result is a 12-song collection, produced by Matt Keller (Lydia, Anarbor, Redlands), about the constant loop of life, love, hate and wanting to break the pattern. Sucker brings its listeners along on a ride, providing a summery soundtrack and something a little more positive to look forward to when everything feels off. Opening track “The Way I Feel” is an upbeat ode to getting over a bad breakup.” We get singer Andy to discuss new music, influences, and more…

Photo credit: Chris Colclasure

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 you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

We had time on this one. It took three locations, hours and hours of overthinking, but it’s all part of the process. We couldn’t be more hyped on our new album, Sucker. There is a “ bad news” reference in the title track Sucker. Guess it isn’t a hidden nugget anymore but yep.

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

I was a little problem child in middle school. So every time I got kicked out of class, I would start writing funny rap verses about it in my downtime. It turned into a passion quickly and I knew it was what I was supposed to be doing.

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

Anthony Kiedis made me want to be a front man in a band. Just his story and everything about him was so intriguing to me.

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

I’m a huge fan of blackbear. I think MGK has a really cool vibe too – would love to get in a room with either of them.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

I like to golf, play basketball, stay active. That’s when I feel my best.

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?

Alternative, punk, Rap, rock bundle of joy. Haha, plenty, but I honestly prefer someone hating on me rather than telling me how awesome they think we are. We enjoy the funny comments more than anything.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Ryan cooks. I get every drink in. Tanner loves campfires.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

Probably hanging with MGK for a night.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

Dream job would be a professional skater. But I can barely Ollie so there ya go.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

Good question. When someone asks me it, I’m sure it’ll all click. Never tired of answering any questions. Anyone who gives us the time of day to chat we always are open ears.

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?

Take it more serious. Party less. But then again, half of our songs are about those weird long nights so is it what it is. Just keep pushing.

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

First time Dr. Dre and Eminem met. YouTube it – it’s amazing.

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