Listen to the new song from The Bulldog Brothers – Images
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
4 out of the 5 of us grew up together, all attending the Waldorf School of Philadelphia and remaining consistently close friends the whole time. We started the band back in 2006 when Roman and Sam were in 3rd grade. We all share a love for music and it turned out that our individual musical skills complimented one another in such a way that we have been able to create and perform countless songs over the years. Jordan joined the crew in the summer of 2012 and he fit right in, as though he had grown up with us. His remarkable talent at both guitar and drums, his general musical genius, and his hilarious sense of humor made him a welcome addition.
What do you have coming up? What are some of the new projects we can expect to see?
We’re currently deep in the process of creating our debut album, When All Else Fails, which we plan to release spring 2013. Lately we have been working with Stand Out! Studios in Doylestown PA.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
Images is an intense, emotional song. It’s about overcoming insecurities and seeing the beauty in yourself and others. Sam wrote it when he was in 8th grade.
How does your music separate yourself from other artists and bands out there?
Our goal for the music we make is to have it accessible to everyone. We try to combine elements from all the different styles of music we love including punk, metal, hard rock, and alternative. We try to take the best parts of each style and create a sound that is unique by maintaining catchy-ness, intensity, and feeling throughout all of our songs while playing a large variety of genres.
We want to use our music to help people grow a better appreciation for more styles of music. So say for example that you were someone who liked a lot of alternative rock but didn’t enjoy most metal. Our hope would be that you would start listening to our music by hearing some of our alternative stuff like What I’m Looking For and Images, but would then proceed to hear and begin to appreciate some of the other styles we have too. If you like Images then chances are you’ll like Let You Go and if you like Let You Go then you’ll probably like Innocent, and next thing you know you’ll have a greater appreciation for metal. At least that’s the hope.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
The hardest thing in the music industry we’ve found has been maintaining patience. We sometimes find ourselves very frustrated because we feel as though we have so much music to offer to the world and that, unless we get world-famous, we’ll never be able to share it with everyone. It’s easy to get frustrated because things move slow in the industry. You really have to work your way up brick by brick and sort of throttle the system until you achieve your goal. We still have a ways to go, but we’re making steady progress and every little baby step we take is infinitely rewarding.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
We hit a sort of stand still in 2011. We didn’t have the means to make an album, we didn’t have many venues to play at, and even our life-long supporters weren’t that enthusiastic about our music. In the back of our minds we knew we still had something to offer to the world, but it was hard to remember that when every show we played was the same old thing, to the same old crowd.
New songs came and went, but we couldn’t do anything with them. Fortunately we were able to recover from this low spot, thanks largely to the addition of Jordan to the band. When he joined, we were all inspired by his talent and his attitude called on the fire in the back of our minds. Suddenly we were incredibly determined to record, improve our live shows, get new venues, publicize, and take ourselves seriously again. And that change of attitude has done wonders for us.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Artists should be careful not to think they’re ready before they’re actually ready. For a while, we kind of thought that the only thing between us and success in the music industry was us being heard by someone with the right connections. But it occurred to us that if we want to make it as musicians, we need to step up our game and make ourselves substantial, so that if someone does discover us, we’ll have really good, impressive material to show them.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
If music is what you love, don’t ever stop. Also, for those of you who make the same style of music as us, never underestimate the power of a few well-timed octaves.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
We use Facebook to promote ourselves a lot, as well as YouTube, Reverbnation, and SoundCloud. YouTube and Reverbnation is good for getting random people who have no connection to us to hear our music. Facebook and SoundCloud are good because they allow the fans we already have to interact with us and hear our music right when it comes out.
Where can people visit you?
People can check us out on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/
Our YouTube channel is called BulldogBrothersMusic. You can hear our finished work there.