OLD DOGS. NEW TRICKS.
A one-on-one Interview with Old Dogs
BT: Thank you for meeting with us
OD: You're welcome, thank you having us.
BT: What's the origin of the band name?
OD: Just a funny take on a bunch of old guys wanting to play music.
BT: Have you changed the band's name before?
BT: Please list the name and respective instrument of each band member.
OD: John - guitar and vocals / Luis - bass guitar and vocals / Jose - guitar and background vocals / Tony - drums / Cari - lead vocals and percussion.
What genre of music do you consider your work to be?
OD: Blues, rock and roll, but we are expanding to some pop and jazz.
BT: Who are your major influences?
OD: Eric Clapton, B.B. King, The Grateful Dead, Linda Rondstadt, Fleetwood Mac, Santana, and more.
BT: How long have you all known each other?
OD: Some of us have known each other all our lives, and some for just a few months.
BT: How did you meet?
OD: We, for the most part, met jamming together at acoustic night at Ray's Guitars n Gear.
BT: When did you form your band?
OD: November 2017 - this current roster has been playing together just since February 2018.
BT: What inspired you to make music together?
OD: The love of music and playing music and singing, and also we get along with each other.
BT: Do you have a record label?
BT: Are you a member of any music organizations?
BT: Where has the band performed?
OD: At River Cities Festival, Miami Springs Lions Club Fish Fry, Hialeah Art Night.
BT: What are your favorite and least favorite venues?
OD: None so far.
BT: Which songs do you perform most frequently?
OD: Unchain My Heart, Evil Ways, You're No Good and Thrill is Gone.
BT: Do you ever play any covers?
OD: Only covers for now but we are working on original music.
BT: Do you have a set play list?
BT: What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
OD: Love and heartbreak.
BT: Do you think these topics will change over time?
OD: We will incorporate more themes with time.
BT: Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
OD: A lot of hard work, commitment and perseverance. Communication and patience is very important, especially when collaborating with other artists.
BT: What are your rehearsals generally like?
OD: We arrive to practice mostly after a long day's work. We play our set list, perfecting it to our sound. Also, we learn to play new songs to the repertoire, which always brings much inspiration and collaboration. We're still really new as a band and still getting to know how each of us work. Learning new music and adapting it to our sound, aka "doggifying it" is our favorite part so far.
BT: Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?
OD: We practice every Monday and Thursday, sometimes on a weekend day.
BT: How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
OD: We started out just playing blues, but with Cari coming onboard, her vocal range lends itself to some pop, jazz and rock so we're expanding our style.
BT: What has been your biggest challenge as a band?
OD: Sometimes life throws you curveballs and you gotta learn to roll with them.
BT: Have you been able to overcome that challenge?
OD: We're in the process of defining our commitment to the band, where we want to take this while at the same time dealing with life's challenges.
OD: A lot of patience and understanding. We're friends first and that is the foundation we play music on.
BT: What's your ultimate direction for your band?
OD: We're figuring that out for ourselves right now.
BT: Are you seeking fame and fortune?
BT: What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
OD: Define for yourself why you want to be in a band and make that happen.
BT: How can fans-to-be gain access to your music?
OD: For right now, you can find us on Facebook - Old Dogs Band and on Instagram @olddogsband.
BT: Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
OD: We're currently working on our website and YouTube Channel.
BT: Is there anyone you'd like to acknowledge for offering financial or emotional support?
OD: Wouldn't be possible without Ray's Guitars n Gear.
BT: Any last words?
OD: It's never too late to make your dreams come true! So go for it!