Drive On Mak
Drive On Mak is a neo-blues/rock/punkabilly trio out of San Marcos, Texas. Featuring Sean Makra, Scott Feigh, and Jason Bilderback, the group is driven to become one of the premier rock and roll acts in their region. Boasting a unique sound, the band combines somber tone mixed with strident choruses that listeners will fall in love with.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Sean Makra: I grew up around music. My dad is a song writer, and he and my mom played music in bands and at church my entire life. They didn't do it for a living, but for the love of it. I picked up on that. When I was 16, I started playing in bands with friends from school and around the neighborhood. When I was 18 I saw Social Distortion play in Hawaii with Red Cross for the white light, white heat, white trash tour. I saw how Mike Ness's presence commanded the attention of the audience, and how his music, energy, and passion fueled the crowd. That was the moment I knew what I wanted to do with my life.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
We got hired to write intro music for a professional wrestler. He liked it so much he asked us to play it live at a NAWA event, and we did so. It was a blast.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Recording our 1st and 2nd EP and fire station studios. Stevie Ray Vaughn and other amazing artist have cut gold records there. It has a really good energy, and it is challenging mfortable enough for the artist to let their guard down, and really push themselves.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I like to write late at night by myself. I get started on something, and then I take it to the boys, and we shape it into what ever that song was destined to become.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Stop saturating the market with cookie cutter crap music. Let new artists and bands have a shot at getting their music out there.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Sean Makra: Jawbreaker Scott Feigh: Green Day Jason Bilderback: No Means No
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
If we have a show, we practice the songs on the set list. If we don't, we work on new material, or songs that we need to tighten up on. We practice once a week. We are all best friends, so it's half social and half practice. We have a rule: if we are not having fun playing, people are not going to have fun listening. It takes the pressure off of us. And we play better that way.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Lions & Clowns. It is our newest song. It has a strange rhythm and unusual changes. It's a dark comedy about politics and the circus, and how they are one in the same. It will be on our next full length record.
What's coming up in the future?
We are heading to the studio to cut our next record in 2018. We are sorting out the details and the song list at the moment. We are planning to follow it with a US tour.
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