Voice of Addiction
Voice of Addiction are a group of politically charged, socially conscious punk-rockers out of Chicago. The seasoned group has been around for over a decade with over 100 shows across the U.S. and Canada. They have 6 official releases so far which have sold over 6,500 copies, and their music has been featured in the video games “Skateboard Party” 1,2, and 3. They are now getting ready to release a new full-length album as well as a feature length documentary.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Music has been with me since my earliest memories, and I started writing songs from a very young age. Not they were any good for a long time, but was still a form of expression and kept my head straight through trying times. I am very thankful for my parents pushing music on me at such a young age and several teachers throughout my education. I can only hope to be that type of inspiration to somebody someday.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
We had played a late night set the night before and had an early festival slot. the guitar player had forgotten his guitar at the venue the night before. I was able to call around to some friends and got a 100 dollar guitar at best so at least the show could go on. Moreover, the drummer had no drumsticks and no one else was around, and no music stores were open since it was a Sunday. I literally climbed a tree and broke a branch off, then wrapped them in gaff tape and we still performed the set. Not the high point of my life but we made it happen.
What has been the high point of your music path?
The coolest thing about the punk community is it is very accessible. I have gotten to open and play and party and hang out with so many of my musical heroes from growing up and today it is unbelievable. But the best is yet to come!
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
You never know when inspiration will hit. I have always carries pen and a small notebook with me for whenever I get ideas. Could just be a simple motive or melody. Or a phrase, lyrics or rhythm. Once I get for real though It usually involves an acoustic guitar and vocals. That is usually what I then bring to the band. But I have done songs on bass and keyboards as well. No song writes itself the same way. Sometimes it all comes and once and within 15 minutes you go from nothing to the finished product. Other times riffs and parts fester for months or years until the glue or whatever that makes them work together is discovered. Nothing beats the feeling when everything just comes together to form a badass fucking song.
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?
While is it easier then ever to get your music out there is harder then ever to be noticed. over-saturation of the marketplace has made being a modern day musician quite difficult. The only real way to make even a dollar anymore is playing live shows. This is also when an artist sells most of their merchandise. Selling it online is just as daunting with competition.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Descendants. In their 40 years as a band they are more important then ever right now. Their energy and pure musicianship has never been sharper. I have been a fan for as long as I have memories and being able to see them live so many times these last handful of years has been nothing short of amazing.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
practice, practice and more practice! haha. If it is a practice right before a show we will run the full set several times. Make sure it all makes sense and their are no transition issues etc.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Been a few but one that comes to mind is off of the brand new full-length "The Lost Art of Empathy" and is entitled "Lockwood." This song is about a fallen brother of mine and it echoes in the refrain "punk Rock heroes never die." i am happy I did write it though. A great way to keep his memory alive. He did a lot for the scene and should never be forgotten.
What's coming up in the future?
Their will be a west coast tour in the spring and a Canadian and east coast tour in the fall. A bunch of Midwest dates will be announced for 2018 in between this tour as well.
Where can fans can access your music.