Bizness Suit is a phenomenal rock band out of South Carolina. Their lineup is Sean Barry (guitar/vocals), Drew Tapp (bass) , Hunter Moss (guitar,vocals) and Jeremy Hunton (drums). The band just released a new CD titled ‘King” that is garnishing critical acclaim. People around the country are getting very pumped about this band and watching them rise in the ranks of rock is truly exciting. 10 Questions caught up with Bizness Suit for an interview that you don't want to miss out on!
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 (singer) and Drew (bassist) started a band in 2006 because they were bored. It was awful. One of our songs was about rescuing kittens from trees by throwing burning babies at them. There was no thought back then, it was just a passion for wanting to create something. We were young and stupid and we’d write things that sounded young and stupid. But regardless, there was always passion about the actual creation of the music. We wanted to emulate what we loved. The name of that 2006 band was Two Lost Souls, inspired by the lyric from Wish You Were Here. That Pink Floyd album contained the first rock song Sean ever heard (in the attic with his dad’s vinyl records and not knowing what a b-side, he put on Side B track one: “Have A Cigar” – and that’s the stone that started the others tumbling down the hill). And still today, we’ll toss in a cover by The Doors or The Beatles. We were inspired by the gods of rock, and that’s why it’s always been the stone that’s rolling. So that moment when Sean discovered “Have A Cigar” was the catalyst for it all. Two Lost Souls became Homer, then The Stations, then The Damn Rights, and finally Bizness Suit. Sean and Drew started it from the beginning, but Jeremy (drummer) and Hunter (guitarist) carried the vision to where it is. All of our stories are different, but every catalyst is the same, and our paths just crossed at the right moment.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Billy Gibbons plays the lead guitar on our first record for the song “Rock N’ Rolla.” We met with Billy a few times, and he wanted to do the song because he was really in touch with the lyrics. He never really said what it was about the lyrics, but every time we met with him, he’d ask, “Who wrote the lyrics?” We’d tell him, and he’d nod, and he’d say he really liked them. One of the times we met with him was over dinner, and he had mashed potatoes in his beard, but we were too nervous to tell him because how do you tell a rock and roll legend who wants to contribute to your album that he’s got a potato beard?
What has been the high point of your music path?
We were invited to the Foo Fighters’ practice studio for an annual party Rami Jaffee throws and we got to meet Rami and also Robby Krieger who performed impromptu for a couple of songs.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
We usually have a backlog of lyrics, so sometimes Sean or Hunter will come up with a catchy idea and grab something to put to it. But oftentimes it does start with the lyrics, something that’s so exciting we’ve got to put music to it right away.
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?
The biggest challenge is the era we’re in. People don’t go out to shows like they used to. They don’t go out to the Tin Roof because it’s a Wednesday night and they want to check out a band they’ve never heard of. With the digital age, there’s so much music to sift through already, so it’s harder to make yourself stand out and get people in a position where they want to take a chance on you.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
On the surface, this seems like a really easy question to answer because the obvious response is Prince. That’s also the correct answer. Why? Because he was the most talented musician we all look up to.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Generally, we try to rehearse everything. We don’t prepare set lists for our shows – we like to feed off the energy of the room. Every time we’ve made a set list, we end up scrapping it after about the second song in. So it’s best if we rehearse everything. However, we frequently get sidetracked working on new song ideas.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
“Old Road.” We wrote and recorded it on the last day of our recording session. It was something we came up with and couldn’t let go, so we had to capture that moment. What's coming up in the future? Our second album King just dropped on May 26th, and so we’re currently promoting that as we play around the southeast. Our goal is to continually evolve our sound, and as we’ve already begun writing new, unrecorded songs, we’ve seen ourselves maturing as performers and songwriters, and that’s the path we aim to follow. We’re always looking for new connections to other bands and music that will inspire us to challenge ourselves. We want the future and we want it now! Where can fans can access your music? iTunes Spotify