According to American Grammy Winner and producer of some of Metallica’s greatest work – Flemming Rasmussen – “Shotgun Revolution is the best band to come out of Denmark for a very, very long time”.
Shotgun Revolution is like a musical bonfire with a sensational sound inspired by classic rock bands like Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC & Guns ’N Roses. Put together by lead guitarist, writer and producer Martin Frank whose vision was to create a band able to raise the bar musically worldwide. Lead singer Ditlev is another important brick in the puzzle and he offers a distinct vocal delivered perfectly.
The band is currently writing and producing their debut album together with Flemming Rasmussen and it is set for release first half of 2009 (TBA). So far 5 songs has been finalized and mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound – NYC. George credits incl. the latest AC/DC album ”Black Ice.”
Shotgun Revolution is performing live in Denmark and will be touring extensively through out Europe and the world during 2010 (dates TBA).
Today I would like thank the rocking band “Shotgun Revolution” for taking some time out to do this for us their fans Welcome guys and before we start I just wanted to say You really do RAWK!!!! Wicked tunz’s guys!
Shaz: What’s the name of your band and what’s the origin of that name?
Shotgun Revolution: The name of the band is Shotgun Revolution. Martin came up with a pretty simple idea, use Shotgun as a metaphor for a guitar + Revolution equals we are a guitar revolution ! haha
Shaz: Could you please list the name, and respective instrument of each band member.
SR: Ditlev – Vocals Martin – Lead & Rhythm guitar Henrik – Rhythm & Lead guitar Michael – Bass Kasper – Drums
Shaz: What genre of music do you consider your work to be and who are your major influences?
SR: We’ve talked a lot about this and the only genre we can agree on is “hard rock”. The whole music industry keeps talking about genres/labels etc. We’re just a rock n’ roll band trying to write great songs and deliver them 100% . Our influences includes: AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Guns ´n Roses & Black Sabbath.
Shaz: How did you guys meet and what was it that inspired you to become the Band you are today….
SR: Our guitarist Martin heard Ditlev sing at a gig and invited him to come to his recording studio for a talk. They found out that they had same passion and taste in music and got crackin’ on doing some music. The first song they did together was a song called “Dead Inside”. We still play this song in our set and expect to put on our debut album (when we get there). After that it was a matter of finding guys with the right skills and chemistry. This turn out to be a quite difficult task but we took a great guitar player and convinced him to play the bass, then we took an amazing lead singer/guitarist and made him sing back-up vocals and play rhythm guitar and last but not least we found Jon Bonham’s human clone tucked inside a kid named Kasper and Shotgun Revolution was ready !.
Shaz: Are you a member of any music organizations?
SR: Yeah we are members of local organizations “Dansk Musikerforbund” & “Dansk Artist Forbund”.
Shaz: What can you tell me about your instruments? (i.e., Are you subject to brand loyalty or will you play with whatever’s available? What made you choose the instruments you have now? Was it cost or was it a style/model/brand/color preference?
SR: Uuuh you don’t wanna be asking us those questions. We are absolutely gear freaks in SR. Let’s do one member at a time. Ditlev is the only one (well, he sings for Christ sake, he needs a microphone, that’s it!) who doesn’t seem to care that much. Martin is a Gibson Les Paul / Marshall amp lover who recently fell in love with an amazing Krank amp, which he now endorse. Henrik loves both his Fender Stratocaster and his Les Paul’s. When it comes to amps he’s got more vintage amps than all the shops in Copenhagen (old Marshall’s, Laney’s yeah well, you name it). Michael is a Fender lover. His ’63 Fender P bass is his baby (he sleeps with it….go figure!) and his Gallien-Krueger stack delivers both the bottom end and punch that we all love. Kasper, well…. Kasper works in a music store so he has way too many drum kit’s (7 or something like that) and they are not cheap either. In general it’s not the prize tag that matters for us, it’s the sound, the feel, the attitude that we search for. The instrument should reflect your style and sound. We don’t give a shit if it’s old and beat up. If it sounds and feels right then it is right!!!!!
Shaz: Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?
SR: We have only performed in Denmark for now, but we’re working hard on gigs in Germany and the UK as soon as possible. We recently performed at “The Rock” in Copenhagen and that was a blast. Least favorite, hmm well let’s not mention any names here …
Shaz: Who is it that sits down and writes your songs?Or is this a joint effort… .
SR: Martin & Ditlev sits down and write the main part of our songs. After that all the arranging, dynamics etc. takes place as a joint effort in the rehearsing room/studio.
Shaz: Could you briefly describe the music-making process
SR: Our music making process is pretty simple. After we have done a new song we make a quick demo. Then we go into the rehearsing room with the band to arrange it and then we take it live, after a couple of gigs and a few changes it’s ready for recording. We record all drums with Flemming Rasmussen (credits as a producer/engineer includes Metallica & Ritchie Blackmore among others) and then the guitars follows and with vocals last (at Martin’s studio). After that is mix and master and ready for you guys J
Shaz: How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
SR: We have been going through a rising creative wave and we haven’t peaked yet…especially our fans will be surprised when they hear the upcoming material. It’s more rock n’ roll in a “right in your face” way.
Shaz: What has been your biggest challenge as a band?
SR: Our own ambitions! No doubt. We want to be the best and that goes for every little part of being in a rock band, writing new songs, stage appearance and so on. We can at times drive ourselves to the point of madness…:-)
Shaz: What are your touring and recording plans?
SR: Currently we got a couple of gigs lined up here in Copenhagen and then we’re going to do some pre-production for new material and maybe a single release. New songs is on the way that’s for sure!
Shaz: What are your thoughts on rock and roll, and how would you define it?
SR: The way we do it. Riffin guitars and dynamic vocals on top = rock n’ roll
Shaz: What is life like as a musician in the age of the Internet?
SR: Confusing and exiting! Confusing because you seem to be active on so many sites that it’s impossible to keep up and you don’t know which way to turn. Exiting because, just an example, we’re on air in Australia, UK, Germany, US etc. and that’s only because we’re so active online. Another bonus is the direct contact with the rock n’ roll lovers out there. It’s a daily battle, but we enjoy it !!!
Shaz: Whom and what inspires you guys, musically and otherwise?
SR: We’ve named some of our personal influences, but the Danish band “Volbeat” is picking up steam abroad and are going to support Metallica on their US/Canada tour… that’s fuckin’ amazing for a Danish rock band. So we’re supporting the guys and hope they get very successful It’s extremely rare that a Danish rock band get’s a break abroad so they’ve inspired us to keep on going. It can happen ! Which of your songs are you most proud of and why? “Slipping Away” it’s just so much fun to play live…(go to youtube.com/shotgunrevolution there’s a live version of “Slipping Away” from “The Rock”)
Shaz: and last of all guys….What is the most way out thing that has ever happened to yous while playing a gig or on the road…….
SR: We have just begun, so all the crazy shit is yet to come…but we were playing a club, owned by a stripper and a former porn star, with all the action you can imagine going on in between the live music, then that gig could end up being a night to remember…apart from that, Ditlev once was in a band, where 2 female fans showed up at a gig, with band-logo and autographs tattooed on their arms…WEEEEIRD…(but kinda cool…)!!!
Shaz: Is there anything else you would like to add that we your fans would be keen to know about?
SR: Watch our myspace.com/shotgunrevolutiondk for news, new songs and gigs. We got a new offical website as well: www.shotgunrevolution.com Oh and please feel free to visit the lovely iTunes site and buy our 2009 EP
Thank you guy’s this has been so awesome …..
You Rock My World ……
Try and stop us
Have an Unreal week guys and rock for us all……
We got nothing better to do
Hugs Shaz (on Behalf of The Rock and Roll Report team)
As a special thank you to the readers of The Rock and Roll Report, Shotgun Revolution has made available their track I Don’t Care as a free download for 2 months only so download it and enjoy courtesy of the band and The Rock and Roll Report!