A few months ago, I was nicely invited to discover the band Que Sera live as they were stopping by New York City for a concert at the Fat Baby. What a better way to introduce you guys to the band than sharing this pretty cool interview I got to do before their set?
Never Seen : Can you tell us more about the band?
Rich : Live shows… Lots of energy..
Brandon : We are a pretty crazy band!
Nick : We are from Providence, Rhode Island. We have a full-length album called « NOMAD ». It’s on Itunes, Amazon and any other digital outlet. Please go buy it! It rules! It will rock your face off! *laugh*
Dan : The album is out via CI Records. We have been a band for like what? Two years.
Never Seen : How did you guys meet?
Nick : Me and the other guitar player Rich, we met back in the Myspace days. I was fourteen or fifteen. He actually messaged me on Myspace saying “Hey dude, you’re really sick on guitar” and I said “Thanks man, You too”. We just started jamming as he lives right across the street from me. We then formed a couple of bands… They are pretty embarassing so i’m not going to talk about it. *laugh*
Brandon : And the rest of us? We were just kind of recruited.
Dan : Overtime, from other projects.
Nick : Rhode Island is really small so everybody kind of knows each other in the music scene. We were all from various bands and we just ended up at this point, at this current line-up.
Brandon : We were kind of cherry picked by this guys. *talking about Nick and Rich*
Nick : We only picked the most rock and roll!
Never Seen : What are your main musical inspirations ?
Dan: They are kind of all over the place. It really depends. I really like everything from pop to metal and everything in between…hardcore too. My influences are more from post-hardcore, pop kind of background. Then, we’ve got : Rich, he is more experimental, like an indie guy.
Nick : Yeah, he’s our indie guy . You know how every band needs a Bono? I think that’s him *laugh*. I grew up listening to emo stuff like My Chemical Romance and The Used. Underoath is by far my biggest influence for this project, for sure.
Brandon : I’m a huge Led Zepplin fan…Classic rock, classic pop music.
Nick : Brandon is the band’s dad ! He’s keeping the boys alive ! *laugh*
Brandon : Haha don’t forget about the good old days !
Never Seen : How did you came up with the name « Que Sera »?
Nick : It stands for “que sera, sera” which means “whatever will be, will be”. It actually comes from my grand mother. I guess, at the time, when we all kind of met up and all started writing music, it just felt so accurate. We all had our own stuff that we were dealing with. A lot of it has to do with the lack of control, the lack of being able to kind of be in charge of everything happening with you. There’s something out of your control. Everybody deals with it in their own different way. I think it’s just symbolic. It was just a huge fit for all of us at the time.
Brandon : It was kind of our mind set as a band since we started, like, go along for the ride and don’t let your emotions take control.
Nick : Try not to think too much of where we’ve been and where we’re going, focus on right here, right now. Do what you love.
Never Seen : You guys shared the stage with several huge bands such as Sleeping With Sirens, Our Last Night, Secrets, or We Came As Romans, what is you favourite tour/concert memory with them?
Nick : Besides food ? Don’t make me pick ! *laugh*
Brandon : Warped Tour is always a lot of fun !
Nick : Yeah, Warped tour is always fun !
Never Seen : So, you did Warped Tour ?
Dan : We did three days over two years, I had never been to a Warped Tour prior to play . I was like completely new to the all experience so that was really, really fresh for me.
Nick : Dan got a pretty nasty sunburn, and Rich got sun poisoning.
Dan : Yeah, it was definetly a rough day!
Never Seen : Were you a part of the Warped Tour in California ?
Dan : We did Connecticut and Massachusetts. We stayed on the East Coast. Hopefully we’ll get to California later this year, not for Warped Tour but just to tour out there. We haven’t hit the west coast yet so that’s definetely a goal, A.S.A.P for sure.
Never Seen : Can you tell us more about your first full-length album, « NOMAD » ?
Nick : We recorded it in the 37 studios in Michigan with our friend Matt Dalton, a while ago… two years ago actually.
Dan : We finished the album and we were sitting on it for nearly half a year, just trying to shop it out to labels and see if we were just going to release it ourselves or what…So, the record is technically older than the release date says.
Nick : It’s even older than the band !
Dan : Yeah, honestly we wrote it when the band was still coming together.
Nick : Oh man, time flies ! It was our first full-length so that was hard but cool.
Dan : It was definetly a writing experience. Most times you’re writing a four or five tracks EP when you are a younger band. You kind of have this one dedicated soul or style and you just follow that pattern for the whole thing. For the full length, it was like a whole spectrum of stuff going on, so it was cool.
Nick : It was a free fall !
Brandon : We have so many favorite albums and now it’s our turn to do this…Can we get somebody that experience ? Can we give them something to remember, something to feel?
Never Seen : What do you have coming up next ?
Dan : For this tour, we start in Florida for about two and a half weeks . Then, from the Florida started date, we ‘re going half across country to Indiana, then back up to home, Rhode Island and then after that, what ?
Nick : After that, we have a super secret EP that we are recording *shhhhh*. So we are pretty excited. That’s the first time we are writing music since the full-length.
Dan : Then we ‘re gonna have more tour dates…being away as much as possible…anywhere new.
Nick : For the fall, we are figuring out some tours right now.
Never Seen : It’s time for my favourite question, where do you see yourslef in ten years ?
Nick : Ten years ?
Dan : Ideally, still the same guy, still making music, with a bigger platform. Hopefully people will like what we do, feel something with us and let our music grow.
Nick : In ten years, I plan to let myself go! I’m gaining at least 25 to 30 pounds! *laugh*
Dan : You and I are on a competition on who can get the fattest, if we manage to survive stage injuries ! *laugh*
Nick : Yeah, i don’t know if we even have ten years left ! *laugh*
Jon : I don’t think my body could handle ten years !
Never Seen : What about in two years ? Is that better ?
Brandon : We will have our next EP out.
Rich : We will probably record another full-length album.
Nick : Yeah, in two years, I would like to have another album out, to tour more.
Dan : I wanna tour a bunch of countries before two years.
Never Seen : France !
Dan : Yeah exactly, on top of the list : FRANCE !
Nick : In two years, we will be in FRANCE ! * laugh*
I would like to thank the band Que Sera for taking the time to answer my questions.
See you soon on another adventure