~ Asbury Park Vibes' Band of the Week ~

TramstonValley

December 29, 2020

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HOMETOWN

Tokyo and Saitama Japan

FORMED

2018

BAND MEMBERS

Haruki (vocals, guitar)

Wallaby (bass)

Nogi (drums)

BASICS

YOUR MUSICAL PAST AND PRESENT IN ONE RUN-ON SENTENCE.

Haruki: My music was started by 90’s,2000’s U.S rock, and forward to blues rock, classic rock, etc, in other words my music goes from new skool to old skool.


SORRY, BUT WE HAVE TO ASK … WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BAND NAME?

Haruki:When I was thinking band name, tramset(medicine) and winston(cigarettes) was there in my pocket. I mixed those words. And that time I was listening to John Mayer’s album “Paradise Valley”. So added a valley. In the toilet!!


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND TO SOMEONE WHO HASN’T YET HEARD YOUR MUSIC?

Haruki: Modern alternative classic hard rock or rock!


HOW DID THE STARS ALIGN TO BRING YOU ALL TOGETHER?

Haruki: It’s acoustic jam in the small bookshop connected us, then formed a band very naturally.


IF BANDS WERE REQUIRED TO HAVE A SLOGAN … WHAT WOULD YOUR BAND SLOGAN BE?

Haruki: Get along, and enjoy the process.

MUSIC

A PROJECT YOU’RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON THAT YOU’RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT.

Haruki :We are making an EP, and I’m studying mixing and mastering. It's really difficult but when I find a way of good sound making, I get so excited.


HOW DOES THE BAND FLESH OUT A SONG FROM START (IDEA IN YOUR HEAD) TO FINISH (RECORDING)?

Haruki: First, I’m making a demo track at home, because I have whole sound images in my head, then we have jam and discussion in the studio.


WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE BEST SONG YOU EVER RELEASED, AND WHY?

Haruki: It’s “Are You Ready” from the 1st single. I think it has our originality in this song. And simple, cool.


PICK ONE WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBES WHAT YOUR REHEARSALS ARE LIKE. [YOU CAN ELABORATE IF YOU’D LIKE!]

Haruki:Experiment


ANY MUSIC VIDEOS PLANNED OR IN PRODUCTION?

Haruki:I don’t have any plans yet.


LET’S GEEK OUT FOR A SECOND … TELL US WHAT YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PIECE OF MUSICAL EQUIPMENT IS RIGHT NOW.

Haruki: My original custom fender telecaster.And Guild T-bird and BOSS SD-1.



INFLUENCES

WHICH MUSICIAN OR BAND INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A MUSICIAN?

Haruki: It’s my uncle, he was not famous, just a local guitarist. But his tone is best for me now.


AN ALBUM THAT’S HAD A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON YOU.

Haruki:Song For The Deaf by Queens of the Stone Age.


VOCALIST YOU ADMIRE THE MOST?

Haruki: Chris Robertson of Black Stone Cherry, His strong voice and guitar style is really great! ROCK!


GUITAR SOLO THAT ALWAYS GIVES YOU GOOSEBUMPS?

Haruki:Tom Morello’s all guitar solo.


MOST BAD-ASS BASSIST?

Haruki: Pino Palladino.


DRUMMER WITH KILLER CHOPS?

Haruki:Chad Szeliga.


ROLLING STONES OR THE BEATLES?

Haruki: The Beatles.

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PERFORMING

DO YOU HAVE ANY PRE-SHOW RITUALS?

Haruki: I just do nothing!


FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED WHILE YOU WERE ON STAGE.

Haruki:long time ago, I was in the middle of playing guitar solo the cable came off.


  IF POSSIBLE, DESCRIBE WHAT PERFORMING LIVE FEELS LIKE FOR YOU.

Haruki:ride a motorcycle.That engine vibes and rock sound has the same feelings to me.


IF YOU WERE SECOND ON A THREE-BAND BILL, WHICH BAND WOULD YOU LOVE TO BE SUPPORTING AND WHICH BAND WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO OPEN FOR YOU? [GOOD CHANCE TO PLUG A NEWER BAND YOU REALLY LIKE]

Haruki: I support the John Mayer trio and the first band is 1000mods.


WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR FANS GET FROM YOUR MUSIC? IS THERE ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE THEM TO KNOW?

Haruki: I hope fans will make the moment better in life by my music. I hope my music will be a good BGM for fans.

GOALS

MOST DON’T ALLOW THEMSELVES TO BELIEVE THAT WHAT THEY REALLY WANT ... CAN ACTUALLY HAPPEN. CLOSE YOUR EYES AND VISUALIZE WHAT YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR ULTIMATE SUCCESS. WHAT DO YOU SEE?

Haruki: performing at many big rock festivals!


WHAT ARE YOU DETERMINED TO SEE HAPPEN FOR YOUR BAND IN THE NEXT YEAR?

Haruki: I hope to perform again. And we are gonna release a new EP.


UPCOMING SHOWS, EVENTS, FESTIVALS YOU’RE PLAYING?

Haruki: I have no idea. I’m just making good songs.


Listen to TramstonValley!


PERSONAL

WHAT CONCERT DID YOU ATTEND THAT YOU’LL NEVER, EVER FORGET?

Haruki: I went to John Mayer’s Japan tour with band members. It was a really amazing show! I went for 2 days.


BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN.

Haruki: Do the best and enjoy it.


WHAT IS YOUR MOST VALUED MATERIAL POSSESSION?

Haruki: A small ancestral land.


WHICH OF YOUR BAND MEMBERS:

- IS ALWAYS LATE? Haruki

- EATS THE HEALTHIEST? Wallaby

- IS THE PRANKSTER? Haruki

- IS THE TASK MASTER TO GET THINGS DONE? Nogi

- HAS A USELESS TALENT? Haruki


WHEN YOU’RE NOT PLAYING MUSIC, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LOVE TO DO?

Haruki: Sleeping and driving.


IF WE WERE TO LOOK AT YOUR “GO-TO” PLAYLIST RIGHT NOW, WHO ARE SOME OF THE ARTISTS WE’D SEE?

Haruki: Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer, Black Stone Cherry, The Black Keys.


BEST BAND NAME YOU EVER HEARD?

Haruki: Jimi Hendrix Experience.


VINYL RECORDS, CASSETTES, CD’s, OR DOWNLOADS?

Haruki: Actually,I like vinyl and cassette sound. But, I just using downloads.


WHAT SONG IS AMAZING, YET NOT VERY POPULAR?

Haruki: Brothers on a Hotel Bed by Death cab for cutie


AN ALBUM YOU NEVER GET TIRED OF LISTENING TO.

Haruki: A/B by KALEO


WHAT SONG ARE YOU CURRENTLY OBSESSED WITH?

Haruki: indie,lo-Fi music.


WHAT SONG HELPED YOU WHEN YOU WERE HEARTBROKEN?

Haruki: Life by Our Lady Peace.


WHAT ALBUM OR ARTIST DID YOUR PARENTS INTRODUCE YOU TO THAT YOU LOVE?

Haruki: Nothing, because my parents didn't listen to much music.


WHAT’S YOUR BENCHMARK FOR A GREAT MUSICIAN?

Haruki: Having originality and always challenging new things.

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