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December 16, 2018

Interview Double Experience

Answered by Ian Nichols, singer and bass player of Double Experience. 
Hi! Tell me about Double Experience. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore? And, experience of what exactly meant in band’s title?

Double Experience are a three-piece nerd-rock band out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. We named our band that because as nerds, and gamers, we like the idea of getting double Experience and it just made sense with the music that we were writing. We believe that songwriting should be based on the experiences you have . We tend to write our experiences through the lens of the things that we engage in on a daily basis: science fiction, video games, novels, ect. Everyone experiences the world differently but we all have these innate feelings that allow commonality between us… so when we sat down to write “So Fine”, the lead single from the record, we didn’t just want to write a song that said “there’s something between us and I think you’re attractive”, we wanted to use ideas like chemistry and science to frame our narrative. If you look at the song, you’ll see a direct link to actual chemical elements in the chorus as a way for us to express what we wanted to say.

“Unsaved Progress” album was released several months ago. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?

Unsaved Progress is the culmination of several years of touring, writing, working across the Atlantic Ocean (with Brock and myself in Canada, and Dafydd in Wales), so it took a tremendous amount of planning, effort, and perseverance to make this record happen. We really had the opportunity to dig into the bones of each of the songs, exploring a ton of possibilities for each and we’re happy with the end result. I wouldn’t change a thing about any of the songs we put forward in this offering.

Tell me more about “Unsaved Progress”? Album ideas etc…

We explored a bunch of topics on this record ranging from chemistry to time travel, space flight to mighty warriors, and more. We live in the nerd world and we wanted to use a lot of the aspects that we engage in on a day-to-day basis as frames of references for the narrative that we wanted to tell with each song. It’s all relatable but in a way that made sense to us. Truly that is the only way that our message is authentic is if we express our outlook on our terms.

You have toured a lot, what the experience it brought to you as a musicians?

It’s made us better musicians. When you first start touring you just want to play shows, you just want to get out and away and I think that’s great, but it’s a short term view. We’ve played over 500 shows across 16 countries and it’s been important to us that with every show, every tour, we look back and take lessons on how to improve. It’s forced all of us to look within and think “Man, we thought that part was really cool but it just came off really poor, how can we make the next one better”.

Where do you take all inspiration from?

Video games. Science fiction. Novels. Movies. Astronomy, and more.

In your opinion, what is the best way to define Double Experience’s sound?

We’re a rock band plain and simple.

So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?

Since we released the record we’ve been trying to tour on it as non-stop as possible. Since it released, we’ve toured the UK and Ireland, the Canadian east coast from Ontario – Nova Scotia, and now we’re about to embark on a cross-Canada tour. We don’t stop and that’s how we like it.

What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?

In terms of music influences it’s all over the map. We take influence from Queens of the Stone Age, the Police, He Is Legend, tons of bands all vastly different. In terms of how they influence our sound, we’re not trying to be the best “Queens of the Stone Age” they’re already the best version of that band. Our goal is to be the best “Double Experience” so I think we try and learn from the greats but we certainly don’t try and ape their sound as our own.

Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?

We’ve been lucky in that our past several records we’ve been able to collaborate with some awesome musicians. When we released Tribes (721835) we had a song called GMB which we had Fred Mascherino from the Color Fred, and formerly of Taking Back Sunday. We like the idea of collaborating with like-minded individuals.

What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?

Be a good band. You can have the best marketing, the best image, the best online presence, and such, but if your band isn’t good then it doesn’t count for shit.

Do you have any other hobby beside music?

We play lots of video games when we’re not on tour. Destiny and Star Wars Battlefront are at the top of pile for us.

Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?

As in: do we have their moral support? Yes. But in a different situation, would you ask a lawyer or a banker the same question? This is our career and there should be no difference in terms what our job is as long as we’re working. I think our family and friends appreciate that.

How’s the metal scene in your local area right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?

We’re not a metal band so I don’t really know what that scene is like. Generally booking shows we pick up the phone and call, email, facebook, or otherwise until we get results so needless to say I think booking shows is as easy or hard as you make it. With that said, Thanks for having me, please check out our music at www.2xexperience.com or hit up our facebook page at www.facebook.com/doubleexperience