1. Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to sit down with four5six.net. Would you introduce yourself and what you play and/and or do for the band?
Thanks for the interview. I’m Andrew, and I’m doing bass and vocals.
2. How did you come up with the name Highroad No. 28? Was it a difficult decision?
It had to convey an optimistic message, and it had to be original. The Highroad part was first- it just popped into my head one day. The No. 28 part came later, and it just seemed right. It was a difficult decision.
3. What or who inspired you to pick up an instrument?
No single inspiration: those around me just wanted me to learn an instrument-initially, the piano. Drums were really the first... a guy who lived nearby had a kit. The very site of them was the inspiration.
4. For those who have never been to a live show- what type of vibe do you aim for?
We aim for an energetic vibe, and to that end we are pretty much going to be playing only the heavier stuff.
5. You’ve been around since 1998, has your style changed?
Absolutely. The first two CD’s were heavy rock/metal. With the second two CD’s, although there still were heavy tracks on them, things mellowed out, and there was more focus on melody and effects. In 2010, I started writing some purely electronic/MIDI based material, some of which are demos for the new album.
6. What changes in music overall have you personally witnessed?
With so much new software there are so many artists taking a DIY approach. And with the proliferation of myspace-type sites, it’s so much easier for artists to get their material out their.
7. If you couldn’t play music what would you be doing with your live?
I have to, and want to, do a lot of different stuff, already. If there was no music, I’m not sure.
8. Can you tell us about “The Will To Endure”? What should the four5six community expect?
It pretty much was completed and, then, out of nowhere I got a message from Sunil (Highroad No. 28 guitarist). He knew another guitarist (Som), and then Som knew the drummer Nix. We clicked well. We started playing the old stuff, which culminating in us deciding to do some live shows- that was the aim for a long time, but it was stifled, for whatever reason. This meant that, for a while, we had to put the album on hold while we rehearsed for the live shows. The new album will be much more sonically and lyrically diverse than the previous material, and the other guys have their own stuff they will be putting in. The melody will be their (i.e. the aforementioned electronic/MIDI songs), but also there is going to be some real heavy stuff, heavier than any of the previous material released. And the production is going to be much better than any of the past CD’s.
9. If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
In some way, it would be good to see all live shows be all-ages.
10. Again we want to thank you so much for answering our questions! Before we let you go, who would you like to shout out to and where can people find your music?
No problems at all, and thanks again for the interview. Thanks to anyone who has supported the band. www.reverbnation.com/highroadno28