Interview with John Strickland and Ray Beatty of Lullwater

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Band: Lullwater
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The greatest challenge to date your band has met and conquered was?

John Strickland: One of the biggest challenges our band has faced was dealing with a fraudulent record label man many years ago. It was when the band really first started and the label took advantage of how naive we all were. It was incredibly disheartening but a huge learning experience.

The music business can be a nasty place and it will teach you a thing or two about what to watch out for.

Prior to an evenings performance do the band members have a ritual or exercise or something unique they do before hitting the stage?

JS: We don’t have a ritual but we usually just pump each other up and take a shot of Jameson.

The biggest thrill when playing on stage is?

JS: For me, it’s definitely when a little kid is rocking out at the show. When you see young kids getting into the music with their parents, that makes me feel like I’m really giving a great performance. We usually meet them at the merch table after the show and seeing kids super pumped about the show warms my heart. So cool to bring your kids out and get them involved in rock music, parents!

Does the band have an opening song by another band they like to have played just prior to going on stage? If so, what song is it?

JS: I think we walked on stage with the Game of Thrones theme music once. We usually don’t have opening music. We get up there and start rocking out.

What are the bands favorite fast food eatery when on the road?

JS: I really don’t enjoy fast food on the road. When you’re in a van for that length of time it can really mess you up. I normally eat subway if I’m in a pinch. We all hit up In and Out burger when we’re in California, though. haha

When you want to buy music how do each of you buy it?

JS: I usually buy CDs or a Vinyl at live shows.

When performing in a several band line-up do you have a particular place in the line-up of 1,2,3, last that you as a band like to perform?

JS: It all depends on the show. When we tour with big bands it always nice to be direct/ right before the headliner. Everyone is getting excited at that point in the show so you can really feel the crowd getting warmed up from the openers. I know that feeling because we’ve been the openers a million times. Obviously, its great to be on tour with a big band but I really enjoy headlining our own show! We get away longer set and were able to have fun and enjoy, interact with fans when we have a headlining set.

If you each could say a few positive words about each other in the band- what words would you choose to describe one another?

JS: We’ve been together for a long time now and I still feel like we have brotherly love. I feel we all respect each other’s talents and come together musically. We have paid dues together and sacrificed things in life for this band. That’s one binding glue that makes this band strong. Also, Ray drives at night and hasn’t killed everyone.

Ray: Laughter from ridiculous memes/ super musically technical, badass pink bass guitar. Joe- Passionate, feisty, his drunk tell is when his voice gets raspy. Binnie- Slug, amazing guitarist, human swiss army knife.

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