Bostonians and Berklee students The Blue Pages
are well on their way up. They've already toured from the Northeast to the Midwest and shared the stage with the likes of Passion Pit, Honor Society, and Panic at the Disco. Drummer Matt Sanchez took time out of his busy schedule to answer some of my questions.
Introduce yourselves and tell us what you play and about yourselves and your
Dave [Rublin] plays bass and grew up in New Jersey. He was raised by a pride of lions that insisted he play music. James [Adam Shelley] plays guitar and while growing up in Florida, he mainly chased gators. That waste of time gave him the dexterity to become a talented player. Matt [Sanchez] plays drums and grew up in Texas. There he studied the ancient art of African mouth drumming which he uses on a daily basis. Zac [Barnett] is the singer. Being from Minnesota taught him how to project his voice through snowstorms. Somehow someone discovered he had the voice of an angel.
Describe to our readers your sound.
We sound like the 1983, 1997, and 2012 Ikea catalog.
How did the band get started?
James approached Zac in school one day and asked him to sing on one of his songs. That's where the initial start came from. Zac had been playing with Matt in another project at the time and asked him to join. Dave later joined and the rest is history.
Where did the band name come from?
The book that we first used to write lyrics had light blue pages.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Mainly a lot of dance and pop music such as Michael Jackson, Kesha, Britney Spears pretty much most top 40. Definitely European influences as well such as FrankMusik, Justice, Phoenix, and we could go on and on!
How have you grown as a band and as individuals since being together?
Well Dave actually physically grew a few inches but the entire journey has been a growing experience. Our musical tastes have changed together, our songwriting has become more collaborative, and our ways of working together have improved!
What was your writing process with your latest album NightHawke? How do you think this process shows through the music?
It was mainly a huge collaborative effort. I think it shows because of the consistency of sound. You can tell we were having fun when we wrote the songs.
What is your favorite show you've played and why?
Not one in particular, but Chicago is always our favorite stop on tour because that city is just hands down amazing!!
If you could tour with any band past or present who would it be and why?
The Beatles, for obvious reasons!!
Tell us something interesting about each of yourselves
Most people don't know that Zac is a back flip enthusiast, Dave is a soccer fiend, James can run a mile in under 3 minutes, and Matt can peel an orange in 1 peel under 15 seconds.
Anything else you want to let our readers know?
You should be looking for us on tour! Because last time I checked, people
like to party.
Sound like a bunch of fun guys who know what they're doing. Be sure to check out their tour dates on MySpace
and their EP NightHawke
is out now. -hanna kasper