Answering questions is Rob Clores – songwriter and vocalist of Split Second Meltdown
Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
1. I started SSM as solo project where I could speak my mind about everything from current events to personal ups and downs and make music in the Rock genre . The upcoming E.P. is the debut of Split Second Meltdown.
What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?
2. I started as a keyboardist learning many styles of music but I gravitated toward Rock at an early age. I’ve played with many bands over the years and what keeps me playing this music every night is the camaraderie of musicians I have with me, the energy we create and ultimately fun. If it stops being fun I would quit. I hope it never does!
So, what is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
3. Our debut e.p. is out July 24th – we have a single Flesh And Blood out July 10th with a video and I’m working on a live video for Nobody Left But Me
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
4. If I weren’t musician I would do something to beautify or protect the Earth – Iguess that sounds a little like a beauty pageant answer )) but really, I like to garden, landscape – or maybe I would get a gig picking up plastic in the Pacific – I suppose I could do those things at the same time as being a musician!?
What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?
5. I don’t know the weirdest or funniest question I’ve been asked, but the most annoying is what’s my sign and what ethnicity am i . haha (Aries and Italian/Irish)
If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?
6. I’d like my fans to remember me simply as a guy who loves to rock!
On a scale of one to 2593, How good is your new single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
7. On a scale of 1 – 2593 My single Flesh And Blood is a 2593 however I don’t think its as good as some of the other songs on the e.p. it just has the catchiest hook!
What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?
8.I think my best song is Chasing a Dream – its energetic – the time signature switches between 7/8 and 4/4 its got a killer guitar solo by Ken Dubman and ends up sounding like something off Dark Side Of The Moon.
Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
9. I got the keyboards covered but I could definitely get better as a guitarist and vocalist. Practice man practice! that’s how you get better!10. One random fact about me is that I’ve never lived anywhere outside of a 20 mile radius from where i was born.11. I’m a dark blue – Midnight Blue – I would make an argument that its the New Black, I love black but dark blue is still dark but a bit different than all my friends who wear all black so i think that makes me stand out a bit)
Who are you inspired by?
12.Early on I was inspired musically by Hendrix, Beatles Led Zep – in recent decades Trent Reznor, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Dave Grohl. Lyrically, Dylan , Springseen, John Prine. Outside of music i’m inspired by people who help others and see the big picture that we are all in this life together and all bleed the same.
What’s an average day like for you?
13.Average day at home would be to get up around 8 or 9 am stretch ( like my cat) lite breakfast , workout a little. get in my studio with my clear head and write some kind of music either for myself or someone else. Do some emails , phone calls. interviews. then try to get outside a little. Pre pandemic i would have a band rehearsal but thats a bit slow starting up these days.14. I try to interact as much as possible with people who like my music. Mostly on fb and ig i respond to people as often as i can.
Its humbling to me that people connect with something I create. I’m thankful.
Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
15. I have had performance anxiety many times – mostly during TV shows or big concerts. It took me a long time to figure out that alcohol does not help me relax. It makes it worse! Deep breathing and focus and knowing your music inside out helps confidence and eases anxiety.
Tell me about your favorite performance venues?
16. I like mid size venues the best – where you can hear and feel the music in a balanced way and still be close enough to other musicians and the audience.Webster Hall in NY. Massey Hall in Toronto and The Fillmore in SF are a few that come to mind.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
17. For someone coming up and starting a band I would say get a band that you are comfortable with – and who share the same goals and work ethic. Keep refining your sound and get in the studio and record. Go out and play some gigs anywhere. Repeat.