What are your names?
Dougie Chi-Town- Guitar/Vocals
Felix Nieto- Guitar/Vocals
Chris “Blosk” Bloskey- Drums
What is the bands name?
How did you come up with the bands name?
The name really came from a play on the mythology of Atlas coupled with the idea that we can only be accountable for ourselves. If we condemn ourselves to prop up our entire world; worrying about everyone else and not ourselves, Our (Atlas) legs will eventually give out and come crashing down.
What is your genre of music?
Electronic Hard Pop
Give us a little bio about you as a band and individuals.
Crashing Atlas was born from another rock band in which Doug, Felix, and Chris first played together for things like the Warped Tour, and opening for Chris Daughtry/Mag!c. A lack of effort from another member helped the three recognize their common goals for the sound they wanted to pursue, and a more committed work ethic. We picked up Shelby because her voice was so pure and seemed to settle into a pop style of range. We thought it would play well into a newer type of sound we were trying to create. We all come from a very different musical background, which we think really drives our originality in our sound.
Are you a signed?
Your set to release your new single ‘ Ascend’ , tell us more about that.
It was the second song we wrote on the EP. I think it was about that time that we decided on the theme of the EP. We wanted to write a song about getting away from a terrible situation and rising up to go to a utopian type place. It’s a common issue people deal with in their lives whether that trying to get away from a bad relationship, drug abuse, or in my case when Shelby and I were writing it, I was currently in the midst of a military obligation and I want nothing more than to be anywhere but there.
Will we see an EP or Album this year?
We will release our debut EP entitled “Ascend”
If so what can we expect it?
Do you have any gigs or festivals coming up?
We have a tour lined up in October with Austin Winkler (Hinder) on the east coast.
What made you go into music?
I think it was different for all of us, but I think in the end it’s about going onstage and playing to eager people. In the words of our drummer Blosk, “it’s better than sex.”
Do you play any instruments?
Dougie plays guitar and bass. Felix is all over the board he plays guitar, bass, drums, keyboard. Blosk studied music in college and has a broad understanding of many instruments!
Who are your influences?
We have a very diverse range of influences, because of our differences in how we came about music. Some bands that we agree on are Silverstein, AFI, Stone Temple Pilots, Guns N Roses, Adelitas Way, Palisades,, Bring Me the Horizon just to name a few!
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
Dougie: Mostly from life experiences. They build up inside me until my back is against the wall to put them out. Shelby and I have a good rapport with each other and have found that we write well together. I’m not the type of person that can just sit down and write a song. I have to have a purpose to put words to paper.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Being a mainstay on the rock charts as well as on the festival circuit. We would also like to dive into writing for other bands coming up.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
We find ways to pass time… But, we only really feel complete as people at the helm of our music.
If you could collaborate with one UK Artist or band who would it be and why?
I think right now we would love to collaborate with Royal Blood because of their huge sound and presence in today’s Rock scene. They always bring it live and it is just amazing the sound that they put out with two guys with a bass and drum kit.
if you could collaborate with one US artist or band who would it be?
We would enjoy writing a song with Davey Havoc of AFI because he is so dramatic and insightful with his lyrics. There is a darkness that is somehow wrapped in beauty every time he screams into the mic.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
We don’t know that any of us could pick a song. We all have such diverse influences and are such music lovers that it’s more of the aspirations to conquer sound itself and being able to drive it like a fine tuned car.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
It came in the form of a question, “Do you really want to do this or not?” Sounds simple until you realize how your life actually has to change to make it happen, and the sacrifices you need to make.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
We would pose the same question, “Is this really what you want to do”, “then find a way to stop what you’re doing and chase your dream, because no one is going to deliver it to you”. Allow yourself the chance to truly feel alive!
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
You’re not living, if you’re living the life that someone else designed for you.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
There are a million things to remember on gig days to make it happen seemlessly; from equipment, to that night’s show arrangement, to set times, and on, and on… But, we could wrap this up with two essentials. Not for one second can you forget who you’re there for and why you’re there; we’re able to do what we love because of the fans and supporters.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?