What are your names?
I’m Connor! Zach is our drummer, and Dave is our bassist.
What is the band’s name?
How did you come up with the band’s name?
We needed to come up with a band name for our first demo release back in 2011. A few days prior, I had had some buddies over to celebrate my 23rd birthday. For whatever reason, our bassist at the time, really wanted to play the drinking game, Dizzy Bat. We didn’t have a bat, but instead a hollowed out broom handle, which was dirty and gross. That evening and experience was still heavily on my mind around the time that we were naming our band, and thus “Dizzy Bats” was born.
What is your genre of music?
Always have trouble with this question, but I generally go with “Punk-influenced Pop”. I generally let other people come to their own conclusions, though.
Give us a little bio about you.
I was born into a musical family, and started singing and playing piano at the age of 5. After being in a number of bands through middle school, high school, and college, I started Dizzy Bats in 2011, post-graduation, while being sad over the end of a college relationship. In the past decade, Dizzy Bats has gone through a variety of iterations to both tour throughout the US as well as internationally, while producing three EPs, two LPs, two acoustic EPs, and seven music videos.
What made you go into music?
When I made the decision to actively pursue music/this band, it almost didn’t feel like a decision. I was running myself ragged by trying to balance a full-time teaching career as well as my music, and I knew I needed to find a lifestyle that was more sustainable. NOT pursuing music was never an option – it was in my blood, and something I couldn’t suppress.
Who are your influences?
I’ve always been into anything that’s high-energy rock. Some of my favorite songwriters include Max Bemis of Say Anything, Matt Skiba and of Alkaline Trio and Blink-182, and Laura Jane Grace, to name a few. Some newer artists and bands like Heart Attack Man and Phoebe Bridgers have also made their way into my rotation, and have influenced much of the band’s song writing.
Are you signed?
Not signed! We’ve done it ourselves since the beginning.
You released your new single ‘Alone’, tell us more about the single.
The main guitar part and chord progression for “Alone” came to be while I was noodling during a band practice we were having. I liked the idea of having some separation between the chords to allow the vocal melody to breathe a little bit. By that time, I had spent the better part of a few years being self-employed, which certainly has its merits, but also can lead to feeling like you’re always alone. Sometimes my only interactions were with my clients and cat, and living by myself, that felt isolating at times. And from that reflection, “Alone” was born.
Describe the track in two words.
Who did you work with on the single?
We worked with Jon Markson of SUCH GOLD and Taking Meds.
What was the writing and recording process like?
The writing and recording process for the entire LP was definitely the most involved and elaborate that we had ever experienced. We really took our time in developing these songs, recording demos, holding preproduction sessions, and then tracking the album. Starting in the fall of 2018, the three of us met regularly to write, which was also a luxury that I personally had never experienced. To be able to have that consistency week to week made a huge difference in our ability to be able to churn out songs.
Will we see a music video for any of the tracks?
In addition to the “Alone” music video, we’ve also released a video for “Five Years” (2/5/21). We’re looking to add another video in the future.
Will we see an EP or Album this year and if so what can we expect?
Yes, our self-titled LP will be released on February 19th, 2021.
What else can we expect in 2021?
We are in the process of planning out our content to help boost the record release, and are hoping to be able to tour towards the end of the year. That will of course depend on the state of the country and world.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Don’t have a destination in mind, I’m just determined to keep creating and connecting with folks through our tunes.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“The long way is the shortcut.”
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Guitar, tea/honey, merch, pedal board, glasses
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?