Meet FAULKNER, the best alternative rock band to come out of Southern California since Queens Of The Stone Age. With support from major organizations such as the NFL, New York Fashion Week, and Rock The Vote, FAULKNER is quickly establishing itself as one of the best up and coming rock bands around. FAULKNER brings a rare and distinct sense of rawness and realness to their live sets. I recently had the opportunity to catch the band’s set as they opened for The Kickback at landmark Downtown Los Angeles venue The Resident. In this exclusive interview, bassist Dimitri Farougias and vocalist and guitarist Lucas Asher open up about the band’s history, their recent partnership with The US Open 2017, collaborating with RZA, and more.
How did FAULKNER start? How did you guys all decide to make music together?
Dimitri: We got together in a room called Swing House in West Hollywood and we started playing together. That night we put together our first song called “These Kids Nowadays”. It felt great so we just kept doing it.
What does your band name mean and where did it come from?
Lucas: We actually came up with our name when we were looking in the encyclopedia and just opened a random page. There is a long lineage of bands picking a name with no meaning. For example, what does The Beatles mean? What does Coldplay mean? What does U2 mean? It’s a plane, right? So our name is in that lineage of bands whose names essentially don’t mean anything.
How would you describe your sound?
D: It’s a cross between The Clash, David Bowie, and Dr. Dre.
L: It’s a mix between the color black, barbed wire, and silk. They’re opposing elements. It’s smooth and elegant yet dark and edgy at the same time.
What is your writing process like?
D: Lucas will bring the general direction of the song to the band. He has this backbone ridge that he has and then everyone in the band will start arranging his part. It’s very smooth and collaborative.
What is it like being an independent band in today's music industry?
D: It has its ups and downs but mostly a lot of hard work. You get to make the music you want to make and work with whomever you want without anyone telling you what to do so I’ll take it.
What are your favorite modern day acts? Who would you like perform with?
D: The Killers, The Strokes, The Weeknd, and Kanye. That kind of sums it up for me.
What is it like collaborating with RZA?
D: It was amazing. He is one of the most intelligent human beings I’ve ever met. He applied himself 100 percent to the song and dropped the sickest verse he could on “NY Anthem”, which by the way is the theme song for the US Open on ESPN right now. He has this genius method of incorporating math and science and philosophy and music all into one pot. He has the best ideas. It was an honor and a blessing.
As you just mentioned, your collaboration with RZA titled "NY Anthem" was recently chosen as the official song for the US Open 2017. How did this happen? What has this overall experience been like?
L: The song was being played at Yankees Stadium. I think they just heard it there and called us. It’s an incredible honor. We’re pinching ourselves. It’s really exciting.
What is the number one thing that you want your fans to know?
D and L: We love and appreciate every single one of them. Thank you for your support. We wouldn’t be able to do this without you.
What advice would you give to other musicians looking to form their own bands?
D and L: Find people who care about the music you make as much as you do and share everything equally.
What can your fans expect from you in 2017 and beyond?
D and L: A new single called "Hot Streak", a full album, and a lot more shows.
To check out FAULKNER's music and listen to their music, check out their website faulknermusic.com.