We take a look at local rock band One In The Chamber, fresh off their brand new video for their catchy, well-written tune "Bills to Pay" as part of our Modern Artist series:
1. What type of music do you play?
Rock & Roll.
2. Where'd the inspiration for the name come from?
Whatever it is you’re doing, you’ve only got one shot. Make it count.
3. What was the most exciting part about filming your first video "Bills to pay"?
Shooting at The Hideout was a blast. We got a bunch of friends and fans together and just played! The guys at The Hideout are great, we love that venue and we love working with them.
4. What's your connection to Mississauga?
Our bassist, Christian Dotto, and lead guitarist, Cecil Eugene both live in Mississauga and our first show was actually at The Valley Bar and Grill.
5. You've shared the stage with a number of impressive acts - which one of these stands out the most?
Definitely Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts. We opened his show at Adelaide Hall on December 1st in 2015. It was like our fifth show and we thought it was the coolest thing, Weiland and Wildabouts were all great, really cool guys. Sadly that was his final performance before passing away two days later. Our drummer, Gerrod Harris, got a tattoo to commemorate our achievement and pay tribute to Weiland and his art.
6. What's your favourite cover song to do as a band?
This would be a tough call. We play Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song”, Velvet Revolver’s “Slither” and Soundgarden’s “Spoonman” pretty regularly. Then again we just debuted a cover of “Come Together” by The Beatles that was pretty exciting.
7. What obstacles have you faced as a band?
Being an independent musician can be tough. The work, behind the scenes, can prove to be really expensive and often comes with a steep learning curve. We try to do as much as we can ourselves and while it's a challenge, I think we have had some success with it. There really is no "right way" of succeeding in a band. You just have to try things out and see what happens.
8. How did you overcome them?
A slick combination of research and trial and error.
9. Who would you love to open for in 2018?
MC5 are hitting up the Danforth in the fall. Ozzy would be fun. Queens Of The Stone Age would be a dream. Really anyone who will have us. Locally, it would be great to share the stage with Crown Lands. Those guys are killer.
10. Speaking of 2018, what's the rest of this year looking like?
We have a full EP on the way later this summer and we are looking to play as much as we can with as many different artists as we can.
11. What advice do you have for up and coming bands?
Stay humble, keep your integrity, keep hustling, and don’t get discouraged; we’ve all played to empty venues. The old cliché is true: work hard, stay on track, and you’ll make progress.
12. Who does the songwriting and do you do lyrics or music first?
We all write the songs together. Normally someone will bring in an idea and we will jam on it at practice to give it more structure and make it into a song.