Interview with Scott Wurgler (My Brothers and I) - done by email
What have been your key musical influences?
- Anything that's good! We listen to almost all genres of music... Coldplay, The Roots, James
Blake, Taylor Swift, Gregory Porter, OneRepublic, Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Stapleton, Alabama Shakes, Tame Impala, Adele, Sam Smith, even Hillsong United, the list goes on and on- and that's just currently. We still
enjoy all the classics from time to time, like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Bill Withers etc.
What is your all time favourite band or artist?
- As kids we were really into Nirvana and then Foo Fighters. We
still love Dave Grohl but now we tend to gravitate towards funky, more groove and soul styles of music.
What is your actual favourite band or artist?
- It's so hard to pick one favorite! As a drummer I
will say Questlove from The Roots is my favorite, I love his style. I could listen to his fat beats all day long. I also have a really big crush on Selah Sue from Belgium, her music is next level goodness!
What is your actual favourite song and album?
- Right now it's actually Kendrick Lamar's album "To Pimp A Butterfly". I nerd out on that album all the time. One of my all time favorite albums is
Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto. Another artist we all love right now is Allen Stone, if you haven't heard of him he is worth checking out!
What is your favourite movie and TV show/series?
- A few of my
favorite movies are The Sandlot, Cool Runnings, and Elf. As for TV I know we've all watched every episode of The Office like a hundred times!
What do you know about Germany?
- I don't know much. I
know that my family is of German Swiss decent, and that our last name, Wurgler, in German means executioner or something like that haha. We have never been to Germany but we would love to tour and travel overseas someday!
Your album is full of great songs. A lot of them are having the potential to be at the top of the charts. You are getting a lot of positive feedback in different reviews. Are you also able to live from your music or do you need regular jobs beside?
- Right now we all still need jobs to pay the bills. Jordan, Johnny, and Erik are all married and we aren't to the point, financially, where we can play music full time. But I think we are very close and we have
dreams of one day writing and playing music full time. We're very persistent and know that it takes time and the music industry is a tough business but we are confident in what we do and we believe music is a gift God has
given us and it will always be a big part in out lives.
Where do you think you will be in 5 years? Top of the charts? At home with a great family but a boring job? President of the United States?
- We have
dreams of being at the top of the charts, of course. But we try not to worry about tomorrow, just enjoy each day we get to play music for people. You never know how long it will last. We know that we're lucky and fortunate
to be able to play our music for people and that people actually like our music and want to hear us. None of us are interested in being President... although looking at our leading candidates, it makes me think anyone really
can be President! Haha.
These days everything is digital. Do you still sell any albums or so you have to make the money with downloads, tickets for your gigs and merchandise?
- We don'y rely on
selling albums to make money but we do still sell physical copies at all of our concerts. Our main source of income on the road is ticket sales and merchandise. Probably the biggest money maker for artists these days is
licensing, which means having our songs in TV shows or commercials. We just started getting our songs placed in a few TV shows and that's very exciting for us!
How big is the average audience when you are playing live?
- Average audience on tour was around 100 people. It was our first headlining tour across the country, so we were playing in cities we had never been in
before. So we were happy with the turn out!
I love the "Don´t dream alone" video. Who is participating there? A lot of your friends or people you casted therefor?
- The music video for
"Dream" is us with all of our friends and family, we didn't cast any actors or anything like that. We wanted to include everyone from our hometown that had supported us when no one knew who we were, we wanted to
get them involved and make it a celebration for everyone to enjoy. We just danced all night and filmed it and hoped that we got enough footage to make a good video, so it was a little risky, probably not the smartest
"script" for a music video haha. But it was a really fun night!
Do you have any plans to come to Europe in the future?
- We don't have any plans right now but we have dreams of touring in Europe for sure!
Thank you for your time.