By: Stephanie Stevens
Pure emotion, catchy melodies, heavy fragments from vocals to music– throw in some electronic vibes and you get what central Florida’s NOSELF have made in the band’s first EP ‘HUMAN-CYBORG RELATIONS EPISODE 1.
The band’s sound brought me back to the early 2000 circa; where the music scene was alive and rocking, but these guys also translate a modern edge to their sound as well. CASTING STONES is heavy and melodic and I was digging the more aggressive vocal elements in this one. FRISCO the band’s first single tangles up all the sounds of the record, in one track and really showcases the bands ability to be diverse, heavy and catchy at the same time.
The band jumped aboard Zombie Shark Records with a worldwide distribution contract and will be working on a new EP, along with more touring in the near future.
I was able to catch up with the guys, just to find out a little bit more on the band. So, sit back and read on about the band’s influences, the central Florida music scene, and if the band digs the studio vibe or stage vibe.
WHO IS IN THE BAND, AND HOW DID YOU GUYS ALL MEET?
Dylan Hart Kleinhans – Vocals
Justin Dabney – Guitar
Drew Miller – Drums
Joey Bivo – Bass
Dylan and Justin have been playing and writing together off and
on since 2002. Drew and Bivo replaced our previews members
about a year ago.
YOU HAVE SOME MAJOR BANDS AS INFLUENCES. HOW DID THEIR MUSIC INFLUENCE THIS BAND?
We’ve taken aspects from several realms of music. NuMetal being
the biggest applicant. We’re all about writing heavy and catchy
riffs mixed with emotional and relatable content.
IF ONE OF YOUR BAND INFLUENCES HEARD YOUR MUSIC, WHICH BAND WOULD YOU WANT IT TO BE AND WHY?
The Deftones are probably our biggest influence universally.
They’re one of the biggest names in music, and it would be an
honor to know that they went out of their way to listen to our
HOW DID YOU HOOK UP WITH ZOMBIE SHARK RECORDS AND HOW HAS THAT CONNECTION HELPED YOU GUYS AS A BAND?
Noah “Shark” Robertson hit us up on Facebook. He said he really
liked what he heard and was eager to help push us. He’s helped
tremendously since his involvement, and it’s been a wonderful
experience all around.
Being from the central Florida scene, how do you feel the scene
there is doing and what do you think your band has contributed to
Dylan and Justin have been supporting the central Florida local
scene for decades. we’re just fans for years. We went to
shows, bought merch, and got to know local dudes. It was a really
good time. The scene has been up and down over the years, but a
handful of really great bands are putting out some really great
material and supporting each other right now. NOSELF has always
done their best to show up, on-time, and deliver an intense,
energetic performance. 110%, every time. We host shows in our
hometown and trade shows with fellow bands. We’ve been
working with local promoter Josh Harris, and we’ve been doing a
few annual mini-festivals for local talent. Everyone has been super
supportive and it’s been an all-around great time for everyone
YOU RELEASED YOUR ALBUM “HUMAN-CYBORG RELATIONS EPISODE 1,” HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE VIBE OF THE RECORD, FOR NEW PEOPLE COMING INTO CONTACT WITH YOU?
It rocks, lol. It really does. It’s short, sweet and to the point. It’s
heavy and catchy and emotional. There’s some electronics and
hooks that you don’t expect. It’s a pretty fun time.
YOU GUYS INCORPORATE DIFFERENT GENRES OF MUSIC INTO YOUR SOUND. IS THERE ONE KIND OF STYLE YOU LIKE MAKING MORE THAN OTHERS AND WHY?
I guess it’s different for everyone. Everyone gets to bring their
influence and creativity to the party. We all get to contribute in
our own way. Our producer Matt Johnson writes most of the
electronics, and pianos and stuff. It really adds a whole additional
element. Nothing really feels final until he’s put his influence on it.
ARE YOU GUYS MORE STUDIO LOVERS OR LIVE SHOW LOVERS AND WHY?
I think we’re all in it for the live show for the most part. We like
getting out there and meeting people. Delivering an exciting show
that you don’t see all that often.
But…we love the studio too. Fine tuning songs, and scrutinizing
every part. Making sure everything is as perfect as it can be. And
getting to hear that final product after all the mixing and
mastering. It’s a nice payoff getting to hear what you created in
the highest quality you could make it.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST SHOW THUS FAR YOU HAVE PLAYED AND WHY?
Every show is the best show for us. We just like getting out there,
and involving ourselves. Showing people what we are capable of.
It’d be really hard to choose just one show. We have so many
amazing experiences all the time.
WILL WE BE SOON SEEING A TOUR COMING OUR WAY THROUGH THE STATES WITH YOU GUYS?
We’re really working on establishing ourselves in Florida for the
time being. From now till 2018 we are focusing on generating a
bigger fanbase locally, and writing our next EP. Early 2018 We are
hoping to at least hit the East coast, and possibly a few southern
states in the area.
ANY THOUGHTS OF GOING OUT WITH MOTOGRATER?
What’s to think about, sign us up ! 😉
I LOVE THE SOUND OF “FRISCO” AND YOU DID A VIDEO FOR THAT TRACK. WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS ONE FOR THE PLATFORM OF INTRODUCING YOUR BAND?
We felt that this was the most well rounded and mutually
accepted song. The lyrical content is emotionally evoking, and it’s
a super catchy track. We love the whole album and it was a tough
decision. But we felt it was the best representation of us as a
WHERE WAS THE VIDEO SHOT AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO DO A
PERFORMING VIDEO OTHER THAN A CONCEPT ONE?
We shot two locations. One at a local bar that we frequent and
occasionally perform at, and one inside a warehouse we had access
- For our first video, we wanted people to see us doing what we
do best. No filters, no concepts. Just us giving it our all.
“CTRL-Z” IS PROBABLY MY FAVORITE TACK OFF THE DISC. WHAT DOES THE SONG MEAN TO YOU AND WHERE, LYRICALLY, DID YOU GO TO FIND THE THEME OF THE TRACK?
The track is a rebuttal to anyone and anything. We like for people
to interpret our lyrics on their own. It’s more important to us
that you find your own meaning in our words.
IF YOU COULD SIT DOWN WITH TWO PEOPLE IN THE WORLD, TO DISCUSS ANY TOPIC, WHAT TWO PEOPLE WOULD IT BE? AND WHAT WOULD THE TOPIC BE?
George Lucas and Harrison Ford.
Topic = Who Shot First.
IF YOU COULD PUT ONE OF YOUR CURRENT SONGS IN A TIME CAPSULE TO NOT BE OPEN TILL 2040 WHAT SONG WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
FRISCO for sure. We wrote a thousand songs for you to sing, so just
We just want to thank any and everyone for listening to our
music. For supporting and believing in us and being interested in
our feedback. Check out our EP and give us a like on your favorite
social media platform!
Play a game: this or that…pick one of the other!!
Football or hockey?
Summer or winter tours?
Tacos or pizza?
East coast or west coast?
East Coast, New Smyrna is the reason we scream East Side!
Blondes or brunettes?
We love ‘em all !