ERa 9 from Montreal, QC, Canada, describe it as a multicultural city that is big on Hip-Hop and EDM; and having roots of rock music, we wanted to combine all the genres that we love. That’s how we came up with TrapRock, combing Hard Rock, EDM-Trap Drops, with Pop and Hip-Hop vocal melodies.
Tell us about the history of the band?
We have Laurie and Lalla on lead vocals, Jona on guitar, Joe on bass, and Marco on drums. Jona, Marco and Joe met in high school, all sharing the same passion for music, and that progressed to the start of a band, and lead us to where we are today. Lalla was in a “rival” band from our city, so we all knew of each other in the MTL music scene. Joe and Jona had actually seen Laurie perform with her old band years before she joined Era 9, through mutual friends.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
We’re all very open minded and love all genres of music, from Skrillex, Diplo, Drake, and The Weeknd, to 30 Seconds To Mars, Linkin Park, 21 Pilots, Portishead, Tesseract, Periphery, Volumes, and a lot of other heavy stuff.
What inspires you?
It’s more of genres of music that inspire us most, rather than just bands. The core of our music will be hard rock, with heavy riffs, but we enjoy changing up the basic usual structure of songs to an EDM/Trap type of structure. What inspires us most in terms of writing is usually how we’re feeling and what we’re going through in the moment. Whether it’s struggles, love, heartbreak, anger, or society, etc, we all have emotions and stories to tell.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Yes we do! We also record on the road, in our R.V. Everything is recorded and mixed in house by our bass player Joe. We usually like to write and record our ideas and get it to the final state before getting into the booth for the final recording.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
We still haven’t performed our newest songs live yet, so our favourite song to perform live would be off our EP called “Warrior”.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Because our musical genre spreads across the board, we’d love to work/tour with artists ranging from Drake, Sia, and Skrillex, to Bjork, KoRn, and Linkin Park. We’ll even go as far as collaborating with Hans Zimmer!
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Any type of art is a tough career to be successful in. there is so much competition out there. You have to be willing to risk it all, fail, drop everything, leave it all behind and get on the road. We are constantly working, whether it’s writing, making music videos, or networking and creating business relationships. There is definitely opportunities to make a mark if you’re talented, believe in what you’re doing, and if you’re willing to do whatever it takes to be heard. In terms of the internet, it definitely becomes more positive with time as a band grows in popularity, because once you have that audience reach, your music will be shared around the world instantly, unlike back in the day where it took time for places around the world to hear bands or artists. All they had was radio and word of mouth. But it can also be negative for bands starting out in terms of making money, due to downloading of music nowadays, which is why record labels don’t want to develop bands any more. They wait for you to get your own fan base and until they see a potential money making machine. You just have to keep working harder than the competition out there, by taking advantage of all these networking platforms that exist. Create and release as much content as possible, and make it easily accessible on all these platforms, and tour! The more people hear your music, the more it will be shared, and that’s when success will come!
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
There’s been quite a few memorable experiences but one that seems to keep coming to mind is the fan who wanted to sniff Joe. Here’s a little bit of context; we were in Tennessee and it was well over 100F and the AC wasn’t working in the venue. We were taking some fan pictures, and one particularly sweaty fan held Joe extremely tightly for her picture! As fate would have it, the iPhone in question was full and as anyone who knows iPhones knows that at least 10 pictures need to be deleted before it suddenly will allow you to take a photo again. During this wait, the fan’s iron grip on Joe didn’t change, and that’s when she went in for the sniff. Followed by a “that’s what a real man smells like, aghhhhhh, I’ll be thinking of that later”. These words haunt him to this day.
What are your future plans?
We’ve been writing new material and gearing up to take over the world in 2017. Make sure to follow us on all social networks @era9official and join 9gAng now at www.era9.com to receive updates on upcoming tours, and release dates of NEW ABUM called “GRAVITY”. Thanks for having us!