The Hosemen (Interview)

Name of Artist/Band? Hosemen
Singer/Guitar – Anthony Quinn Carpanzano
Bass – Brien Adams
Drums- Wade Mcmanus
Is your stage name trademarked? Yes
Have you registered your songs for copyright protection with the U.S. copyright Office ( Yes
Have any of your songs been published? I Surround is on Spotify and Itunes
Have you affiliated with a performance rights organization? ASCAP
Have you signed up with No
What is your music background? Tell your story in a short and concise manner.)
Quinn was mesmerized by seeing Kiss on TV in 1975 and his two older brothers had much love for the Beatles, Zeppelin, the Stones, ACDC Judas Priest etc. Quinn has been playing guitar for 20+ years and started out by taking lessons from Steel Hearts guitar player in high school. Every Italian on his street also played an instrument including his longtime friend and guitar idol Anthony Truglio from Liege Lord which possessed him to pick up the guitar. Quinn however is mainly self-taught and started taking the role as front man when he choose to be the singer to his own band. The band started out as Mantyhose which is now called Hosemen. (we can get into that more)
Brien picked up the guitar in 6th grade when he was mesmerized by Metallica’s Kill Em All Album. Brien was playing on and off for years because he rather go skateboard but when he had the opportunity to join his brothers band Headgun he took playing more seriously. Headgun and Mantyhose would then join forces at Seaside Tavern and begin playing many shows together in Stamford. When Mantyhose needed a bass player Brien would then try out this new instrument and that’s where it began.
Wade was introduced to us through Anthony Truglio because he used to take guitar lessons from Trug. Through this we formed a Mantyhose tribute band called Hosemen! Wade is now our favorite drummer!
Do any band members belong to the Musician’s Union? No
Do you have a written ‘band agreement’? No
Why do you want to record and release your own music?
Every band needs an album or recordings to get gigs and exposer! We had the opportunity to record and be produced for free through our very good friend Ritchie Corsello. (Who worked with Sonny Rollins for many years) Ritchie out of pure love for us and our sound agreed to help us out and produce us which we are very grateful for. So upon answering this question we want to release music for exposer, we want to express our art (it’s basically the same concept as a painter throwing a gallery exhibition) and of course we wouldn’t mind making some money selling music which we can always use to pay for our practice studio or making more merchandise. However we mainly want people to remember our sound and who we are.
Who is your fan/customer?
Our fans always started out as our friends, girlfriends or family members coming to our shows and supporting us. It was also something fun for them to do too! “What’s there to do tonight” “Isn’t Hosemen playing tonight?” Then fans start growing the more shows you play. Every show to us is worth it as long as someone new listened and appreciated what we did. We now have regular fans that show up and it’s always a pleasure seeing them come out. Joe Bush, Jim Morris and Dwight are three people I wanted to name of the top of my head because they come no matter where we play. The list can go on and on but I’ll keep it to that. It’s another reason why we love playing out so much because we create a network through people that never stops. I love seeing other bands support each other too and I feel that other musicians we play with are our fans because we keep playing with them and supporting each other.
What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Our songs are mainly about relationships, traveling the world, drug abuse (whether it’s current to certain people or was an issue in the past) and the lyrics are mainly personal to Quinn’s life experiences.
Do you write your own songs? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)
Quinn writes all the songs for Hosemen currently. These songs we are playing live and have recorded have been re-arranged and written for years now. From playing these songs over and over again live or during practice, we learned what structure works best for the song. Having a producer and outside opinions also helped us narrow them down.
From Briens experience working with Quinn, he writes the songs by accident. We will be jamming with two acoustic guitars in a parking lot on a hot summer day with some grass and some beers and Quinn out of nowhere will play a few chords or riffs and start singing something. He will then remember it somehow and bring it to the practice space where it is either worked on for days or months.
Who are your musical influences?
Kiss, Led Zeppelin, ACDC, Stone Temple Pilots, Metallica, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Howlin Wolf, Helmet, Iron Maiden, Chilli Peppers, The Beatles, Oasis, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Scorpions, Liege Lord, Judas Priest, Pantera, The Stones, Black Sabbath, The Cult, The Cure, The Police, The Who, The Doors, Oh man the List can go on forever.
How do you describe your music to people?
I tell people our music is alt rock with metal and grunge influences. Some people say our music is hard to pin point a certain influence or sound and some people say our influences right of the bat. I describe our music as a power trio with 4 instruments, Bass, guitar, drums and vocals. We have simple memorable lyrics and catchy hooks. It’s even easy to sing a long too!
What image do you think your music conveys?
Our image conveys true emotion and real character. When we go up to play onstage we are 100 percent ourselves meaning there is no fake rock star front that certain people put on. We will talk to each and every one of the audience members like a normal human being whether we are on or off stage. We like to drink a couple of beers, listen to the other band performing before or after, get on stage and be ourselves. Sometime Brien will wear a funny obscure shirt but it only makes the show more memorable.
What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
We want to release our first self-titled album with 7 tracks and play as many shows as possible. We want do a mini New England tour hitting all major cities and perhaps take it further west or south. We want to write more music, finish our video for our single Hollowman and just keep networking with other bands creating a web of original music entertainment to have throughout the week. We are here to support each other; this is not a competition or a battle of the bands.
What are your long-term career goals?
Our long term goals would to make a career out of this or have finical stability through playing music. I wouldn’t care if we became famous or not but to make a steady living playing original music would be a dream come true. We would love to be able to play across seas and big festivals anywhere we can.
How would you define the word “success”?
Success is how happy you are at the end of the day and how long that happiness will last. Yes money can buy happiness but we’ve seen it over and over again where someone “rich” and famous tragically takes their own life. Just because they were rich and famous doesn’t mean they were happy so to me that doesn’t define success. Success is playing that show and feeling good about it, success is making your friends/family happy and appreciating you for who you are, success is communication and doing the right thing at the end of the day.
Do you have any personal contacts in the music business?
Yes, our producers Ritchie Corsello is always hooking us up with someone to help us or give us advice. Quinn is also friends with Page Hamilton from the band Helmet and Johnny Tempesta now playing drums for the Cult.
Do you have an entertainment law attorney to consult with? no
Are you looking for an independent label deal or a major label deal?
Yes because help is always needed but it all depends on what the bottom line is. A label can help finance a new highly produced record, finance a graphic designer for merchandise, set up tours, but they can also fuck you and take all your money so you have to be careful.
What live performance experience have you had? (Any industry showcases?)
A lot of dive bars, pubs, venues, and some awesome stages that we are fortunate to have contacts with.
How do you rate your live performance ability? (Be very critical. No cliches)
We are a very tight sounding band but I think we can work on our stage presence a bit. Nothing and no one is perfect so the more you play live the better you get no matter how good you think you are.
Have you recorded any previous CDs or posted any audio files on the Internet?
We have one single out now on itunes and Spotify just to show people in case they are too lazy to look up our reverbnation. The song is called I Surround. We have three songs on our reverb nation page and live performances on youtube.
What type of recording process did you use? Who produced your recording?)
Live mic’d performances in studio and direct input performances. Richard Corsello produced us.
How did you sell your CD’s/Audio Files? (Consignment? Live sales? iTunes? CD Baby? Tunecore? Through traditional distributors/stores?)
Have you had any previous print or broadcast media exposure or reviews?
Are you financially able to fund the costs of establishing your career? (Are you in debt?)
We can always through some money around here and there but we are no in debt.
Do you have a business license? (City, state, federal?)
What is your current “business form”? (Sole proprietor? Corporation? Partnership?)
Rock band hahahahaha
Have you set up a system for tracking your financial activities? (Software system?)
Are you aware of the tax deductions available for musicians?
Do you have insurance on your band equipment and vehicles?
Who handles your daily business activities? (Bookings, promotions etc.)
We do our own booking and our friend Jeff helps us out a lot. It’s a lot of word of mouth and reaching out to people.
Have you created a career, marketing, or business plan? (Is it in writing?)