When The Grady Clan came together back in 2000, the band wasn't formed to reach new height of fame or in order to experience the lifestyles of the rich and famous. The Grady Clan came together to simply write and play music. Fans all across Michigan have responded to the bands sense of honesty and musicianship.
Members of The Grady Clan detailed what it is like working and experiencing the Michigan music industry. "The music industry is tough, the dream of becoming rich and famous is pretty bleak. We just want to keep writing and playing our music, have fun, and hopefully people will keep coming to see us play. Being a 'metal' band of any genre is tough, there aren't a lot of places to play live shows, but luckily we have a lot of great friends that like our music for some unknown reason."
In the end, The Grady Clan says they will continue to make music and play shows if they keep having fun, fans all across Michigan hope that is the case for a very long time.
I had the chance to interview The Grady Clan, we discussed everything from musical influences and what 2013 holds for The Grady Clan, the entire interview is below.
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C: When did The Grady Clan come together?
G: The Grady Clan has been in existence since approximately 2000, going through many line up changes over the years with guitarist Grady Hall being the only constant member.
C: What would you consider to be some of your most notable music influences at a younger age?
G: Armored Saint, Stevie Ray Vaughn, BB King, Slayer, Forbidden, Exodus, Death, Anthrax, Willie Nelson.
C: The Grady Clan in a few words, how would you describe the band's musical sound?
G: Groovy, Funk, Metal
C: What musical influences do you pull from when you are performing or writing music?
G: Lyrically, we write about the issues that we have dealt with in our lives; jobs, friends, wives/girlfriends, going to jail, drinking lots of beer, doing volunteer work. Musically, we do our own thing, we don't purposefully emulate anyone. We want to bring a unique sound that you will not hear on the radio, or from anyone else, ever.
C: The Grady Clan has gained quite a large following in the Midwest, what was the process of coming up in the industry like?
G: The music industry is tough, the dream of becoming rich and famous is pretty bleak. We just want to keep writing and playing our music, have fun, and hopefully people will keep coming to see us play. Being a 'metal' band of any genre is tough, there aren't a lot of places to play live shows, but luckily we have a lot of great friends that like our music for some unknown reason.
C: How would you guys as a band describe the Midwest music scene?
G: Unfortunately, it is not all that great for original acts. There aren't a lot of good rooms to play, and many of them require the band to sell a certain amount of advanced tickets for the venue, we are musicians-not ticket brokers or promoters. But, as long as we are having fun we are going to keep going.