Note: Interview will contain swearing and the lyrics in the song may offend people. Fair warning before you start having a go at me! But hey it’s rock and roll! Isn’t that what it’s mean to be about?
My guest today are none other than Testosteroso! Yeah try saying that couple times fast! You may remember the band having the song Bambi Sandwich been used as the ending for Reel Splatter’s short film, The Stall! Skot Shaub of the band was kind enough to give up some free time, to do this interview!
3.47: How did you all meet?
Testosteroso: I met Tom Rodriguez at a diner when I was in my early 20’s. I ended up running into him again when I auditioned to be in a band called Anastasia Electrik. Ever since then we have been playing in bands together. Ryan and I went to high school together, and when we needed a new drummer he recommended Tom Wierzbicky.
3.47: How did the name come about?
Testosteroso: My friend and former bassist Joe Hamer came up with it. He wanted something that sounded like an 80’s hair metal band.
3.47: How long have you been making music for?
Testosteroso: The band has been together since late 2002. There has been numerous line-up changes since the start.
3.47: Was this something you always wanted to do?
Testosteroso: Yeah. I have always loved recording music and playing in front of people, and I love being silly and making an ass out of myself in front of people as well.
3.47: What was your reaction like when you saw the feedback coming in about your music?
Testosteroso: For the most part pretty good. We initially intended to offend people with the music, which happens from time to time but for the most part people are really supportive of what we do.
3.47: You’ve done a few local shows but are you hoping to go on tours to other parts of the world some day?
Testosteroso: We have been trying to start off small this year and branch out to some other areas in the east coast. Someday if we ever get the money we would like to go out a little farther. It’s just difficult to make money playing out and we can’t afford to do it yet.
3.47: What do you do in your spare time?
Testosteroso: Right now I go to school for animation. I also work as a painter.
3.47: Given the chance who would you love to work with?
Testosteroso: I always thought it would be cool to work with Dave Grohl. It seems like everything he gets involved with ends up great. He also seems like a really nice dude.
3.47: What would you say are the advantage/disadvantage of been independent?
Testosteroso: The advantage is that you don’t have to worry about somebody else’s dropping the ball and not fulfilling their end of things. The disadvantage is that you become overwhelmed with every aspect of the band such as promoting and keeping up with social media sites like the YouTube or Facebook pages.
3.47: What’s your favourite song at the moment?
Testosteroso: “Outside now” by Frank Zappa
3.47: What can we expect from you in the future?
Testosteroso: We plan on recording a new album this winter. After that is finished we hope to release a few videos once we have the money to do so.
3.47: Do you have any other hidden talents?
Testosteroso: I personally don’t. But our drummer is amazing at playing pool.
3.47: If you had the power to run your own label, what would you call it?
Testosteroso: That’s a tricky one. I actually can’t think of a clever name right now.
3.47: What’s the best advice you been given?
Testosteroso: My boss once told me “There is nothing to it but to do it”. I always thought that was a cool expression.
3.47: What advice can you give to people who want to be like yourself?
Testosteroso: Don’t let other people discourage you. We are very fortunate to have people who support us, but we also have a lot of people who like to shit on what we do. You kind of have to remind yourself why these people do what they do and remember why you got into playing music in the first place.
3.47: The song Bambi sandwich was featured in Reel splatter’s short film, Long pig! Will more of your tracks be featured?
Testosteroso: Hopefully. We wanted to record a song for Mike Lombardo’s film “The Stall” but we didn’t have time. We also recorded a song for the film “The Bighead” by Edward Lee. The song is called “The Bighead’ll Getcha”.
3.47: How long have you known Baron Von Brunk and Reel Splatter for?
Testosteroso: Baron Von Brunk has been one of my best friends since 5th grade. We practically lived together growing up. He introduced me to Mike, and we have been working on projects together ever since.
3.47: Do you plan on doing any cover songs later or just stick to original?
Testosteroso: We are currently trying to learn some new covers. We really want to learn hot for teacher. We plan on butchering several covers in the near future.
3.47: Given the chance to run YouTube what would you change about it?
Testosteroso: I would get rid of the fuckin’ ads they put before your video. They don’t even give you the option any more if you want to have them or not.
3.47: Final question! Anything you want to say to your listeners out there?
Testosteroso: I would like to say thanks to all the people who have supported us throughout the years.
3.47 would like to say a massive thank you to Testosteroso for spending the time doing the interview! Until next time guys!