We are sharing our recent interview with music group ‘A&L’.
Twist Online : First of all our readers would like to know more about ‘A&L’.
A&L : A&L was started for fun. Anthony and Lana worked together on a few jingles that Anthony was producing. Anthony wrote the song Get Me A Drink in 2014 and asked Lana to sing on it.
The song got the attention of Jim Beam. Anthony changed the lyrics to include Jim Beam’s name and they helped A&L shoot the video. That helped launch A&L. Rich Smith Joining on the third song, Hot Mess
and shortly after Matt Sunick joined to handle the bass responsibilities (along with a little keyboard).
The past 5 years have included various live shows, radio interviews and features in leading music publications.
Our songs have been in rotation on over 150 radio stations both terrestrial and internet based all over the world.
Our videos have been featured on top video sites. We have released 10 singles over the past four years and released an EP with an additional song.
A&L has received radio play in over 70 countries. Our single Cliché released in the summer of 2016, peaked at #9 on the Euro Indie Music Top 200, was on the countdown for over 3 months and made the Top 100 songs of 2016.
The 2017 winter release Singing My Life Away peaked at #3 after 31 weeks on that chart and made the top 50 Indie songs of 2017. Our other songs have also charted on that countdown as well as in other countries.
Our videos have topped various popular video platforms. Recently A&L’s summer 2018 release
We Are Love peaked at #16 on the Euro Indie Top 200 and has charted on other world-wide musical charts.
Twist Online : Who or what inspired you to get into music industry?
A&L : There are a lot of influence that have had an impact on A&L’s sound. We are from Buffalo NY, so there is some Canadian groups that we grew up with like Rush and Triumph. Rik Emment was a big inspiration of Anthony’s. You will hear Heart, Pat Benetar, Oasis and even a little Luke Bryant.
Twist Online : Tell us about your recent release “So Sorry”?
A&L : So Sorry takes A&L back to a more rock sound. It is an aggressive song. A “call to action” for all of the women out there that have been screwed over.
Lana’s voice channels the frustration and anger of a broken lover. We took a different approach the the recording of this song. Rich recorded various beats and fills and then Anthony was able to use those to create a killer rhythmic track to record over.
Twist Online : What kind of response you have received from the release?
A&L : We just released the song and so far we have gotten a great response. It debuted at #81 on the Euro Indie Music Top 200. We have received some great reviews.
Twist Online : What’s your favorite music genre?
A&L : We love rock/pop/classic rock. You can hear it in our sound.
Twist Online : What’s the best part of being a music artist?
A&L : Good Twist Online. The ability of people to hear our music. It is getting easier to release our music. Harder to get fans, but when you do, they stick around. So getting positive feedback is a nice feeling.
Twist Online : Have you set some goals to achieve?
A&L : Keep going! Keep releasing music.
Twist Online : Are you working on any new project?
A&L : No, just focusing on this new song and honing our live show.