The Outfit, hailing from the streets of Chicago, IL, is made up of brothers, Mark and Matt Nawara, Mike Gorman, and Phoenix, Arizona’s Andy Mitchell. Their straight up, toe curling, face melting Rock n’ Roll sound is sure to get the blood pumping through your veins and kick your adrenaline levels into overdrive. The band’s newest single entitled, “Soldier Boy” employs the quintessential Outfit sound with catchy hooks and aggressive instrumentals, while unabashedly commenting on our world completing torn asunder. This band rocks, but simultaneously speaks to the current zeitgeist gripping our nation.
For more info visit: www.TheOutfit.rocks
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Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
I was born on the west side of Chicago, but grew up in the Northwest suburbs in a town called Hanover Park, Illinois. I was brought up in a house full of music. My two older brothers who were five and six years my senior, played guitar and bass. My brother Matt talked me into learning how to play the drums and I was hooked.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
It’s very tough to get exposed at radio, because you are competing with bands that are on major labels or large indies that have big budgets behind them. If you are starting out, try sending you material to college and internet stations that specialize in your style of music and try to build your way up to secondary market radio stations. They have a lot more freedom on adding new music to their playlist. Once you build up some decent stats, create a press kit and approach local clubs. Try opening for some established bands. Make friends!
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
I try not to, but it happens every once in a while. You just try and work through it get back in the groove.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
Not at this time.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
I’m always thinking. Owning Pavement Entertainment puts me in a great position as an artist. You really have to tap into all avenues to be effective. Social media, radio, publicity, video promo and touring are all important. I find that you have to be firing on all cylinders if you want to be effective.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
Queen with Freddie Mercury at the United Center in Chicago. I use to go see them growing up with my brothers at the old Chicago Stadium. Just such a talented bunch of guys, with an amazing show. Pure rock n roll.
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
I'm drumming with The Outfit and our debut album will be released on 2/2/18. We are starting to get a good amount of radio play on our lead single Soldier Boy and looking forward to seeing how far we can take this.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
I think I would own an Italian restaurant. Always like the food business.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
Check out The Outfit. We are an aggressive rock and roll band. I’m hoping we see a resurgence of rock bands soon. Also, be sure to check out my label Pavement Music. I have the pleasure of working with so many great artists, such as Candlebox, Powerman 5000, SOiL, etc.
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