Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal Interview, Art Of Anarchy guitarist | April 2017

Art of Anarchy announced April tour dates in support of their new album “The Madness” set to release on March 24, 2017 Worldwide via Century Media/Sony. The tour will kick off on April 3rd in Amityville, N.Y. at Revolution Bar & Music Hall and will conclude at the Rock into Spring Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada at the M Resort Spa Casino where the band will headline on Saturday April 29th. VIP upgrades and Meet & Greet packages are available for all April shows. The band’s single ‘The Madness’, including a new music video for the song is currently out now.
Art of Anarchy video for “The Madness”. Art of Anarchy band

– How is it going with Bumblefoot these days keeping very busy I’m sure with promotions of Art Of Anarchy?

All is well, thanks! Very happy to have the new AOA album ‘The Madness’ out!

– How was it going in the studio to record “The Madness”?

It began the way it should with a band – all the members in a room together, jamming, coming up with ideas, writing from scratch, building it from the ground up. It was September 2015, we all locked ourselves in a room for about 2 weeks, and just wrote from morning ’til night, making demos of our jams. We wrote half the album during that time together.

– To make the band Art Of Anarchy how long did it take to get all the band members together since everyone has busy schedules?

We get together whenever possible, in-between our other tours, we’d get together and write, record, shoot music videos, whatever we could – we’d make it work. :)

Canadian Concert Dates

– It’s great to see tour dates coming to Ontario, Canada. When you do come to Canada how different would you compare it to anywhere else in the world?

I know I speak for all when I say we love coming to Canada! Everyone’s very down-to-Earth, it’s easy to make friends up there – have lots of them that we’re looking forward to seeing!

– Any promo videos coming out soon for the new singles that will be released?

We’re finishing up a music video to the song “Echo Of A Scream”, hopefully that will be out in April…

– Where did the ideas behind the artwork for The Madness come from?

The birds represent good (the dove) and evil (the raven) pulling at the mask. The mask represents how there’s more that lies beneath a person, things run much deeper than what people show on the outside. In reference to the lyrics, it’s the light (the freedom, healing) and dark (fear, pain, the ‘madness’) that pull at us…

Streaming Services

– Are you a fan of Spotify and similar streaming services? What are your thoughts on this?

I think the technology we have today for distributing music is incredible. If you told someone back in the ‘old days’ that “in the near future anyone and everyone in the world could hear your music instantly any time they wanted, as well as receive any information you wanted them to know about your music, tour plans, anything, just as easily, and you can make this happen instantly, and do it all yourself, for less than the price of dinner” they wouldn’t believe it. The challenge is for the music business to update its economic structure quickly enough to keep up with the pace of progressing technology…art of anarchy band photo

– Do you use mostly Facebook now as a primary website source for the band?

I use Facebook more the way a message board, forum, newsletter is used… the website is still the ‘information hub’.

– Do you see a biography being written someday about the experiences you acquired or will acquire in your life?

I’ve been asked many times to write a book, don’t know if I’ll ever do it…? :P

– Any words of wisdom to share with aspiring artists?

Use a metronome. Don’t fight over stupid stuff. Go with the flow, don’t try to steer everything your way. You don’t need what you don’t have, you can accomplish a lot by being creative with what you do have – you have more than you realize. BE YOURSELF, be authentic. Get out and play shows. Follow the drummer’s grooves. Follow the singer’s cues. Do it because you love making music and making people feel alive. Expect nothing. Appreciate everything. Eat healthy. And ALWAYS trust your gut.

Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal

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