The Faceplants: Lead Singer Dan Botch (2017 Interviews)

Vancouver-based rock group The Faceplants. From filling the most popular venues in their hometown of Vancouver (The Rio, The Roxy, VENUE, and; Tom Lee Music Hall), to touring the country half a dozen times in the last few years, their music leaves a lasting impression on whoever it reaches. Through this relentless work ethic, the band has been able to cultivate an organic following of dedicated followers. Make sure to check out their latest lyric video. “Who I Am Inside“.

MUSIC LEGENDS: What’s new in the world of The Faceplants?

DAN BOTCH: A whole ton! It’s an extremely exciting time. We have just released the most important song we have ever written, I just directed my very first music video for it and we are prepping the release of that. We are also just wrapping up our debut LP with such a talented producer here in Vancouver, and we are continuing to build a tight knit relationship with our fans through our socials… All while documenting our journey! Things are great.

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MUSIC LEGENDS: How was the recording and writing process for the “Who I am Inside” song?

BOTCH: “Who I Am Inside” has been two years in the making. It is a song that put us as a band on a brand new path, and allowed us to realize things about ourselves as a group that we had never realized before. This was a major step for me as a songwriter. “Who I Am Inside” is the first song that gave me a feeling of real accomplishment and emotion. I tapped into feeling that I never had before. I learned that I was an introspective writer, and that epiphany allowed an ocean of creativity to flow afterwards. This is such a personal song. It’s so important to us.



MUSIC LEGENDS: In making the music video for “Who I am Inside” did it take time to get the correct lighting?

BOTCH: It sure did! The lighting, the shot, the entire process. I’m definitely a perfectionist, and with this being my first time fully in the director’s chair, I had to take time with it. The outcome is magnificent.

MUSIC LEGENDS: Finding the right release date when you release material; is it almost as important then the music itself?

BOTCH: I don’t know if it’s as important as the music itself… but it is definitely real important. We live in a 24-hour social world. Word, reactions, messages, DM, comments, and likes travel quickly. Releasing your single on Thursday night may not be that big of a difference than Friday in the grand scheme of things. Now, if you’re talking about waiting for the right ‘moment’ to release your material, that’s a different thing! I absolutely agree with you there. Like I said, “Who I Am Inside” has been two years in the making. Only NOW do we feel that it is the right time to release it. Our intuition was correct.

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MUSIC LEGENDS: Vinyl is making a comeback. Do you have a personal preference? Is your band producing on vinyl?

BOTCH: Would love to. We want to provide our listeners with multiple ways to consume our content. Vinyl is definitely a possibility. Also, we are 90’s babies… Cassettes anyone?

MUSIC LEGENDS: Do you have any tours coming up in the near future?

BOTCH: Early 2018 for sure. We have been 100% in ‘content creating mode’ and it has been extremely rewarding. Performing is what I feel we do best, but it is real exciting diving into other worlds and conquering them ie. Video directing, editing, etc. We love ALL THINGS CREATIVE, and right now we are versing ourselves in other fields that will strengthen our career in other ways. It’s all a part of what we do. We are a band of all hats. With all that said… we can’t wait to get back out on the road!

MUSIC LEGENDS: Does the band write music on the road at all?

BOTCH: Not usually. But creativity can hit at any moment. When we are working on something, we need to give it our all, our complete attention. So, when we are on the road, performing is our main focus. We can’t let that suffer.

MUSIC LEGENDS: Could you describe some of your earliest influences in life and in music?

BOTCH: Speaking for myself, I was really influenced by Skateboard / Punk-Rock / Hip-Hop culture at a young age. It’s funny, but I was introduced to popular music by a video game… Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. It introduced me to Punk and classic Hip-Hop during my early formative years. From bands like The Offspring, Ramones, NOFX, Rancid, all way to KRS-One, NWA, and Public Enemy. This was my musical foundation.

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MUSIC LEGENDS: In your opinion, which album would be essential to have if someone were stranded on a deserted island?

BOTCH: Hmmm… let’s go with a game changer: 
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MUSIC LEGENDS: Any words of wisdom to share with aspiring artists?

BOTCH: I can only speak from my own experience, but what I can say is that if you’re ‘in this’… and I mean really ‘in this’ , then you need to have patience. We all need to realize that things do not happen over night. That is an important thing to understand… especially in 2017 in this 24/7 social world we live in. You need to create goals (macro and micro) and work extremely hard, every single day. Take “Who I Am Inside” for example… it’s only NOW that we feel comfortable releasing it and speaking to the world in a way we feel suits us. It has taken us years to find our identity. And now that we feel we have found it, it is so rewarding. It is all about the journey. We all need to understand that.

Social Media:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/TheFaceplants (@TheFaceplants)

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/TheFaceplants (@TheFaceplants)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheFaceplants

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/TheFaceplants

Official: https://www.TheFaceplants.com

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