Interview: Mike Kristen from The Radio Broadcast

  1. Competition is rough in the music industry, what is your band doing to grow and continue to reach for success?

Social Networking seem to be where it’s at right now. Having a strong online presence is very important and can make or break you as an artist. It is very important to have music and videos up on the net somewhere for fans looking for more. I mean think about it. What is the first thing you do when you discover a new artists you like? You head to the internet and search for them everywhere you can. We have been lacking in the Social Networking area for some time but we are hitting it hard this year and always trying to post new and engaging content.

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  1. If someone goes to one of your concerts, what do you think they should know going in?

If you are looking for a show that will leave you feeling rewarded and fully entertained you will definitely want to come out to one of our events. With our music being very diverse there is something there for most everybody. We are always told by fans and other musicians that it is really cool to see us create the tracks live right there in front of them. Something that a lot of other electronic artists are not doing. The energy projecting from the stage will keep you moving the entire time. As soon as the bass drops TRB comes alive. Between Kristin’s bouncing and crawling around on stage and Michael’s non-stop flow of body-rockin’ dance rhythms you will be sure to have a good time! Not only will our music and energy keep you entertained and dancing but our stage performance will as well. We understand that we are performers and there is more to performing than just the music. We have put some time and dedication into creating some pretty cool visuals from massive arrays of led lights and lasers to mesmerizing graphics on led screens and a 3ft by 10ft led “TRB” marquee. We are constantly coming up with new ideas for stage setups that will complement our sound.

  1. What is your dream tour or festival?

     Dream tour would be one with us and Crystal Castles or INNERPARTYSYSTEM but
INNERPARTYSYSTEM is no longer around. Or to be a part of something such as Warped Tour. Dream festival would be any festival.

  1. If you could collaborate with any musician, who would you choose?

We would really like to collab with Crystal Castles, INNERPARTYSYSTEM or HEALTH.

  1. Out of every concert you have been to, who are the best live bands?

Some of our most favorite shows would have to be INNERPARTYSYSTEM, Crystal Castles, as well as Valient Thore, Blink182 from back in the day, Angels and Airwaves, Numerous Punk shows, Deadmau5, and a handful of DJs.

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  1. Who are some of your biggest influences?

There is a lot of inspiration and musical influence to be found in the world and for us as far a music goes there are two major electronic groups that have stuck out the most and helped shape our minds to develop the sounds of The Radio Broadcast and that would be Crystal Castles and INNERPARTYSYSTEM. We love the DIY approach IPS takes when it comes to stage lighting and we love their heavy and raw electronic feel. With CC they come across sort of mysterious. We love their punk attitude in the electronic scene. We really like their lofi gritty electronic sounds. We study these bands and many others to try and better ourselves as a band. We try to align our selves with similar sounding artists but we do our best to remind our selves that other bands and musicians are just like you and I and to tune into them as a reference or inspiration and not as a guide.  But as crazy as life can get it is always a good idea to take a step back and take a little time out and immerse yourself in nature and tune in to the frequencies of the planet, clear your mind, and realign yourself. Once your mind is clear and your body is well tuned it will be a lot easier for your creative ideas to flow into more comprehensive complete ideas.

  1. When did you first start playing music and how did that come together to lead you to where you are today?

We met in a tattoo shop in 2005 and started playing music together in 2008 and formed TRB in 2009. Michael grew up playing drums in punk bands and Kristin grew up playing the piano but at the time when the two met neither of them were involved in anything musically. We had both wanted to create our own punk band but realized after purchasing a guitar neither of us knew how to play nor had the time or patience to learn so we stuck with what we knew, drums and keys. Over the years our sound and style has changed along with the overall setup of the equipment we use. Our style is always evolving.

  1. What are your plans for the rest of the year for the band?

 We started out the year building and pushing our online presence and we are continuing the effort to grow our online fan base daily. There is still a lot more work to do but we are hoping to build a larger online audience. We have already started to see results so that’s a plus. We realize how big of an online market there is for musicians and it is almost as big if not bigger than the “real life” presence of the artist. With the way, life is today for an artist to not make use of the online market is foolish. It’s another workload that’s for sure but if you can build your online presence you will definitely feel rewarded. So we are hoping to grow our online fan base and connect and meet with like-minded individuals. We are also currently working on a new album that we are hoping to release this summer along with a tour later this year to follow.

Thanks to Rogue PR for setting up the interview. Special thanks to Mike for sparing some time to answer these questions. Follow the band on their Facebook.

Images provided by Rogue PR and Radio Broadcast

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