Hey All! I had the fabulous oppurtunity to speak with Bryan and Dan from the the talented band Don’T Forget To Write! To listen to their talented tunes please click the cd cover above!Want more? Go to Itunes or CDBABY and search Dont Forget To Write! Also search them on facebook, twitter and tumblr! Become a fan today!

INTERVIEW WITH BEHIND THE SCENES WITH DON’T FORGET TO WRITE

ZanaD:What is the name of your band?

Bryan : Don’t Forget to Write!!

ZanaD:Where are you from?

Bryan: As a band we’re currently based in New York, NY. I’m originally from Manassas, VA though.

Daniel: I’m from Dresher, PA

ZanaD:What type of music do you play?

Bryan: I like to classify our music as “Handsome Pop Rock.”

Daniel: Saving the world, one tune at a time

ZanaD:What is the best advice you have for people wanting to get their music out there?

Bryan: Promote! Promote! Promote! If you believe in your music and work your ass off, you’ll get somewhere. No doubt about it. The internet is such an amazing resource. Constantly use it to your advantage.

ZanaD:What got you into doing music?

Bryan: We started a band because we were best friends who enjoyed a lot of the same bands. I was always a great writer but not as talented when it came to instrumentals. Dan was always an incredibly talented guitar/piano player and singer. We figured we should combine our talents. And here we are.

Daniel: Yeah, music has always been an important part of my life, so not to pursue it with my friends would be ridiculous.

ZanaD:How old were you when you started playing/singing?

Bryan: I started singing when I was in fourth grade, I think. I started playing guitar when I was about fourteen, and harmonica a few years later.

Daniel: I started playing piano when I was four, guitar at eleven, and singing since the womb!

ZanaD:How long have you been writing music for?

Bryan: I’ve been writing songs in my head since I was in elementary school. But I started formally writing songs and putting them down on paper when I was around fourteen I’d say.

Daniel: I wrote my first song in eighth grade, so I guess that puts me at fourteen as well.

ZanaD:Where would your dream place be to perform at?

Bryan: I’d love to play at the 930 club in Washington DC. I saw some of my favorite bands there as a kid and I think it’s one of the best venues in the country.

Daniel: Madison Square Garden- I’d love to be able to pack a huge venue one day and then come back to NYC and play an awesome show.

ZanaD:Describe your music in three words

Bryan: Super sweet tunes

Daniel: Catchy super fun

ZanaD:Are you close with the people in your band?

Bryan: Hell yeah! Dan is my best friend in the world. Tom and I have only known each other for a short time, but I love the kid to death.

Daniel: FOR SURE!  As Bryan mentioned, we bffs, I’ve known him since I was 12, and I lived with Tom for a year, can’t break that bond!!

ZanaD:What inspires you to do music?

Bryan: I’m really inspired and influence by bands that came before me and whose music I loved. Examples are Fall Out Boy, Dashboard Confessional, Brand New, Saves The Day. When it comes to writing music though, I’m incredibly inspired by good friends, good times, and super cute girls.

Daniel: Like BChabs, I’m very inspired by the bands I love; they make me want to write.  Also, someone once said (and I forget who) that we use music for the times when words are not enough to express ourselves, I find that beautiful.

ZanaD:Whats the song you need to listen to when your feeling down?

Bryan: Good question.  Sometimes I love listening to sad music and just wallowing in my sadness. When I’m in that mood, I definitely throw on a Dashboard CD and listen to something like “Screaming Infidelities.” When I’m trying to bust out of feeling down I like to listen to something upbeat and fun. The Way We Talk by the Maine is a great track for that.

Daniel: If it’s the type of sadness where I want to stew in it for a while, I’ll put on “For the Sake of Remembering” by Dave Melillo.  However, if I’m trying to cheer myself up I’ll put on The Summer Set or The Maine (I now see that Bryan also did a Maine shout out for this question… I’m unsurprised that we listed the same band hahaha)

ZanaD:Whats your favorite band?

Bryan: As much as people give them shit sometimes, my biggest musical inspiration and idol as a kid was Fall Out Boy. I still love them to death too and I think they’ll always be my favorite band. I’m also super into a band called This Is My Suitcase. They play fantastic music and are some of the nicest folks around.

Daniel: Well, not to copy Bryan, because I just listed the same band as him in the last question, but I’m also gonna throw down Fall Out Boy as my favorite band.  I hope that they work their stuff out and come back from hiatus soon.

ZanaD:Whats your favorite song?

Bryan: I think I’d have to say Seventy Times Seven by Brand New. Drunk Girl by Something Corporate is a close second. But Seventy Times Seven gets the win. The bridge is one of my favorite verses ever.

Daniel: Going Away to College by Blink 182.  Definitely.

ZanaD:When is your next album coming out?

Bryan: It’s out right now!! Our new EP, Handsome Expectations, came out this week! It’s on Itunes now. Head over and get it!

ZanaD:When is your next concert?

Bryan: Not sure at the moment. We’re trying to get some New York shows together in the near future. Keep your eyes peeled.

Bryan: Itunes. Search for Don’t Forget to Write. Our new album will come up. It’s also available at CD Baby for a few bucks cheaper though.

ZanaD:Where do you see your band in 5 years from now?

Bryan: Doing what were doing now, playing music we love with people we love. Hopefully with a bigger fanbase, even better songs, and all sorts of sweet awesome merch

Daniel: Ditto

ZanaD:What is your dream?

Bryan: My dream is to make enough money to survive while doing something I love. I’d love to hopefully be successful enough to get my parents a beach house too. They’ve always been so supportive and I want to repay them for all they’ve done one day.

Daniel: Be a working actor/musician with a kick ass wife and family.

ZanaD:What is your favorite food?

Bryan: I’m gonna say cookie dough. I love it.

Daniel: Nachos from TGIFridays

ZanaD:If you were stuck on an island what three items would you bring?

Bryan: Umm, a genie so that I could be granted 3 wishes, a helicopter, and an ipod.

Daniel: Guitar, iPod, refrigerator that always refills with delicious food

ZanaD:If you were trapped in a room what three people would you want to be with?

Bryan: Dan, because he’s my best bud and I love him to death. Pete Wentz, because I have a huge man crush on him (I’ll admit it). And Jess Bowen from the Summer Set. I have the hugest hugest crush on her and would love to spend some time with that pretty girl

Daniel: Bryan and Tom, so that we could be one of those bands who gets famous in captivity, like Cartel when they were the band in the bubble, but more intense because we can’t get out forever!!!  And then also Matt Squire to engineer and produce our albums (I’m assuming this room we’re trapped in is a recording studio).

What musician would you want to go on a date with and why?

Bryan: Jess Bowen. Jess Bowen. Jess Bowen. She is such a cutie and is ridiculously talented on drums. I really do have a huge crush on her. I’ve even written a song about how awesome she is. Hopefully one day soon we’ll release it. I’m also quite fond of Cady Groves. She’s a close second.

Daniel: Taylor Swift.  There is nothing more attractive than a singer/songwriter lady.  We could go out on a really cute date, and then end the night by serenading each other.  And yes, one day we will absolutely be releasing the Jess Bowen song previously mentioned.

Beautiful or intelligent?

Bryan: I’m a sucker for a pretty face. Beautiful

Daniel: Both, no compromising!!!

THANKS  DONT FORGET TO WRITE!!

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