Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Talk with 10th Concession.

Ian and Evan Koteles hailing from Tampa, Florida are quick to give a shout out to their dad both as a major influence and what they call a international superstar performer in his rock and roll band, Conspiracy. It just shows their love for their dad and the respect for who raised them which makes many a girl swoon.

Growing up with a international superstar drummer and a professional theatre actress as a mother, it had to be known that you were made for something big.  The boys are working ridiculously hard, but it is definitely seeming to be worth the time put in from the tracks and success they have on their myspace account. It's a sound that gives a twist to the pop and rock genre making their debut album into something "provocative, edgy and real".(direct quote from their biography).  Something that is going to throw the genre into a tizzy, in a good way.

I sat down with the boys, Ian and Evan, via the Internet but all the same.  Everything was up for grabs.  We talked about everything ranging from their favorite teams and the dream acts they would most want to play with!

How did you come up with the name 10th Concession?  Was it ever something else?
We didn't necessarily come up with 10th Concession...It is actually the road our dad grew up on in Canada (near London, Ontario).  With our dad also being a musician and one of our biggest influences, we thought it was really cool to have that, "where he came from and where we are not kind of a name" it just worked! Before 10th Concession we went by "E&i" (Evan& Ian) we keep things simple..haha

How is it being in a group with your brother? Do you ever have hard times?
We have our moments: We are very different and very much the same...if that make any sense..haha=there seems to be a good balance I suppose...for now!  Anyone who says there are never hard times would be lying..especially now, geeze! But we really do get along great. 

What did you want to be when you were ten years old?  Has that changed?
Don't think I had any idea..still don't!  But until then, and I think I speak for Evan as well, we would both need nothing more out of life then to be respected musicians/songwriters/ and performers.

What is your favorite venue to play?  What would be your dream one to play?
Our favorite venues to play are always those that are a little more intimate.  Where there is a definite connection made with the audience, whether they're close friends or complete strangers hearing us for the first time.  It's always gratifying knowing that people are listening..but at the same time we can't wait for the day to play Madison Square Garden.

Who are your major inspirations in life?
Like we'd mentioned earlier, our father.  He's a phenomenal singer/drummer and has opened our eyes to many things growing up and never forced us into music.  It was just always there.  There are a wide range of artists that have inspired us along the way from oldies to punk rock.  And of course our family and friends who have surrounded us with support..without them this journey would be near impossible.

Who would be your top three artists you want to tour with?
At this stage it would be great to be out with anybody..Kinda hard to say where our music would fit in, but since we're playing "in our dreams", we would love to be on tour with U2, John Mayer or One Republic.

If you had to put your music into three genre boxes, what would they be?
We consider our music Rock/Pop/Adult Contemporary.

What was the first album you ever bought?  The first concert you ever went to?
We always had stuff of our dad's to listen to, but I remember getting Green Day "Dookie" for my tenth birthday.  Evan recalls there being so many, he doesn't remember his first..Aerosmith was the first concert our dad took us to..was a family event and remember it was very loud..ha.

What's your favorite snack?
Lately I've really gotten into Craisins (and they're good for you too!) As for Evan, he has a new found love for Hummus..also good for you!

And now some either/ors,
Mtv or VH1.
Panthers or Lightning.of course, we gotta represent!
Vanilla or Chocolate (dark for me, milk for Evan).

These guys were great, and definitely something I personally suggest for all of you out there! They hail from a bit farther away but I know I'll be in attendance if they ever make it a little closer to Montreal or here! (Hopefully!)

You can find their music at their official myspace: Concession

They also have some upcoming shows with just a few upcoming dates here. You can find the rest on their myspace. These guys always seem to be playing which must be amazing: 

April 20th, 7:30 pm@ Eddie's Attic in Tampa, FL
April 21st, 9 pm@Dave's Aqua Lounge in Decatur, GA
April 23rd, 9 pm@Market on 7th in Tampa, FL
April 24th, 11 am@Tampa Downtown Market in Tampa, FL
April 27th, 10:30 pm@Meridian Hookah Lounge in Tampa, FL

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