WPGU Band of the Week: Zmick

1. Please list the names of all members of your band.
Brad Miller – Guitar
Mike Donato – Keyboards
Kris Ahrens – Drums
Dan Wonsover – Bass
2. Where did you get your band name?
Our friend Adam Zmick was shot in the leg right before the band got together, so we decided to name the band after him. Turns out his last name is pretty unique, concise, and easy to remember!
3. When did you start performing together?
Kris and Dan started performing as Zmick in January 2007. Brad and Mike D joined the band in August 2007.
4. Who is your greatest musical influence?
We like to think that we are influenced by all different typesof music, but specifically Phish (Brad), Dream Theater (Dan), Dave Matthews Band (Kris), and the String Cheese Incident (Mike D)
5. Describe your sound in 3 words or less.
6. What is your favorite place to perform?
Summer Camp Music Festival followed by the Canopy Club.
7. Where is your favorite after show party spot?
It’s gotta be the Wookie House
8. What is your latest album called?
We haven’t recorded an album yet, but we hope to do an EP over the summer!
9. When is your next performance?
We’re performing Friday night in Barrington followed by a show in Urbana at the Canopy Club on Saturday.10. If you could perform with anyone in the history of music, who would it be?
Frank Zappa, Trey Anastasio, Jerry Garcia, Steve Kimock, Buddy Rich, Jaco Pastorius and Grant Green all on stage at the same time.
11. What historical event does your music sound like?
The Big Bang
12. If you could own any house pet, what would it be?
A Mog – half man, half dog
13. What is your favorite thing to eat as a band?
14. What cartoon character does your band most identify with?
14B. Why?
Because we play a ton of shows all over, we’d like to think that we’re “roadrunners”
15. What kind of car do you drive?
Honda C-RV aka Martha 2.0
16. What is your favorite joke?
17. What is your favorite Canadian province?
18. What was your favorite middle school field trip?
19. How often do you get your hair cut?
We all get our hair cut together every single day.
20. What is the best concert you’ve ever attended?
Summer Camp
21. Who are you voting for in 2008?
22. Who did you vote for in 2004?
23. Does global warming exist?
Yes. Wikipedia actually has a great article on it… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_warming
24. What is one thing you do that’s good for the Earth?
Our goal is to spread our joy of life to our listeners. Even if it just affects a small number of people, we still think it’s good for the earth.
25. What is your band’s favorite lunch meat?
Bologna, because Oscar Meyer has a way with B O L O G N A
26. What is your least favorite reality TV show?
Flavor of Love!
27. What is your favorite movie?
Rising Low
28. What is the coolest place you’ve ever traveled?
Probably just outside of Carbondale, Illinois for the Strip Mines Music Festival.
29. If a tree falls in the middle of the forest and nobody’s around, does it make a sound?
Depends… How big is the tree?
30. What is your favorite kind of underwater creature?
Nessy the Loch Ness Monster
30B. Why?
Cuz Nessy is a badass!
31. If you could time travel, what would you go see?
Frank Zappa concert
32. What’s better, Pac Man or Ms. Pac Man?
Ms. Pac Man is a fox!
33. Which Teenage mutant Ninja Turtle character do you best identify with?
33B. Why?
Because we love to put on a shred show!
34. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done in the name of music?
Thrown a space themed costume dance party with our fans and friends making aliens and robots for decoration all over the Canopy Club.
35. Any advice for the public at large?
Whatever you do, take care of your shoes!
36. If you could be one of the Flavor of Love girls, who would you be?
Tela Tequila? Is that an option?
37. What is one cool thing you think everyone should know about you?
We’re extremely happy to be alive and feel very fortunate that we are able to share our message and music with the world.
38. And another?
We love all different types of music and believe that really shows in our original music.
39. What is your favorite song to play live?
In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins
40. Which Mario Kart character is the best?
41. Boxers or briefs?
42. What is your favorite office supply?
3-Hole Puncher
43. Describe your audience in 3 words.
Open-minded, dance-a-holics, community-oriented
44. Who is the biggest underdog in movie history?
Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!
45. What is your favorite place to spend a Friday night?
Most likely at the Canopy Club either playing or seeing live music!
46. What is your favorite horror film?
The Sound of Music… The hills are alive?!!!
47. What is your favorite brand of shoes?
Vanessa Robinsons… (Vans)
48. Do unicorns exist?
Does the pope shit in the woods?

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