By Nicholas Jason Lopez
Power trio Filmspeed recently released their latest single “Brain Dead,” which deals with the feelings of disconnect that the media can cause and the desire to rekindle more “humane” relationships.
Best described as “classic rock with a new-school filter,” Filmspeed is Drummer Oliver Dobrian, Bassist Nick Stout and Vocalist Craig Broomba.
The Music Bugle recently had the chance to talk with Broomba about the single and other recent happenings.
Music Bugle – How would you guys describe the “scene” in California for your particular genre at the moment?
Craig Broomba – Well, we’re happy to report the SoCal rock n’ roll scene is alive and well! There’s always so much talent in the concrete jungle, but recently, bands have become bigger advocates of each other. The support is essential in lifting everyone up. It’s all about the greater good.
Music Bugle – What are your overall thoughts on the single “Brain Dead”?
Craig Broomba – Overall? I like it. (Laughs) The song came out way better than the initial demos had prepared us for. Big thanks to the producer, Jason Hollis for making the analog magic happen.
Music Bugle – What inspired the artwork of “Brain Dead”?
Craig Broomba – We worked with a great graphic artist on this one. Considering the title of the track, this was the artist’s first sketch and we all loved it.
Music Bugle – Who are some of your influences?
Craig Broomba – Mine personally? Everything. A small collection of some who’d be in the Top 10 in no particular order- AC/DC, Stevie Wonder, Muse, Butch Walker, Bonnie Raitt, Stone Temple Pilots, Bob Dylan, The Hives, David Bowie and Prince.
Music Bugle – What has been your most memorable moment onstage?
Craig Broomba – For me, it’s Vancouver last year. The three of us did a 100 percent DIY tour up the coast and out of the country. The feeling of hitting the stage there was a culmination of months of hard work and weeks of even more intense work. Great set, too.
Music Bugle – What are your future plans?
Craig Broomba – More singles, more music videos, more tours, and more podcasts. Basically, full speed ahead.
Music Bugle – What hasn’t the band accomplished yet that you look to do soon?
Craig Broomba – Easy answer. Grammy.
Music Bugle – What frustrates you the most about the current music industry?
Craig Broomba – Without getting too preachy, the model of the industry right now is one founded on water. Spotify has ultimately re-written the album cycle in its own image. Now, as struggling artists try and find ways to actually turn a profit from fractions of pennies, they must also self-fund their own advertising. It’s not quite as sustainable as the powers that be will tout.
Music Bugle – Digital or physical CD – which do you prefer?
Craig Broomba – Physical. I’m a musician. Being able to hold a copy of something you’ve put time, money, sweat, blood and tears into is a great feeling. As a fan, there’s nothing more exciting than diving in to an album and being able to stare at the artwork and lyrics while listening. It’d be great if the industry could find ways to prioritize that.
Music Bugle – What should people know about the band?
Craig Broomba – We’re hoping to keep putting out material as often as possible, and play as many shows as we can manage. World domination is next!