Bong Hits for Jesus is an eclectic party rock band from Philadelphia, USA consisting of Stephen Rose (Vocals/Guitar), Shawn Betz (Bass), C.J .Bracale (Drums) and Matt Boyle (Guitar). At Song Revelation when we first noticed the Bong Hits for Jesus dynamic energy we wanted to share it with you so were delighted when they agreed to complete an interview with Song Revelation. Read the full in depth interview below where Bong Hits for Jesus discuss their musical inspirations, what they’re currently working on and what advice they’d give to upcoming performing musicians.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Bong Hits for Jesus is an eclectic blend of genres coming together in an all-out party of rock, punk, funk, reggae, hip-hop, and more…..oh….that’s more than 20 words….damn…sorry
Q: What is your musical background?
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
Crazy. We’ve been working on our second album “Low Rent Hustlers EP” and we recently opened up for Sublime w/ Rome, Cypress Hill, and Pepper at the Hemp Heals Music Festival in Philadelphia, PA, US.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, and basically any music from the 90s. With the amount of artists who have inspired, we could do an entire separate interview.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Sublime, Slightly Stoopid.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Playing with Dave Grohl would be awesome. We would also want to collaborate with someone from a completely different genre….anyone who doesn’t sound like us…..Wyclef Jean, The Flaming Lips to name a few.
Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?
All of them.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
It all begins with the melody and we base the song around that. It all branches out from there. We’re inspired by real stuff that happens to us. That’s the best material anyone could use….writing from real-life experience.
Q: Where are you based?
Philadelphia, PA, US
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
We love Philly. Its like New York City’s little brother. It’s in such a great location for us (in between New York City, Washington D.C.) and we can gig in so many different cities pretty easily. We also have a great local music scene and everyone is very supportive. We go to each other’s shows and bands support other bands.
Q: What are you currently working on?
We’re working on our next album and rocking the f*ck out!!
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Being able to play with some of the bands we grew up listening to. Opening for Sublime, Cypress Hill and Pepper was amazing. We were honored to be on the same bill as them. It’s a great start for us and we’re looking forward to taking our music/band to the next level in the coming year.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?
We’re touring Southern California in January 2013. We also have two Hemp Festivals booked (Philadelphia, PA, US, and Melbourne, FL, US) and we’re looking to add more to the roster. Colorado and Washington State just legalized the recreational use of marijuana…..so maybe we’ll go there next…hahahaa
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
Southern California in January 2012. If you’re out there, come check us out.
Q: What do you do to relax?
Our name is “Bong Hits for Jesus”…..we’ll let you decide what we do for fun…hahahaha
Q: Where would your favourite holiday (vacation) be and why?
We want to make it over to Europe someday. Anyone you know booking shows in London? We’re all about visiting Abbey Road.
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?
Be persistent. Keep going. If you’re serious about your music, don’t give up.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
We love you. If you’re in Philly, come hang out with us.
Editor’s Note: Bong Hits for Jesus know how to put on a good show and write uplifting rock songs so that you will undoubtedly have a good time too. At Song Revelation we’re sure you’ll notce their dynamic energy, so go and see them if you get a chance!
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