Interview with Immune

We recently had a chance to sit down and pick the brains of LA based Rock Band, Immune….enjoy!*When did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?Rob Shulze (vocals/guitar) started the band in Providence, RI and we relocated to LA in July 2004. We went through several lineup changes after we got here – our current drummer (Johnny Skaare) came onboard in 2004, our lead guitarist (Joao Brandi, straight outta Brasil) joined up in 2006, and our bassist (Drew Worsley) joined in 2008. We’re inspired by the common goal of writing great songs and playing the shit out of them live! We want to keep working hard and improving all the time, so I’d say we’re inspired by the pursuit of excellence (that sounds like a bad motivational quote for a sports team, but fuck it).*Where have you performed? What are your favorite and least favorite venues? Do you have any upcoming shows?You name it, we’ve played it. We started out like most bands do – parties, tiny clubs, benefit shows, acoustic gigs, and all of the other places a band plays when it’s just getting started. We slowly but surely worked our way up to better clubs on the Sunset Strip and in Hollywood – Whisky, Roxy, Viper Room, Knitting Factory (I think it closed) and Key Club, and then we started working with Live Nation in 2009 and moved up to House of Blues Sunset Strip, Anaheim and San Diego. This summer has been a huge step forward – we played the first date of Mayhem Festival with Korn and Rob Zombie as well as the first date of Ozzfest, both at San Manuel Amphitheater. That would have to be our favorite venue because of the size and importance of the shows we played there. House of Blues and Key Club are great too. Least favorite? We’d rather stay positive than bash any particular venue. The bottom line is that at some point in time we wanted to play there and they helped make it happen, so no point in negativity, right?Upcoming shows as of now are House of Blues for Rock Sugar’s residency on 9/6 and Cinespace for the mighty Rock Monday on 9/20. More dates to be announced soon.*Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do you think these topics will change over time? We write as a team and have a great process. Rob will come up with a new song and work it out pretty well as far as structure and basic ideas and then we run with it as a group. Occasionally a song will develop from a jam session or a riff or random idea, too. We cover some pretty heavy and powerful themes with our music – politics, war, peace, religion, personal freedom and accountability, family dynamics, relationships…you name it. Each song has a unique identity. We try not to repeat ourselves, and whatever the topic, we try to write lyrics and music we can be proud of and that people can relate to – that is the point, after all. We want to connect with our audience. There’s no way to predict how much the topics might change over time…we can state with certainty that we won’t be writing anything along the lines of “California Gurls” or “Tik Tok”. Ever.*Could you briefly describe the music-making process?Rob comes up with an arrangement which usually has the melodies, lyrics, and details worked out pretty well. Then we start jamming and experimenting with the basic framework until we feel good about how the song sounds. We usually don’t wait too long before we play a new song live – best to just throw caution to the wind and go for it. Testing new material in front of an audience always helps. But a song is never truly finished until it goes under the microscope of a producer in the studio.*Top 10 Favorite Spots in LAPig ‘N Whistle – Tuesday night blues jamSanta Monica Pier/3rd Street PromenadeVenice/Hermosa/Manhattan BeachIn N Out BurgerPoquito MasPriscilla’s (coffee shop in Burbank)Rainbow Room/Sunset Strip in generalArcLight TheaterGriffith ParkHollywood BowlLink: www.myspace.com/immunerock