Rising indie pop, rock and R&B band GCLUB (http://gcbmusic.com/) just released their new upbeat track Dancing Shoes. This infectious song will be sure to get you on your feet.
Boy bands may have seen their hey day in the 90s with choreographed groups like Backstreet Boys and NSYNC dominating the airways, but GCLUB is making a strong case that new type of R&B/Pop band that are here to stay. Hailing from the Inland Empire, this seven-piece alternative-pop band is comprised of Hugo Sanchez (bass), DeAngelo Sherman (keys), Hunter Mora (vocals), Thomas Robles (trumpet), Chris Cain (rapper/vocals), Kameron Hollis (drummer) and Garrett Wolfe (guitar). GCB’s influences of R&B, pop and rock can easily be found in their unique sound.
Music, friendship and memories are some of the things that drive GCLUB to push forward in their journey to success. Recently formed in late 2014, GCLUB had the incentive to find the most talented musicians in the Inland Empire. Hunter, Garrett, Chris, Deezy, Hugo aka “Juice’, Thomas and Kam all form the group GCLUB. Hunter and Chris provide the harmony and songwriting, which has put out hits like “Pick up Lines” and “Forbidden Love”. Garrett uses his rock influences to smoothly lace rhythms with his guitar. Deezy lays down the soothing keys that the ladies love. Then we have Hugo who provides the funk and soul of the bass and Thomas uses the vibrant sound of the trumpet. Lastly, Kam keeps everything composed with his strong and clear-cut drumming knacks.
Hugo Sanchez (bass)
DeAngelo Sherman (keys)
Hunter Mora (vocals)
Thomas Robles (trumpet)
Chris Cain (rapper/vocals)
Kameron Hollis (drummer)
Garrett Wolfe (guitar)
Learn more about GClub in the following All Access interview:
Thanks for your time! Now that we are entering the fall of 2016, what are some words you would use to describe this year? What have been some of the highlights for the band?
This year has been challenging, intense, motivating, exciting – a roller coaster for sure. Releasing an album (Miss Daisy), performing a countless amount of shows including opening up for the incredible Tori Kelly and winning first place at the San Diego Fair were all highlights for the band.
Growing up, did you all always want to be musicians? Can you recall your earliest musical memories?
At some point in our childhoods, we knew that music was an undeniable passion that we had to pursue. Whether gospel, rock, hip hop, or R&B – we had a calling to make music. For me personally (Kameron Hollis), an early memory I have is being 4 or 5 years old and always finding a place to sit right next to the drummer of every church I would visit, and just watching closely and studying his every move. That was the foundation of what I have today. Knowing how every piece of the kit sounds and how to fluid and play with intensity, especially in the church world.
How did G Club first come together? How did you come up with your band name?
G Club first started out with Garrett Wolfe (guitar) and Hunter Mora (vocals) trying to start a band that would break away from your typical mainstream radio music. Originally going by Gentlemen’s Club, Garrett, Hunter, and the rest of their old band mates played a show that Chris Cain (rapper/vocals) was hosting. Chris played one song with Gentlemen’s Club onstage and that’s where we knew the connection had started. From there the band kept growing and changing, bringing in the best musicians in the Inland Empire. Which later on added Kameron Hollis (drummer), DeAngelo “Deezy” Sherman (keys), Thomas Robles (trumpet), and Hugo “Juice” Sanchez (bass). Once the band was established Gentlemen’s Club broke away from their original name and officially changed it to G Club.
How do you think being from outside LA in the Inland Empire has influenced the band and ultimately, your sound in general?
Being from the outside of LA has really given us a whole different perspective on how we like to approach music. LA musicians are some of the greatest around, so one of our goals as a band was to be able to perform on their level. We wanted to emphasize the fact that we are a live band, meaning we use real instruments in our recordings and do not rely heavily on tracks at our live shows. We all put our heart and soul into music, which is reflected in our recordings and our live shows. Being from the Inland Empire has just given us more of a drive and thirst to perform out in LA.
I’m curious to know more about how you describe your music? I’ve read that it’s called alternative-pop. Do you think that accurately describes your sound?
I would describe G Club’s music by comparing it to a melting pot. Much like what makes pizza amazing, we too have many ingredients that make us delicious. G Club on paper is an indie/R&B/pop band with influences from jazz, hip-hop, rock, funk and gospel. We would say that describes our sound.
What was the inspiration for you newest single, “Dancing Shoes”?
Dancing Shoes was created because, we as a group, really wanted to move in a direction that captured the high energy of our live shows. It is actually the first song that all of us created from scratch.
What if anything has surprised you about the music industry? What do you think has been your biggest challenge? And what do you think has come really naturally to you?
In a Jay-Z interview he had with Oprah a few years ago, he said that there are a lot of “hot” artists in the game right now, but being hot is only temporary. It’s very surprising to see that the industry now is so diluted with artists that put out 1-2 radio singles and then disappear completely. For G Club, our biggest challenge right now is finding the perfect blend of that commercial/ radio friendly sound, and the raw and soulful feel of a live band sound. What has come natural to us is putting on a great and energetic live show.
How have your recent LA shows been going? Do you have more scheduled for this fall? What do you think makes for a perfect show for your band?
Most recently we performed at The Mint, a well known venue in Los Angeles. It was a historical show for us. Refreshing, incredible, and it was important that we made an impact on the LA music scene. There are no future LA dates solidified yet, however our management is working diligently to get us booked out there more frequently.
A perfect show for G Club is receiving all the energy back from the crowd that we put into our music. It’s not about the number of people or filling a place to capacity, that time will come, but captivating an audience and them recognizing our hearts are in it is the foundation of a great career.
Who are some of your favorite artists and what bands continue to inspire you and your music? Who would you still love to work with in the future?
Some of our biggest inspirations would be Michael Jackson, James Brown, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Green Day, Mint Condition, and Gym Class Heroes. We would love to work with people that are around because their music gave them longevity, such as Pharrell Williams and Bruno Mars.
When you aren’t performing, working in the studio, what do you like to do for fun? How do you each unwind from it all?
When music is not going on, we all indulge in various activities for fun. Like playing basketball at the park, going to concerts, movies, hanging with our families, meeting up at restaurants, etc.
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope listeners take away from your songs?
Aside from a live musical experience unlike the computer created stuff everyone is listening to, we hope that people feel the energy, soul, and passion we all have as a band, and that we lay it out on the stage every time we perform. We’re not a gimmick or a cookie cutter boy band. G Club is the real deal, and we are on a mission to show the world what these IE boys can do.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music?
You can get more information about our music and upcoming shows at www.gcbmusic.com or follow us on Instagram: @gclubband.com and Facebook: Gent Club