Meet the pop punk band Big Smile! Their latest release is called “Killdozer.” After spending nearly two years building a solid local fan base around Cincinnati, Big Smile released a three-track EP in 2019, titled ‘Dependent.’ The lead single, “Pillbox Hill,” landed on multiple Spotify playlists such as Pop Punk’s Not Dead and The Scene, as well as opened the door for the band to open for national acts such as State Champs, The Dangerous Summer, and Grayscale. After the late 2019 release of their music video for the song ‘Oscillate’, which premiered on Live Nation’s ‘The Noise‘, Big Smile hit the road one last time before signing to Anchor Eighty Four Records in mid-2020.
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Learn more about Big Smile in the following All Access interview:
Thank you for your time. So given these unusual Covid-19 times, what does a typical day look like for you all? How have you adjusted to these times?
-Most of us still have to go into work still but a typical day for us right now is go to work and come home and try to stay busy.
What has been the hardest/most challenging part about being quarantined? Is your city starting to open up more now? Have you guys been able to get together much to play?
-I would say the hardest part about being quarantined is staying busy and not getting bored. A lot of us like to go out and do stuff and we can’t really do that at the moment. Our city is pretty much opened up completely with social distance and other procedures in place to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. We still get together to practice but right now we don’t want to risk playing shows.
How have you been able to use social media during these unprecedented times? Are you finding that you use it even more now to stay connected to fans and other musicians?
-Yes! Social media has been great and has been able to open new doors for us with our fans and other musicians. Us and a lot of other artists are using social media to do things like Q and A’s, acoustic live streams and a lot more to stay connected with our fans.
Since we are all desperately missing live music, can you recall a favorite show of yours from the past? What do you think ultimately makes for a great show for you? What about a favorite show of yours by someone else?
-Me personally (Noah) really loved our last show we played up in Dayton in February. What makes a show great for me is the energy of the crowd and with that show the energy was huge.
How do you go about picking out a band name? Was it hard to all agree on one thing?
-We first started using it as a working name until we came up with one we liked and we ended up liking it enough to keep it.
Let’s talk about your soon-to-be-released single “Killdozer.” What was the inspiration for this track? How would you say that the track compares to anything else you have released?
– This track was inspired to spread awareness about substance abuse and to also share how big pharma profits more from the disease than the cure.
Do you have plans to release more new music soon and a full collection of new songs soon?
-Yes we do have an EP in the works right now!
Why do you think Anchor Eighty Four Records is the right place for you and your music today? How did you go about choosing them to represent your music?
-We think us teaming up with Anchor Eighty Four Records is perfect for us. We talked with Cody before we signed and we just clicked. We would ask him questions and he would be able to give us confident answers on the process.
How do you think future music is going to be influenced by this incredible and absolutely necessary Black Lives Matter movement that the US and even the world is going through now? Is it inspiring you and your music today at all?
-BLM has been and will continue to be a big inspiration in the scene. The movement itself is inspirational enough to fuel an entire generation of artists to come. Our songs this time around are directed at raising awareness and promoting change and systematic oppression is definitely at the top of the list.
If you could get into the studio with any artist today and collaborate on a new song for you, who would it be and why?
– I think if we could have anyone in the studio with us today it would have to be… honestly would love to work with The Wonder Years because I feel we share inspiration and upbringing and we could grind out something great
Would you like to share anything else about yourself or your music with our readers?
-We are all about compassion and spreading awareness through our music, we love hearing from fans at shows but since shows aren’t happening right now, feel free to reach out of social media anytime!