Interview With The Bloodshots

What was the beginning pint for your music career? How did it all start?

Well basically, in 2012-13 I (frontman Cj Loane) was in a drastically underachieving band and I had these song ideas that didn’t fit with that project so I decided to form The Bloodshots and we’ve been going strong ever since! 

Was there any bumps on the road? What kind of challenges did you have to deal with?

Yeah there’s always bumps in the road I think. We’ve lost members due to things like them having the wrong attitude toward everything. Like AC/DC said, “It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock n roll!” You’ve got to understand that you aren’t going to get rich these days, but if you work hard and stick to your guns, you will have a much better chance and doing what you love as a career.

What was the most fulfilling and satisfying moment so far?

There’s been a few! Winning several radio contests (such as one that really put us on the map and got us am opening slot with Finger Eleven), getting Nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards In Canada, playing shows with bands like SLASH, Danko Jones, Buckcherry and Steel Panther to name a few, selling out Hometown shows always feels good too.

How would you describe the music that you typically create?

It’s almost like a sense of therapy for me when I write. I get a lot of frustrations out that way and even more on stage live. No matter what we are working on it always ends up coming out sounding like that Bloodshots sound! Tunes you can move to, scream in the car, or even reproduce to! Hahaha

What is your creative process like?

It ebbs and flows. We like to write and record when the creative juices are flowing so that nothing feels forced or like “filler”.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

I’d LOVE to get back to a focus on Rock in the industry. I feel like Djs, techno, dubstep, whatever it’s all called now, Pop even have had the mainstream attention long enough. The world needs the GO Fuck yourself attitude that comes with Rock n Roll!

If you were asked to give a piece of advice to upcoming bands, what would that be?

Stick to your guns. You’re going to get deflated, you’re going to want to quit, you’re going to fight internally but if you stick to it and continue to work your ass off, it will pay off. And if it doesn’t, you had a pretty wicked Hobbie anyway! 

What has been the best performance of your career so far?

Tonight in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada infront of a sold out crowd. It’s a great feeling to sell out a venue during a global pandemic. Everyone is vaccinated and ready to Cave the fucking roof in!

If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing now?

I’ve worked in education for years so probably that. Helping kids with intellectual disabilities, troubled youth, etc was my wheelhouse.

What is new with the band at the moment? What are you currently working on and would like to share with the world?

Currently we are in the Studio putting the finishing touches on a handful of new songs. The goal is to release either an EP or full length next year On Golden Robot Records. 

Everyone can keep up with us on Instagram/Facebook/YouTube as @thebloodshots204 and stream the hell pit of our tunes on Spotify or wherever you stream!

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