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"Implode"

Introduce yourself . Hi this is Mark from IMPLODE. I appreciate the support. I sing and play guitar for IMPLODE. The other members of the band are my brother Brian who plays drums, and Jay is our bassist.

What are you doing right now other than the obvious? We released our first CD this year and have been promoting it through playing several shows, building a website http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Bistro/3394/IMPLODE.html, and getting distributors. The CD was recorded at Trax East in NJ which is a great studio where many hardcore and punk bands have recorded. Our goal is to keep the CD affordable and we are selling it for $7 postage paid to anywhere in the world from me at:

Mark Conforti

905 Broad Street, Apt B6

Bloomfield, NJ 07003 USA

What is the hardest part about being in a band? Overall, being in a band is a lot of fun and it's a great way to get together with friends and release pent up energy. The hardest thing about being in a band is finding the time to do all the promotions, bookings, interviews, mailings, etc while trying to have a social life and a full time job.

When did you and what propelled you to start this band? IMPLODE began in 1996 but Brian and I had previously played in EMOTIVE DRIVE which we started in 1988. I've been listening to hardcore and punk since I was 12 years old. It has been a major part of my life and the bands I grew up with helped me get through hard times and gave me the courage to think for myself, stick up for myself, and go against the grain. I like giving back the same feeling to others and hope to make a positive difference in their lives. Also, I feel I need a way to express myself to keep my own sanity and I do that through our music.

How serious are you about your band? We are very serious about conveying a positive message through our music but are not looking to quit our jobs to live off the band. Being able to have a paycheck from working enables us to say or do whatever we want through our music and not have to follow any standards set by the media or music industry.

What have you learned from being in a band? On the positive side I've met a lot of nice people who truly care about hardcore and doing something positive. On the down side I've found a lot of people see this music as a business for them to profit off of and show little interest in there being a message.

What is the message your band is trying to convey? For the most part the goal of the music and lyrics is to take negative feelings and transform them in a positive direction to motivate ourselves and others to reach our individual potentials. We take a strong stance against bands that play music primarily for image and self gain lacking any heart or depth.

What do you think your sound most resembles? Most people say a late 1980's to early 1990's New York Hardcore style.

What are some of your best/worst experiences playing live? Our worst experience playing live was when all of our equipment broke. First Brian's bass drum beater flew off his foot pedal behind the stage. One of our friends found it with a flashlight and it was bent real bad. Then when I was running around during a song I stepped on my guitar cable and it ripped apart leaving the metal jack stuck in the guitar. I switched guitars and said it's Jay's turn to break something. On the next song, he broke the thick "E" string on his bass and we couldn't finish the set. It was pretty funny though. My best experience playing live was with my previous band EMOTIVE DRIVE when we played the Anthrax club in Connecticut in 1989 with SUPERTOUCH. The kids were extremely open to dancing and stage diving to new bands and there were no fights; just an overall good time. My advice to new bands is to stick it out because you're going to play shows to only a few people and to a few hundred people, if you enjoy your music you'll have a good time every time you play.

What were your primary influences? We are very open minded about listening to all types of music, but our sound is heavily influenced by the New York Hardcore bands as well as hardcore and punk from the late 1970's to the present day, too many to name.

What equipments do you use? I play an Ibanez guitar through a Marshall JCM 900 halfstack, Jay plays a Charvel bass through a Galean Kruegar amp and Crate cabinet, and Brian plays a Pearl drum set. I think it's best to use the natural distortion/overdrive of a tube amp for the guitar to cut through best without sounding noisy.

Did you release an ep/lp/7"/demo? If so, how did you go about distributing it? We released a five song demo in 1997 with our old singer Bobby and gave it away free at shows and through the mail for anyone interested. We released a full length CD this year and are distributing it ourselves and through DIY distros. Our goal is to keep the price of the CD cheap by cutting out corporate distributors.

Where are you from? Describe your 'scene.' We are from Northern New Jersey in the USA. Hardcore is really big here but it's divided into too many categories which is something I personally don't like. There's the old style bands, metalcore, emo, punk, rap, etc. This results in the scene not feeling "united." I feel optimistic that these barriers will break down and people will appreciate the diversity and support all the styles.

How hard is it for you to get gigs there? It's not hard if you get involved in the scene and support other bands. Also, we have rented halls and put on our own shows and helped other bands out and they have helped us as well.

What kind of sacrifices did you make for this band? Any obstacles? The two main sacrifices you have to make are money and time, but when you enjoy what you're doing it's time and money well spent and gives you memories and experiences no one can take away. Also, you meet a lot of cool people who understand what you're saying in your music and it makes you feel like you've made a difference in at least a few lives.

How are you making ends meet? We all have decent jobs and are not expecting to make a career out of playing hardcore. I work as a social worker with mentally ill adults, Jay works for public works in Hudson County, NJ and Brian works for the telephone company.

Random Question: What zines do you enjoy? In Effect, Guillotine, and DIY.

Thank you for your time. Thanks and take care.

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