03 April 2015 - Olivia Seally

ELIJAH RAWK of PHONY PPL talks School of Rock, Brooklyn and navigating through a six-piece band

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hi I'm Elijah rock from a phony people

I'm 23 freshly and i was born in Brooklyn New York Asia for phony ppl the keyboard is I met him the first day of high school I was like my first friend he was like yeah it's like a couple of bands whose and other Bank on lunar station aims and spank a phony people originally phony ppl was lb and Asia and they were a band to be like to play dime a dozen music and then from then on a guy added like Ian the guitar the other guitar players he was in there and then man PJ well PJ came than that and Barry never played bass before he was the only one out of all of us at didn't go to school for music he cats of live is because there's no other bitch play so-so Asia was just like my brother will do it we were horrible at seniors we cut class every day we would like go to Barry's pumpkins berries older than us he had his own apartment by then we go and smoke and do all kinds of bullshit and not going to class we figured it out perfectly it was like 4th 4th period was when they took attendance for the day Oh in fourth period and then leave that was a school of rock for like all of high school so I joined in freshman year and then we were like do it all says we

would do all these tours i'm not going to journey and all the stuff so I didn't really care about high school as much it's like all my friends school of rock and stuff but what was cold so that was like reading and like movies and music yeah like on something high school was like he went learned he was high school shit you didn't mean senior year the dude that made school of rock he had he built a house how long island called studio house and his idea was he was going to build a music school college that's like the first students and then we would be the professor's so sort of speaking it was like obviously risky thing but it sounded cool when I was 17 so I was like fuck it so I left I was like a long argument my parents so then I went and it was a bunch of craziness they were at first there was no show it also it was like a bunch of like 17 to 20 year old well 16 to 20 year olds in this house like in and out it wasn't even consistent bunch of people and nobody supervised it was like all of my friends were older than me and they're all i punked out like white kids that are like really good at their shipments and shit and and it was weird was a

bunch of mushrooms and acid drugs and girls and all kinds of dirty let me feel like mad heroin and I had to watch that was like 15 and then we do have it all the time crazy that it just sucked like they would be followed in all the time of shit and eventually it was like me and what are their girlfriends that like had to go super hard to stop that shit was crazy the chaperones didn't come for a little while we we would learn how to record and do all this kind of stuff cool we were like it was nobody else we had we got something right our own rules and we started figuring out our own formulas for stuff people that were originally there that were just there to like smoke and jam and get all that shit they had to leave we really started to get work done real artists would start to come in the house and we would like record them and do all this interesting stuff studio has officially got shut down it was like over it's really like one day it was up and then the next day we got a call when all the electricity was off and everything were like it was like it's over at that point I was in phony people so I just went right over I was like alright so 20 people now and

then I went to the only place in shows like we got you know we're chillin hardened or whatever and we were all at a high school but Ian and stuff wasn't and then Ian Tammy the the other guitarist and the saxophonist went to college and so we were still doing it and we played the show at Colgate University it was our first show out of New York City and sure Mel got it for us and we were opening for the that's how I met the we played our show and he liked him and dad I've just watched the whole show and like from the SAP checked and everything and then and then we went home and then knocks was like we have this brooklyn museum show if you went play that was a really fun time and I learned a lot from that whole period like you know a lot of access and a lot of opportunities that I'm stead of fitting for him right now but at the same time like it was kind of difficult because we really just felt compelled like we grew up with phony people like those are boys and we were ever really giving our full hundred on that side because we're so distracting her so I had to every other week it was like we had to go somewhere else and we couldn't

just consistently be it got to this point where we had some glad to make a decision and better he had to make a decision and it was either going to over theah or going to inform people and I was like I just eventually chose like the phonies and Barry choice Tia then we kind of kicked the other three members out and it was like six of us now and then we get the right stuff we didn't feel like we could write music anymore because Don's was on like every song we have a road and so then we just started all over and then I was like 2013 we started to write a new album and we were like if this album and this year doesn't work for four people we literally all have to like reconsider what we're doing we started writing it and we got this call and it was from Matt's friend Adrian Ames like I'm up in Montauk I'm a house if you guys would want to play this show it's my friend's birthday so we went up to Montauk had a fun time and then we told Adrian like where we were at like we just kicked these guys out it's like you know what are you trying to do you trying to get signed you trying to all the stuff and we're like now like you want to do

didn't want to deal with anyone and we never have like signing anything so like we told him that he loved that for some reason and he was like why don't you guys just make it here and and he has everything like hell yeah let's just make it here so then we just started making this album with them our management you know Pat calves were like a little quiet not quiet but I think they had nothing to do we didn't have anything out and we needed to have a mix we have mastered and we have no budget for the entire album so we like then we were just surprised because it'd be like Ben from rubber tracks like he was just like it I love like what it is so far and he would let us come to the Congress to do after his clothes and my run stuff from the board this other dude Zack from our publishing company was like oh mixie for you guys and then it was like all of a sudden we had all these like resources yeah I'm like people that like really helped us cuz just for off the strength of believing in it and then we put it out in January and then it was awesome when it went from nine to six it felt empty and now it feels like super right unity spacings right and like traveling

and like just just communicating I think I wish I was a chair was one of the biggest moments in phony listen I think that song for some reason still to this day just like hit certain girls real hard maybe guys too i don't know but every show we play if it's a photo google show if you put that song the entire crowd sings it so like it's got to be the biggest song yeah our managers literally told us we can't not Flynn I consider myself a sophomore okay enough to say I'm a little bit past the freshman stage of like being a musician I guess we're being a performer only because a lot of experience I guess in the last couple of years but I got a lot of growing to do and I want to get way way better as a guitarist status as a musician and performer Expressionists I need to practice more and I need to be more disciplined with just like creating like routinely I like Kanye story of like he made five beats every day for a summer and I just need to be on that grind of ground yet I mean I grew up a lot on rock music like I just happened to in like being a school of rock or whatever and I just loved like you know like 80s like punk rock shit

like this isn't like like minor threat and long miss Rizzo later but my the threat and like dead kennedys and like bad brands and that kind of stuff and so I've been like making a secret Punk out I never really was it's obviously a bonus but when I first when I was a kid and I first wanted to start playing music like and performing a lot of stuff it was always way more about traveling for me than was about money I want my band to be one of the like few artists and bands that has longevity like I want us to have a career like Prince's or like Earth Wind & Fire's or something where it's like you can't even hate on it it's just a legacy and it's like an art exhibit that like you either gether you don't get yet I mean like you can't I don't think even right now that phony people's in a place where you can just be like oh I hate that shit or whatever it's like either like get it or you don't get it and I just wanted to continue like that and I want to continue to like affect people in these different places for these different people rather than like hella like money in my account that's like I'm gonna die way happier I feel because even to get

that a large Sun like that or like just be in that kind of wealth percentage you gotta like you gotta do some heavy shit yeah yeah i mean like something like shit that's probably going to leave you on the other side like not the same yeah i definitely be saying oh yeah as i am right now small it and like play a ps4

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