These days good old Rock n’ Roll seems like a thing of the past in today’s music world, but the guys from the band ‘Made N’ America’ are thankfully, bringing it back with some awesome new music that is sure to get audiences up out of their seats. Growing up being influenced by the likes of Motown, R&B and Rock music, the band have already performed to sold out crowds including a performance at the Viper Room, one of LA’s most famous venues. Examiner’s Amber Claire recently sat down with the lead singer of the band David Keckhut to find out about some of his preferences in music and who he would most like to collaborate with in the future. Here is what he had to say:
Amber Claire: When did Made N’ America first start out?
David Keckhut: It was 3 years ago that myself and drummer Mark Lehner played in a previous band, but we missed playing our originals together as we knew that we had some really good songs. Then, a guitarist friend of mine wanted to be a part of it also, so we got a bass player as well as a second guitarist and performed a show. It felt so good that we kept going and to this day, Made N’America, still has the original drummer as well as myself in the group. The rest as they say is history.
AC: What was the concept behind the name for the band and who thought of it?
DK: People forget that rock n’ roll music started in America and they think of the British invasion like the Rolling Stones The Beatles etc. However, what they tend to forget is that these artists were influenced by the likes of Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Ray Charles. This music was all created from gospel, rhythm and blues..
AC: What kind of music influenced you growing up?
DK: All different types of music. My first favorite band was Three Dog Night, their songs and harmonies blew me away. Then when I was 8 years old, my father took me to see Jim Croce and his songs were so moving to me so after that, I was hooked on motown as well as blues and rock.
AC: What has been your favorite gig to play so far and why?
DK: It was our first show at the Viper Room in LA when we were the opening act for a sold out show and the audience went crazy over our music. There’s no greater feeling than when you’re an unknown band and you are able to win over an audience.
AC: Tell us about your album ‘In Rock We Trust’, what were some of the influences for this record?
DK: We wanted to make a simple straight forward rock CD. The idea was simple, which was to write a good song with great guitar riffs, strong melodies and lyrics people could sing along to.
AC: Listening to you perform, your sound is very similar to AC/DC, I’m sure you get told this a lot?
DK: Yes we get that a lot as well as Kiss and Velvet Revolver (R.I.P Scott Weiland), so hey, if people want to compare us to hugely talented bands like that, that’s a great compliment. I write all types of music, but when I’m on a project with other players we have to find what style feels real to all of us.
AC: If there is any artist or band you would like to collaborate with past or present, who would it be and why?
DK: Dave Grohl! I think he is a fantastic songwriter and Ronnie James Dio, he has been one of the most consistent singer/songwriters throughout his career.
AC: What do you think is the key to longevity in the music industry?
DK: Songs! Songs! Songs! If you don’t have the right songs, you’re not going to be successful. Also, learn your craft, be the best songwriter you can be and don’t be afraid of failure.
AC: What are Made N’ America’s future plans?
DK: We want to tour and reach as many people as we can all over the world and continue to write, record and promote the music we love- rock n’ roll!
AC: What would be your best piece of advice for aspiring bands and musicians?
DK: Practice, write songs and play live. Don’t be afraid to fall on your face and be sure to totally believe in what you are doing. Some of the greatest artist’s failed on their first two or three albums, until they found who they really were.
AC: Thanks for your time David!
DK: Thank you!
For all the latest info on the band visit their Facebook and Twitter pages.