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...SOiL's success story is the
quintessential rock dream come true. The band's song "Halo" from
thier hot Rocking CD SCARS was noticed by radio programmer Pat Lynch of
Orlando, FL. Lynch propelled it to hit proportions on his active rock station
WJRR. This fired off a shot heard throughout the industry, sparking a label
battle that was ultimately won by J Records. Jumping right in to help the buzz
grow, J Records blasted "Halo" to a new level on Orlando radio while
pressing up free SOiL samplers for hungry Orlando SOiL fans. In less than 10
days, over 2000 fans poured into local retail stores to get a free sampler.
Word has now reached other major rock radio stations in Tampa, Sacramento,
Madison, Minneapolis, Cincinnati, Detroit, Miami, Milwaukee, Phoenix, Kansas
City and more.
Interview with Adam Zadel of
Q: So besides the Halo video I heard you
did a new one recently? A: Actually, we're hopefully at the clip of it. We just
finished it about 2 weeks ago. We did it with Mark Webb. We did it in downtown
L.A., like an old alley. Sort of all decrepit looking with a bunch of dirty
kids everywhere. Pretty cool. I can't wait to see it. We're supposed to see a
video of it today or tomorrow.
Q: That's great!
A: Yeah. You see the pieces - the editing in a couple of
weeks. You only shoot it like a day or two days.
Q: Which song was it for?
A: The one we're doing this for the song called Unreal
That's the new single that just started working the radio now. Hopefully it
will be on MTV stuff too.
Q: That gives you incredible recognition. Just like the
OzzFest how was that?
A: Everybody on that tour was so fun to hang out with.
Everybody was so nice. There was no attitudes, no bullshit. Everybody was just
super cool. They did their job. It was just a fun time, a really fun time. An
incredible first big tour experience really.
Q: Sounds awesome and still jamming away
A: Yeah. We've been kicking since about August. Like right
after we recorded the record, it went right to mixing, and then as soon as we
were done mixing, we went right on the road. We were on a rush schedule to get
this record out in 2001.
Q: How long have you been with J Records?
A: We signed with J Records last March. One month, we'll
have our one year anniversary. They're kicking ass doing it. They're fully
behind us and doing a good job.
Q: That's really great. You've got the tour buses and you're
on these great tours already.
A: Absolutely. That was what was so cool about the
opportunity when we were doing our shopping. We were already getting some radio
play on a major station in Florida called WJRR. So, it was like the labels were
all starting to get in line, because once you're already on the radio, we don't
have to work it as hard, so they made it pretty cool. When we were signing our
deal, we already had ample material for a record - more songs than we could put
on a record. We knew we were ready to do a record. We already knew we were
ready to record with Johnny K too, who is the guy that did Disturbed, Machine
Head because he did our demos actually that got us signed. The tracks from that
demo really ended up being on the record because he did such a cool job with
it, we ended up keeping that. So, when we signed the deal we were ready to go.
We just jumped right into the studio. We want to capitalize on it while it's
hot and they accommodated us and made it happen; as opposed to lot of other
people wanted to put it out this year. I mean we would be coming out right now
and it's just like man, we had so much fun in the past six months, I'd hate to
think what it would have been like if we were sitting on our asses waiting for
this record to come up. We'd have been flipping off.
Q: That's excellent. Now, you're from Chicago.
A: Yeah. Well we did sort of build up a name in Chicago. We
did that Three Something with Johnny K and we actually made a bunch of demos
and just handed them out to people for free when they were leaving the club.
We've been playing there for awhile. Did that scene for like 3 or 4 years
Q: Were you always called Soil?
A: Yeah, same name and band members.
Q: It was amazing how when I interview some bands, they tell
me well, we used to have this name, and then this name.
A: Yeah. That's a pain in the ass. It's so much easier to
keep the one name. You put all this time and effort into one name and then what
are you going to do, pass out flyers - now this name used to be this.
Q: That could actually be to your detriment.
A: Absolutely. So hard to promote a band when you don't have
labels and all these people behind you. And then to go and change your name -
it's like the only thing you have going for you - all the stuff you built up
and you change your name, it kind of sucks, but it has to be done sometimes. We
didn't have to do that in our gig.
Q: What did you have going before the CD Scars? A: We had an
independent record out. Basically we did an EP, filtered that out for a while.
Then we did a full-length record. Then a month or two months after the record
came out; the label went out of business. So it sort of took a lot of steam out
of what we were doing at the time. That was like '99 when that happened, so we
were sitting around - we worked all this time, but it turned out being a
blessing in disguise because we did hook up with Johnny K. We love doing music
and I can't picture myself getting a job and doing all this stuff and the work
that went into it, we're going for it again. This really could be a blessing in
disguise. You know Disturbed just got signed to Giant at that point in time, so
we were like, damn, maybe we can get a little of this action too. So, we demo'd
again and sure enough, some people took notice.
Q: Is Johnny K set up through the record company?
A: No. He's just about Chicago. Just a talented producer
that's out of Chicago. So it was a cool thing. One of them sort of lined up for
Q: When you're in full production making your album, does
that help to have someone like him to fine-tune the album?
A: Oh absolutely. When you write - everybody writes
together. You live with these songs and you know the songs and you know how to
build them and make them better; but you never have that luxury of hearing it
for the first time. You never get that back. So, it's good to have someone
that's got a good opinion about song writing, tones and what's going on, to be
able to come in and give you perspective. It really does help.
Q: Have you got word that you will be on the OzzFest this
A: Oh yes. That's what they're telling us.
Q: That's great recognition.
A: I hear so many things about how fun it is and stuff.
Q: It's like a whole army of people moving from one place to
another. You get to collaborate sometimes.
A: Yeah. I would dig that. We haven't had the chance to do
that. I personally would love it.
Q: It's really fascinating when I watch somebody like even
your band. You start off on second stage. They do rotate that - you're on main
stage. Then next year you get almost headliners. It's really great seeing bands
excel like you probably will too.
A: We hope so.
Q: When you pick the songs to put on these albums, is that
kind of difficult sometimes because you have so many?
A; It can be, because everybody has personal attachments to
the music or the lyrics or whatever the reason is you like these songs. So, we
try to predetermine the songs before we really record them. It's like if you're
going to record 12 songs on a record say and that's what you want at the end of
the day, you'll noodle through like if you have 20 songs. You're record them
real fast. Go through them and okay, let's see what can you do with this to
make this better. How can you make this better. Then you sort of try to fish
through and try to get 14 that you're going really record for real. And then
from those, it's sort of like a gradual picking process. At least, that's how
we do things. A lot of people do things differently. Some people just come in
with 20 hours of riffs and music and then they put it all together in the
studio. Some people just write in their song and say this is record, deal with
it. Everybody's got a different way of doing it. That's sort of our method.
Q: Your music, has it always been pretty much the same
tempo, or did you start out with any kind of influences from anybody else?
A: Actually, if anything, we've gotten a little heavier over
the years I would have to say. So, the tempo and stuff and our songs links have
all been pretty similar. We don't write like really long songs. Q: I've seen a
lot of bands like yours mature though. They could start out with one CD, and
the next one's better. It's incredible how that works sometimes.
A: That's one of the cool things that I like about our
CD's. They sort of do always sound like there's some sort of difference between
them. It doesn't sound like the same record, at least so far, because we've
recorded quite a few times, including demo's, independent records - now we have
a major label record. There's definitely differences between them all.
Q: What kind of equipment do you use?
A: I used to use Mesa Boogie heads and cam. Guitar is Les
Paul Gibson with BMG pickups. I have my friends coming from Mesa Boogie and EMG
Q: What clubs are popular in Chicago?
A: The Metro is basically where we went. They're still big
in helping all the local bands out. Great theater, not too big, not too small.
Perfectly located in the city, and all ages, all the time, so no drinking
Q: Have you had an opportunity to tour Europe?
A: Just this last Saturday, we got back from London. We did
a show that introduced ourselves to the European market; the UK DMG office
asked us to come over. It was a great time and lot of press. Press over there
was super cool. Everybody was really nice.
Hey its been a pleasure interviewing you keep on Rocking? .
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|Ryan McCombs : Vocals Shaun Glass
Tim King : Bass
Tom Schofield : Drums
Adam Zadel : Guitar,