Green Screen Kid recently released their EP ‘Wild like Hearts’, which is perfect for fans of 5 Seconds of Summer, All Time Low and Twenty One Pilots, the EP is a pop rock journey. Drummer, Alex Dosdos, took the time to answer my questions. We talked about the inspiration for the album, dream collaborations and how the band got together.
How did you guys meet?
Jorge and I are brothers, so we’ve known each other all our lives. We met Beau, who is five years younger than us, through our younger brother Brandon when we were looking for a new guitarist in our previous band.
Where did the name ‘Green Screen Kid’ come from?
When Beau was just starting out with music, he would upload videos of himself playing songs in front of a green screen. He went viral and got a lot of hate since he wasn’t very good yet. There was a message board that made daily posts making fun of him for almost five years, calling him the green screen kid. When we were thinking of a new band name, we decided to take that name and give it a positive meaning.
How does the writing process work for you?
Overall, Beau does most of the writing. Occasionally I will write lyrics for songs too (Dark Dreams, Victim of the Sea). Whenever he comes up with a song, he shows it to us and we will give him some ideas to make it better. It’s definitely a process…but a very fun one!
Important, easiest and hardest part of a song?
For song writing? Most important part is coming up with a hook, the easiest part is thinking of a name, and the hardest part cutting out certain parts that are cool but at the same time unnecessary.
What would you like to achieve through your music?
We want to sign with a major label and tour with some big name artists that paved the way for us.
I really love the sound of the EP, who would you say influences your sound?
For the Wild Like Hearts EP, we were listening to a lot of newer pop-rock at the time. Bands like All Time Low and 5 Seconds of Summer are definitely a big inspiration for this record. Catchy with a lot of great hooks. Our core influence is the band Muse, and you can hear a lot of that as well if you listen for it.
You can definitely hear those influences. The EP explores some different sounds, if you could sum it up in three words what would they be?
Epic. Inspirational. Captivating.
‘Everything I Want’ is so catchy. I can’t help but sing along. The EP has a really feel-good vibe, it makes me want to dance around slightly crazily! What did you envisage being the response from fans?
We were hoping everyone wants to sing and dance to the songs! Music should be about having fun and being able to connect with it.
What is the most challenging song to play live?
For me Nightmare in Chains is a tough one, but I do love playing it. For the other guys, I think that Doorways and Floodgates is difficult because of the harmonization.
What song would you recommend to someone who hasn’t heard your music before?
Hmm. I think Dark Dreams and Just Do My Thing are always good ones to start with.
Anyone you’d like to collaborate with?
Tyler Joseph (twenty one pilots), Taka (One Ok Rock), Chrissy Constanza (Against the Current).
I’d back a collaboration with all those people. What is your fondest musical memory?
Our EP release show in April, hands down. It was our crowd, and they knew all our songs. Such a cool experience.
What is your earliest musical memory?
For me personally, I remember trying to drum-along to a Smash Mouth song when I was about four or five years old. Never thought I would actually become a drummer in a band some day.
My mum gets me to ask everyone – what’s your favourite app?
If you could play with anyone living or dead who would it be?
If you’re buying music, do you buy it as a CD, on vinyl or digital?
Digital, so I don’t lose it!
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
We need to come up with one.
Any touring plans for this year? Any chance we’ll see you over in the UK?
Trying to set something up for the US this year. No plans for the UK yet, but I’m sure someday there will be!
Have you ever met an idol and freaked out?
One time I ran into Rikki Rockett (drummer from Poison) and was a little starstruck. Ended up talking to him about drums for like 15 minutes, he’s a super cool guy.
Any advice to give to aspiring musicians?
Surround yourself with band members who want to make the same music AND want to accomplish the same things that you do. Also, PRACTICE. A lot.
What are you looking forward to from 2016?
Playing a lot of shows and sharing our music with new fans!
If you haven’t already got the ‘Wild Like Hearts’ EP then I recommend getting it now, it is definitely worth a listen. This band are only going to get better and better and you’re going to want to be there for the ride, if you’re in the US I recommend trying to get down to a show and if not then keep an eye out for new music and tour updates.
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This interview took place on 27/5/16.
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