Thanks to David for answering these questions:
What can we expect to see from Shotgun Alley over the next year?
In February this year we recorded our debut album, at this point we are in the mixing mastering phase with goals to release it before the end of 2010. Also our 6 date winter tour across the country with support from local friends, Sonic Altar. Lots of shows and new music.
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
As cheesy as it is, follow your dreams, set high goals and chase them. If you love, performing and writing then just keep at it, work hard and make sure you always have fun.
Who are your favourite NZ musicians/bands, and why?
Sonic Altar are a definite favourite, purely because of there great style and showmanship. helps that the guys in the band are alright too ;) Also The Rabble, they have worked so hard and perform at there best every show, they deserve everything they have and more. They should be an inspiration to all up and coming bands.
Who would you most like to support live?
There is definitely a lot of bands i would love to support, all my faves like Metallica, Whitesnake, Skidrow, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard to name a few.
How do you believe Shotgun Alley fits into the NZ music industry?
The funny thing is we are a bit left field, which I think we are proud of. We are not your generic rock band, with generic songs. We decided as a band why not play music like ones of our heroes. Which has given us I supposed that 80's rock vibe. I believe we fit in because there is nobody else in this country doing the style we do. Therefore offering something different to mainstream listeners but really giving back something to local classic rock followers.
What can you never leave home without?
My I-Phone, I use it for everything!!!
What is the best part of being a musician?
Being able to do something that I love day in and day out and call it a job.
What is in your CD collection at home?
Anything from Metallica to Westlife and all in between.
What is your favourite place in NZ to be?
Auckland cos I grew up here, my Family and Friends are here and I know it so well.
What is the best gig you have ever performed at, and why?
April last year we supported Alice Cooper, that was definitely a high light, Because it was Alice. Then probably playing the Viper room in LA, Because the crowd was awsome and it was the Viper Room!!!!
Whether you call it hard rock, cock rock, melodic rock, pop-metal, glam or sleaze, Shotgun Alley can be named one of New Zealand's hottest rock bands to make their mark In the Kiwi Music Industry.
Shotgun Alley, formally known as Suicide Boulevard formed in late Janurary 2009 by Dave Wong and Scotty Rocker (the band's lead guitarist and drummer respectively). Summed up by Rocker "The name just reminded me of cowboy boots, girls, jack & rock n roll."
The band are based in Auckland, New Zealand and their intent is to reach not only a national, but global audience, with support from their new management, The Brat Agency.