Flying High with The Aviators
Soaring throughout the Southern California music scene is The Aviators, whose live rock and roll show is a high flying event not to be missed. This Bakersfield-based collective recently won a coveted slot on Cathouse Live At Irvine Meadows, kicking off a show that would include Tom Keifer, Sebastian Bach, and Extreme as its headliners. All this, and The Aviators’ vocalist absolutely rages on cowbell! Here is an interview we recently conducted with The Aviators to find out more about this exciting new band…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in The Aviators, and how long the band has been together.
The Aviators have been around for 7 years with different members coming in and out, but this current group has been together since July 2015.
Where is your band based out of and what is your local music scene like there?
The band is based out of Bakersfield. The music scene in Bakersfield is interesting. You have to work hard to develop a following, but once you have a following, those fans stay loyal and true to you. We love our fans that have been supporting us from the beginning and everyone who has become a fan along the way!
What was your experience like playing Cathouse Live at Irvine Meadows and did you get to meet or hang out with any of the other bands?
Our Cathouse Live experience was great! The best part about being on that show was getting the exposure. We acquired a lot of new fans and turned a few heads in the process. We met and talked with the guys from Little Caesar and Rudy Sarzo.
Select any two The Aviators songs and what inspired the lyrics.
The two songs we choose are Wolfman and Set It Off. Wolfman is exactly what the listener thinks it’s about. The song is based off of the classic movie of a man turning into a werewolf by the light of a full moon. The town decides they need to hunt him and kill him to save the town and their lives. Set It Off is about shooting guns and sexual innuendos. It’s our nod to AC/DC!
How close are you to recording and releasing either an EP or album?
January should see the release of our 3rd album Comin’ On Strong and we are already writing the 4th album as we are writing this!
What could one expect from a live The Aviators show?
Anyone that comes to see one of our shows can expect to leave like they got their money’s worth. We play high energy, throat-shredding, fist-pumping, soul-satisfying, premium rock and roll!
Who are some of the bands you have opened up for in the past and is there any particular show that stands out?
Along with being the first band to ever open for California Breed, they have played with Great White, Fuel, Montrose, The Quireboys, Black Oak Arkansas, Led Zepagain, Bonfire, The Bullet Boys, Tuff, Little Caesar, Pretty Boy Floyd, Tracii Guns, Gilby Clark and members of Foreigner, Whitesnake, Cinderella, Dramarama and Poison.
If you could open for any band either now or from the past, who would it be and why?
We could die happy being able to open for AC/DC, ZZ Top, Blackberry Smoke or Foghat because…FUCK YEAH! Who wouldn’t want to get to hear those guys every night?!
Would you play a cowbell solo if someone asks nicely?
August would play a cowbelt solo for anyone and everyone. His hips don’t lie!
What’s up next for The Aviators?
We are looking hit the road and do a U.S tour sometime next year. We are currently putting that together and continuing to chase the dream. We are looking to get all 3 albums up on iTunes and to also start working with a publishing company to get our songs in commercials, tv shows and movies.
Any messages for those reading this interview right now who should go and check your music out?
Go to theaviatorsrock.com to find links to all of our social media sites. It’s got all your premium rock needs!
August Young-Lead Singer
William Slikker-Lead Guitar
(Interview by Ken Morton – Photos by Jack Lue)
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