An Interview with Bad Habit
May 21, 2018
On Friday May 11, I sat down with Baltimore area band, Bad Habit. Of the groups four members, I got to speak with three: Joe Sullivan (Guitar,Vocals), Sam Strauser (Drums, Vocals), and Matt Goetz (Guitar). Unfortunately, the group’s bass player Zef Zulty could not attend. Here’s how it went:
What genre of music would you say you make?
Sam Strauser: It’s kinda like alternative or hard rock.
Joe Sullivan: Yeah, I’d say close to an alternative rock.
SS: But, it’s like a mix between alternative and hard rock.
Is your sound inspired by any older groups or artists? If so, who?
JS: Not personally, I don’t really listen to the older stuff.
SS: As far as my drumming goes, it’s more of the newer stuff, but I added some older jazz stuff.
Matt Goetz: Stevie Ray Vaughn and Chuck Berry.
Who do you look up in the industry currently?
SS: Mostly newer bands like Lower than Atlantis, Hands Like Houses, and Arctic Monkeys.
MG: Maybe The Kooks.
How do you go about creating your music?
SS: It’s mostly like bouncing off ideas and building off of each others ideas.
JS: Yeah, there’s a lot of piggy backing.
MG: Joe shows me the structure of the song and I add in the fills and stuff like that.
Are any other members of your family musical?
JS: My dad, my mom, my sister…a lot of people in my family are musical.
SS: My uncle is pretty musical. My dad plays guitar a little bit but, mostly just my uncle.
Did these family members inspire you to start the group?
SS: No, not really. I had been drumming for awhile. Well, I guess my uncle who like first taught me how to play the drums a little bit. It kinda stems from there.
JS: My dad did. My dad inspired me to do everything musical. I bounced around from a lot of different bands and after that I didn’t really know what I wanted to do until I met these guys. Then I kinda figured it out.
MG: My music teacher in high school inspired me to play guitar.
Have you performed in public? If so, where?
SS: For Bad Habit, we just performed at the Fish Head Cantina and a house show.
MG and JS: Yeah, Fish Head Cantina.
Do you plan on putting out an album or EP?
SS: Hopefully, within a couple months or so.
JS: Yeah, I think we can shoot for in about a month and a half.
MG: Nothing’s set in stone yet.
Where can we find more news about Bad Habit?
SS: We’re on Facebook and Instagram.
JS: Should we make a Twitter? We’ll make a Twitter.
Thank you to all of the members of Bad Habit! Make sure to check them out on Facebook and on their Instagram, @badhabit_band!