Today, on Guitaa Artist Centerstage, we have a Hip-Hop rock group from Buffalo, N.Y. who has created a sensation with their breathtakingly unique soundscape, and their name is “Bluud Brothers”. Bluud Brothers were formed in 2016, and is composed of Cody Traina and Joe Mackiewicz, also known as Dark Bluud and Jo3ker respectively. They perform a style of Hip-Hop that is infused with rock elements and horror themes. Traina and Mackiewicz are former members of the group Kamp Crystal Lake which disbanded in 2013. Bluud Brothers have released 2 albums “Killing Fields” and “Nectophilia”. Their 3rd album called “Devil’s Knight” will be released in 2020
We have recently got in touch with Bluud Brothers as they made time from their busy schedule to answer some of the most interesting queries about their music and upcoming projects. So, Let’s get to know about this amazing group, about their challenges as a musician, and many more.
- Introduce yourself to our audience, what genre of music do you consider your work to be?
We consider our music to be a mix of Hip-Hop and rock under the guise of Horror movie themes. Our music is like a Slasher movie in song form.
- What and who were your early passions and influences, What inspires you to make music?
We both started out listening to different genres and over the years we shared different music with each other that inspired us. We were really big into the underground scene early in our teen years. Artists like Twiztid who we still look up to today had a huge impact on us. This makes our new album even more meaningful since we finally got to collaborate with them on this project. Other artists, we grew on and still love in Alice in Chains and Tech N9ne and even newer artists like Machine Gun Kelly and Ces Cru.
- Tell us about that one memorable performance and favorite venue which you still wish to happen again?
We played so many shows over the last 10 years and a lot of them we had great amazing experiences at. In recent years we played a show (with Twiztid) in Syracuse NY to a packed audience and we just rocked the stage it was amazing and we felt great. We’ve played a mix of shows in the past, some good, some bad, some terrible…but we always have fun and put our hearts into it.
- Any funny Story of a fuck up during your performance where you handled that situation like nothing happened.
Ha, basically every show in some way or another. We played this one show a while back at a small venue in our hometown of Buffalo to a small crowd at a local show and this one guy was just sloshed right in the front row and despite how bad of a situation we can be in sometimes we always try to have fun like I said so we’re performing and suddenly during our set, this guy was so close he pulled the chord from one of our mics. It was kind of embarrassing but more so frustrating but we just rolled with it and kept going like nothing happened.
- If you could collaborate with any musicians dead/alive, who would you collaborate with and why?
Kody: Aside from Twiztid who we just collaborated with, my dream list of collabs are Travis Neal (we’re in talks of collaborating) Chad Gray and Layne Staley.
Joe: it would have to be DMX and Machine Gun Kelly.
- Any Tips to keep the balance between professional and music life?
To be honest it can be very difficult. We struggle with that aspect the most. If you’re serious about your music and you have the passion for it then all you need is organization skills. Knowing when the time for music is and the time to spend with family is key.
- What has been your biggest challenge as a Musician? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
For us it’s finding the balance between work, family, and music. When it comes to music we know what we want and we work hard on bringing ideas to life. We struggle with finding the right time to come together and to go to the studio and just work on music in general. It takes a lot of coordination but we’re working on it.
- What Tools and techniques you use to improve your singing/instrumental playing?
For Joe (who uses his monstrous voice to roar some of our lyrics) he focuses on really letting his anger out to express himself. Usually after a couple takes he’s at the right spot he needs to be for certain songs. It’s all about trial and error, and practice makes perfect.
- What type of Gadgets and instruments do you use while practicing?
We have a home studio setup that we use for demos and stuff but that’s about it.
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
It’s a hard gig and it takes a lot out of you but if you feel that burning in your soul to get on stage and give a performance then just keep doing it. No matter how bad it may be at times or how many sleepless nights you spend working to perfect one little thing it’s always worth it when the time comes. Never feel like it’s for nothing because you never know who’s paying attention.
So, this was “Bluud Brothers”. Want to know how you can follow them online? Then, check out the link below: