BAND ON THE RISE
CANADA, SCHOOL OF ROCK and Touring with GILBY CLARKE
Thank you for being part of our zine. Tell us more about you - your story
of how you got started and where you are now?
Thank you so much for having us! Drop Top started out with me (Brando) and Dylan back in
2016. We had been playing music together for a few years in different projects before forming
this band. We recruited Jeff to play drums on our debut EP that summer after meeting him the
year prior at a show in Toronto. After we recorded and toured with Gilby Clarke in the fall of
2016, a colleague introduced us to Luc and our line - up was solidified!
2019 was a great year for us. We won a big iHeart Radio battle of the bands, made our
commercial radio debut in Canada, toured with bands like Theory of a Deadman, Royal Tusk
and Finger Eleven, and recorded some brand new music. 2020 is the year of new music for us
now, can’t wait to get back on the road once everything opens up a bit more!
Where are you located now and where are you originally from? Tell us
about your upbringing!
Toronto Canada is our home base, but we’re spread out around the suburbs of the city. We were
all more or less born around the city. We all came up involved in music at a young age, and all of
us were influenced by bands like Led Zeppelin, Soundgarden, and RHCP. School of Rock played
a huge roll too! Lucky for all of us, we knew people both young and old who were either really
good players or had been involved in the music business at some point. It was easy to learn a lot
about what being a pro really was all about.
Goals for 2020 and beyond?
Our main focus has been to expand our audience with the new music we’re releasing! We had a
cross Canada tour with some U.S dates planned before COVID happened, which would have
been a great experience and very good for us. Luckily we have some music we really believe in
ready to go, and can’t wait to share it with everyone! Once things get back to normal, our main
goal is to tour. See new places and build our audience all around the globe!
What have been the specific challenges in your career so far? What have
been the greatest achievements so far?
Our greatest challenges have been navigating the digital age of streaming and social media. It’s
an ever - changing animal that requires a lot of time and energy. At times, it’s felt like the music
has taken a back seat, which is not what we got into this for. We have however, found our
comfort zone and had some great people help guide us.
As a band, we also are very versatile, which at times has come off as not focussed in terms of
what our “sound” or “audience” is when speaking to labels and managers. We’re very fortunate
to have a dedicated fan base, and as a result of relentless touring we’ve made a name for
ourselves playing our way!
Our greatest achievements so far have been working with / touring with Gilby Clarke (formerly
of GnR) and winning iHeart Radio’s Rock Search Contest in 2019. It’s a long way to the top if
you wanna rock n’ roll, and we’re very thankful for the ride we’ve had so far.
Who are your number one supporters?
Lucky for us, our families, partners, and friends have always been there for us and have always
really loved what we do. We’re very blessed that way. Beyond that, the Rock scene in Toronto is
tight nit, and always been good to us! Our venue owners, especially Cherish Stevenson of Cherry
Cola’s, are some of our biggest fans as well. We are truly blessed!
Who are your top inspirations?
Lemmy is the man. We play rock n’ roll, and we dare you to define what that means. Anybody
who took risks and did things their way have made a huge impression on us. Bands like Rush,
Soundgarden, Nirvana, and QOTSA too.
What would you share with anyone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
Try to do as much as possible yourself. DIY. The world is at our finger tips, and it’s remarkable
what you can learn and execute. A lot of people will tell you that there’s a short cut for a fee and
their services are the answer. Be sceptical of anyone who tells you that there’s a way to fast track
this journey. It’s a slow burn, it’s a grind, and it’s gotta be organic. But don’t be afraid to learn
new things and take risks, especially when it comes to song writing.
What is your long-term goal? How do you see your life in 5 years?
We hope to be consistently touring across Europe South America and North America in five
years! Rock n’ Roll has always been a live thing, and we can’t wait to get back to what we were
doing before COVID.
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