Sin City Presents Magazine January 2019 Volume 6 Issue 1 - Page 57

JG: I’ve been touring for many years, and as much as I have tried to keep a consistent regiment, I never really can, haha. I would say the only thing I really do is try and stretch and chug a Mountain Dew about 30 minutes before showtime.

CV: Sebastian Labar's union with Tantric on guitar quickly followed your own. Were you instrumental in recruiting your Mach22 comrade for the position?

JG: Yes. Sebastian was the most logical choice. We both have had strong desires to tour for a living for a long time. We went through a couple of guitarist last year and when the spot because available again, I figured we should get someone that was hungry for the job. I don’t think we could have found a better fit. He is doing a phenomenal job.

CV: Does joining an already established band such as Tantric give you any opportunity to contribute lyrically/musically to the songwriting process?

JG: Yes. We have already been collaborating on new material. It is nice to work with guys that have a different musical background. Combining our tastes and styles has been a real treat.

CV: Has success made you appreciate certain things more than before?

JG: Time and friendship. As much as the “success” has been great, it is also very costly. It makes it harder to maintain relationships and harder to spend time with friends and loved ones. It demands you to work more and work harder. I have always been a fan of keeping busy and getting things done, so I am all for the workload.

CV: You once said to me that you prefer playing in small venues and making that connection with the fans; an up close and personal experience. Has that feeling changed?

JG: No, I still feel that way. The energy in the smaller rooms is something you can’t get on larger stages. It is more about the band’s connection and the magic that comes from it. Arena shows and larger venues provide the audience’s energy, which is a surreal, but completely different, feeling. I love to feel the connection with my bandmates and then personally hang with the fans after the show to share the excitement of being out and about and having a good time. We are blessed to be able to do this every day, and even more so to have fans that continue to support us.

CV: What have you found to be the biggest difference between your days in the local clubs to touring the country with a national act?

JG: It is more fun now. I used to think that it was about having something to prove, which is a matter of perspective I suppose. Now, I believe that it is only about having a good time and being there for the right reason. That reason being; to have fun. If you are having a good time and loving what you are doing, it will translate and people will be receptive.