Steal the Spotlight: Hi there,
let’s start by telling us your name and what do you do in the band.
Athel: Hey, I'm Cristian. I play
drums in the band, thanks for having me here!
STS: Where are you from?
Cristian: Crown Point, IN
STS: How did you come to be a part
Cristian: I was friends with Comron
since we were fourteen. We've been in a couple bands together before Athel. I never joined earlier because I was either in
other bands or the opportunity wasn't just right. Right after I graduated high school they asked me to join. It seemed like
the perfect time and place, and I've been in the band ever since.
STS: When did you first start doing
what you do, (ie drums, signing, guitar).
Cristian: I liked the drums ever
since I was nine. I was about twelve when I actually started learning the basics and proper techniques.
STS: Besides Athel, what other
bands have you been a part of in some aspect or another?
Cristian: Just a few locals, nothing
as professional as Athel.
STS: When you were a little kid,
what did you envision yourself doing in the years to come?
Cristian: Drumming professionally
has been a constant goal for me ever since I was a kid. Throughout the years it has gone on the back burner a few times, but
the desire to reach that goal has never ceased.
STS: What kinds of things do you
get into when you have a day off?
Cristian: My perfect day off would
consist of fishing, longboarding, and a bonfire.
STS: You guys just released a new
album titled “Open Your Eyes to Society.” How thrilled are you guys?
Cristian: We're pretty excited.
I am especially because it's my first time ever writing and putting out music with these guys.
STS: Can you tell us a little about
your process for the new album?
Cristian: The writing process is
always fun for me. I love creating something from nothing with my best friends. I like bouncing ideas around from scratch,
but I find taking time to think things out works a lot better for me. Recording is tedious, but the end result is so rewarding.
I never knew how fun producing an album could be.
STS: We noted 3 tracks on the record
to be “watch out tracks.” If you where to point out any tracks individually, which ones would they be and why?
Cristian: I would say "Radio",
"These are the Times", and "Kara's Carousel". They are my favorites because of the hooks and energy that comes with each track
STS: Let’s go to the upcoming
tour. It starts in late August. What can concert goers expect when they come out to an Athel show?
Cristian: They can expect to have
a lot of fun. When a band displays to the audience how much fun they're having it makes the show that much better, and we
have a blast on stage.
STS: Should we expect you guys to pick up other tours to round off the year and possibly go into early 2013?
Cristian: Definitely. We hate downtime,
so we're always looking for tours to play or even promote on.
STS: Can our international readers
expect some dates overseas?
Cristian: Anything is possible.
We would love to play overseas, and next year would be a great time to do it.
STS: When out on the road, what
is your ideal pre-show meal?
Cristian: Nothing haha! I try to
eat light or not at all before a show. Post-show is where it's at. My poisons are burritos or a juicy burger.
STS: This is my signature wrap-up
question….if you could share the stage with anyone past or present, who would it be and why.
Cristian: Props for originality
haha. Dave Grohl. It would be a blast to perform with him.
STS: Well I want to thank you once
again for taking the time to talk to me, is there anything else that you want to mention to the fans or critics?
To the fans: love you guys! To the
critics: love you guys too! We wouldn't be here if it wasn't for both! Thanks again for having me!