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Meet Matthew Vistnes, Adam Gross, Bobby Werner and Brandon Fall

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matthew Vistnes, Adam Gross, Bobby Werner and Brandon Fall.

Carbonwire was formed by Matthew Vistnes after he moved down to Los Angeles with his best friend seeking to start a rock band playing lead guitar. The two friends would soon separate due to creative differences, and Matthew would be presented with a choice – either move back home and work retail for the rest of his life or start a band with likeminded individuals to create the vision in his mind’s eye and ear.

Carbonwire is comprised of Adam Gross, Bobby Werner, Brandon Fall, and Matthew Vistnes. It took three years of hard and constant searching to find the right musicians who believed in the long term vision of the band, and who didn’t need to be paid to learn and perform the songs.

Has it been a smooth road?
The road has been long, and full of obstacles which have been overcome one by one. The first obstacle was Matthew acquiring the skills and knowledge required to assume his role as the captain of the ship. The second obstacle was working to come up with an original, memorable name for the band. The third obstacle was finding musicians who shared the same mindset and skillset to play the songs because they believed in them. The fourth obstacle was staying focused when previous band members decided that their time would be better spent pursuing other projects.

As far as challenges go with day to day operations of the band, the biggest challenge has been cracking the LA music scene as a brand new band that’s working on building a following. The biggest hurdle for a new band like us is getting gigs in the LA area because all of the venues want you to pay to play there. When venues aren’t asking for money, they’re looking at your social media following to see if you’ll bring enough people through the door to fill the place up. If none of those are happening, the band gets free exposure and the venue gets free entertainment. Things aren’t going to change unless venues need bands for entertainment, as opposed to bands needing the venues for their exposure.

We’d love to hear more about your band.
Carbonwire is a 4-piece modern hard rock band with metal influences. We specialize in applying orchestral writing concepts to riffs inspired by Metallica, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Nirvana, and Pink Floyd. We are known for tight arrangements, catchy melodies, harmonically-rich and complex riffs, grooving bass and pounding drums. Everything we do musically relates to something else in the song, whether a drum beat plays off of a vocal line or the two guitars harmonize with the bass or every member of the band coming together to create a six-way harmony spread across all instruments and voices.

We are most proud of the way that we weave melodies over our instrumentation. When you’ve got a two-guitar guitar riff harmonizing with the bass, there are only so many things you can do with a melody. That being said, we prioritize melody over harmony – Carbonwire adjusts our riffs and bass lines to match the main vocal part. This attention to detail, tight and solid song arrangements and dedication to creating the largest sound possible with just the members in the band is what sets Carbonwire apart from every other band in Southern California.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
As said before, Hollywood is a difficult egg to crack if you’re just starting out. There’s no shortage of shady people looking to take advantage of a new band that doesn’t know the game. Some venues want you to pay $500 for a 6PM opening slot. The high concentration of bands in this area means that if one band refuses to pay to play, then there will be five others ready to take their spot in a heartbeat. Thus the cycle continues, but it doesn’t have to.

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Talia Farber

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