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Kicking Daisies

A Q&A with Fairfield’s up-and-coming band

Thousands of teenagers across America have dreams of rock-stardom: rarely do they pursue them. However, Ben Spremulli, Richie Arthur, Jeff Maurer and Duran Visek are hard at work doing just that. As members of Kicking Daisies, they have been the youngest band ever to perform at the festival Bamboozle, and have performed with the likes of Cheap Trick and Bon Jovi. We got a chance to catch up with them, discussing their music, their tastes, and Fairfield.

What are your favorite Fairfield spots?

Ben: Chef’s Table is a great place for the band to hang out. We got our start there, and it has a lot of memories.
Richie: The food there is great- check out the chicken burrito or the steak panini.
Duran: Downtown is also great to walk around in and hang with friends.

Do you have a favorite Fairfield pizza place?

Ben: Tough question. Mike’s Pizza has a lot of memories, but Primo is top notch.
Richie: I’d agree, Mike’s.
Jeff: Pepe’s, all the way.
Duran: Nauti Dolphin is a good spot; love the bacon pizza.

What about a favorite beach?

Ben: I’ve had good times at Penfield, but Jennings is awesome.
Jeff: Jennings, can’t be beat.
Duran: Definitely Jennings. I like how it feels a little off the beaten track.

How do you think your music is influenced by being from Fairfield?

Richie: Seeing Fairfield after  touring just reminds me of who I am and why I make music.
Jeff: Walking around Fairfield, I definitely see a lot of memories  that transfer over to the music.

What's on your iPod?

Ben: A lot of Bright Eyes- Conor Oberst is an inspiration.
Richie: I’ve been listening to some electronic stuff, and Boys Like Girls.
Jeff: Although I get made fun of for it, Nickleback is my favorite band. I’ve been getting into electronic also, especially Skrillex and Daft Punk.
Duran: Plenty of Third Eye Blind. I love a lot of punk stuff, but I try and listen to anything and everything.

Watch the official video of Kicking Daisies new single, “Bows and Arrows,” released by Go Entertainment in April 2012.

You guys tour frequently, and meet all sorts of musicians and celebrities. Which have you most enjoyed meeting?

Ben: Natasha Bedingfield was so nice.We did a concert with her on New Year’s Eve, she hung out with us in our trailer.
Jeff: I met Asher Roth at his Irving Plaza concert, great guy. Just the coolest; he even brought me up on stage.
Duran: I’m exactly not the biggest Justin Bieber fan, but for someone so successful, he was a really cool guy. We also met the band Say Anything, and they were a blast- really down to earth.

What do you do to relax and unwind?

Ben: Sleep. (Laughs) Whenever I’m not performing or touring, there’s really no time for anything else, besides hanging out with friends..
Richie: Definitely, sleep is the main thing. But I’ll, go to the mall, hang out with friends.
Duran: I’m pretty much never relaxing, although if I have a spare moment I’ll just kick it at home.

What is music for you guys? Something you like to do, or is it deeper than that?

Ben: It’s nice to have music as a career, but I would do it anyways.
Richie: I’ve been playing for 10 years and I’m only 15. I have to do it, and love to do it: as a career, it’s dream come true
Jeff: I agree, it’s both a need and desire. I feel like I was born to do it.
Duran: I think I have to have a musical career; I never really saw myself doing anything else.

Do you ever feel like you're missing out on part of your adolescence?

Ben: Sometimes,you feel that a little bit... but those high school memories are replaced by band memories. I’d say its an even trade.
Jeff: I’m not missing out, I’m living my life, using an incredible opportunity.
Richie: When I think about it and realize I’m in a band with my three best friends, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Check them out on Facebook , MySpace and Twitter, or at kickingdaisies.com.

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