We had the good fortune of connecting with Carbonwire and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Carbonwire, the decisions we make often shape our story in profound ways. What was one of the most difficult decisions you’ve had to make?
Bobby (bass): Moving across the country to follow my music career. I’ve always been super close to my family (doggos included) and I still miss them like crazy but I only get one life so I want to make the most of it.

Ben (drums):
The hardest choice I had to make was actually moving to LA in the first place. As the time grew near, I knew I was about to basically abandon my old life as I knew it – right down to selling my possessions, just to be able to afford living here. I had to make the choice of “stay home and live life comfortably,” which sounded nice at the time – but on the other hand, I had the choice to chase my dream. My life was going to completely change, from my friends to even something small like my surroundings, but glad I made the choice to come to LA because I’ve accomplished things I thought I never would, and that alone gives me something to be proud of.

Kenny (guitar):
I left my friends and family, my job security, all behind in Washington state to face Hollywood alone at Musicians Institute.

Matt (vocals):
The hardest decision I’ve ever had to make was to give up the security of a safe job for a passion I’ve had as long as I can remember. A very structured path had been laid out for me by as a result of the area I grew up in. I turned my back on all of it to do something just about everyone in my family made sure to regularly tell me was exceedingly difficult. I’d do it all again in a heartbeat.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Ben (drums): What sets Carbonwire apart from everyone else isn’t just WHAT we play, but HOW we play it. Everything this band does is with absolute raw passion, and it bleeds into our music for everyone to see. I can’t wait to share it with our fans as soon as we can!

Getting to this point took all of us us having a lot of perseverance, but I think it’s something we should all be proud of – as it got us all to the place we are today.

Bobby (bass):
I think that our sound is what sets us apart from others. Not many people take the traditional routes anymore. For example, we plan on recording our first album DIY and to record our parts live, at the same time. This takes it to another level of musicianship because you have to know the songs flawlessly and it just has the potential to sound more natural. Once we get our music out and if we can execute on a professional level, I’d definitely be proud of that and I feel like it would have a good chance of getting out there and being heard, because it’s such a different, refreshing approach. Super excited to see how far it can go.

We’ve faced some ups and downs like every group does but we feel great about where we’re at right now. This group has special energy and great chemistry, which is one of, if not the most important thing you can have as band mates. We have a lot planned and we’re really excited for everyone to finally be able to listen to our music, see us play shows and just enjoy the ride and see where it takes us

Kenny (guitar):
Pretty much Bobby nailed it on the head for me, the level of technicality that the songs demand is what sets us apart – we have to be flawless on our parts if we want it to sound good.

In terms of difficulty: maybe it was easy getting to where we are? We all have difficult challenges, but we all met at Musicians Institute in Hollywood so maybe we have 4 different insights to how to handle challenges so that we can move forward easily which is unique.

Matt (vocals):
Part of what sets us apart is that we’re four guys who just want to create the best music we possibly can, and get it out to whoever wants to hear it. I think there’s something really authentic in that – people can tell when you’re trying to be something that you’re not. We do everything ourselves, and we know exactly what we want out of what we do. Everything that happens as a result of that philosophy (music, live shows, social media presence, etc) has our own stamp that nobody else could possibly replicate.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Kenny (guitar): Definitely The Rainbow because it’s almost like a living history museum of rock n roll! Grill em’ All and Fat Sals will both leave you in a good coma, Viscious Dogs in North Hollywood makes hot dog art which is way cool….

Some great local breweries are around the area – Chihuahua Cerveza in Newport Beach has a killer Guava Lime beer, and I’ve heard they have the best street tacos.

Ben (drums):
Shakeys is, in my opinion, the best pizza in all of California – I love stopping there for a slice or 10 before practice occasionally! Not to mention they play fun 80’s rock music and have a sick arcade for after you’re done stuffing your face at the buffet… true paradise on earth.

Matt (vocals):
If you’re in the NoHo area, Tom’s Family Restaurants makes a nuclear-grade Oreo milkshake. It’s worth the trip for that alone. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We would like to recognize two local LA bands – Forever Emerald and The Nukeproofs. These bands are not only incredible live acts, but embody the DIY spirit that has served as a beacon for our own work since we started in 2019. They have been an inspiration to us, and encourage as many people who want to create their own music to follow their example. They exemplify qualities like originality, creativity, showmanship, grit, and charisma in their work.

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Talia Farber

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