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Check out Jett Smith, Marceliano Festa, and Kaz McClain

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jett Smith, Marceliano Festa, and Kaz McClain.

We’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
We (The Linecutters) formed in 2013 while we were in High School. The original lineup was Marceliano Festa on Guitar/Vocals, Jett Smith on Bass/Vocals, and Jon Heiligenthal on Drums. Due to personal reasons, Jon left the band, and Kaz McClain joined in 2016. We wanted an outlet to express ourselves because we felt we couldn’t relate to our everyday environment on an intellectual or emotional level. Gilbert, Arizona has a kind of Puritan/Mormon conservative populace, and we don’t fuck with that shit. We wanted to connect with other people who felt similarly to us, and punk music was our way of doing so. In the beginning, we were inspired by Crack Rock Steady bands such as Choking Victim/Leftover Crack and Morning Glory. We believe we’ve blossomed into a more unique sound we can call our own in recent years.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
We make loud, hard, angry, and fast music for fucked up kids like us. We try to encourage people to fight against the state and systems of oppression that holds us all back and exploit the working class for personal gain and profit. We believe that many people have bought into a false reality that has been fed to them by reactionary media and the government, and we want people to break free and fight against a sheep-like mentality. Another important part of our music is a personal struggle against depression and anxiety. We don’t want anyone to feel as if they’re alone. We deal with those things ourselves in our own individual ways, but we believe making it a part of our art is a way of converting those feelings into positive energy and owning them. To us, these two topics go very much hand in hand, as confronting an unfortunate reality that needs huge changes to progress forward in a sustainable way can weigh down on a person’s mind. It can be difficult because we don’t want to come off as arrogant or negative towards anyone, but we want to have a strong message that takes our beliefs seriously.

How can artists connect with other artists?
Talk to people! Help people and be friendly. That’s good advice for life in general, and it absolutely applies to the music world. Reach out as much as you can to try and get on local shows, and eventually, you will find a promoter/venue that will welcome you. Be persistent but respectful. Talk to everyone there, the sound guy, other bands, the owner of the venue and thank them for their contribution. People will remember those kinds of gestures and be more willing to help you in the future. It can be hard if you have social anxiety or feel awkward talking to new people, but you have to try your best to work through it. Music is about connecting with other people on just about every level.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
We have a Facebook and Instagram page that we update pretty regularly. You can find our music on Spotify, Bandcamp and Apple music or our Youtube page. We are currently signed to Slope records which has been incredibly important to the growth of our band. Slope also has a Youtube, Facebook page, and website in which you can find our work. The main way people can support us is by purchasing our music/merch at shows or online or simply by sharing our music amongst their friends or community members.

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Image Credit:
Albert Licano
Gaby Kaos
Alyssa Morton

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