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Reprinted from the July '06 issue of The Entertainer
The Entertainer recently had the chance to talk with three members of recent Battle of the Bands winner, Cheap Thrillz. The resulting question and answer session is provided for your reading enjoyment.

ENTERTAINER: When did you first become interested in music?

SARAH: I have always been a lover of music. When I was young I performed with our community theater starring in various musicals and plays as did the rest of my family. My dad played piano and my mom’s music had a big influence on me as well. She didn’t play any instruments or sing, but she listened and loved a wide variety of music which had a great impact on me.

DEL: I first became interested in music when I was in my early teens. I was home sick from school one day and a few days earlier my brother had picked up an old Gretch drum kit for $75. He couldn’t figure out how to set it up, so while he was at school, I snuck into his room and set it up from him. Of course, my brother came home and threw a fit. But two weeks later, after a lot of yelling, I convinced him to sell me the drums and that was it—I was hooked. I have also played guitar and bass but have been playing drums as they’re my first love.

ENTERTAINER: What is the style of music that you play?

MIKE: We play danceable, up-beat cover songs, a nice mix of classic rock, funk and soul. As a personal preference I enjoy playing funk songs like; Shakey Ground and Play that Funky Music. Cheap Thrillz is an eclectic mix of all of the band members’ favorite styles of music from Aretha Franklin to Alanis Morrisette.

DEL: We try to give the songs a twist, by adding some distortion on the guitars here and there, sometimes changing a drum beat, kind of working over the songs to do them our own way—updating them, you might say.

ENTERTAINER: What are you currently working on?

SARAH: We’re always looking to add more songs to our repertoire. Right now we are working on some more funk tunes and soul classics. We have also discussed working on some original projects as well.

DEL: In preparation for the Battle of the Bands, we just chose our best stuff and polished it up for the contest. Because of this, we didn’t have much time to add new material for awhile. We try to not do what other bands in the area are doing. Who wants to hear the same stuff all the time with the only difference being that some other band is playing it?

ENTERTAINER: What has been your greatest memory as a musician?

DEL: Almost all my memories of my musical career are good ones. I hate crowds but I love being on stage in front of a crowd, even if I am hidden behind the brass, steel and wood of a drum kit. There is something about a dance floor or parking lot full of people getting their groove on to the music we create that charges the soul.

MIKE: As far as this band goes, I really enjoyed a small gig we did at Dax’s in Richland. We played Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ by Journey and the entire crowd sang along. That was pretty memorable. I have been in several bands over the years in many different positions. When I was younger, I played lead guitar for a metal band down in California, we played the Hollywood strip including the Whiskey and the Roxie, those are awesome memories for me as well.

ENTERTAINER: What does the future hold for your career?

DEL: The only way to answer this question is to be realistic. The recording companies are not exactly beating down the doors of musicians in the greater Tri-Cities. And none of us look like Britney Spears, nor have we ever appeared on American Idol. We all have families, day jobs and responsibilities. But it’s always nice to dream. We are hoping (or at least I am) that our recent exposure from the Battle of the Bands and opening for the New Blues Brothers for Cool Desert Nights will give us the kick we need to get more and better gigs.

ENTERTAINER: Is there anything else you’d like to add?

SARAH: I just wanted to thank the Cool Deserts Nights organizers and Jackson’s Sports Bar in Richland for having us in the Battle of the Bands this year. We had a great time and enjoyed opening for the New Blues Brothers at the street dance. We enjoyed every minute of it and we hope all The Entertainer’s readers will come check us out at our next show. Our website is www.cheapthrillzband.com and it will be up and running in a few weeks, so please check us out on the web. On the site you’ll be able to find our calender of events and booking information. You can also read more about us at www.theentertainernewspaper.com/music.

ENTERTAINER: Thanks go to Cheap Thrillz for giving us this opportunity to get to know them and their music. The Entertainer wishes them the best in their musical endeavors!
To find out more about Cheap Thrillz, and other local bands/artists, be sure to visit The Entertainer website (www.theentertainernewspaper.com/music). Thank you for supporting your local musicians!

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