In this Dream Tour segment, the alternative rock artist, Fame Cartel, reveals who he would want on his ultimate tour lineup. You can check out their picks, after the break.
Something that I have learned about myself since the inception of Fame Cartel is that I am all about the brand. Fame Cartel is dark, grungy, and modern – so I think the bands would need to fit that vibe in some capacity. I’m quite progressive and a bit of a realist, so it would be very difficult to pick a band from the past. Therefore, the artists I would choose are modern acts that have really inspired me to create music over the years.
First of all, the tour would be called the “Member’s Only Tour”. The tour would consist of Fame Cartel as the headliner (duh) and the openers would be The Strokes and Foster The People. We would start the tour in Toronto, ON, Canada (right up the highway from my hometown of Niagara Falls), we would travel through all the major North American cities and we would end the tour on a two-night finale at the Los Angeles Forum. (Can you tell I’ve had this planned for a while?)
Man… anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE The Strokes. These guys are the epitome of modern rock n’ roll. They are one of the reasons why I fell in love with the guitar – Nick Valensi and Albert Hammond Jr. have indirectly taught me how to play guitar (I can recite almost every one of their songs). Not to mention, these guys ooze swagger when they walk on stage – you can’t help but stare in amazement. Leather jackets, ripped-up jeans, band shirts, and converse shoes – it doesn’t get more rock n’ roll than The Strokes. Also, I would be honored to share a backstage bottle of Whiskey with Julian Casablanca and the boys.
Next, I’d love to tour with Foster The People. In terms of modern-day bands, it doesn’t get more professional than this group. They have the most interesting spin on modern rock music and they have really pushed the boundaries of what Alternative Rock can sound like. Similar to the Fame Cartel production process; all of the music is written and produced by one person (Mark Foster) which I find very fascinating. They have produced records like “Pumped Up Kicks” and “Houdini” which can be classified as Alternative Rock. However, they have recently released records like “Sit Next To Me” that cross boundaries into electronic music. I really like how dynamic their music is. Like the Strokes, Foster The People has that rock n’ roll appeal that I’m looking for in a touring act. They are easily one of my biggest musical inspirations and they are some of the most amazing live performers I have ever seen.
Call me crazy – but I’m a huge believer in manifesting future goals to bring them to reality. One day at a time, one song at a time, one show at a time. I hope that one day I can look back at this interview question and laugh as I walk on the stage with either of these bands.