Unless you appeared in The Mickey Mouse Club as a child, it takes more than just good songs to progress in the music industry. This feature offers a short interview with the winner of 'Cloudcorner' - a feature that shortlists our favourite songs submitted via Soundcloud. ‘Lessons from Cloudcorner’ offers to do just as it says: offering unique advice and insight from an unsigned band. This edition profiles the LA 5 piece The Rubbish Zoo. Zoos can be often be pretty dull and before long everything begins to look and sound the same. Luckily such a description could not be applied to this Rubbish Zoo. The band’s music is as full of hooks as it is energy – why can’t all bands be this fun! Photobucket 1) Tell us a little about and your influences We all grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Ian and Adam, who are brothers – but not twins, were playing in bands together, while Jerrick, Jordan, and Jason played in a separate band. Throughout high school and college our groups rivaled each other in Battle of the Bands competitions and opened for each other on numerous occasions. Before moving to LA this past summer, Ian played drums for a stint with Jerrick, Jordan, and Jason’s band. During this time, a plan manifested to form a “super-group” once we moved to California. Adam was living in Idaho at the time, and the rest of the boys convinced him to move out to join the band without having ever played together before. And eight months later, here we are. Pretty simply we draw our influences from music, books, and television. The unrivaled four minutes and seven seconds of Sisqo’s “The Thong Song” have only left us to aspire, as opposed to being inspired. Photobucket 2) What's the best and worst part of being in a band? Ian- The Best: Being a part of evolving a song from the basic concept all the way to having it recorded on a CD and/or ready to play live – then giving that thing you made away. The Worst: Devoting giant chunks of my life to a career that seems so whimsical. I’m constantly wondering if this is a sane decision. Jason - The Best: Being able to use our creativity to entertain and connect people, and knowing that opportunity is only limited by how far we’re willing to push ourselves. The Worst: Waking up at four thirty in the morning for shooting drills and sprints. Adam- The Best: Playing a show in front of an enthusiastic audience and feeling a connection with ourselves and the crowd. The Worst: Having to listen to Jerrick’s guitar playing. Jordan- The Best: Getting to perform! The Worst: There isn’t a “worst” part in my opinion. Jerrick- The Best: All the classy women The Worst: All the trashy women Photobucket 3) What advice would you offer a band starting out? Ian - Don’t try to be the next whatever. Be your own favorite band. Although, someone else has said that before, I’m sure. Adam - I would agree. I think it is important to stay true to the music you naturally create. Don’t try to sound like anyone else. And most of all, enjoy what you’re doing. Jason - Be proactive. If you’re serious about what you’re doing, you always have to be working toward a goal. There is always someone out there that wants it more than you. Jordan - Practice and try making your own unique sound. Jerrick - Just try to sound like The Beatles. Easy enough. TheRubbishZoo Photobucket 4) How do you feel the current music climate can either hinder or help up and coming bands? Ian - It’s hard to judge. It’s clearly easier to get your music out to a lot of people as instantly as you’d like. I don’t know if that’s a good thing. I wonder if people should have to earn that a bit more. Jason - The music climate is in a state of remodel, and now that anything goes, bands have to not only apply their creativity to writing music, but also to every aspect of what it means to be a “band” currently. This is an exciting and scary thing. Adam - It hinders bands because it makes it harder to allow bands to make a living from their music. At the same time, it forces bands to play more live shows; which is great because it directly unites the music and the fans. Jordan - I think the music scene is becoming more open-minded and experimental with creativity, which can only help new bands. Jerrick - Because making music is much more accessible to people, there is such a wide array of styles to listen to, but that can also work against a band that is trying to stand out. Photobucket 5) Where would you like to see the The Rubbish Zoo in a year? Jason - Being interviewed by Carson Daly live on TRL. Wait… Jordan - On our first European tour! Adam - Onstage at the Grammy’s, WINNING. No, just kidding, I just want to be able to tour our stuff around and grow as a band musically and through our relationships and performance, without having the distractions of "normal" living. Jerrick - In outer space, doing a concert for world peace. Ian – I’ve never really done the full court press with a band like this before. I don’t think I ever had faith in other projects the way I have in this one. I would hope that in one year, we are closer to our goal then we are currently – our goal being of course, complete musical takeover. Send us your sounds