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Exclusive Interview With David Sprague Of Psychopath Etiquette

Psychopath Etiquette is literally a band of brothers. David Sprague and Paul Sprague are
based out of Southern Maine, and the founding members have been playing music together for
more than a decade. They formed the band in the summer of 2019 as a culmination of
everything they had been working on since childhood.  Their music falls somewhere between Third Eye Blind and Damien Rice with sprinkles of Bright Eyes and Modest Mouse. If Folk and Rock had a baby, it would sound like Psychopath Etiquette.  Their debut single, “When Anxieties Attack” climbed to #2 on the iTunes Rock songs charts, internationally, and now the band is preparing for their first full length studio effort…

Thanks for taking the time for an interview! We are honored to be speaking with such an incredible songwriter and musician. What inspired you to follow your chosen career path as a musician?

Music has always been a part of my life.  My parents both play music as well as all of my siblings.  So growing up, there was always singing and music in the house.

Was there any one event in your life that led you to record your latest project, “Rough Draft?”

My brother and long-time jam buddy and I finally decided to get serious about music and form a real band.  So about a year ago Psychopath Etiquette was born.  It is basically a culmination of a lifetime of making and playing music together.  

Who has been your single biggest influence, musically?

Damien Rice as a singer-songwriter, has been the single biggest influence in my music and song writing style.  His music is truly beautiful, and studying it has taught me a great deal about song construction and the power of a good dichotomy.  

How about personally?  Who influences you in your daily life?

My father influences me the most on a daily basis.  He has always been a positive force in my life, and supportive of my artistic indeverse.  

Tell us about the album, the recording process for it, and what you hope your fans will get from it?

The recording process for our EP “Rough Draft” was intentionally rushed.  The goal was to simply get something recorded that people could listen to, as fast as we could.  Later this fall, we will be heading back into the studio to record a full length album, and really take our time; sink our teeth into it.

What’s most important to you: Sales/streams, Awards, or Critical Praise?

Streams are by far the most important thing to me.  I want people to hear my music.  Full stop.  Awards are fine, and praise is good, but at the end of the day, I want to reach as many people as I can with my music.  I write for them.  I sing for them; for the fans that love me, they just haven’t found me yet.

What do you enjoy doing, outside of the spotlight?  Any hobbies?

I love to play video games and hang out with my brothers.

What is next for you?  Any new releases, singles or videos coming up?

We are working on a few videos and we’re about to start recording our first full length album this fall.

What has been your biggest musical accomplishment of the past year?

Honestly, just taking music seriously for the first time.  Treating it like a job, and playing even when I don’t “feel like it”.  

Do you ever get stage fright?  Any place you’d love to perform that you haven’t?

I don’t really get stage fright anymore, but I do feel different on stage.  It is an electric feel, for sure.  My dream venue is the field behind my house.  I’d love to walk out my backdoor and perform a show for a few hundred fans!

How about some parting words for your fans?

I love you guys.  And I promise that even though we will change over time, and make different kinds of art and content, I will always love you.  And everything I do, I do to make you feel better.  Yours forever, David from Psychopath Etiquette.

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