A few moments with Trae Byrnes

Can you give us a little background information about yourself?

We are Trae Byrnes, an Alternative band from the north side of Chicago. We all have are own Influences that we incorporate into our music which makes a nice blend of ear soothing yet hectic music. (Danny Eddz)

How did you get into music?

“I got into music by finding an Eminem CD in my uncle’s living room”. (Danny Eddz)

“I remember moving into one of our first apartments when we cam to Chicago. I was like five and found Backstreet Boys and N’Sync CD’s the prior tenets left behind”. (Aidin Mengele)

“It’s part of my blood. I come from a long line of musicians”. (Liam Teague)

3) You have just released a mix tape, Why You So Loud; what was the writing/creative and recording process for the album like?

“Well It usually starts out with our guitarist Aidin and our bassist Liam making a bass line and a guitar melody\ riff. Then drums get put in which gets the song going. Then another layer of guitar gets added over the other guitar. And then Danny Eddz puts in vocals. As for recording, everyone records their parts separately and then it gets mixed. And if we have any final ideas or changes we put them in”. (Danny Eddz)

“Very patient, I don’t have kids but writing a song is kind of like making a baby. If you go into it trying to have a song, it take’s away from the surprise. Jamming riffs out with the band is like Regular Musical Sex. One day you jam, feel a Metaphorical Kick, Check it out, and well… “It’s a song!” (Aidin Mengele)


We emphasize groove and creating interesting sounds. That’s what we have always aimed for. (Liam Teague)

4) You just released a new single from the aforementioned mixtape.  How does Contemplation Point differ from your previous music? What sort of things are a hold-over from earlier recordings?

“Contemplation Point is actually our oldest song on the EP. We just ended up recording that last. So the rest of the EP is is what holds over Contemplation Point”. (Danny Eddz)

“All of our songs have their own atmosphere, and I think Contemplation Point keeps an unsettling vibrancy. For a song as distorted as it is, it’s very mellow while still maintaining a ‘rock’ Sound’”. (Aidin Mengele)

5) How supportive is the Chicago music scene in furthering your career (e.g. bands, venues)?

“Well it’s fairly easy getting shows, that’s a good thing. Some venues help you out a lot in promoting but the rest usually make you do it yourself. But at the end of the day it’s the people that go to shows that help you”. (Danny Eddz)

“The city offers so many different places to play. A lot more than the “˜burbs”. (Liam Teague)

“From the few bands I’ve met in my time in Trae Byrnes, everyone from the Bands to the venue hosts, they all seem really chill and I look forward to getting to meet even more people”. (Aidin Mengele) #SupportYourLocalMusicScene

6) What does your recording set up look like (what do you use to record, what are your favorite tools)? 

I would like to give a Huge Shout out and refer you and all the readers to our buddy Joe Scaletta at Word of Mouth Recordings”. (Aidin Mengele)

“Yeah, he’s a good man”. (Liam Teague)

7)Which artists are the greatest influences for you and your music? 

Deftones and the Pixies are two bands that have really influenced my songwriting personally. I still very much love music from the 90’s and early 2000’s”. (Liam Teague)

“My greatest influences are MGMT, Wild Nothing, Real Estate, Placebo, Gorillaz, and The Mars Volta. A lot of alternative and Indie music”. (Danny Eddz)

“The Red Hot Chili Peppers and their ex-guitarist John Frusciante himself. Carlos Santana, Jimmy Page, The Used are also one of my favorite bands. Bob Ross is also a huge influence on my outlook as an artist and a guitarist. Also lately lots of Oasis, God Tier Songwriters”. (Aidin Mengele)


8) Finally Is there a dream lineup of performers that you would like to perform with if given the chance? 

“I would love to play with Cherryglazerr. I think they are really cool band”. (Liam Teague)

“With all the Influences i just mentioned”. (Danny Eddz)

“Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Smashing Pumpkins, Eminem, The Church, and Oasis Headlining”. (Aidin Menegle)

9) Which sort of social media website have you had the best successes with?

“We get a love of love on our SoundCloud”. (Liam Teague)

“I would have to say with SoundCloud. We are doing pretty decent”. (Danny Eddz)

10) What about these online services are different from the traditional face to face meeting and performances that musicians utilize?

 ”Well I feel like it humanizes the artists too much. You get to see what they do on a daily basis. I miss the days were a musician was more vague with his/her personal life”. (Danny Eddz)

“Playing live you get to show the public just how good you are. Studio recordings are an every day thing, but a live performance is special”. (Aidin Mengele)

11) What should listeners expect from your music in the future? )

”Some groovy funky shit”. (Liam Teague)

“Our sound to always change with each project. We will never release the same album twice”. (Danny Eddz)

“Even more diversity in our songs than we did in the EP. Interesting instrumentals, lots of melody and genuine feelings from each end of the band”. (Aidin Mengele)

12) How can interested NeuFutur readers locate samples of your music? )

”We have a BandCamp, Facebook, and an aforementioned SoundCloud”. (Liam Teague)

13) What does the rest of 2017 hold for you music and tour date wise?)

“We’re writing new material and going to be performing all over Chicago for the rest of 2017”. (Liam Teague)

“Well we won’t be releasing anything for the rest of the year but we will be writing a new EP. And we are gonna try to get more shows for the remaining of the year. We always post our events on Facebook”. (Danny Eddz)

“Hopefully setting up as many shows as we can find. Inviting the world to partake in the WONDERFUL celebration that is Trae2K”. (Aidin Mengele)

14) Thank you so much for your time. Finally, do you have any additional thoughts about life and the universe for our readers? 

“Support your local music scene, always recycle, hail Cthulhu, and keep it Too Sweet”. (Aidin Mengele)

“Always wear a condom, Trae Byrnes is the shit and you might as well join the Illuminati”. (Danny Eddz)

“Let’s be nice to each other”. (Liam Teague)


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Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University. I have been the editor at NeuFutur / neufutur.com since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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