We had the good fortune of connecting with For Inez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi For Inez, what inspires you?
Mel A: Honestly, my bandmates inspire me everyday. Music is something I can’t go a day without playing or creating and the fact that I found like minded souls to do that with is pretty amazing. I, we, just want to leave a piece of ourselves in our music that just might inspire others. Itzhak P: I feel like mine’s short but honestly, straight to the point. I’m inspired by nature, different genres of music, art, moments of creativity, history, exploration and expedition. Patty F: As vegan cheesy as it sounds im inspired by my bandmates. Erick who is usually 1st to practice driving from about an hour away. Itzhak who comes to practice after working long hours at work, and Mel who flies back and forth from NYC to jam and is constantly working on new material that she brings back home to us. These guys are literaly amazing. Along with talented musicians I’ve played with before like Brian Fuentes, Luis (Panda) and Alex Love who bleed music. They inspire me every single day. Erick H: Inspiration can come from anywhere on any given day, that’s the beauty of art and music. Sometimes for me it is an expression I get to share that serves as inspiration and sometimes it’s just the personal escape music provides. I just know that there’s no greater feeling than the moment when you combine each persons talent and ideas and it fits perfectly enough to create a new piece of art. Second to that is the moment when you get to share it with the world and you see someone genuinely enjoy or connect with it. It’s that thought that keeps me motivated, and the reason I love playing music.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Mel A: It honestly feels like a long story, but really it was just younger me really wanting to write music and being stubborn enough to pursue it. I remember picking up my first guitar and just wanting to play like the legends and sing like Janis or Joan Jett or Billie Holiday. I’ve gone through so many musical projects over the years, some that really pulled me apart and some that helped piece me back together, like this one. What I’m most proud of though is that fire, or whatever you want to call it, never went out. I’ve learned to be braver, kinder, and more open. Brave enough to really express how I feel, kinder to myself and the journey, and more open to challenges. Itzhak P: I like to study different techniques from different artist from musical recordings as old as I can get my hands on. I love the way a lot of these techniques have been adapted and how many are still tastefully blended into today’s music. My challenges have always been confidence in my playing… playing music for myself makes me happy and the biggest hurdle was performing for people but the biggest reward was seeing our music move people (whether it was to dance, or walk out) it still moves em! The other way I see music is to keep the history and the people who originally worked hard to develop styles and songs alive. How many musicians have been long forgotten that have given us the tools to create and move now? We should always keep them alive. Patty F: We’ve gone through ups and downs as a band. In the very beginning it was just Mel and I. As time went on we found our missing pieces. We’ve had some really amazing shows and some not so great ones. But we always dust ourselves off and get back to work. It definitely has not been easy. But its all been worth it. Never did I imagine we would play at the historic Whiskey a Go Go but we did. Never did I imagine we would play outside of the state in NYC but we did. And we’re not done yet, we’re just getting started. Erick H: I had wanted to be in a band ever since I can remember. I was about 3 or 4 years old when I would force my friends or cousins to put on fake performances with me. It wasn’t until I was 10 that I started taking music lessons at school (trumpet). I did that for a few years as part of the school band but I gave it up for a long time. I didn’t start picking it up again until my last year in college when I dabbled into the world of electric bass. Couple years after that I had the fortune of running into Mel through work. She was starting a new musical project and I was looking for a project to be a part of so it worked out great. I’ve learned that it takes a lot of work and dedication, but above all else you need to have the desire for it. You need to enjoy what you do and you need to want it bad enough in order to endure the tough times when there’s no gigs, or when there’s no money, or when you feel there’s no progress, because almost everyone goes through that at some point in this industry.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Mel A: I love anything hiking or in nature. Switzer Falls has a great hike and a water area to swim in. Or just drive the PCH, see the water meet the mountains. It’s pretty poetic. Definitely need to get some tacos from Teddy’s Red Tacos or Leo’s Tacos Truck. Pink Taco is also a fun place I love going to on Sunset Blvd, it’s all pink! I love it. Watching a sun set near a bonfire would finish it off. Itzhak P: We’re in LA…. why waste time in the city when CA has much more beauty is all around? If we had a week…a loop from the Mojave up to the snowy Sierras, shoot across up to the north west redwood forests, down our beautiful coast and then if we have time, grab a round of bagel chips at Canter’s. Patty F: As for me, you can’t ever go wrong in West Hollywood. Food, drinks, fun all in one. Start off at Fiesta Cantina then walk your way down to the other bars. Boardners in Hollywood is another one of my favorites. Neptune’s Net in Malibu is perfect after a day at the beach. Just a few of my favorites. Erick H: I’m a huge sports guy so aside from the obvious local breweries and beaches, my favorite spots are sporting events/stadiums. Specifically Dodger’s stadium and Banc of California Stadium. As a member of the 3252 (LAFC) I can that some of the best views of the city are from the top of Banc of California stadium, located in the heart of LA. The atmosphere at the games is great, whether you like soccer or not, its definitely something every Angelino should experience. Patty F: Oh! and Jinya Ramen! The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Mel A: Of course I need to recognize my family for always encouraging me to do something with my passion. And to those who’ve supported us over the years (Brenna, Adrian, Paul etc) thank you. Also to all the artists who despite all the obstacles still feel that fire, Jeremy Labib, Brian Fuentes, Fool Saint, Jennifer Mones….Oh wow, the list goes on. Itzhak P: I really need to shout out my family of course, my friends, work team, my band and last but not least Shakey Jake! Patty F: I need to obviously shout out my parents. To my dad for getting me my 1st guitar that started my love for playing when I was 9. To my mom who never judged the type of music I listened to. To my closest friends and coworkers whove always supported and came to out to our shows. My 7th grade band teacher Mr. Roc who really ignited my flame for drumming and percussion. Brian Fuentes who was the 1st to introduce me to this world of recording and playing shows. I wouldn’t be where I am now without any of them. Erick H: First of all my parents for letting me take musical lessons so long ago. The friends that have supported not only me personally but also our band since the beginning (Adrian, Jen, Steph, Gabby, Gerry, Allen [ghst_muisc]). A special shoutout to my brother from another mother Chippy and his better half Yoli for putting up with my noisy practices at their house when I was first getting back into music. My apologies to anyone I may have missed as it has definitely taken a village (too many to list but they know who they are).
Other: Email: Ineztheband@gmail.com
Image Credits: Cristina Alvarez Adrian De Leon Brenna Dilger