iMi, the high-energy, Texas-born-and-bred, alternative rock band, will grab your attention with their all-original mix of hard-driving rock and acoustic melodies. Formed in 2007, its members are Chris Roberts on Lead Vocal and Guitar, Matthew Gene on Bass Guitar, Brady Hamilton on Drums, and Adrian Kindred on Lead Guitar. iMi has been inducted into the Curtain Club's "Hall of Fame" in Dallas, receiving special recognition for their sell-out shows and amazing talent. Presented with a plaque honoring them for being one of the top-drawing bands, their autographed portrait is on display with some of Texas' greatest recording artists such as Pantera, Bowling for Soup, Drowning Pool, Pat Green, and The Toadies. This crowd-pleasing band is no stranger to playing with national acts. Taking first place in a Battle of the Bands competition, iMi was granted the opportunity to open for The All-American Rejects. Other national acts iMi has played with include Puddle of Mudd, Eve 6, Candle Box, Saliva, Faktion, Deaf Pedestrians, & Edgewater, to name a few. iMi was selected to showcase at the Texas Festivals and Events Association (TFEA). They have also performed at the "Red, White and Boom Festival" in McKinney, Texas; at the American Airlines Center during the Pre-Game show for Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets fans; and, recently played their second appearance at the Texas Rockfest in Austin during the famed South by Southwest Festival in 2010. Appearing on several NBC Morning Shows throughout Texas, iMi continues to gain attention. They have secured sponsorships from national companies such as ESPN, LA Fitness, and many others. The band is passionate about the work they do in their community. They have launched charity concerts and donated a percentage of the proceeds from their downloaded songs to support At Risk Teens for Children's Medical Center. Their latest album, Halo, was produced by Grammy-nominated Alex Gerst and is available on iTunes.
RUTH: What does your band name “iMi” stand for, and how did you come up with the name?
iMi: It stands for Individualism-for individuals standing alone. We were a 3-piece band back then and we knew we were 3 different individuals so we came up with three letters “iMi”
RUTH: How did your band come together? What is the story behind “iMi”?
iMi: The bass player Matthew Gene and Chris Roberts (lead singer) started from an ad from the newspaper of wanting to put a band together. Over the course of 6 or 7 years we went through several players until we met Adrian Kindred, the guitar player and the drummer Brady Hamilton. Now we have the right sound.
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RUTH: How long have you been working together as a band?
iMi: 3 to 4 years.
RUTH: Have you had an opportunity to work on stage with other rock bands?
iMi: Yes, National Acts like Puddle of Mudd, Candle Box, The American Rejects, Saliva, Eve 6, and Edgewater.
RUTH: What was the most memorable experience during your past performances?
iMi: Getting off stage at Midwest Rock Fest and seeing a line of people waiting for our autographs.
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RUTH: What challenges do you face living in Texas as a professional rock band, and how have you embraced those challenges?
iMi: Creating enough revenue to play at our level and making sure that everything at show time runs smoothly. Hearing a lot of promises from people and being let down, but we were able to get over disappointments and keep going.
RUTH: Which of the band members is the most outgoing and why?
iMi: Chris Roberts-lead singer and Matthew Gene-bass player are both very outgoing. The are on the move daily. After shows they would shake hands, sign autographs, take pictures, and meet the fans.
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RUTH: Which of the band members is more reserved and why?
iMi: Adrian Kindred, guitarist is the most reserved; it’s just his personality. He is the quiet one of the group..
RUTH: Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years from now as far as growth in rock music?
iMi: Famous, signed with a major label, selling out are-nas, getting known world-wide, living on a tour bus, and being humble & loyal to our fans.
RUTH: Who is your idol as band?
iMi: Our idol as a band would be the Deathtones, be-cause of their style, not necessarily their musicianship. No one has ever been able to copy them. Another band would be, STAIND because of how he writes his music and his perseverance to keep going. Also, Fred Durst from Limp Biskit because he helped so many other bands get their start. Lastly, Metallica. They have what it’s all about in every aspect of music; from writing music to their style.
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RUTH: What is new for you - any upcoming projects?
iMi: Working on the next record and heading to the new studio in September. Have new management behind us and supporting us.
RUTH: What words of encouragement can you give to other struggling bands out there?
iMi: Make sure that you have family and those that surround you give you support. You need their support. Be humble at all times. Write good songs and be open to what people have to say, even when the cards are stacked and about to fall - you can’t quit.
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