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Seven Questions For the Down and Outlaws - The Deli Magazine San Francisco Artist of the Year

By: The Deli SF

February 26, 2015

The San Francisco based garage rock band, Down and Outlaws are the winners of  2014's The Deli Magazine San Francisco Artist of the Year Poll! Their thrilling live show, great tunes and hard work ethic has won them this acknowledgement. Lead singer and guitarist, Peter Danzig spoke to us about the highlights of Down and Outlaw's year and what they have planned for the future.

The Deli SF: What are the highlights of your career for 2014?

Peter Danzig: There were sooo many. We threw a local festival in June called Not Dead Yet Fest that exceeded our expectations and turned into a total family affair. We played a number of great shows including Down Dirty Shake's residency with Spindrift, Bottom of the Hill with The Silent Comedy, a string of shows with one of our absolute favorite bands, Reignwolf and so many more. The real highlight was finally buckling down and recording our first record.

What do you think the key action to your success were this year?

Working, patience and the good graces of others. We're fortunate enough to be in a band with a group of people who truly want to take this as far as it can go and know that the reality is there's a lot more to it than writing and playing music. We've also met some amazing people along the way. To be more specific, Vanessa Silberman of A Diamond Heart Production has supplied us with endless amounts of encouragement, advice and direction over the last year.

Were you surprised when you won this year's Artist of the Year?

Yes we definitely were. There's an excessive amount of talent in the Bay Area and I think many deserve to be Artist of the Year. It's simply flattering to be thought of amongst so many of the bands on this year's list.

You're working on a new album, how has the writing and recording process been?

It's been great. We'd been writing the album for over a year and recorded it in December at Studio 606 with John 'Lou' Lousteau. The whole experience has been a crash course on finding our creative process as a band and figuring out how to really make a record feel the way you want it to. It's an interesting realization that at the end of the day, this thing you worked on in a dark room for months and months has become a lot bigger than you. From the art to the people who recorded it with you, it's all of a sudden so many people's baby. Realizing we were able to share that feeling with those people is good.

When do you plan to release your new album?

Soooooon. There are still quite a few balls up in the air in terms of planning, but the record is done. We want to make sure it's released properly to make sure as many people hear it as possible.

What are your plans and goals for 2015?

We'll be going full speed ahead. In March we're touring to SXSW. In addition to that, we plan on releasing this record as well as something else secret. Touring as far as we can go and as much as humanly possible is also a given. Our plan is to plan as much as you can only to have our plans planned for us planning on plans changing.

Do you have any advice for up and coming Bay Area Artists?

Find out what you are and do it loud.