SPOTLIGHT BAND #13: Defining 13

Interview with New York-based “Stoner Rock” Band Defining 13

Written by Alison “MetalBabe” Cohen

Defining 13 is a three-piece original stoner rock band from upstate New York. They have released one EP to date and are currently working on a follow-up. According to the band, the new songs have a heavier vibe and aren’t as raw as the first EP. Bass player Kevin Little says, they “are still 'evolving' themselves and their music follows!” I’ve been working with Defining 13 for a while through MBM Music and can tell you they are much more than a band, they are a brotherhood. It was great to have the chance to talk to all three band members to learn more a bit more about them.

 Metal Babe: Hi guys! I’m so happy we have the opportunity to do this interview. I love working with Defining 13. How long have you all been playing, and do you have any professional training?

Kevin Little:  I've been playing since I was a teenager. I started on guitar and am self-taught.

Don Hinshaw: I have been playing since 1991. I did take some guitar lessons early on and a brief set of lessons about six years ago on understanding theory a little better, other than that, just many hours sitting in front of a TV playing.

Pat: I have been playing drums for 35 years. I don’t have any formal training. I took a few lessons early on, but I am mostly self-taught.

Metal Babe: Very cool. Who are your main influences?

Kevin: Steve Harris got my interest in bass right away. Then I got into Billy Sheehan, Cliff Burton, and Les Claypool. I have a lot of bass influences!


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