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OBM: Hey Guys! How are you doing?

Doing grrrreeeeaaattt...sorry sadly Tony the Tiger is that much of an American Icon, lol.

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OBM: Could you tell us something about your Band and the history of it?

A long time ago in a galaxy far away.......(you and i both know we all love that damn entry)

Seriously though Know Lyfe is a 4 piece metal/alternative/pro/hardcore band out of Lansing, MI. U.S.A.started originally by 6 dudes who just wanted to make heavy music and had bigger dreams, some time went by and the band became a 4 piece, been around since 2000 and in the years we have been together we have gotten to live out some of our dreams and look to be to able to expirience even more of our dreams come true as we get ready for this years Warped Tour in the states and the Jagermesiter Music Tour with Hatebreed and Type O Negative.

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OBM: You've recently released your secong album "On Cold Hands and Dark Waters". How has the response been so far?

The response has been pretty darn cool, when you start a band you think and day dream all day long about the things that you can do, you worship the metal gods you saw as a kid on stage or on headbangers ball, you read about them in Kerrang, or Revolver and you think that could be me, selling records the whole package you know? most dream but we have been fortunate and have grown in fan base and record sales. Its awesome to be able to tour in a place like TX. and have people know the words to your songs, or get emails from fans in Germany that ask hey when you coming to Europe....its a blessing and the new record is adding to those many blessings we have been fortunate to recieve. So if you want to check us out just go buy the record www.smartpunk.com we promise you'll use it as a coaster...after wearing it out :)

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OBM: Did you try to do things different compared to your debut full lenght?

Absolutely!!! Man our first record came out in 2001 and boy was it bad....lolol. Our second was a step up but still young and speratic, our 3rd was the begining of finding our ideas and identity, and this latest our fourth is all the expirience from the years and the solid foundation and building on that. Other records we had vauge visions of what we wanted since we were so young, but this record was a solid unified vision and we feel the work we put into it shows, we think it's our heaviest and most melodic yet.

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OBM: I think the Artwork for "On Cold Hands and Dark Waters" is pretty interesting. Why the shape of Michigan?

We are proud to be from The Midwest...we want people to see that there is something going on here in MI...than just (I AM AMERICAN BAD ASS...KID ROCK) no offense, we don't knock on that music but not everyone in MI, chugs a natty light while grinding some stripper at a concert.....I mean hell give us some strippers we'll grind them but while drinking a forty throwing our fucking metal in the air!!! Muahahahaha

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OBM: How do you get sponsored by Jägermeister?

Our very good friends in an Amazing state side band named Straight Line Stitch helped us make contact with Jagermeister and Adam Grayer head of the music division of jagermeister. We sent them an email, did some hard work to help promote the jager brand to those of age and proved to them that we wanted to earn their respect....almost 3 years later here we are. They are an amazing company they not only show a true interest in their bands but they also show a deep interest in marketing themselves properly and are very much committed to connecting with the fans of the music, they show a true concern on making sure that they are not influencing minors. If your a band and are 21 or over make sure you check out Jagermesiter music....the absolute best!

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OBM: Know Lyfe is a quite interesting word-play. What are you trying to
express with it?

You know we came up with the name in our singers dorm room, by looking at a sticker and found meaning in the name....we all have very deep opinions and thoughts about life, religion, relationships, etc. and we want to inspire people to search for knowledge. We believe in these days people want you to be dumber so that they can turn you into sheep.....we say piss off....find your answers distinguish your self from the rest, do things, inspire others to do positive things......because remember the dumber you are the more they can manipulate you....don't buy into the hype!

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OBM: You already have an impressive list of bands you played with. Would you
say you shared stage with a few people who influenced you in your music?

HELL YES!! 36 CRAZYFISTS, EVERYTIME I DIE, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, A Life Once Lost, DREDG....all we need is Deftones and I think everyone here will be pretty good on the dream bands to play with lolol

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OBM: Talking about Shows: Can you tell us some bad/funny/interesting expirences?

Alfonso our singer once fell off a ten foot stage....someone somewhere has that on film, i think the kid he landed on still has a sore neck lol. Waylon our bass player, once left a tunning peg indented in our guitarist cheek for about a week, We once gave our older drummer a cuncosion on stage, saw a girl drink Alfonso's sweat of his shirt...eeewwww......our singer was knocked on consious by some white supremesists in Iowa during a show.....had a terrible van accident which almost killed the 4 of us rolled the damn van about 150 feet 5 times on to the center of the highway during a snow storm......lolol fun times lol.

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OBM: In a biography i've read about you, there is one sentence about you: "These four individuals sleep, eat, and breathe music and their goal is to better themselves as

musicians as well as people." Would you say that music really is one of the most important things in your life?

Dude....music is all we are, this is our life in a nutshell, Music, video games, shows.....we listen to more music in a day than we do most anything else...MUSIC=LIFE

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OBM: How have you grown as people since the beginning of the band?

We are the best of friends man, we have learned to listen to each others ideas, concerns, we know each others boiling points, we believe in family and nothing is more important than family...this isn't just a band to us...it's a family business and something we love to share with each other.

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OBM: How did you came in contact with Nine 2 Five Records?

We have known about them for quite a while we have friends in a couple of bands (Saint Diablo, 9th Corner) who filled us in on the label and we just contacted them and kept talking till we grew to have a friendly and professional relationship, the rest just came along...you can;t force things in life you have to let them happen, you can only take the steps to help things along. Mark and everyone at 925 are amazing and we are extremely fortunate to have them represent us. Our family just keeps growing and thats a blessing and something we don't take for granted.

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OBM: What are your jobs beside of music?

Jerred (guitars) is a delivery driver, Squirrel (drummer) is a cook at a fancy restaurant, Waylon (Bass) is a supervisor at a Movie Theater, Alfonso (singer) works for Fed EX kinkos

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OBM: What inspires your songwriting?

Everything, from life expiriences, to stories from friends, to the shitty doom and gloom of the news.

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OBM: What do you think of myspace, purevolume etc. as a way to promote a band?

PROBABLY THE BEST THING TO EVER HAPPEN TO BANDS, SINGLEHADEDLY CHANGED THE FACE OF HOW BANDS WORK, AND EVEN GET RECORD DEALS...WOOO HOO THOSE WEB SITES!

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OBM: Can we expect to see you in germany sometime?

As a matter of Fact our singer lived in Germany when he was a kid lived in a town Kungerheim we believe? Talks about Germany all the time......WE WOULD LOVE TO COME OUT TO GERMANY IT WOULD BE A DREAM COME TRUE...HELP US GET OUT THERE LOL.

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OBM: Any last words for your fans and our readers?

Thank you for all your support just go check us out and if you like what you hear spread teh word buy our CD online and we really hope with your help we can get out to Germany and other part of Europe...SEE YOU SOON!!!

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Link - www.myspace.com/knowlyfe

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