Lions Ambition

I know you’ve heard of the rock-rap genre, and I realize a lot of you are sick of it – bands like Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit just aren’t doing it for you anymore. Hell, I have a hard time even looking at Fred Durst. But hear me out on this one. Lions Ambition is different.

The Seattle-based crew of Richard Austria, Frankie Starr, Marlon Turner, David Beukema, James Lobbet and Kenneth Jose get it. They’re not satisfied with what we’re used to – they’re pushing into something much, much more tremendous. I’m talking about lyrics with a thought process, words that will get your mind and feet racing, sounds that are bright, completely new to you. Just check out “Everytime I Wake Up” – it’s a quick song, no doubt – but I can’t stop playing it. It’s a great ride, simply put.
You’ll be able to sample the band’s own version of Hip-Hop/Rock if you jump on iTunes and give their album “The Application” a go, or on SoundCloud to listen to their EP “The Balance”. If I’m wrong, let me know. But I guarantee this is a fresh destination for you. Read on before you listen, so you can learn more about Lions Ambition in the XXQ’s.
XXQs: Lions Ambition (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

Our sound is a mixture of hip-hop and rock. We blend together live instrumentation with elements of pop and soul. What makes us stand out is that our unique mixture has not been done before. We appeal to multiple demographics with a one of a kind mixing infectious choruses with thought out lyricism. And we also have a mascot.   

PEV: Hailing from Seattle, Washington, what kind of music where the members of the band into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?

The band has six different unique individuals that listened to everything from: Rock, Hip-Hop, Pop, Punk, Soul and Alternative. We have been influenced from artists such as: The Notorious B.I.G, Skillet, Incubus, Nas, Paramore, Green day, Boyz 2 Men, The Roots, Michael Jackson, AFI, Wu-Tang and Linkin Park.

PEV: What was it like trying to break into the music scene when you first started out as a band? What was your first show like together as a band?

It was very difficult at first, very awkward starting out since we all came from different genera in previous musical experiences. The show's we're typically on a week day... We never noticed the importance of a Wednesday night after trying to convince people to come to our shows..

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Lions Ambition show?. 

Energy. We keep the crowd engaged through strong lyricism, dynamic sounds, and a entertaining stage performance. We take every crowd seriously from 10 people to 6000. Still giving 150% at every show.

PEV: What is the first thing that comes to mind when you step on stage?

The first impression is finding our nerves prior to the performance. We all share the common understanding that when its time to be on stage its "go time" and we're here to spread our message to all who will listen.

PEV: How is living in Seattle – one of the most musically talented cities in the country - as artists different than any other city?

When it comes to Seattle, the music community is looking to find a representative to represent the city as a whole. Not since Nirvana has Seattle had an act with such an impact.  Seattle has been craving for the next big act to emerge. In the past few years there has been great support for up and coming acts in both the Hip hop and rock scenes. We couldn't live in a better place.

PEV: What was the underlining inspiration for your music? Where do get your best ideas for songs?

Life experiences. Good and Bad times, moments that inspire us.. Real life emotions.  We want to show the world that you can overcome any obstacle if you persevere through any difficult times. For us it's music that helps us guide the path for others to obtain their goals and follow their dreams.

PEV: Thinking back to when you first started out do you ever look back at your career and think about your earlier days and how you’ve arrived where you are today?

Absolutely. We've experienced so much growth both within ourselves and our team. We learned to work together as a team and form a strong brother hood. I mean, lets face it their's six lion heads and a pride. So we have learned to sort our differences for the one common goal of being successful together in music. We have fought, had creative differences and as our career has developed we are now reaching the point of understanding each others strengths.

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of Lions Ambition?

Hmmm.. one surprising thing about the band is that we're all from different galaxies.

PEV: Was there a certain point in your life when you knew that music was going to be a goal for you?

The day I got a real job. 

PEV:  Tell us about your latest work. What can fans expect from this album? Tell us more about it.

We have multiple projects in the works.... So anticipate a lot of new music from the whole Lions Ambition family Currently we have our album 'The Application' on iTunes which has a more Hip-Hop/Rock feel. And a EP 'The Balance' that we released for Free on

PEV: What is the feeling you get after a song is complete and you can sit back and listen to it being played the way you envisioned?

Victorious because we finally got what we want. Defeated.. because we're broke now.

PEV: With all your traveling is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

Overseas.. Asia, Europe. Mars.... No big deal. 

PEV: How have all your friends and family reacted to your career? What’s it like when you get to play at your hometown?

The support has been tremendous from our friends and family. When we play at home its an amazing feeling.

PEV: What can we find each of you doing in your spare time, aside from playing/writing music?

We're all into buffets, athlete sports, movies, video games and of course Facebook. 

PEV: Name one present and past artist or group that would be your dream collaboration? Why?

Of course the king Michael Jackson because of his amazing originality in creating music and the I'm on the boat guys.. AKA the Lonley Island guys from SNL. 

PEV:  Is there an up and coming band or artist you think we should all be looking out for now?

New Heights. Micah B and Marcus D.

PEV: If playing music wasn’t your life (or life’s goal) what do you think each of you would be your career?

Music is pretty much our only option. There is no plan B =)  or maybe Walgreens 

PEV: So, what is next for Lions Ambition?

Good music. Success or failure this is what we love, so we're going continue making music. Lions Ambition is a family. Whooaa!

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