Tools Of Creation

It’s true and it’s sad. I’ve lived in the mid-Atlantic my whole life, and have yet to step foot in Canada. Weird, right? I hear it’s awesome! Anyway, through the magic of PEV, I’ve added another reason why I’d like to visit the land up north: their serious metal scene. Honestly, every other act we feature from the top of North America is bringing some serious rock heat, and today is no different with our latest interview: Tools of Creation. Lead singer and guitarist Ben Dimaria, bassist Chris Rock and drummer Stew Scharf fill out the 3-piece from Ottawa, and have a debut record titled “Adventures in Chaos”.

We asked the band to get into what we should expect from the effort – “Expect deep meaningful lyrics, hard driving tunes, music you can party to.  Exciting, energetic, hooky and melodic.  A CD you'll want to keep playing with the kind of lyrics you can relate to and music you can release your aggression to.” Sounds perfect for my gym mix – a scary combination of awesomeness indeed. The bad has big plans on the road and for the next record, but pick up “Adventures in Chaos” for now. Keep reading below for all the answers to the XXQ’s.

XXQs: Tools Of Creation (PEV): How would you describe your sound and what do you feel makes you stand out over the others in your genre?

TOC:  Heavy rock 'n roll, upbeat, edgy ... good music to drive to, good music to drink to! (But not at the same time)  One thing that makes us stand out is our diversity and our attitude.

PEV: Calling Ottawa home, and knowing each other since you were 12, what kind of music where the members of the band into growing up? Do you remember your first concert?

TOC: Overall, any music that got in your soul and raised some hell!

Ben: Poison & Tesla.

Chris: Stevie Ray Vaughn and Dire Straits.

Stew: Wham and New Kids on the Block.

PEV: Tell us your take on the music scene in your hometown and what was it like trying to break into it?

TOC:  Ottawa’s music scene has always been very cut throat and unappreciative of its local talent.  It’s a very hard market to break into.  The fans are amazing though!!

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Tools Of Creation show?

TOC:  They can expect an adrenaline filled party ... a good time with kick ass tunes.  Like being at a wild bash that you don't want to leave.

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

Chris: A whirlwind of crazy emotions.

Ben: Comforting, feel free to be myself, who I am and connect with the audience.

PEV: Having all been in other bands before how is playing with Tools Of Creation different then those other works?

TOC:  No egos, freedom to express ourselves musically ... Fun, we all get to use our creativity to our full potential.

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

TOC:  Life and life experiences.  Our own and people we've known.  What we've gone through and what we have seen.

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?

TOC: Yes, but the past is who we've become. The future is who we'll be!

PEV: What’s one thing we’d be surprised to hear about the members of Tools Of Creation?

TOC:  Don't know... that’s a good question for our friends!

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

TOC:  Absolutely, it has always been our goal, for all of us.

PEV: Tell us about your debut album “Adventures in Chaos". What can fans expect from this?

TOC:  Expect deep meaningful lyrics, hard driving tunes, music you can party to.  Exciting, energetic, hooky and melodic.  A CD you'll want to keep playing with the kind of lyrics you can relate to and music you can release your aggression to.

PEV: How is life on the road for you in the music world? Best and worst parts?

TOC:  PROS:  Seeing the world, meeting new people, playing live, having fun, doing what we love, being on the road makes you realize how much your family, and friends mean to you.

CONS:  Missing family and friends, and your own bed.

PEV: Is there one area you wish you could travel around and play that you have not yet?

TOC:  More of the States, Australia, Europe and Asia.

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

TOC:  Family and friends have been supportive, understanding, excited, proud.  We have lost friends and gained friends from our career.  Some people have been happy for us and tried to help us and some have tried to use us.  To play our hometown is always a party with a lot of familiar faces to play to.

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

Ben: My spare time is writing tunes and chilling out.

Chris: Spending time with family, coaching, playing and watching hockey, having drinks and log with friends, playing music with my old man.

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

TOC:  Well for past - Motley Crue, G.N.R. or Ozzy - because they are who they are! Present - Buck Cherry, Airbourne, Disturbed - because they are who they are!

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

TOC:  Rockstones from Montreal.

PEV: If you weren’t playing music now what do you think each of you would be your career?

Chris:  Construction

Ben:  Seeing that my passion is music I'd probably be working in a recording studio

PEV: So, what is next for Tools Of Creation?

TOC:  Love to do more touring in the States and Europe, more writing, and recording our next album!

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