We had the good fortune of connecting with Cortez Glawson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cortez, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
For us it’s about just going. We all we love to play music and write new songs so even if we are not able to play out live right now, we still plan to keep working on new songs and making a second album, regardless of who hears it.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The begging was definitely not easy, I (Cortez) have been playing guitar since the 10th grade, but our our drummer and other original founding member Erin, both had never played and instrument before. Me an Delilah have been friends since we were kids but never really hung out outside of family gatherings. She called me one day and said we should hang out more and suggested playing music. We jammed for a little bit and I thought she handled the drums pretty well for having little to no experience. I wanted to start a band so I called up my friend Erin and said “Hey wanna be in a band? I don’t know anyone that plays bass do you want to learn how?” she said she was up for it so I went to the guitar store and bought her a little combo bass amp and Ibanez bass haha. The first year was just me writing songs and them figuring out their instruments so the songwriting process was really slow and a little frustrating at times, but we pushed through and made it work. Erin has since moved to France for a change of pace in life and Delilah’s boyfriend Laith is now filling in on bass for us. We are super stoked to have him in the band. He has played guitar in a few other bands before so the switch to bass wasn’t as challenging and we all have really good chemistry together.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Thats a really hard question, before the pandemic, most of the time we used to just go bar hopping and check out other bands playing the local scene. Other than that we are pretty laid back and enjoy just spending time with friends where ever we can.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Our drummer Delilah’s parents without a doubt, we still use her dads drum set and her parents garage to practice in. Without them we would have no where to practice haha. All of our close friends have been very support of us as well, letting us know if a knew song idea we have is good or not the best, its nice to have people who will be honest about your music.

Instagram: banzaivendetta

Other: https://banzaivendetta.bandcamp.com/releases https://open.spotify.com/artist/0oBlQRIGOaoia7KY5IXGbp

Image Credits
Eduardo Sanchez Laith Palma

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