Review Fix Exclusive: Wasting Time’s Mike Quan Talks ‘Sick Inside’ And More

Review Fix chats with Wasting Time’s Mike Quan, who discusses the band’s origin, goals for the future and standout work.

Review Fix: How did the project start? 

Mike Quan: The project started in the early 2000s by our singer/guitarist Vlad as a creative outlet for his songs. This initial lineup of the band was active until 2009. Vlad mostly took a break from music until 2017, when he played a solo, acoustic show and got the itch to play with a full band again. He found new members to round out the lineup and we’ve been kicking since.  

Review Fix: What’s your creative process like? 

Quan: Vlad writes the main structure of a song with lyrics, melodies and chords. The full band fleshes out the final arrangements of the songs during band practice. 

Review Fix: What’s your standout song? How was it written?

Quan: Right now for me, “Sick Inside” is a standout song. We released it earlier this year as a stand-alone single on a whim, and it has a bit more of a classic rock-n-roll vibe to it than our other songs, which are closer to straight pop-punk. I enjoy playing the little bass solo during the instrumental break too.  

Review Fix: What are your goals for 2020?

Quan: First off, we’re releasing a single on July 24th called, “My Limited French” with a video for it out in the following weeks. We also plan to have our second album out by the fall and that will be called, “Once More Without Feeling”.  We’ll possibly perform live by the end of the year too if we’re permitted to.

Review Fix: How do you want your music to affect people?

Quan: We hope our music makes people want to twist and shout and singalong! 

Review Fix: What’s next?

Quan: We plan to write more songs, keep practicing, and push our next single and next album when they get released later this year.

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