Interview: Jared & Marissa; of the band Good & Broken

"Do they have what it takes to impress the judges, or will they be told to DisBAND?" Good & Broken put everything they had into their live performance to make sure they would not be told to disband when they appeared on MuchMusic's show DisBAND, back in February of 2010.

Who exactly are Good & Broken you might ask? Here are some things you might want to know about them. Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Good & Broken fuse together a pop, rock and electro sound into their music.

The duo started attracting the attention of fans through their Youtube Channel a couple of years ago. On it, the two have countless videos of their own songs, as well as amazing covers, including Misery Business by Paramore, Drive My Soul by Lights, Fly With Me by the Jonas Brothers, Good Girls Go Bad by Cobra Starship and several others.

Make sure you check out their debut CD, titled Secrets, on iTunes right away. But, first, check out my brief interview with Jared and Marissa of Good & Broken.

Amy Blackwell: Hey Jared and Marissa, it is such a pleasure interviewing each of you. How is it going?

Jared: Pretty good. You?

Amy Blackwell: I am great, thanks for asking. Let's get this interview rolling.

Marissa: Cool, let's do it.

Amy Blackwell: Where did the band name Good & Broken come from and are any special meanings associated with it?

Jared: It kind of has to do with breaking free of all barriers that hold you back from following your dreams. Other than that, it just sounds cool.

Amy Blackwell: How did you two meet and start playing music together?

Marissa: Well that's a funny story. Before we met, Jared and I played with different bands. It turned out that my drummer's dad was in a band with Jared's dad. We opened an event for them; Jared found out and invited us to play an event with his band. Not too long after, we both left our bands to start a new one together.

Amy Blackwell: What was the first song you two ever covered together?

Jared: I think it was Jaded by Aerosmith. It's one of my favourite songs actually.

Amy Blackwell: What were the first instruments each of you learned to play?

Jared: My dad is a drummer, so he taught me how to play as soon as I was old enough to hold the sticks.

Marissa: I started singing when I was really little, but aside from that, the first instrument I learned how to play was the piano.

Amy Blackwell: Who were some inspirational bands or artists to each of you growing up?

Jared: For me it was The Beatles, hands down.

Marissa: When I really started getting into music, The Used was the first band I fell in love with.

Amy Blackwell: Where do you get your inspiration from when writing new music?

Jared: It all depends on my mood. Sometimes it'll be something that just happened to me, or maybe something in the past that I start thinking about. Sometimes it's just hearing a really cool song and getting inspiration from that.

Marissa: I find inspiration from life experiences. I'm still young and I have a lot of growing up to do, so usually I write about life lessons that I learn along the way.

Amy Blackwell: If you had the opportunity to work with any band or artist in the world who would you want to work with?

Jared: Wow, I could list a hundred, haha. I'm really into JR Rotem right now. He writes and produces with Jason Derulo and Sean Kingston. But I think my all time artist to work with would be Butch Walker. He's written and produced huge hits for artists like Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, Katy Perry and All Time Low, to name a few.

Marissa: I also have a really long list of artists I'd love to work with. John Mayer is definitely one of those artists. The music that he writes is a departure from the kind of music Jared and I write and I think it would be really cool to see what we could come up with. Also, it would be a dream come true if we ever got the chance to work with John Feldmann. He produced The Used and some of my other favourites like The Veronicas, Cute Is What We Aim For and Saosin.

Amy Blackwell: If you could tour with any band or artist who would you want to tour with and why?

Jared: Opening for Blink 182 would be unreal. They were a huge inspiration for me growing up and finally they're back playing events together again.

Marissa: We're actually playing a few events with Silverstein, which is huge for me because I've been a big fan of them for a while now.

Amy Blackwell: What is your favourite song to perform?

Marissa: Mine would have to be My Mistakes. It's a very powerful song and therefore  a lot of fun to perform live.

Amy Blackwell: Any plans or news for the future you can share with us?

Jared: We'll definitely be playing a lot of events this summer. I'm really excited for that. We're also writing new songs for a full length album.

Amy Blackwell: It was such an honour to have the chance to interview you both. I am a huge fan and I think you both are incredibly talented. Thanks so much for your time, I appreciate it. All the best in the future. Take care.

Jared: Thanks, you too.

Marissa: Thanks so much.

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Photo credit: Facebook

Picture 1: From left to right: Marissa (vocals) & Jared (guitar / backing vocals)
Picture 2: Good & Broken - Secrets CD Cover



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