INTERVIEW: Tunnel Vision


Indie reggae band Tunnel Vision has had an incredible year thus far, from breaking world records to playing some killer shows and all that comes in between. Currently, the band is on the road with music geniuses Reel Big Fish, accompanying them on their tour called The Beer Run. A few days before the tour, Tunnel Vision was able to answer some questions we had for them and we’re super excited to share with you!

To start things off, could you guys introduce yourselves and give your roles in the band?
We are Tunnel Vision from San Clemente Ca, the band consists of myself, Hayden Hanson (guitar and vocals), Jacob Hernandez (bass and back up vocals), Tanner Payan (drums and back up vocals) Matt Risley (keys), Doug Alani (saxophone).
So you’re getting ready to kick off a tour with Reel Big Fish in just a couple of days, are you guys pumped? What do you hope to get out of this touring experience?
 So pumped. Couldn’t be more stoked on this lineup. I’ve loved all these bands since I was a kid. So honored to be on tour with all these guys. I hope that we make some good friends on this tour and ultimately play some really good shows!
Is there a favorite place you guys like to perform? Or perhaps a particular place you’re extra excited to play at during the tour?
 We love the home shows. We love shows in new places. Hell, we love all the shows!! Really excited to get back at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. I love that place. So much history there.
Now you guys have done something that no one else can say that they’ve done. You guys climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and reached the summit. But that’s not all, once you got to the top (with all of your gear) you guys performed the “Highest Live Streamed Performance” That is literally incredible! Tell us about that experience.
By far the craziest thing we’ve ever done and probably ever will do most likely. It was incredible. I’m so glad and thankful that I was given the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing mission. The fact that everything came together, the weather, the equipment, the show, and most importantly all of our well beings and abilities at that altitude, is insane. I’m really proud of what we did. And thankful of Tommy Maxwell, WhiskeyBarrel Records, our label, for pulling the expedition together for the band and the tackling of the anti-poaching cause.  
When all is said and done, could you guys see yourselves doing something like that again?
 I could see myself doing something like it again for sure! But doing Kilimanjaro again? I don’t think so, that was really tough, once is enough for me. I loved the whole expedition experience. I would do something like that, just not climbing 19,000 ft. and playing a fully powered concert. That was insane!
Fans can also expect a new single titled, “Other Side of the Mountain” in the near future as well, which will also play a part in helping out a good cause, correct? Is there anything you’d like to tell your fans about that?
 Yeah “Other Side of the Mountain” is a mash up of an old tune by the Gladiators, and a UB40 song called “Sing Our Own Song”. It’s really a different tune from our usual sound. I am really happy with it and all of the proceeds going to stop the poaching of elephants for their tusks. Seeing the animals in their natural habitat really gives you a perspective on life and how important it is to protect these creatures.
Do you guys have any plans for after “The Beer Run” tour that you’d like to share?
 Hopefully we will be releasing our new record! We have all the songs ready to go just waiting to get home and get it all recorded!!! We have another single recorded and ready to release for this tour called “Holes in My Shoes”, it a real high energy song and were super excited to release it. It will be featuring Billy Kottage of Reel Big Fish on trombone, and Dela and Andy of Slightly Stoopid on sax and trumpet.
Lastly, is there anything you guys would like to say to your fans who are reading?
Thank You everyone for all your support and can’t wait to see all of you on tour!!


To learn more about Tunnel Vision check them out on Facebook! And don’t forget to check out the footage of the band performing on top of Mount Kilimanjaro!


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