Paper Airplanes

  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2020 Winner★ Teen ★1st Place
    • SAMMIES 2020 Nominee★ Teen ★
    • SAMMIES 2019 Winner★ Teen ★
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Punk/Post-punk ★
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Teen ★
  • Musicians
    • Antonio Lopes
    • Brady Hegland
    • Damian Whittaker — guitar
    • Jake Kaspari — bass, lead vocals
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Q & A

All-time favorite song?


Jake Kaspari: "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats.

As a child growing up, music surrounds us. What type of music did you hear the most back then?


Antonio Lopes: I grew up listening to SAMMIE award-winning band Funkengruven.

Can you describe a moment in your career, where you felt like you truly reached somebody or made a difference?


Antonio Lopes: Seeing how we affect people on social media and seeing people sing along to songs at shows is empowering. It makes me happy to create music for our audience.

Favorite guitar player?


Damian Whittaker: Brady Hegland.

If you could be any character from history, who would it be?


Antonio Lopes: Chumlee.

If your band was a movie, what movie would it be?


Damian Whittaker: Donnie Darko or Clerks.

Name a recent personal food trend.


Jake Kaspari: Nacho fries inside of a cheesy potato loaded griller from Taco Bell.

What drives you to keep interviewing even though the music industry can be so harsh?


Antonio Lopes: Letting Jake and Damian answer all of the questions.

What's a big musical inspiration that would most surprise your fans?


Brady Hegland: The theme song to Corey in The House.

What's your favorite jam from the '90s?


Brady Hegland: Vanilla Ice had a lot of things to say, and I liked all of them.

What's your favorite local artist/group?


Damian Whittaker: I can’t choose one, but my top ones are Marigold, MASTOIDS, Orange Peel and Private Coast.

What’s your favorite song to perform live right now?


Antonio Lopes: Probably our songs "Beer" and "We Just Had The Worst Timing."

When did you play your first gig in Sac?


Antonio Lopes: In August of 2016, at the Naked Lounge.

Who are your biggest influences?


Antonio Lopes: Phil Robinson of Autopilot Off.

Jake Kaspari : Tom DeLonge of blink-182, Box Car Racer and Angels & Airwaves.

Damian Whittaker: Dave Grohl, Ronnie Radke and hardcore music as a whole.

Who is your secret star crush?


Jake Kaspari: Melissa Start.

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