The Aviators Interview

It’s tough to find a band with as much raw potential as Bakersfield, CA based rockers The Aviators. Soon after their 2008 formation, The Aviators launched straight into dozens of shows across the California coastline. They already have three albums under their belt with a new release titled Comin’ on Strong right around the corner. By the Barricade reached out to frontman August Young to talk more about the bands past, present and future. Check out the full interview below!

The Aviators promo photo 6How did you guys settle on your band name The Aviators?

The band name The Aviators was chosen because our first show was in a hangar/barn in Shafter, CA. The hangar had old run down and broken planes hanging from the ceiling so the name just stuck and we rolled with it.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned since The Aviators 2008 formation?

Patience and perseverance. It’s ok to make a mistake, just don’t make the same mistake twice.

Now that you have played shows all around California where was the nastiest bathroom you’ve seen on the road?

There’s a bathroom in Taft, CA that says “stop meth, Jesus saves.” Not really nasty, but we found it funny. There was a bathroom in Visalia, CA that was nasty, but not because of the smell or trash, but because of what was going on in the handicapped stall!

The Aviators have been on a few radio stations across the nation and even TV. Where is a place you want to put your music in the future?

We have been on 98.5 The Fox, 89.7 Savage Radio, Kelly 95.3, 106.1 KRAB radio, 105.1 The Blaze, The Rodney Bingenheimer Show in LA, Highwire Daze Online Radio, Rock On Philly online Radio just to name a few. We want to get our music in movies and television and up on iTunes ASAP. If anyone would like to check out our music you can find it on our website at

The Aviators Promo 8You already have three albums and hundreds of shows under your belt. What is the next milestone The aviators are striving for?

The next milestone for us would to be able to do music for a living and it will with patience and perseverance.

The Aviators headlined the nation’s largest Relay for Life run a few years ago and are playing this year’s Rock for Choc event supporting Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Besides the music how has supporting these causes worked their way into your lives?

We’ve always been the people’s band. We try and give them what they want and we listen when they speak. We are always down to help out for great causes because the world always needs more people helping people.

Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers of By the Barricade?

Thank you for taking the time to read the interview! Don’t forget to check out for links to all our social media and for all your premium rock and roll needs! Our new album Comin’ on Strong  comes out March 11 at B Ryders in Bakersfiled, CA. Join us as we bring LA natives, Fire The Animal up for the show!

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Eric Walden

Founder of giving bands of all calibers a chance to share their story. With the help of an awesome team By the Barricade quickly saw great success prompting the launch of Awfully Good Records and its spinoff AGR Publicity.

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