Music gives us the power to express ourselves and connect with others. It gives us a voice when words fail us.
Our goal is to eventually make a career out of this, but as long as people are listening to our music and coming to our shows, we're already living the dream.
Most of the world's problems would resolve themselves over night, if everyone had a heightened sense of compassion and empathy. So, I guess that's a good place to start.
Not Allstar by Smashmouth...
We each have entirely different tastes, so listing our favorite artists could give someone whiplash.
The innate necessity to create - a primal instinct that artists are born with.
Our message speaks for itself at our shows. We create an atmosphere where people feel important and included and where they can have fun and act stupid and be praised for it rather than judged.
This is what I was meant to do; it's the only place I feel like I belong.
Everyone has a whole lot of really dumb and objectively wrong opinions on the music industry, so I won't add mine to the mix. However, I will say two things 1. as with any industry, the ability to adapt to the changing markets and learning how to be business savvy are really important. 2. The overwhelming majority of musicians I hear preaching about dedication and passions and dreams aren't really doing anything other than rehearsing and playing a few local shows per year. Most of them have this mentality that they will write a couple really good songs, spend 3 grand recording them, and then a record label will magically appear and make their wildest dreams come true. It just doesn't work like that, and those with this mentality are lazy and insincere.
It's pretty cool so far. Really need to spend more time with it!
When my drummer has to stop and pee every 100 miles.
We unfortunately do not really have a local scene, but if we did, I would definitely go to those shows and buy merch. As of right now, the only shows in our hometown are our shows. We bring in a lot of regional acts, though, and it's really cool seeing our small town really connect with those bands.
Networking. If we can get our little self-produced, bedroom-recorded EP on international FM radio station, so can you! Meet people, connect with them, ask for help, exchange favors, get burnt a few times, deal with ass holes, it's worth it because you'll come across some really incredible people that will believe in you and your music enough to stick their neck out for you.
Oceans Divide Us (Memphis, TN) With Bravado (Memphis, TN) 5 Stories (Jackson, TN) As A Nation Dies (Birmingham, AL) The Bald Dog Project (LaPlace, LA) Fury in Few (Atlanta, GA) A Love Story's End (Gulf Coast, MS) H.T.W. (Springfield, MO)