Robert Cody Maxwell and The Gentlemen Vain

 

Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Indie Folk/Rock/Americana/Alt-Country Band, Robert Cody Maxwell and The Gentlemen Vain
March/April 2015 Edition
Sonicbids Weekly Music Series

 

by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA
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Robert Maxwell of Robert Cody Maxwell and The Gentlemen Vain
Photo Credit: The Netted Pigeon (Michael Hernandez)

Robert Maxwell, Daniel Villanueva, Clemente Gomez, and David Snawder are collectively known as the Indie Folk/Rock/Americana/ Alt-Country Band Robert Cody Maxwell and The Gentlemen Vain. The indie band’s abilities to capture perfect moments of life lessons through great storytelling and create an impressively picturesque sound are some of the strong points to the success of their music. The other part to the band’s magic comes from their fusion of different genes into a winning sound that will certainly resonate with music lovers around the world. In this spotlight with our publication, we get the 411 on who is Robert Cody Maxwell and The Gentlemen Vain.

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

Maxwell: Enthusiastic unaffected American folk rock.

Isaac: Great response.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

Maxwell: There are always, and I think it’s like this for everyone, but there are always way too many to name. I keep going back to Bruce Springsteen and Jackson Browne records. “Emotionalism” by The Avett Brothers had a huge impact on my life and really changed the way I thought and set me on the path I’ve been on since I heard it. There’s an enthusiasm that runs through all of those bands, as writers and as performers, that is inescapable and welcoming, and I am always drawn to that.

Isaac: All of them are great iconic artists.

Isaac: Do you have a favorite song to play from your collection so far?

Maxwell: We’ve been playing the title track from the EP, “Victory” and that one is always a lot of fun because as we play it live it builds and gets a lot louder and dirtier than the recording. There’s a new piano song called “Move On” that hasn’t been recorded yet and it alternates between a kind of ballad and a jangly mess with a lot of dynamics, so that’s becoming one of my favorites too.

Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

Maxwell: I’ve been listening to a lot of local musicians lately. I used to live in Denton, TX and there are some really unbelievable bands there. I went on a tour last summer with Jesse Thompson who has a band there called Levi Cobb and The Big Smoke. Their last album, “Troublemaker” was recorded at Redwood Studios and is some of the best Americana writing you can find in the state. Another Denton songwriter, Daniel Markham, has been getting a lot of well-deserved press for his last album and he knows how to turn a phrase. If you haven’t heard “Pretty Bitchin” you’ve got to go listen to it – the name sums it up. Here in Dallas there’s an incredible band called Bethan, whose music is one that defies description. You just have to go find their record “Time Gone By.” A friend of mine recently recommended Phosphorescent’s album “To Willie” and I’ve been listening to it non-stop. It’s a collection of Willie Nelson covers and it has to be heard to be believed. I’ve also been listening to Middle Brother and Blake Mills a lot lately.

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

Maxwell: Oh man. There’s never an easy answer to this. Everything comes in so many ways, and it’s constantly coming in. Our guitarist and long-time friend has a film project called takenfromtheair and we have talked before about how we kind of feel like there are all of these ideas, or maybe songs to be written, that are just floating around like radio waves waiting for someone to just take them from the air and make them visible to other people. My favorite part of the process is definitely coffee, because it’s the only part that’s remotely consistent.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

Maxwell: If we’re imagining a world in which I can just snap my fingers and go on tour with anyone, I would really love the chance to be side-stage with a band like Dawes. I think there’s a lot to be learned from those guys as a band and Taylor Goldsmith in particular as a songwriter. Or Langhorne Slim and The Law. They’ve been favorites for a long time and they’re incredible.

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/playing etc?

Maxwell: I love making quick trips down to Austin and up to Denton to get out of town and see what’s going on. Those towns always have something great going on and it’s good to see what’s happening. That and taking walks.

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Robert Maxwell of Robert Cody Maxwell and The Gentlemen Vain
Photo Credit: Clemente Gomez

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

Maxwell: My girlfriend, barbacoa tacos, a capo, my hat, and Merle Haggard songs.

Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into when you are performing or on the road that you can let us in on?

Maxwell: We almost had a nasty run in with the law in Virginia. And by law, I mean natural law. We were driving through the Blue Ridge Mountains from a gig in North Carolina to another one in Washington, DC and we knew we were going to camp there in the mountains for the night. We had been joking all day about getting eaten by bears and we ended up having to stop right in front of a mother bear and two cubs and let them cross the road. It was kind of beautiful until we realized that we were sleeping just a ways down the road. So we tried to hide all of our food and scrub any food smell off of ourselves, and all slept in one tent and kept waking up pretty sure we were going to be bear food. We’re still here though so apparently bears do not find us particularly attractive.

Isaac: That is very great story. I would had been scared sh#tless myself. Ha.

Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again?

Maxwell: Absolutely. Next time I’m going to bring a picnic basket.

Isaac: :-)

Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

Maxwell: I’d probably be a writer, but there’s nothing I’d rather be doing than performing.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Maxwell: Decide what to be and go be it.

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….

Maxwell: Older and wiser. I would love to live in Asheville, North Carolina at some point in the future, but probably California at some point before that.

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

Maxwell: I think probably my favorite moments have come from house shows. We put on a bunch of house shows in Denton last year and there’s a kind of magic that happens when everyone is standing in really close proximity and they’re singing the music that you’re playing them and jumping up and down and sweating and dancing. It feels like that’s how live music is supposed to feel and it feels very welcoming and warm.

Official Website:
http://www.thegentlemenvain.com/

Official Facebook Band Page:
https://www.facebook.com/rcmaxwellandthegentlemenvain

Kolas

 

Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Indie Singer/Songwriter, Kolas
March/April 2015 Edition
Sonicbids Weekly Music Series

 

by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA
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Kolas
Photo Credit: Laurence Labat

We are excited to bring to the online pages of Junior’s Cave Online Magazine the music of Kolas who is a singer/songwriter who blends Folk and Blues into a harmonious combination. Kolas is a one man band who uses as his principal instrument a hand crafted Dobro by Gilles Lacombe and a Cajon that the talented artist built himself. It is his compositions of between Folk and Blues that resonate with this online publication. Kolas has a talent of singing about deep emotions which gives his music that special authenticity. Here is a recent interview with Kolas that explores and reveals the man behind the music, his musical influences, and where he sees himself in the music industry 10 years from now.

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

Kolas: A raw and honest blues.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

Kolas: To begin with, Johnny Cash. For the honesty of his soul and music. A lot of names come to mind… Jeff Buckley for his heart and his voice, Eddie Vedder for his words and his voice. Lately, it’s mostly been Ben Howard, his music just speaks the truth and he stays true to himself, I admire that. And of course John Butler Trio, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker and so many others…

Isaac: Do you have a favorite song to play from your collection so far?

Kolas: I would say Song About a Road Trip, because it reminds me of a time where I learned a lot about my mistakes. A lot of challenges came across my path, and this song helps me keep in mind that we all grow in our own way, and that we don’t have to be afraid of change.

Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

Kolas: Ben Howard’s latest album – I Forget Where We Were – has been playing over and over for 2 months now. It’s a really mature record, and has a lot of beautiful inspiring tones. Shakey Graves is also one of the artists I listen to the most theses times. His first album Roll The Bones and all the videos on YouTube featuring him are just awesome, great artist. And also Charlie Winston, who just released a new album. This artist is the bomb, all his albums are different universes, always reinventing himself, and he is a must.

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Kolas
Photo Courtesy of Kolas

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

Kolas: Most of the time, the writing comes when I feel something profound. I try to write it down in the truest form. For example, the song Presence off my debut EP explains a feeling I had over and over again for a year. And throughout the song I paint moments of when I felt that feeling, and what it did to me. As though this is the most frequent type of moments that inspires me, it can also be triggered by a book, a movie, a thought, an article, a picture – pretty much anything that can generate an emotion. My favorite part would be the writing itself. Because it is always different. Sometimes I take my time to put my ideas and feelings into words, but it can also be in an urge and I try to find something to write on the fastest way possible. The moment where the words hit you is the most unpredictable, honest and enjoyable one.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

Kolas: Ben Howard, without hesitation.

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

Kolas: Haha it depends of the season. In summer it would be to go outside, ride my motorcycle, do some slackline, yoga, bike, etc. But a four season activity: go to the movies, buy a popcorn and just sit there in the dark and space out into another universe.

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Kolas
Photo Courtesy of Kolas

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

Kolas: My girlfriend haha, cheesy I know… the sun, food, movies, travel.

Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into when you are performing or on the road that you can let us in on?

Kolas: In one of my last shows in Montreal, the technical problems just kept piling on. It began with my Simon & Patrick acoustic guitar. During the sound check, the pickup battery died. So in a rush, I ran to the closest store where I could buy a new one and that was still open. Fortunately, there was one two blocks away. Then, in the first act of the show, where I played solo, one of my strings happened to break at the second song… Which is a common thing, but still, it had to happen at the beginning… Then later on, in the second part of the show, when I took out my Simon & Patrick guitar, it started distorting for an unknown reason to a point where I couldn’t use it anymore. So I had to cut my set short of four songs. I was so mad haha. But you know, things happen, and the show must go on.

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Kolas
Album Cover

Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again?

Kolas: Absolutely, because I learned how to manage those kinds of obstacles that can always present themselves along the way.

Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

Kolas: There are multiple things I’d like to try out. I would love to be an outdoor guide. I love being outside into the nature and love to have a contact with people. But I’ve always wanted to be an actor, theater has been a great part of my life during my teenage days. Also I find myself attracted to film music. I would enjoy to record tracks especially for movies. Like Arcade Fire did for the movie Her.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Kolas: Live free, do what makes you happy, seek happiness. But still think long term and work hard to achieve your goals.

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….

Kolas: I will be making music full time, I will have achieved my current goals, and working on my next projects!

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

Kolas: My greatest moment was when I first felt the connection between the public and my music. It was while playing in duo with my drummer, our bassist couldn’t make it so we improvised without him. It was so unpredictable and fun, we had a blast and the crowd had such a great reaction. That’s when I learned how to fully get myself in my music while performing, without minding what the rest of the world thought. I think that’s when you reach the most honest performance, and the public can feel it. A chemistry is then created.

Official Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/Kolasmusic

Official Website:
http://www.kolasmusic.com

Colin Rivera

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Junior’s Cave Interview Exclusive
(Celebrity Interview with
Producer/Director, Colin Rivera)
March/April 2015 Edition

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The Cast from The End of Something
Photo Courtesy of Producer/Director Colin Rivera

Producer/Director Colin Rivera of the full length indie film, The End of Something, takes us to world where a small black box theater group in Brooklyn is struggling to survive in the face of urban and economic development. The film also explores endings and several different themes of endings are magnificently and brilliantly portrayed by a group of super talented actors/actresses. It is the combination of Rivera’s superb direction and the ensemble cast’s outstanding acting abilities that make this a great film. We spoke to Rivera about his amazing film, and he was more than happy to share some wonderful insights on the making of the film and what others can expect to learn after watching this masterpiece. Here is the full interview in its entirety. Enjoy!

Isaac: Colin, I want to welcome you to Junior’s Cave. I also wanted to thank you so much for allowing me to have an opportunity to interview you and discuss your indie film, The End of Something.

Colin: Thanks for having me, Isaac.

Isaac: You produced and directed this film. What was one of the benefits of being able to produce the film you were directing?

Colin: Fewer arguments about budget and casting decisions.

Isaac: How hard is it for you to wear so many hats with regards to making sure that you stay on task with getting your film completed successfully?

Colin: In addition to producing and directing, I also wrote, filmed and edited the film (under pseudonyms.) The DIY model of filmmaking is inherently conducive to getting something finished, since there are fewer points of process breakdowns. It also means you spend an awful lot of time on all pre‐ and post-production stuff. At the end of the day, you know that if it fails, you have no one to blame but yourself, so there’s your motivation for finishing.

Isaac: The End of Something is about a small black box theater group in Brooklyn struggling to survive in the face of urban and economic development. What was the inspiration on making this film? Can you elaborate a little about the background story of the film as to why you decided to use this theme for the film?

Colin: I know and have worked with many young actors who come out of schools and colleges eager to act and share their talents with the world, only to find opportunities few and far between. Many of them end up forming their own small theater companies and renting out holes in the wall to put on shows that are sparsely attended. If you’re a supportive friend of a young actor, you’ve at some point sat in an audience smaller than the cast. It’s tough and disheartening, and they don’t tend to last long, but there’s always another wave of young actors to take up where others leave off. It’s very similar to kids coming out of film school, wanting to make their own films and forming their own production companies. The big difference between the two though is films can live forever (for better or worse) online, whereas theater productions have a handful of showings and are gone forever. So, what better way to celebrate the etherealness of a doomed theater group that through film?

The other theme of the film is of endings ‐ the endings of relationships, partnerships, friendships, dreams. In your early twenties, you have your future ahead of you and still have wide‐eyed optimism of where you’ll go and what you’ll do. Right before the thirties hit (which is where the characters are in the film) you’re hit with a panic that you haven’t done something yet or aren’t ever going to get there, so that’s the natural life‐course correction period. Hence, the end of something, but the start of something else.

Isaac: I can imagine that there are some intense moments in the film. What has been the reactions from critics and peers you have received about the film?

Colin: I was incredibly lucky to have worked with an outstanding cast, especially Sarah‐Doe Osborne who won the Best Actress award at the NYC Independent Film Festival and Cuyle Carvin, who agreed to grow facial hair and dress like a shlub and is absolutely the heart of the film. We were nominated for Best Ensemble Cast at Bare Bones Int’l Film Festival, as well as Best Comedy Feature. I was nominated for Auteur of the Year there as well, and won Best Director at NYC Indie Film Fest.

Isaac: Big CONGRATS on all the wonderful deserved recognition the film, its cast, and you are receiving.

Isaac: What do you want others to take away from the film after watching it?

Colin: Hire/cast these actors for your production, because you’ve just seen how awesome they are.

Isaac: Are you happy with the end results of this amazing film? Is there anything you would change or do differently if you had the opportunity?

Colin: Again, amazing cast and performances. Outstanding music contributions from The West Fjords, The Jack Lords Orchestra, and most of all Dyka and Paulo, whose score really gives the film its vibe. More time and more money would help immensely with production values. I shot the film right around that time when DSLR video was just emerging so I bought a contraption to put over my 2006 Panasonic HVX‐200 to emulate shallow depth of field. I saved a ton of money and time not going RED, but in 2015 unfortunately the iPhone has better quality video. My budget was $5k, most of which went to location rentals, by the way.

Isaac: Where can others check this film out at?

Colin: You can get it at Amazon Instant Video (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00U4XBB56/), in HD on
Vimeo on Demand (https://vimeo.com/ondemand/teos) and on Reelhouse
(https://www.reelhouse.org/vintageyouthfilms/the‐end‐of‐something). For more info, check out the website at http://theendofsomethingfilm.com

Isaac: What’s next for you?

Colin: I’ve been working on a web series that eventually will see the light of day. Hopefully working with some of these fine actors again.

Isaac: Finish this sentence….. “The End of Something is the film that will…..

Colin: “…show you what Cuyle Carvin, Sarah‐Doe Osborne, James Liebman, Angela Relucio, Stacey Napoleone, Hakim McMillan, Ryan G. Metzger, Elise Rovinsky, Adam Shorsten and Naomi Warner can really do if given the material and opportunity. Thanks again for the time, Isaac, and good luck”.

Teaser Trailer for The End of Something

Official Trailer for The End of Something

Soul Track Mind

 

Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Indie Soul/Funk/Rock Band, Soul Track Mind
March/April 2015 Edition
Sonicbids Weekly Music Series

 

by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA
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Soul Track Mind
Photo by Marco Gutierrez

It takes a special gifted and talented band to be able to blend perfectly different genres into a winning sound. Indie Band Soul Track Mind certainly accomplish this with their music. The group is able to mix Soul, Funk, and Rock laced over elements of R&B, Blues, and Jazz. One of the best parts to the band’s appeal is the strong male voice of lead man Donovan Keith. His voice fits perfectly with the band’s music and the array of wonderful sounds that will get music lovers up and out of their seats hitting the dance floor. In this recent spotlight with our publication, we spoke to the members of Soul Track Mind about their quest to bring their music to the masses. Here is what developed from that sensational online encounter with Soul Track Mind.

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

Soul Track Mind: High-energy, Passionate Rock N’ Soul.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

Soul Track Mind: Sam Cooke, Stax Records, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin, Beatles, and Rolling Stones. There are many more, but we’ll collectively draw from older music.

Isaac: Do you have a favorite song to play from your collection so far?

Soul Track Mind: Ode To Youth.

Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

Soul Track Mind: Aloe Blacc, The Monophonics, Ben L’Oncle, & D’Angelo’s new album.

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Soul Track Mind
Photo by Marco Gutierrez

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

Soul Track Mind: We want you to feel when you hear our music and see our live show. It’s not about dancing & feeling good or lyrics with vague meaningless imagery for the sake of being poetic. It’s much more specific than that. We draw inspiration from our own humanity and we try to spin it in a way that everyone can relate to because our songs are based on emotions that everyone feels. Making that emotional connection with our audience, either live or in the studio with our music is what makes our band unique.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

Soul Track Mind: We’re not picky. Aloe Blacc, Bruno Mars, even Taylor Swift, we don’t care. We’ll open for any major artist, any genre, anytime, anywhere. It doesn’t matter who it is, but they better bring their “A” game because we’ll give them a run for their money.

Isaac: :-)

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

Soul Track Mind: Everyone in the band has different hobbies and interests. For example, our Front-man & Singer Donovan Keith plays soccer and does Swing Dancing as a hobby. Our guitarist Jonathon Zemek likes to shoot guns and is a chicken wing aficionado.

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

Soul Track Mind:

1.) iPhone. How did people live without these things?
2.) Sweet Tea
3.) The city of Austin, TX
4.) BBQ
5.) Bucee’s. If you don’t know what that is, you need to find out and go there. Seriously.

Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into when you are performing or on the road that you can let us in on?

We were playing a show in Illinois a few years back on tour and our singer knocked a girl’s tooth out at a bar. It was purely on accident. The band was hanging out watching the band playing after us. It was a small club and the dance floor was right near the bar. He was dancing with a girl and when he tried to spin her around his hand accidentally hit the pint glass of a girl who was drinking from it and it knocked her tooth out apparently. It was so loud and dark in the room that nobody knew what happened until we all went out to our van and her friends were cussing us out and trying to start a fight.

Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

Soul Track Mind: Performing is life. If you leave yourself a fall back plan then you’ll fall back on it. If you don’t then you have no choice but to move forward. There is nothing else like it.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Soul Track Mind: Let experience be your teacher and never let anybody try to tell you who you are and what’s best for you.

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be…
Soul Track Mind: Playing the Super Bowl.

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

Soul Track Mind: One time we were playing SXSW in Austin, TX. We were sandwiched between nothing but hard rock and heavy metal bands. We only played a 30 min set and the audience was full of fans of their genre at this showcase. We interrupted their Rock & Metal event and gave them some Soul and we completely stole the show. One of the drummers in another band came up to us after we slayed the entire house. He runs up with his hair in massive colored spikes, full heavy metal attire, and he said, “I’m from NY, I’m a metalhead and don’t know anything about this music. That was F’ing awesome. I’ve never danced in my entire life to any band ever. You guys made me dance.” This is just another example of how our band has been able to play all different venues for different audiences, age groups, etc. Our music has universal appeal and we try to connect to everyone.

The Band’s Official Website:
http://www.soultrackmind.com/

Heather Stanley

 

Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Christian Pop Singer/Songwriter, Heather Stanley
March/April 2015 Edition
Sonicbids Weekly Music Series
Gospel Today Spotlight

by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA
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Heather Stanley
Photo Courtesy of Michael Miller with Cowlick Creation

Christian Pop Singer/Songwriter Heather Stanley is an up-and-coming new Christian Artist who is continuing the wonderful tradition of the many great Contemporary Christian Artists before her. She is delivering solid performances with her beautiful voice, uplifting and inspiring lyrics, and catchy hooks all aimed at being a great role model for Christians around the world. It was a pleasure getting to know more about the multi-talented artist, learning more about her strong faith, her musical influences, and where she sees herself in 10 years. After reading this spotlight, our publication knows others will find her just as appealing as we do. Here is her amazing story for our online readers’ enjoyment.

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

Heather Stanley: Upbeat, Inspiring, Fun, Happy, and Versatile.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

Heather Stanley: Stacie Orrico, Switchfoot, and Tobymac.

Isaac: Do you have a favorite song to play from your collection so far?

Heather Stanley: Yes. “Beautiful”.

Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

Heather Stanley: The Newsboys have always been a great band but they are currently experimenting with a new sound and it’s definitely worth checking out! Capital Kings and Royal Taylor are two bands making their way in the Dance/Pop scene. I also think Christian Rap is a much underrated genre. Some great Christian Rap artists include, The Flame, NF, Lacrae and Beacon Light.

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Heather Stanley
Photo Courtesy of Michael Miller with Cowlick Creation

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

Heather Stanley: I definitely write from my own experiences. I have been through a wide variety of things since I’ve been traveling on my own for the past 10 years so there is always some new idea I can use to express how I feel about a situation and my goal is always to write in a way where people can relate. My favorite part of the process is when I’m nearing the end of recording and everything is coming together musically even better than it was in my head when I first started writing.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

Heather Stanley: Katy Perry or Beyoncé.

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

Heather Stanley: I recently got into crochet. I know that sounds nerdy lol but I like being able to see things come together and put little decorations up in my apartment.

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Heather Stanley
Album Cover Photo Courtesy of Michael Miller with Cowlick Creation

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

Heather Stanley: Family, the Bible, music, chocolate and wine.

Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into when you are performing or on the road that you can let us in on?

Heather Stanley: I’m a “Good Girl” like my song says!! But there was ONE time when I forgot the words to my own song! Of course that was the day we were taping a live show for a DVD…..

Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again?

Heather Stanley: In a heartbeat.

Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

Heather Stanley: Honestly I can’t imagine doing anything else. I’ve tried the 9-5 life but it’s not for me.

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Heather Stanley
Photo Courtesy of Michael Miller with Cowlick Creation

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Heather Stanley: Never let fear get in the way of your dreams. So many people let the fear of the unknown stop them from truly following what they are called to do and they end up unhappy or empty. I just recently read a book by Joyce Meyer called “Do It Afraid” challenging us all to walk through the fear and do what we are meant to do with our lives in spite of those little voices telling us that we can’t.

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….

Heather Stanley: Living my dream out on the road bringing music and hope to people everywhere.

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Heather Stanley
Photo Courtesy of Michael Miller with Cowlick Creation

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

Heather Stanley: My greatest moments are when I get done performing and people tell me they are touched by my lyrics. That always makes the struggle completely worth it.

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Andru Ayoub

 

Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Indie Hip-Hop Artist & Producer, Andru Ayoub
March/April 2015 Edition
Sonicbids Weekly Music Series

 

by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA
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Andru Ayoub
Photography by Elliott O’Donovan @ www.facebook.com/eophoto

The diversity that is seen and heard in the Indie Hip-Hop industry is unparalleled to anything currently out in mainstream music. There are many hidden gems that music lovers of this genre can discover. Here is yet another skillful, talented, and fresh lyrical genius that is bringing something new and innovative to the popular genre. Meet Andru Ayoub, a Palestinian Hip-Hop artist and producer based out of Rockville, MD, who has been creating music since the age of 14. Today he speaks to our online publication about his musical journey, ambitions, influences, and where he sees himself in the next 10 years. Here is his amazing story.

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

AA: Fresh, Real, Raw, Lyrically Rich, and Versatile.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

AA: Although it sounds cliché, I was introduced to hip-hop at a young age listening to Tupac. While he sparked my interest for the genre, it was Kanye West that really inspired me to write and produce. Hearing tracks off of 808s & Heartbreak really pushed me to go out and buy my first keyboard/sampler.

Isaac: Do you have a favorite song to play from your collection so far?

AA: It really depends on my mood. Eye Know is a really fun hip-hop track, but One Hundred, off my mixtape, gives me the aggressive vibe that motivates me.

Isaac: I am interested to know whom you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

AA: You’ve got to checkout Logic. He is a really dope artist from the DMV that’s making a lot of noise in the scene right now. I’m expecting big things from him this year.

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

AA: My inspiration comes from what I see, do, and feel every day. I reflect on the actions I take and the experiences I live, and share this with the world through my music.

My favorite part about the process is coming up with unique/clever ways to express myself. For example, in the song Eye Know, I wrote, “they see me taking flight and wanna hop up in my carry on!” This was a reflection on my experience with people around me. As I was doing things as an artist to advance in my career, I felt like when people saw me making moves, they wanted a piece or wanted to piggyback even though they didn’t seem genuinely interested in my music or vibe.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

AA: It would be dope to open for Kendrick Lamar. I feel like my music appeals to a large audience, and with his diverse group of fans, I’ll be able to make a strong connection.

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

AA: I like to spend a lot of time outdoors. In the winter, it’s all about the Burton. In the summer, I like to hop on my motorcycle and ride with a few homies. I recently got into golf, and am looking forward to playing more this spring.

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

AA: There’s this chicken place around my way called Nandos; I definitely can’t live without that. After that, my family, iPhone, car, and of course, The Lion King on VHS.

Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into when you are performing or on the road that you can let us in on?

AA: Nothing too crazy has happened really. One of the toughest experiences I had was when I opened for Pusha T at Echostage in DC. The show performances kept getting delayed, and by the time I got up for my set, the crowd was pretty hostile. Performing in front of 3,000 agitated fans can be rough.

Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again?

AA: Of course! Stuff will always go wrong when you’re on tour. You’ve got to just adapt and push through it.

Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

AA: It would definitely be something music related, either writing/producing for other artists or owning a recording studio.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

AA: Always live in the moment and make the best of every opportunity, even if it’s not what you expected.

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be…

AA: Giving my acceptance speech at the Grammys.

Isaac: Awesome Goal!

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

AA: The vibe an artist gets from the crowd is probably one of the most important aspects of a performance. One of my greatest moments was when I opened up for The Game at Echostage in DC. I knew a lot of my fans came out to see me, and I was excited to perform for them again. The crowd was really into it, and I love to feed off of that energy.

Official Website
http://www.andruayoub.com/

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Piqued Jacks

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Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Indie Band, Piqued Jacks
March/April 2015 Edition
MusicSUBMIT Weekly Music Series

by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA

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Piqued Jacks
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It is our pleasure to present Piqued Jacks who are a passionate and polychromatic alternative/funk-rock band of brothers from Italy, now Austin-based. Our publication interviewed them in June of 2013 and easily was blown away by the band’s music. Today, almost two years later, Indie Band Piqued Jacks continues to make music that is setting them apart from other groups currently out in the indie music scene. For those who are new to the band and their music, here is Piqued Jacks’ amazing story.

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

Piqued Jacks: We can do better, we can do it with three words: passionate, powerful, polychromatic.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

Piqued Jacks: The Red Hot Chili Peppers had a great influence on us, mostly because we saw them more as a family than as a band. Growing up, we got influenced a lot by Biffy Clyro, QOTSA, The Killers, The Mars Volta and Incubus. Right now, we’re just trying to create our own sound.

Isaac: Do you have a favorite song to play from your collection so far?

Piqued Jacks: Does a whole album count? We like so much our new LP “Climb Like Ivy Does”, we really can’t pick one song.

Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

Piqued Jacks: Recently, we’ve been listening to Enter Shikari, Colour Haze, Death Cab For Cutie and Port Noir. Going deeper in the underground scene we think Under The Bed and Shed Of Noiz (two badass bands from Tuscany) do deserve the spotlight.

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

Piqued Jacks: Inspiration comes from everything and nothing, when we write a song it just happens. Being together in the same room is very inspiring, but so is being alone with an instrument.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

Piqued Jacks: Oh well, the Foo Fighters. Not for the crowd, but for meeting Dave Grohl and the band instead.

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

Piqued Jacks: Each one of us has his own. We probably all agree with eating sleeping.

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

Piqued Jacks: Films, Whataburger, Pizza, Friends, Oxygen.

Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into when you are performing or on the road that you can let us in on?

Piqued Jacks: Luckily, we haven’t gotten into big problems yet, only lots of funny scenarios.

Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again?

Piqued Jacks: Absolutely!

Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

Piqued Jacks: Penguinsane would work as a sound engineer (he already does, he loves it), E-King would probably have a music-related job (such as band manager or producer, he’s made for that), littleladle would be some kind of a journalist and ThEd0g doesn’t really know.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Piqued Jacks: “Climb Like Ivy Does”. Don’t ever forget your roots, and fight for what you love.

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….

Piqued Jacks: Producing our fourth album in a nice sunny garden, and a giant statue of a rhino in the middle of it.

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

Piqued Jacks: Just last week we had one of the best. We presented our new LP in our house-pub where we grew up as a band. All our families and friends were there, we didn’t expect so much love. It was a beautiful night, we were all one with the people, everything was so simple yet so huge, emotionally speaking.

We’ll get on the road soon for moments like that.

Official Band’s Facebook Website:
https://www.facebook.com/piqued.jacks

Band’s Official Website:
http://www.piquedjacks.com/

Joyous Wolf

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Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Indie Band, Joyous Wolf
March/April 2015 Edition
MusicSUBMIT Weekly Music Series

by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA

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Joyous Wolf
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Singer/Songwriter Nick Reese led the indie band Carnival Seasons to great heights in the three years he spent as front man for the group. Today, Nick has a new gig, and one that this publication is extremely excited about at the moment. Meet the latest sensation to hit the Indie Music Circuit: Joyous Wolf. Members Nick Reese (vocals), Blake Allard (guitar), Sam Mulder (bass), and Robert Sodaro (drums) have collaboratively joined forces to create something that will certainly make others take notice. As always, Nick’s strong male vocals are beautifully laced to electrifying guitar and insane drums that make this publication proud to call Joyous Wolf one of the best new indie bands currently out. Here is a recent spotlight with the members of Joyous Wolf as we get the 411 of who they are. Enjoy!

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain Joyous Wolf’s sound in 5 words:

Nick: Loud, Swampy, Dynamic, Melodic, Power.

Blake: Sexy, Passionate, Groovy, Disco, Rock.

Robert: Soul, Rock, Blues, Energy, Power.

Sam: Big, jumpy, dirty, flowing, deep.

Isaac: A question for Nick. You built up quite the following as the lead singer of your former band, Carnival Seasons. What was the main reason you decided to leave the band and what do you take from your experiences with Carnival Seasons that you believe will help you with your new band, Joyous Wolf.

Nick: It wasn’t so much me leaving but realizing I wasn’t going to be able to keep the ship from sinking. A member of the band decided to leave at a very poor time, and it just proved to be too much of a blow to come back from. So I figured it was pretty much starting over anyways, so might as well just start a new chapter somewhere else. The overall knowledge of the industry I’ve gained over the last 4 years would be my biggest take away from the experience. I know what to expect and I can easily see when something could be a potential problem before it happens. You know, because I’ve probably seen it before.

Isaac: (QN) With respect to your fans, how are they enjoying your new gig? How about your former band members?

Nick: I think there is a bit of letting go more than a few of them need to do still. Can tell a lot of them are hesitant, but the ones who have given it a chance love it. All my band members except one, have given me some sort of blessing on the project like “This is really good”. I value their opinions over my own.

Isaac: Speaking of Joyous Wolf, I am digging the name! Where did the name come from and what is its meaning?

Nick: We just sort of threw around 1000 names during after practice dinners, and random text conversations. I wish there was a better story haha.

Blake: The name stuck out to us after spit balling for a few days, we just liked the way the name looked, sounded, and figured there’s a joyous wolf in everyone.

Robert: The name just kind of happened; I like the idea of having some huge riff being represented by this little wolf.

Sam: I’ve always liked animal names in bands so thought I might keep it going.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

Nick: Jack White in any format whether it’s The White Stripes, Raconteurs, His Solo Stuff, etc. The Strokes, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Muse, Nirvana, Van Morrison, The Kinks, Brian Wilson, The Ramones, AC/DC, Queen, Judas Priest, The Who, I could go on but I’ll stop there haha.

Blake: Dave Grohl, Michael Jackson, Dick Dale, Freddy Mercury, Carlos Santana, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix.

Robert: Stevie wonder, Benny Greb, Chris Coleman, Steve Jordan, Matt Cameron, Tom Morello, Keith Carlock, Jojo Mayer, Matt Garstka, Chris Cornell.

Sam: Victor Wooten, Soundgarden, Kyuss, Deftones, Slayer.

Isaac: I am interested to know who you’re listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now? Who do you think deserves the spotlight?

Nick: I’m a huge fan of a band Blake actually turned me onto called “Crobot” They have this amazing song out called “Legend of The Space Born Killer” Also The Virginmary’s are one kickass modern rock band that really does it for me. Audioslave, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Rage Against The Machine, Van Morrison, and anything Jack White is involved with. I could go on forever.

Blake: I am constantly listening to Queens of the Stone Age, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Zella Day, Them Crooked Vultures, Wilco.

Robert: I am perpetually listening to Queens of the Stone Age, Alice in Chains, Them Crooked vultures, Audioslave, The Pillows, Primus, Steely Dan, Snarky Puppy and Radiohead. Them Crooked Vultures has put out some of the most innovative rock music that has come out in the past couple years (and a new album).

Sam: Soundgarden, Primus, anything from Devin Townshend.

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

Nick: I usually just work with what Blake, Bob, and Sam throw at me. I try to capture the mood of the music, what it makes me feel, the sound grabs me and takes me somewhere. I like to think that it makes the song even better when both the instrumentation and vocalization are coming from the same place but from many different resources. Probably the whole journey of making the song, you build it brick by brick until it’s a skyscraper of sound unique to you.

Blake: I draw inspiration from things in my life that I cannot control; music lets me come up with an artistic solution. My favorite part is when everyone is playing their own part and it all comes together in a process of beautiful symmetry.

Robert: My favorite part has to be when someone just plays something or someone comes up with some random idea and it then the song becomes way more awesome than anticipated.

Sam: When someone comes up with a riff or beat we build off of that and from the vibe I get from the guys leads me to the next transition.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now, who would it be?

Nick: Muse they are just such an enormous group, to open up for them would be a privilege.

Blake: Foo Fighters because Dave Grohl is basically God.

Robert: QOTSA, Muse, or The Shaggs.

Sam: Deftones!

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

Nick: I’m all about adventure, so anywhere I haven’t been is where I want to go, just travel around and see as much as possible.

Blake: I love going on road trips around the west coast and partying with the best people a guy could ask for.

Robert: Eating food with friends/hang out with friends.

Sam: Riding my bike, eating dank food!

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

Nick: Really Good Food, Copious amounts of sleep, MUSIC!, Performing, and Women.

Blake: 1. My funky shirts, 2. Pony tail holders, 3. Netflix, 4. The gym, 5. Chipotle.

Robert: Food, water, sleep, music, those that are close to me.

Sam: My bike, the Outdoors, My animals, Friends, a good drink.

Isaac: What is the most trouble you’ve ever gotten into while you were performing or on the road, that you can let us in on?

Nick: I remember vividly, early on in my last band we had not been able to get the presale money for one of these lousy club shows in Anaheim. We decided that we had enough of the production companies bullshit and got our stuff and left. We were dodging phone calls for months! We never played there again and to be honest it was only a good thing.

Blake: We ran a stop sign one time…

Robert: I played a show with a different band about a year and a half ago at a small ice cream shop. The show we prepared for was a full electric show, the room was incredibly small I set up my drums and we played hard. People ordering ice cream and their kids stood 2 feet away from my cymbals and drums, we realized we were supposed to do an acoustic set afterwards. That being said… It was a good show.

Sam: We got kicked out of a venue because a bandmate had knocked down a door.

Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again?

Nick: Oh yeah I’m way too stubborn to give up; I’d just make sure to be a bit better equipped the next time around.

Blake: ABSOLUTELY!

Robert: Yes?

Sam: Yes but with a smarter approach.

Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

Nick: I’m a science major in college, so believe it or not I’d probably go into Astro-Physics, or A professional wrestler….or a Jedi…Yeah a Jedi.

Blake: Be homeless, because music is life.

Robert: Something in business, medicine, or chemistry. Because those are my main interests in school I.E. Money, Medicine, and Chemistry.

Sam: Any kind of racing.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Nick: “Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine”.

Blake: “Anyone can make the simple complicated; genius is making the complicated simply”.

Robert: “Death is always near and fear is your enemy”.

Sam: “Treat others how you’d like to be treated” It’s worked for me so far.

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be…

Nick: On the back of a Milk carton, the have you seen this person box, possibly selling Viagra door to door. I don’t know that’s up for the universe to decide. Hopefully, making music with the guys, or at least making music somewhere.

Blake: Hopefully a musician who can make a living doing what he loves, nothing more, nothing less.

Robert: 29 and much older.

Sam: Playing shows and making good money, possibly a family of my own.

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

Nick: I transferred to a different high school half way through my senior year. I owe it to that place for pretty much every musical experience I’ve ever had. Everybody there seemed to play guitar or be in band at least the people I hung around that is. I picked up a guitar there for the first time, tried to make some pleasant sounding noise for the first time. I started to sing all the time even though it was horribly off key and drove my parents insane. I learned how to write songs there from the musicians I knew. I played my very first performance there, I only knew 3 chords and couldn’t even sing and play at the same time very well, but I sang my song on stage sitting in chair hot lights beaming down on me. I put all my nerves into those 3 minutes, and when the crowd erupted I couldn’t contain myself. I walked off stage and fell into my friends arms I couldn’t walk right because my legs were jelly. I’ll never forget that, that moment was the most defining in my entire life.

Blake: After finishing a solo, looking out to a crowd of people screaming enthusiastically to what I had just given them was without a doubt more than I could have ever asked for. And since that very moment, I’ve been addicted to it.

Robert: One of the most significant moments in my life was actually not in a band but rather in an orchestra. I’ve played violin all my life and we were performing Adagio for Strings in Segerstrom Hall conducted by the amazingly passionate and spectacular Maxim Eshkenazy. That moment will stay with me forever hitting the great climax of the song and playing the last note and hearing it ring through the hall. I will never forget it.

Sam: I was playing at the Jumping Turtle in San Marcos and while we were playing this old guy was bobbin his head the whole time with a beer in his hand. After we had finished he came up to me and said that was some of the best stuff he’s heard since the 70’s. For some reason it always stuck with me.

Official Joyous Wolf’s Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/joyouswolf

Colin Ward

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Junior’s Cave
Music Interview
with Singer/Songwriter, Colin Ward
February/March 2015 Edition
MusicSUBMIT Weekly Music Series

by Isaac Davis Junior, BGS, MBA

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Singer/Songwriter Colin Ward
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It is such a great honor to present Singer/Songwriter Colin Ward to our online readers in this new dynamic interview. He is bringing to music lovers around the world a taste of Bluegrass, Folk, Americana, and Alternative Rock with the new release of his latest effort, Drink Red Wine. Ward is delivering some fun and catchy memorable vocal melodies that promise to have fans take notice of Ward’s music.

Isaac: I would like to ask you for the readers of this online publication who have never heard your music, explain your sound in 5 words:

Colin: Emotional, Cinematic, Earthy, Positive, and Dynamic.

Isaac: With respect to musical icons, who would you consider to be your most significant musical influences?

Colin: In no particular order; Bob Dylan, Django Reinhardt, Phish, Nirvana, Blind Melon, The Beatles, King Crimson, The Grateful Dead, Tortoise, James Brown, Parliament, and my family members.

Isaac: Do you have a favorite song to play from your collection so far?

Colin: No favorites but I’m really proud of the song “look at the moon” because it is spooky, sweet, and I love its simplicity.

Isaac: I am interested to know who you are listening to at the moment. What bands and artists should we have our ears on right now who you think deserve the spotlight?

Colin: I love many genres but this power funk group out of Brooklyn, NY “TURKUAZ” has been just blowing me away with their recordings and performances the last 2 years.

Isaac: Since you write your own music; where do you draw inspiration from when you write songs and what’s your favorite part about the process?

Colin: I write my music in two methods. Ill be doing something non musical such as doing the dishes or cooking and a melody or lyrics will come to me from an unknown channel. The song “drink red wine” is a great example of that. I was just doing the dishes and poured myself a glass of red wine; the first line of the song I just sang out of nowhere- and had to stop what I was doing and write the rest of the song up in my studio.

However, mostly I am very instrument based with my approach to writing. I’ve never really been a fan of anyone’s lyrics or my own. I’d say 99 percent of the time I come up with the bass, guitar, or mandolin parts, before even attempting lyrics. I think that notes or pitches are more important spiritually for the human race, which is why I focus more on melody and harmony with fewer verses and choruses than trying to preach some big selfish message about how we should live our lives etc.

Isaac: If you could go open up for any artist on tour right now who would it be?

Colin: I’m not sure really. I guess whomever would have me!

Isaac: So, what’s your favorite thing to do when you aren’t writing/producing/playing etc?

Colin: I enjoy simple things in life such as camping, fishing, traveling, good scenery, spending time with loved ones, and cooking/eating.

Isaac: Now for our non-music question: Name five things you can’t live without?

Colin: Food, Water, Love, Sleep, and Joking around!

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Singer/Songwriter Colin Ward
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Isaac: Knowing what you know now, would you do it again?

Colin: I think about this all the time. I guess I have no definitive answer – if I were able to time travel I’d be worried nature and the space/time continuum would be screwed up. But to seriously answer your question I would have practiced more guitar in my mid 20’s and partied a fraction less.

Isaac: Great response!

Isaac: If you were not performing, what do you think you would be doing professionally and why?

Colin: I live in Denver, Colorado; I enjoy working with medicinal and spiritual herb. So a farmer of sorts.

Isaac: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?

Colin: Love and positivity are the best things we humans know. Keep striving for those things.

Isaac: Ten years from now you will be….

Colin: “…more time travel ; hopefully alive and healthy playing music with and for other people”.

Isaac: As a great send off, tell us about one of your greatest moments as a performer.

Colin: I have two;

1. I once played a 4 hour Improvised New Orleans style Mardi Gras show in Portland, Oregon in 2011, my good friend Joe Hall and I put on the entire event and had special guests Russell Batiste Jr of the Funky Meters, Reggie Houston of Fats Domino, Steveland Swatkins of Juno What/Allen Stone, and Jazz Trumpeter Farnell Newton play with us. Sharing the stage with those cats was a lifetime achievement for me.

2. My second great triumph was playing a 3 hour improvised show at the Oregon Country Fair 2009 with Bill Kreutzman drummer of the Grateful Dead. What an honor.

Both shows have clips that can be found on YouTube. Thank you for the Interview!

Official Website:
http://colinward420.bandcamp.com/

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