Hell of a Guy, Makin Hella Good Music, JRtheBand
I have gotten to interview several artists now, and I must say, that it is becoming one of my favorite aspects of being a writer at Abyss 75. Its such a privilege, to not just write reviews about some of the amazing music that independents are making, but to read in their own words the answers to our questions.
I have recently gotten to have correspondence with one of my personal favorite independent artists JRthBand. I have always found his music to have such a pure and honest quality to it, whilst being impeccably produced. I do hope you enjoy the following.
"To start off, why don't you tell us a little bit about your background in music, give us a little insight on the musical history of Jrtheband"
"I started off as a guitar player, so the songs I would write always started on the acoustic guitar. Music had always taken a backseat to my corporate career, so while I have been writing songs in the form of chord progressions since I was twelve years old, I had never gotten around to getting into a recording studio. It was on my to-do list, but with my corporate career in full swing, who had the time? Then one day, I got fired from a corporate executive gig by a new boss, and there I was with all the time I needed to finally go into the studio to get a few of my songs recorded. That was August 2018. What I didn't plan for was how I would get bit so severely by the recording bug. I ended up getting 10 songs done in 3 months, then had to go back to the Corporate world, cuz hey got to earn money. Since then I make it a point to get into the studio one night and one weekend day a week."
"As I have gotten you know you a little better, one thing that I often take note of is how much time you spend in a professional recording studio, as opposed to recording yourself. As a certified audio engineer myself, I can't tell you how much I appreciate this. Could you maybe explain to us why you choose to go into the studio as opposed to recording from a home studio?"
"It's amazing the tools people have at their disposal to be able to make music from their bedrooms and living rooms, and to each their own! For me, I tend to use those tools more to ideate and put my thoughts down. I view the studio as the place to craft and elevate the sound to a level of a track worthy of a professional, which is why I sought to find an engineer with Grammy-winning experience. Luckily I found Jeremy Parker, the engineer on the Evanescence Grammy-winning album, "Fallen." Plus he has engineered on records from Slipknot, Godsmack, and Mudvayne, so I wanted a true, professional rock sound, and boy did he deliver! People need to realize that good mix and master engineers are truly heroes for their favorites songwriters and performing artists. I can't emphasize enough the importance of investing in your sound, so if you can afford to, please support the industry and hire a true engineer"
"This is a question that I ask of everybody, and a question you have likely been asked before, but who are your major musical influences and why?"
"My influences run the rock gamut. Everything from classic 70's album rock to the hair bands of the 80's, and the grunge scene of the 90's. I also really love reggae - you will hear half-time reggae changes in a few of my tunes - and R&B. Classic R&B like Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, etc. But if you're gonna pin me down my favorite all-time band has to be the Stone Temple Pilots, but it's a really close top 10 for me."
"The coronavirus has seriously changed how we all take in a live show, it seems as if live music is a thing of the past, and live streaming is becoming commonplace. Do you think this will have a long-term effect on the live performance side of the music industry, or do you think it will be business as usual once we get to go ahead?"
"It will eventually get back to business as usual, once there is a COVID vaccine that people trust, you'll see. It will go back to normal. But in the meantime, every artist tryin to get their music out there should familiarize themselves with live streaming. Cool thing is you can literally do it from anywhere and platforms like Instagram make it so easy to connect with your fans in this mode."
"My final question is, what does the future hold for Jrtheband, do you have any short-term or long-term plans for the future?"
"My goal right now is to get my music heard by as many people who like this type of music as possible, and I mean people who like rock anthems, people who like road trips, etc. I am still searching for my audience and enjoying building a base and getting my music out there. One day, I hope to be able to license my catalog to a major performing artist or label, so I can focus full time on songwriting."
That concludes this interview with JRtheBand, as always it was an absolute pleasure. I look forward to what JR will be releasing in the future, and I hope that you will all check out his amazing work as well. We have provided some links below as well as the music video for "Stray Dog." Make sure to follow JRtheBand on Spotify and Social Media to stay up to date.