John & Joe
John & Joe
Tell me a little bit about yourselves and how did you meet?
We’ve known each other since elementary school but didn’t really connect until we got into middle school. We come from a small mill town in Washington State so it was kind of hard to avoid each other. John had been playing guitar for a few years prior to us starting our first band in high school and I wanted to be in a band so bad that I told them I played bass. Luckily my dad had one in our garage and that was how our writing partnership was born. We’ve been playing for over 10 years now and we still enjoy writing with each other.
Where do you call home?
We’re originally from Camas, Washington but now we’re in Nashville, TN.
Talk a little bit about the music scene there and how it has influenced your music.
The nearest city to our town was Portland, OR which we played frequently. We got really comfortable playing there which is why we decided to move to Nashville. The scene here is crazy because a lot of the musicians are amazing and work really hard to get where they are, but they are also really supportive and try to help people out. It’s really inspired us to try and write better songs and just overall become better musicians.
Describe for me the new single “Honeyman”. What’s it about?
“Honeyman” started out with the bassline, which is kind of the lead in the song. John’s guitar is a bit Nashville inspired but also inspired by listening to the Pretenders, whose guitarist was “Honeyman” Scott. Originally “Honeyman” was just the working title but we decided to stick with it.
Any plans in the near future for some more music?
We are releasing our first EP on July 1st. We’re always writing new music and hit the studio every day with that in mind. That being said, it’s not every day that a good song is written. We write and write until something good comes about.
What can you tell me about your sound and how it was created?
We take a lot of our influences from 80’s and 90’s music. That kind of music always did a really good job of coming up with hooks, not just melodically, but musically as well. In some ways, we feel that’s what’s missing from some music today. Great guitar and bass lines.
How have you evolved since starting the band?
We’ve been doing our best to get better every single day. We used to write songs with the goal of just having enough material to play shows, but now we’re a lot more thoughtful in what we write and how we write it. We try to push ourselves to write songs and write music that we might not have written a year ago, just to keep our sound evolving.
Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration?
We have instruments in just about every room in our house. We’re lucky in that we are almost never short of inspiration. Just about every day we have something new to work on and our chemistry allows to build on each other’s ideas.
What is your songwriting process?
It’s a lot of jamming and collaborating. Usually what will happen is we’ll present either a bassline or a guitar idea and try to build on it and jam it out until we’ve basically got the idea for the song down before we even attempt to record it. We really used to struggle with computer recording because we would record as we write and our songs would sound computer generated and not genuine to our original idea.
Do you think that online presence is important for fans to find you and critics to find your music to write about?
Nowadays with how small the world is getting, it would almost hurt you to not have an online presence. We’ve had radio stations from other countries reach out to us in the past wanting to play songs of ours. Sometimes it can be tough though. If you’re not the kind of person who feels comfortable with a camera in your face, live streaming your personal life to use as content, some would say you’ll never make it. We think it’s important but, making good music always comes first.
Who are your musical and non musical influences?
We’re influenced a lot by bands that focus on melodies but also focus on having guitar hooks and catchy music. Namely bands like The Cure, Duran Duran, The Pretenders, Hall and Oates.
What inspires you to do what you do?
Besides our family back home who have had our backs since day 1, Everyday life, Nature, struggle, tension, drama, love, hate, depression, elation. etc…
What was the first concert you attended?
John: Foxy Shazam
Joe: The Killers
How has music made a difference in your life?
Music has really created an outlet for us. Not only to express ourselves but also to keep ourselves at ease, whether it be stress or anxiety about the future, music is a constant that we can control and it really helps our direction.
What are you currently listening to?
R.E.M. Men at Work, Bad Suns, Gin Blossoms, That new Chvrches record.
Anything else you would like to share?
We’re releasing our first EP on July 1st as well as booking a lot of upcoming shows in the Nashville area.