Rob Jarvis – Interview
Interview with Rob Jarvis and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
Who or what are your musical influences?
I like how you’ve asked this question, the ‘what’ part in my mind is often more important than the ‘who’
I really love big tasty bluesy riffs, obnoxious drums, energy, tasty hooks, harmony and feel, which of course you can find in every genre.
I’m influenced by a fairly wide array of artists and genres. I think my most obvious love of rock, grunge, blues and subsections in a few directions, of course shine through the brightest.
My favourite acts, if to only name a few are Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, Led Zeppelin, Prince, David Bowie, Biffy Clyro, Queen, Rolling Stones but really there’s too many to mention.
Tell us about the early days and the release of ‘Just To Make You Happy’ and ‘End Of Our Days’.
These were the proud first forays for Rob Jarvis and The Mercury Sons project. Having seen the end of the previous band Great Man Theory. Was just putting one foot in front of the other, writing how I felt and going from there.
Paul Frost, (of Zico Chain) took the production helm.
The subject matter of the songs, let’s just say, was a good pallet cleanser, was talking about a few things in my life that I wanted to change.
What is the story behind ‘Four Walls’, do you find that you write from personal experience?
Yeah that song is pretty personal. Like I said, there was a few things going on in my life that I wanted to change, around the time of writing the initial Mercury Sons stuff.
Four Walls is very literally about that; both figuratively and literally getting out of your Four Walls and changing things.
There’s a time to reflect on what’s happened and a time to proactively look at doing something about it.
What was the impact of writing in Nashville and how did that come about?
Nashville initially was a case of right time, right place. Interestingly came about after meeting a country songwriter by the name of D. Vincent Williams, at a motor racing event in the UK. We’d hung out for a few days, my little brother happened to mention that I wrote music, and had recently released some stuff.
After hearing the new tunes, he kindly took it over to show a friend in the US.
Enter Greg Archilla. Greg and D invited me over to write and get a bit of a feel for Nashville, I was immediately hooked. It’s a really immersive place, all music, all the time. I think the constant exposure, really ramps up your inspiration, at least it did for me; allowed me to dive deeper into the writing.
You have written with members of many famous acts, (Daughtry, Aerosmith, Hollywood Vampires, The Buck Johnson Band, John Corabi Band, Creed etc) how satisfying has that been?
Had I been told a lot of these writes would be happening, 6 months previous, I’d have asked you to pull the other one (leg that is) haha
I’ve had some amazing and memorable experiences writing members of bands, I’ve looked up to and in some cases sighted as inspiration. Like with anything, learning from and working with people who have really been there and done it is a second to none experience.
What has been your favourite live experience?
Many moons ago I lived up north in Newcastle; on the final homecoming date of a brilliant UK tour, we booked a surprise, unconventional venue. We decided we were gonna make a huge racket right in the city centre outside, The George pub near the famous BigG market (made famous by usual shenanigans outside of late night, post clubbing food outlets) . The response to the show was amazing, band and audience forced into this tiny alley way, with a full stage and lighting set up. Just a really great one off show, with an amazing atmosphere,.
My most memorable live happening, is when I fell off side stage at the 02 Academy in the same city. I was caught by a bouncer mid fall and placed back on the stage without anyone else in the band noticing.
What has been your proudest moment in music?
I’ve been really fortunate to have a few proud moments along my route so far. Gotta be proud of the journey, not just the result. Working hard towards what I might regard as a milestone and getting to it is a great feeling.
Though if I were to pin point a big one, music creating an opportunity for me to come across the world is pretty awesome. I’ve experienced a hell of a lot, pretty lucky.
What song do you wish you had written and why?
Such a hard question,
Stone Temple Pilots – favourite song, great guitar parts, great vocal, great everything.
Queen – Fat Bottomed girls, ultimate sing along
Kings X – black flag, cos its badass
How is 2019 looking for you and the band, what’s next?
I’m really looking forward to the rest of this year; finally going to cut these songs I’ve been working on. Get into the studio as soon as possible with Greg Archilla, kick out the jams.
Just ironing out the logistics of doing this in Nashville at the moment.
I’m really excited about this music, got bags of energy, I’m just raring to go and get out playing live over in the US.
Why should we check out Rob Jarvis and the Mercury Sons?
I’ll never tell… ;D
Just Kiddin’ – i’m so pumped on the music at the moment, I really cant wait to share it. Bring ya boogie boots \m/
It’s gonna get rowdy
Any message to the readers of this post?
Yeah, the only important one, just a huge thanks. The response to the initial Mercury Sons material, some awesome people putting some faith in me and a sprinkle of magic dust from somewhere, brought me across the world to a country i’d never previously been too, to start this maddddd crazy adventure. It only gets better, and its down to the amazing support I’ve received. Couldn’t be more grateful.
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