The Jailbirds – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
TJ: We are a rock n roll trio from the Toronto area of Canada!
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
TJ: We started as a high school band, and throughout the years Liam and Myke went through numerous members and line-ups, until we reached the current line-up you’re seeing now. Myke, Liam and Eric! We are all heavily influenced by a variety of rock music, including classic rock, grunge, modern hard rock, etc etc!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TJ: Our main musical influences are: Black Sabbath, GN’R, AC/DC, Motley Crue, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Alter Bridge, Soundgarden, AIC, Monster Truck and the like! We also dive into R&B, blues and funk when we’re feeling saucy. Sometimes we play Highway to Hell in the van, sometimes it’s Earth Wind and Fire.
In terms of non-musical influences, honestly our main influencers on life are musicians and artists, so it’s hard to think of many. What we think of when thinking about this, is all of our mentors from different areas of our lives. Whether it be teachers, parents, friends, co-workers, there’s a ton of examples of people in our lives that have helped us become who we are today.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
TJ: Our goals are to make a living off of our music, whatever that shapes up to be. Music is our passion in life and we have struggled through some tough times with it by our side. It’s what keeps us moving forward, it heals us, music is an amazing thing. OH, and one day we will play the O2 Arena!!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
TJ: The main song-writing is done by Myke and Liam. Myke usually writes most of the lyrics and melodies, while the music side of things is mainly done in the room together, we like to feed off of each others’ instincts and also vibe off of spur-of-the-moment ideas. We find that if we have to spend too much time making a song awesome, it’s not making it on the album. We try our best to capture the spontaneous-ness of hearing a riff or beat for the first time.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
TJ: We are always posting on our Facebook and Instagram pages, you can find all our social links here: www.thejailbirds.com ! Check our website for tour dates (when we can tour again that is!) and other cool content. We are always releasing new content for you to consume!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
TJ: I mean, a lot comes to mind haha. It’s a cool idea, and I think that if it was set up differently (ie paying artists better), it could really be a way for everyone to flourish. But unfortunately streaming is both growing and killing musicians. We must demand better for artists! The one thing I really do enjoy about streaming however, is when you can see bands that sound similar to the ones you already love. It really does allow for much more music discovery and I think it’s a great thing for music in general… but again, on the other side of the coin, there’s very low revenue streams for the artist. That needs to change.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TJ: Welcome To The Jungle. I think everyone remembers the first time they heard that masterpiece… I was in a car when it came on the radio, I was about 14 or so. I remember every element of the song inspiring and exciting me to my core. I got home and got the track, I couldn’t stop playing it for weeks! And still, over 30 years later, that song is still held up as one of the greatest hard rock songs of all time! It’s pretty incredible when you think about that. If only! lol
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
TJ: We don’t have too many, but one is definitely when people say “look at this photo of me when I was younger”…. As opposed to a photo of you when you were older? Lol! That and maybe when people expect artists to be their puppet so-to-speak. “Oh sing us a song! You sing!” hahaha
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
TJ: So far our proudest moment has been getting our single Watery Grave on Spotify’s Hard Rock playlist back in June 2020! And it’s still there! Massive thanks to our team and Spotify for all the support!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TJ: We are currently rolling out our 2nd EP, title coming! We are also always working on new music and content, we never stop! Song writing is like a muscle, gotta keep working it or you’ll lose the progress you’ve gained. We also simply love to jam together, so naturally we come up with new songs all the time.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
TJ: We have our debut EP, The Black River, available everywhere (Spotify, Apple, Amazon, etc) and so far 2 singles from our forthcoming EP, Watery Grave and Dull My Brain. Stream now! https://smarturl.it/TJB-DullMyBrain
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