Indigo Storm – Interview
PD: What type of artist are you?
IS: We are a three piece progressive rock band.
PD: Tell us the brief history of you.
IS: Looking to form a progressive rock trio, we (CJ Jones, Ryan Slayton, and David DeWolfe) got together during the summer of 2017. Having played with a variety of other bands in the local music scene, we developed a mutual respect for each other’s musicianship. Within days of a few informal jam sessions, we recognized our musical chemistry and Indigo Storm was born.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
CJ Jones (guitarist/vocalist): My musical inspirations include Led Zeppelin, Deftones, Tool, and Alice In Chains. I am fascinated with the rhythmic complexity and intricacy found in progressive music – no matter the genre really. For example, I am inspired by the melodic aspect of blues rock. As far as non-musical influences, I would say the visual arts – including movies.
Ryan Slayton (drummer): I do have lots of influences and/or artist I love to listen to such as Tool, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Alice in Chains, and Porcupine Tree – and a list of drummers longer than your arm. Styles like heavy alternative, grunge, prog, and even jazz inspire me to create my parts. Non-musical influences? Music is my passion – so that is difficult to answer. I am in the marching band at my university, so I do enjoy going to the (American) football games (University of Kentucky….yes, UK).
David DeWolfe (bassist/vocalist): It’s honestly hard to boil down who my influences are, as there are so many. I’d say Cliff Burton, Jaco Pastorius, and everyone I’ve had a musical relationship with whether it is on stage or simply listening to them. I love all music of all kinds. A non-musical influence would probably be art since I draw and conceptualize visual art in many forms.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
IS: As a band we really enjoy our time together on stage, so getting a tour together would be a dream. We want to play live to an audience – to feel them become part of what we are giving. And – like all bands, we hope to get our music out there to be heard. We feel the rock world is primed and ready for something new – we believe we can fill the bill.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
IS: We write as a collective, each member creating their part. Can’t really say we have an underlying theme for what our songs are about – they are all different lyrically.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
IS: We have an active local music scene – so we play locally and hope that word of mouth will keep drawing the crowds. We are also trying to build our social media platforms organically while promoting our music and live shows.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
IS: Downloading/streaming is the future whether we like it or not. It is not necessarily a bad thing for fans to have access to your music easily. However, the drawback is less money. Not sure how the issue will be resolved, but ultimately – people will find a way to have what they want.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
IS: Stranded by Gojira. It is one of those songs that fun to play.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
IS: We don’t have any really. Maybe poor band etiquette? We feel that as musicians we need to respect each other.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
IS: We have two: The day we officially joined the Skiddco Music roster and the day we opened for Nothing More and Bad Wolves.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
IS: Working with Grammy Award winning Producer/Songwriter Skidd Mills of Skiddco Music in Nashville, we will be releasing the first single from our upcoming EP – “Metric” on February 3rd. We have an EP that will follow – and already working on the next.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
IS: We really enjoy our time together on stage and we want our audiences to feel that – to become part of what we are giving. There is a concerted effort to produce music that can be replicated in a live performance. We want listeners to enjoy the song on the cd, but love it more when they hear it live. We put a lot of thought into what we write and want listeners to feel the honesty – the authenticity of our music.
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