INTERVIEW: The Clay Melton Band

How would you classify your music?

In short, I call it Guitar driven rock n roll; or pop infused rock with touches of blistering Texas blues guitar.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences? 

It all started with Jimi Hendrix for me. From there I got really into blues once I started listening to Stevie Ray Vaughan. I went back to a lot of his influences like the 3 kings (BB, Albert & Freddie) and Buddy Guy especially. Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and John Mayer were some major influences as well!

What do you want fans to take from your music?

The beautiful thing about music is that a single song can mean something different to every single person that listens to it. I hope that our music can evoke honest emotions in listeners and give them brief moments of escape, joy, self-reflection; something that brings them closer to themselves.

Tell us about your current EP and what inspired the songs?

Our self-titled debut EP was recorded at White Room Studios in Austin, TX by Sebastian Cure and was mixed/mastered by Grammy Winning producer/engineer Joel Soyffer of Coney Island Studios.

The single for the EP “Home” was inspired by a park near my home where at the time I often went to write. The park is the location of one of the first settlers to come to my area of Houston, Texas in the early 1800s where he built a home and farm for his family that still remains intact. I was sitting at the park and decided to take this story from history and give it life in the song from the stand point of the man that built all of it for his own family.

“Tonight” touches on the sometimes hypocrisy of normal life, how some people choose to act like they are above others in their actions but at night make those same, or sometimes worse, decisions.

‘Remember” is about that ending of a relationship, and how you can become so emotionally involved in the back and forth of something that’s not working that you begin fighting just to win the fight. The last track of the EP, “Stop & Listen,” talks about love again but more the sudden loss of love. “Stop and listen to the soft sound, of love running away; so quiet in its escape, then one day you awake, there’s nothing inside.” Sometimes things change inside us about the way that we feel (especially towards another person) and whether we like the change or welcome it, all we can do most of the time is accept those changes.

What is the best lesson you’ve learned so far about the music business?

To never stop working. I also believe building an efficient team around your brand is extremely important.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

 This is a tough one, I’ve seen so many great acts. My first concert to ever experience was Eric Clapton which was stellar. One of the best I’ve been too lately was the Eagles last tour. Perfect harmonies, great tones. The best part about playing live is the being able to give that moment everything you have. The energy that is created on stage between you and the crowd is honestly one of the most addicting parts of performing live.

How have you evolved as an artist or band over the last year?

Over the last year we’ve reached lots of milestones as a band, putting out the debut EP and having our single Home being aired on 33 Triple A radio stations nationwide; but where I see myself individually growing the most is through songwriting. Writing is something I do constantly, even when finishing a new song I’ve started on four more type of thing. You never know what ideas are going to stick but just exercising those muscles of expression and creativity keeps the band in forward motion.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be? 

The guitar player in me has to say Stevie Ray Vaughan – I absolutely idolized him as kid and would definitely geek out getting to jam with him!

What is next for the Clay Melton Band?  

Currently I am writing for our upcoming full length album set to be released in 2017, as well as working on some tour dates for later that year. We also plan on releasing a single in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled! – Clay Melton

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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