INTERVIEW: Jeremy Poland and Lantz Dale

1. How would you classify your music?

I think the easiest way to classify our music is pop/rock with a little country in it. So much music inspires us from all over the map its hard to put our music into one box, but I guess thats the closest way for me to put it.

2. Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

Jason Mraz, Ed Sheeran, Garth Brooks, John Mayer, Boyz II Men.

3. What do you want fans to take from your music?

I want what i believe most artist want and that is for fans to take our music and be able to interrupt the songs to fit into theirs lives and find a way for our experiences to connect with someone else’s life and what their growing through and it be complete different from where the song originated. I just want want people to be moved by the music.

4. Can you tell us a bit about your latest album? When will it be released and how does it differ from your previous work?

Our first album “Southbound Heart” was released in July of 2015 and was a very pop/rock full band big production album. So for our second album which we released in October my friend, producer, singer, songwriter, killer musician and the man that made both of these albums happen Mr. Lantz Dale and i decided lets bring it back a notch and made a full acoustic album and “Timeless Soul” was born. Southbound Heart was a record where I had written 85% of the songs. So for our second album I was very lucky to write again with Lantz but also have him write some tracks for the record to. This album has a way softer side for the ears and is an easy listening album compared to “Southbound Heart” which makes you wanna roll your windows down and drive to the tunes. Both records we are super proud of.

5. What do you love and hate about the Music Business?

What do I love about the music business?? Hmm good question. You know for todays music I think the thing I love most about it is anyone can produce and put out their own music for the world to hear. There are so many more ways to connect with other musicians, hear new music, and being able to fund yourself so you don’t have to go into debt recording music or have a label tell you what you should be playing and writing. The thing I hate most about it is there is no openness as far as new music and different music. With the way radio works today it seems its the same 5 artist on each station repeating the same 5 songs every hour and I feel there is so much more out there to be heard and thats the part I hate most. Someone else decides what you should listen to because they pay the most money and make the most money.

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

You know its so hard to say which one for me is the best but I loved seeing Jason Mraz, Ed Sheeran, Allen Stone and Garth Brooks live. All killer artist and entertainers. The thing I love most about performing live is connecting with other people. We move off of their energy so the more fun they have the more fun we have.

7. Is there a song on this latest CD that stands out as your personal favorite, and why? 

You know I love all the songs on our new album “Timeless Soul” but if i had to choose one song I think my favorite would be “I’m a Wreck.” I had a car accident last year, hit a Cintas truck doing 55mph and was lucky enough to walk away unhurt. So of course I wrote a song about it and its one of the songs when I was writing it and when I  listen to it I can still the wreck happening and it reminds me how lucky and blessed I am.

8. How have you evolved as an artist over the last few years? 

Over the last few years I’ve been lucky enough to learn so much from my sidekick Lantz Dale to all the musicians we get to play and record with. I have got to spend way more time in the studio which is so microscopic its help me as a musician. I have learned how to write better by expanding my mind for a verse and trying not to take the first cliche that comes to mind. So some songs I’ll write three or four different verses for one verse. Totally a good thing. I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who want to do better so its made me better too. I am so grateful for that.

 9. 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? 

Its so hard to narrow down to one artist I think if I had the chance to do any of that we would need a big theater, with a plethora of drinks, instruments and I’d invite all my favorites.

10. So tell us what’s next?

We are getting ready to release a music video for our title track “Timeless Soul.” Then gonna record another music video, we plan to be back in the studio this year with more new music and just gonna beat the road until it beats us.

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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