INTERVIEW: In Consistent Seas

Welcome! Thanks for chatting with us today! How has your summer been going so far?

– Thank YOU for having me! Summer has been pretty good so far!I’ve been able to see live music again and have gotten to start planning where my first live shows will be since the release of my album late last year. Being a new artist while the world is trying to open back up certainly has been interesting. That being said, my loved ones and I have been safe and healthy and that is the most important thing, so no complaints here!

Tell us about your artist name, In Consistent Seas, where did it come from and what does it mean to you?

 – In Consistent Seas came to me as a clever play on words that digs into what I am trying to do with my music. I have always loved writing and exploring different genres so when I decided to start a project of my own, I didn’t want to corner myself into a specific style. I wanted to allow myself creative space to explore. You’ll hear on my first album Reckless influences from rock, latin rock, country, big band, jazz and many other genres that don’t always mix. That thought spurred the idea of messing with some word play for inconsistencies which turned into ‘In Consistent Seas’. The bonus of that name also is that, depending on how fast you read it, it can mean two completely different things. Inconsistencies or In Consistent Seas. All of that being said, I just love a good pun!

So tell us, how did you get your start in the music industry?

– My start in music came when I was about 8 years old and my parents forced me to take piano lessons. I went into my first lesson crying my eyes out because I didn’t want to go and came out absolutely in love with it. I picked up my first guitar going into 8th grade and continued learning to play and write which ended up leading me to Belmont University in Nashville. I wanted to be in a place surrounded by music where I could learn about the industry and collaborate with different writers and artists. During my time there I played guitar, keys, and sang back up in a rock band that toured around for about 5 years while getting my degree in Music Business and Production. I was also able to write with many talented people in a variety of genres which spurred my love for collaboration and bringing different influences into my own writing and art. Since graduating, I work in Copyright for a larger publishing company, have continued writing with many people in Nashville and am diving into my first official project ‘In Consistent Seas’!

Looking back, what is the biggest lesson you had to learn in this industry over the course of your music career?

– That’s an incredibly difficult question… There are so many lessons! I think the biggest lesson I have learned is to draw close to those who love you, and keep them close. One of my favorite quotes is by Robert Brault who said, “To find someone who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness.” I think this is the perfect way to word how I feel about building your inner circle and your support system. In every walk of life, there will be people who want things from you or who keep you close for their benefit. As soon as you no longer benefit them, you lose all value to them.. Then there are the people who truly care about you and what you do. Those who love you for no other reason than to just love you. I have been fortunate enough to surround myself with people who care about me as a person first. Because of that, I never have to worry about trust. Build a support system you have unwavering trust in and lean on them when you need to. This industry is far too big to do all the things you want to do on your own. 

And what has been your favorite project so far, if you had to choose just one?

– I loved touring in my old rock band but I have to say In Consistent Seas has been my favorite project by far. I have gotten to work with some of my best friends and create music and artwork with them that I have dreamt about since I first started playing. I can’t wait to see where it goes!

So your album, Reckless, came out last December, tell us about it in a little more detail!

– Yes! Crazy to think it’s been that long, this year has really flown by! Reckless has been an album I have actually been working on for a number of years (although I didn’t know exactly what I was working on in the beginning, I just started writing and here we are!). I believe the first song I wrote on this album was “Don’t Love Me” back in 2015. I wanted to tell my ‘coming of age’ story, if you will, in a different way. I think we have all gone through those periods of our lives where we really question ourselves and our priorities while figuring out who we are and what makes us happy. The idea of Reckless was to create a concept album where every song uses a different genre influence to convey the emotion of each moment in the story. After writing in Nashville for a number of years on other artist’s projects, I wanted to do something that was completely my own and I was lucky enough to work with a ton of incredible musicians and friends throughout the entire process to tell this story!

We hear you’re doing a vinyl press of Reckless, Talk to me about why you’re choosing to go the vinyl route, and of course, how do we get our hands on one?

– I am! Vinyl is such an interesting medium. As we come into different ways of listening to music, we seem to phase out whatever was last used. Vinyl turned to 8-Track players, turned to cassettes, then CD’s, then streaming. When the next big thing comes, we seem to stop using the medium before. The only exception to that rule is Vinyl! Vinyl has been the most consistent music medium over the last 30 or more years and it has even continued to grow larger over the last couple of years. It is also something that people like to collect and display. I wanted to put my music on something tangible and Vinyl is the most fun to customize and makes the most sense from a business perspective right now as well! We are pressing 50 custom records to start, created a custom color disc, and are numbering the jackets for the original prints. I’m so excited for them! The test should be getting in this Friday so we will be able to sell them very soon! If you are interested in ordering them, head over to my website at inconsistentseasmusic.com and click on “Pre-Order That Hot Wax”. This will prompt an email to us and let us know you are interested! When they arrive we will reach out to get them to you!

So, before we go, where can our readers or others connect with you online? How can they support you?

– Support can always be shown on social media and streaming sites! My music is on Spotify, Apple, and Amazon Music and I am on Instagram (@InConsistentSeas), Facebook (@InConsistentSeasMusic), Twitter (@NConsistentSeas) and TikTok (@inconsistentseas). If you like what you see and hear, give me a follow and a like and share with your friends!

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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