Please introduce your band
We’re from Houston, Texas, and we have 4 members. The best way to describe our style is alternative pop. Rock & Roll attitude but with a modern alternative sound. (For fans of the Killers, Coldplay, Maroon 5, & Kings Of Leon).
Tell us about your line-up
Blake Melanson - Vocals
Eric Doerflinger - Bass
Travis Taylor - Guitar
Tyler McGlashen - Drums
Our former guitarist was Christian Smith who left the band in 2018 with Travis replacing him.
We all went to the same high school (Cy-Falls), at different times. Blake and Eric have been best friends since daycare. Tyler used to play college baseball. Travis made dubstep beats for rappers. Every member grew up in Copper Field (a small subsection of Cypress).
How did the band meet?
Eric and Blake met in the early 2000s as kids. They went to separate schools from elementary to high school, where they eventually met for the second time. The band formed closer to the end of 2015. They started writing songs in the early days with such titles as “New Age”, “Carry on”, and more. One that stuck out was “First Taste Of Glory”, which is the song that led them to start recording their first EP “Madness”.
What's the story behind your band name?
Blake used to make up a different story every time someone asked, but in reality, we all just thought it sounded cool. It sounded like a band name that could be any genre.
Tell us about your influences!
For our music; The Killers, Coldplay, Maroon 5 and Kings of Leon. Anything that’s nostalgic to use. Anything that inspires us at the time. We aren’t afraid to change our sound, even on the same album. As long as everything has the same master, it all blends and sounds good together. We like energy in our music. We also like very big cinematic endings in songs. We are very influenced by film as well, especially Blake and Eric.
Could you describe your approach to songwriting?
It depends. Sometimes Blake will have a hook or Travis will have a riff, and we will go off of that. But it almost always starts as music. Blake and our producer Aaron Musslewhite will start the track and then as it develops everybody jumps in and ultimately builds it and writes into a Backdrop Violet song.
Describe your band's first big break
We were playing shows all around Houston (local and National) which helped build our audience. We sold out our first Houston show at White Oak Music Hall in January of 2019.
We were called and asked to travel to Lubbock in 2018 to play with Sleeping With Sirens, and we made a lot of fans off that show. From there we were able to travel all around Texas with good crowds.
Tell us about some of your most memorable gigs - both good and bad!
Sleeping With Sirens was amazing because of the number of people there and the number of fans we made. But the best show was our sold-out show at White Oak. It was just the perfect show. Besides that, our favourite show was at Scout Bar where we played to less than 50 people, but for some reason, we just had the most fun we’ve ever had on stage.
The worst shows are hard to remember now, but they almost always had something to do with people ripping us off. New bands are gonna have that, it sucks but those promoters don’t last long.
What advice do you have to those who want to start a band?
Just go for it with everything you have. Don’t be afraid to jump in. Too many people take too long to get their projects started: the best is being able to write music and have it sung back to you. The worst is the business end. But you have to do it too. It’s important. You have to learn to love the grind.
What are some of the challenges you face being in a band?
At first, it was making money to buy quality equipment, then it was finding a studio to record, then it was learning how to sell your album or EP. It’s always something new, but again you have to learn to love that stuff. The biggest challenge was getting out of the studio we recorded in. We won’t say too much about it, but our producer was not a good person.
What does it take to be successful as a band?
Hard work, good tunes, and money. That’s the truth.
Work hard at your project, always push for the next best things, always come up with new and exciting ideas.
Good songs are subjective, if you love it, and your fans love it, you’re going all the way.
Money. Sell t-shirts, CDs, stickers. You should be making money off of your ticket sales. SELL TICKETS. A lot of bands don’t like to sell tickets, but you should unless you’re not gonna get paid off of selling them. The only reason that you shouldn’t get paid for selling tickets, is if the band you’re opening for is worth getting paid to play with.
How important is music theory?
I don’t think any of us know music theory besides Travis and Aaron (our producer) so honestly, I’m not sure. I guess it depends on if it’s important to you. But I personally don’t think we’ve ever relied on it too much. Blake always leads the writing process, and he knows nothing about music theory. He barely knows music lingo. He just makes noises with his mouth to get ideas across, but it works better than most. We write good songs with our approach.
Tell us about the releases you've put out to date
Our first EP was called “Madness”. The name came from how we felt at the time. We felt like the industry, as young musicians, was just that, madness. It consisted of 5 tracks. Hero in Me, Victory, Horizon, Train Headed for Normalville, and First Taste of Glory. Madness had a very heavy rock vibe to it with a sprinkle of alternative. After that, we did a cover of Charlie Puth’s How long. And we remade a song from one of our friends’ bands that had broken up. The song was called “Who Wants To Be Bad?” Which had a southern heavy rock vibe. Then, we released our two-part EP “A Sharper Light”. Side A was a more Pop rock EP with songs like So Damn Cute, Die For you, and I’d Never Admit. Side B was of the same style but was more punk with songs like Framework, Find Yourself, and Take This Away.
After that, we needed a change, we needed to reinvent. So we did a full-length Pop album called “Classic Encounters With The Good Life”. It was received better than anything we had released.
We are now working on our second full-length that has the same writing process as Classic Encounters, but it’s a bit more alternative. It’s gonna be called “Songs We Made For Soundtracks”.
What has been your band's biggest achievement?
Selling out White Oak Music Hall and our album “Classic Encounters with the Good Life”.
To have that many people singing the songs and to have such a great response to an album was just incredible. We are hoping our new album can add to this list. And also, shows in the future. Beyond that, small achievements are what keeps a band really going.
How do you view the current state of the music industry?
Well, due to the pandemic the industry was pretty quiet, but we think it’s coming back slowly but surely. When it comes to music, anything can happen, Any band can do anything, write any style and that is awesome. Because we want to be able to write whatever we are feeling at the time and not have to stick to just one style. We want to surprise people with the music we write and the changes we make.
What are you working on right now?
We are working on two shows. One in Houston and one in Lubbock.
As well as continuing to try and push our album “Classic Encounters With The Good Life”. While also writing a new album called “Songs We Made For Soundtracks”. We are about halfway through the writing process. We have about 5-6 songs written, with 5-6 more to go.
What is your focus for the year ahead?
Honestly, finishing the album. Pushing the one we have out. And hoping that the shows we have planned go well. This year is really about getting back to it. Pushing what we have. Trying to make the best of the time lost. We have a lot planned, and we can just hope that things go the way we want, but if they don’t, we just have to find another way to keep pushing.
Thank you so much for dropping by the WeJam studio! Where can we follow your progress?