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The Rovers

Posted on 28 March, 2019 at 20:00

How old were you when you started playing guitar / bass / drums?
Danny K: 6 or 7 years old.
Zach Grall: I started playing bass when I was a freshman in high school. I had already been playing guitar for 5 years and always loved the sound and feel of a bass, and so I began my journey for that instrument.
Cody Esworthy: 14

How many different instruments do you play?
DK: I play guitar, bass, sing, and I enjoy playing the piano.
ZG: I play bass, guitar, and some keyboard.
CE: 3 (drums, guitar, piano)

Who was your inspiration growing up?
DK:  Growing up, my biggest inspiration was my dad's band Symbiote based in Chicago, Ill as well as the many grunge and classic rock bands from the 60's through the 90's.
ZG: Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day
CE: My father who used to let me play on his kit and supported my musical upbringing

Who were some of your favorite bands?
DK: Led Zeppelin, Alice in Chains, Black Sabbath, and Alter Bridge.
ZG: Green Day, Linkin Park, Black Sabbath, Pearl Jam
CE: A Perfect Circle, RHCP, Metallica, Slipknot, System of a Down

How did The Rovers come together?
The Rovers came together through mutual friendships and a love to create original music. I met Zach through a local music store, then his friend Cody joined to play the drums.
ZG:  I met Dan at a guitar shop he was working at while I attended open mic. Later I joined the band and recommended Cody as the guitar player
CE:  Met through Zach whom I had a baseless dislike for in High school.

Is there a story behind The Rovers name
A Rover refers to someone who travels or wanders. Zach, Cody, and myself all are from NY, PA, and IL respectively and found ourselves in Georgia to start this band. The name seemed fitting.
ZG: Dans aswer is dope

If you could collaborate with one artist, dead or alive, who would it be? Why
If I could collaborate with any musician, I think it would be Jack White. I love his fresh take on rock music.
ZG: . I believe we could work really well with the Foo Fighters. We have an old school rock that would meld amazing with David Grohl's writing, as well as be able to learn so much from the legend himself.

What is your inspiration to writing songs
DK: Inspiration for music comes from life. Hopefully the music can help people learn a little about their own lives through the stories in our lyrics.
ZG: Experiences through life and all the struggles everyone goes through. I want to be a vessel everyone can channel there own emotions and feelings through and let that out.
CE: That feeling when you get into the song either through lyrics or instrumentation has been magical and cathartic for me through many phases of my life and I wish to pass that on to others

What was the first song you learned to play
DK: First song I learned to play on guitar was Breaking the Law by Judas Priest
ZG: Leader of Men by Nickelback was the first song I decided to learn for myself. But I briefly took guitar lessons, where the first song everyone played was Smoke on the Water.
CE: Holy Mountains - System of A Down

What are some of your favorite venues to play
DK: Favorite local venues include: Connect Live, Smith's Olde Bar, The Masquerade and Hard Rock cafe
ZG:  I loved playing at the Hard Rock, Smith's Olde Bar, and the Masquerade in Atlanta. The venues were amazing and so much fun to play at. It was exhilarating.
CE: Connect Live in Acworth.

What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment as a band as of today
DK: Finishing our album! It was a long yet rewarding process.
ZG:  Our album that we put some much sweat into. It's such an amazing composition of songs that tells a story of where we've been, and how we feel going forward.
CE: Playing both The Hard Rock Cafe and The Masquerade during our first year as a band.

What is your biggest challenge as a band
Biggest challenge would have to be keeping track of all the music we write, it's difficult yet rewarding to stay focused as a musician.
ZG:  We have so many attitudes and so many styles we're inspired by. I think it's a challenge making it all work into one sound, however I believe that we overcome that and our music benefits from it.
CE:  Balancing all of our influences and ideas into one palatable piece of music

Do you have any advice for up and coming bands / artists that are trying to make a name for themselves
DK: Be You. Don't sell yourself as something you're not. The audience will never buy it.
ZG: Do what you love. Do your own thing. So many bands try to sound like what everyone else is doing, which creates a music scene with lots of good music being played by faceless, indistinguishable bands. Don't be afraid to do something crazy and different. You will be recognized for that.
CE: Stay true to yourselves as individuals but always work for the betterment of the group.

What are 3 goals for band for this year
DK: Successful release for our new album, consistent gigs, releasing several new music videos.
ZG: Release the album, tour, and meet as many new faces as possible and build our relationship with the community.
CE: Grow our fan base, Play more shows, Perfect our live performance.

Danielle Haskell

Posted on 27 March, 2018 at 9:55


Danielle Haskell Interview


1. How old were you when you started playing Guitar?
I was age 6 when I started Guitar and age 3 when I started playing piano.

2. How many different instruments do you play?
I play piano and Guitar.

3. Who was your inspiration growing up?
My Mom and my grandparents. They always emphasized the golden rule of treating people how you would want to be treated and really lived by that as well.

4. Who were some of your favorite bands?
My list would be endless. I was also in dance for 11 years, so I had favorite songs relating to the various dance styles and others relating to singing. I am seriously a fan of all genres. For me it is all about the meaning behind the songs. If you took my phone you would find meaningful songs from Christian, Country, Rock, Folk, Hip-hop, Rap and even some classical.

5. If you could collaborate with one artist, dead or alive, who would it be? Why?
There are so many I love in all genres really. Within the Christian music industry, I would pick Danny Gokey. I was a fan of his during American Idol, saw him in the American Idol concert, still love his music and he stopped and gave me and my best friend his autograph when we were at the American Idol concert. I was really young at the time, so that really meant the world to us.

6. Do you still get nervous before you go on stage?
I have always been one to be nervous before any interview or performance, but the second I start, I am reminded why I always loved it so much.

7. What is your inspiration to writing songs?
I have used my personal experiences in all of my songs. The most important aspect of a song to me is how people can relate. I want it to reach and help as many people as possible. By far, my favorite part of having music is hearing from people who say my songs have helped the in some kind of way.

8. What was the first song you learned to play?
I was only 3 years old so I played and sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star followed by It’s A Small World After All.

9. What are some of your favorite venues to play?
In the past I played mostly at annual events held by my music instructors. My favorite opportunity was singing at an event in Disney when I was 12 years old. I have also sang and played some in church. However, now that I am in Asheville, NC I would really like to expand into other venues which I am working on right now.

10. What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment as an artist as of today?
What I am most proud of is how my music has reached so many people. I hear from people who love Christian music and others who have no religious affiliation at all who still relate to my songs. I always say the best part of having music is that when it impacts someone, because in the moment that they are listening to my music they become part of my story and I become part of theirs.

11. What is your biggest challenge as an artist?
Probably time. I really like to tune in to every station that plays my music and acknowledge all who support it. I really try to respond to as many fans as possible on social media and as things have grown so much, it is increasingly difficult to keep up.

12. Do you have any advice for up and coming artists that are trying to make a name for themselves?
Remain consistent and patient. Everything takes time. Also be happy for where you are at in that moment. Any step forward is better than a step back.

13. What are 3 goals for band for this year (2018)?
Work on live venue performances, Record a couple more songs and continue to expand my music’s exposure.

Echoheart - Marina Interview

Posted on 14 May, 2017 at 9:00

I was given the chance to sit down with Marina, the lead singer of Echoheart, for an interview as she awaited her sushi. I must admit she is an absolute wonderful person, very down to earth and very into her music. I took the opportunity to ask her about what was the deciding factor in knowing that she wanted to show the world what she had to offer.

 At the age of 13 Marina wanted to give playing an instrument a try and began taking piano and guitar lessons. She told me about singing on her Youtube channel at the age of 15 and aspiring to be in a band. After dabbling with a few musical tools and steering clear of the drums Marina was sure that singing was where her heart was at. She met with her good friend and now guitarist Jacob when she was about 16 and the dream was alive. Through a mutal friend and with a little networking, she and Jacob met their drummer Pablo and later on found their bassist and the band fell into place.

 After much debate over what they should call themselves, she had one more small requirement and that was to keep the name simple. Marina and Jacob came to the conclusion after graduation that it was time to take the music more serious and Echoheart was born. We discussed what bands had been the biggest influence on her style of music. Marina did not hesitate to express her absolute love and appreciation for the bands My Chemical Romance, Paramore and later on Pierce The Veil who she tells me would be a dream to get the chance to work with. She goes on to say that Jacob's influences include Queens of the Stone Age and Pablo is highly impacted by the punk vibe which culminate into the appealing sound of Echoheart's music today.

 Marina spoke highly about the Eyes Like Mine EP which with some help from really gracious people was made possible as being one of the band's most noteworthy accomplishments. We talked about how we are lucky today to have the internet which gives us the opportunity to get our music out due to particular locations some of us live in. Marina offers a little advice for others looking to fulfill their band needs and that's to network. She goes on to explain how keeping a cool head and clear mind about what you love to do will definitely help with some of those pre-show jitters. All in all, aside from some technical difficulties on my equipment and a few badly timed calls and texts, it was a pleasure to meet this eager and enthusiastic up and coming artist.

Thanks again Marina and best of luck on your journey!

Interview by Ben Forbus