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What’s your earliest musical memory?:
Roy: I was around 4 or 5 years old and I remember watching our Dad’s band playing an outside show somewhere. They were jammin’ “Walk of Life” by Dire Straits. I knew I wanted to play the guitar after that.
What was the first record you got/bought?:
Jesse: The first cassette I can remember receiving, as a gift from my parents, was the Green Jelly “Cereal Killer” album. My brothers and I listened to that album over and over. Then by fate, I got the opportunity to start playing drums and percussion with Green Jelly in 2015. My brother, Roy started playing guitar for Green Jelly in 2017. It’s been an awesome time; the Green Jelly shows are full audience participation shows and it gets wild. The BreezeWay got to do a show recently at The Agora in Cleveland, Ohio with Green Jelly. It was definitely a fun night being able to play for both The BreezeWay and Green Jelly in one night.
What’s your favourite listening medium and why?:
Roy: My favorite listening medium is a CD in the vehicle. Great way to check the mixes before releasing the song or album. Then you can A/B with other professionally released CDs easily. We do a lot of long drives, so it gives a lot of time to be critical with the mixes. Then we make notes and make the changes to the mixes when we get back home.
One album you’d like to hear re-recorded/re-mixed/done differently?:
Jesse: I would like to see The BreezeWay re-record the 2003 release, “Chasin’ The Dragon.” The album had a lot of really cool songs, but there were some mistakes and mixing issues with it. The company that released that album went under and we never got around to re-releasing it. There is a photo of Jerry Springer holding the album and hangin’ with us. But hopefully sometime we can re-do that album. It would be a great throwback to some grunge type rock and roll.
How much do you listen to your own records?:
Jesse: I listen to our music often. I help make music that I do enjoy listening to. It’s also a great way to stay up on your songs. Sometimes you haven’t played a song in a while, so it helps to listen to it a couple times to get a bit of a refresher.
Is there a genre/thing that you wish would see a second coming? Is there a combination of sounds/styles you’d like to hear that hasn’t been done yet?
Roy: Honestly, I would like to see Scat come back. There was the brief time where the Scat style was getting popular. Of course, Scatman John was the master, but he isn’t alive anymore and it would be epic if other artists would bring it back. It really seems that everything has been done, so many times and blending of all sorts of genres and all, but Scat is gonna be a genre that hasn’t been played out yet. If I could do the Scat thing, I’d be recording an album of it for sure.
How do you feel about the current state of music production?
Roy: I like the current state of music production. It’s cool that anyone can set up a studio in their home. Anyone can track down a musical idea these days, whether the person is a professional or an amateur, everyone has the ability. It saves bands a lot of money. Of course, it takes a bit of start up to get the gear you need, but it quickly pays itself off in recording time. We even wrote a book about recording at home called “The Home Recording Manual.” Even being able to record at home and take the session to be mixed, in a bigger studio, can save you a lot of money. We’ve recorded songs in our basement that ended up as collaborations with Layzie Bone from Bone Thugs N Harmony, DJ Qball from Bloodhound Gang, Andrew Spicer, Josh Allen from Bold Faced Lies, Mark Scheuring, Save Yourself, Rich Oswald, OhM, and many others.
What do you think will be the listening medium/environment in let’s say 10 years from now? Do you think digital will reign supreme or do you think there’ll be a physical medium that will catch up?
Jesse: I believe that digital downloads, streaming like Spotify, Pandora, Youtube, and so forth will be the overall medium 10 years from now. I do think that bands will continue to make CDs for a while and you’ll still have those pockets of people who prefer vinyl. But it would seem that digital is the way of the future. It’s cheaper to release and you can distribute your music world-wide very easily. Sound wise, there is quality lost from converting WAV or AIFF files into MP3s, but honestly most people don’t care or don’t seem notice.
Any hot new bands out there we should check out?
Jesse: Well, they’re not a new band, but the Villebillies are an awesome group from Louisville, KY. Found out about them a few years ago from listening to REHAB radio on Pandora. They blend rock, rap, country, blues, and whatnot very well. If you haven’t heard about the Villebilles, definitely check them out.
Roy: A really cool band from England called Chasing Deer. We played a gig with them in Manchester, England back in 2015 and they were an excellent band. We also met the bass player from Viola Beach, another British band, during that tour. We checked out their music and thought they would be a big band. Unfortunately, Viola Beach were killed in a car wreck not long after that. They would have been huge. But you can find their music at Youtube and everywhere else. I highly recommend checking out Viola Beach.
Catch The Breezeway Live:
08/16 The Agora, Cleveland, OH
Catch Green Jelly Live:
07/02 The Rockpile, Toronto, ON, CAN
07/07 Mohawk Place, Buffalo, NY
07/14 Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
07/15 Jake’s Sports Cafe, Lubbock, TX
07/22 Cherry Bomb, Port Angeles, WA
07/26 Lost Lakes Amphitheater, Oklahoma City, OK
08/10 Hi-Fi Lounge, Eugene, OR
08/15 Metro Music Hall, Salt Lake City, UT
08/26 Rickshaw Theatre, North Vancouver, BC, CAN
09/07 Hard Rock Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA
09/22 The Gig, Beaumont, TX
10/13 Buzzbin Art & Music Shop, Canton, OH