Thursday, January 28, 2010

EXCLUSIVE! Jay's Interview with Award-Winning Downhere

It's finally here... that secret I've been promising for weeks. Jay's Music Blog recently got the privilege to interview Downhere courtesy of Centricity Records!!! They also provided me a brand new photo of the band! So here it is the exclusive interview for you with this award-winning band.




Jay: You guys sound like you have fun recording. What is the song or album that you have had the most fun making?



Downhere: You are right! We do have a lot of fun recording. What can I say, making music is good times! I personally enjoyed recording our digital only release of Wide-Eyed and Simplified. It was an acoustic album where we played every song live in the studio. There are a couple of edits here and there but overall it was as we played it and I think the guys were on with their voices that day. It was a recording to be proud of!"



Jay: What's the most memorable event during your tours?

Downhere: ONE of the most memorable events during a tour was the time we got to play in front of 80,000 Muslims in Morocco, Africa. The stage was set up outside the city walls and we were playing just as the sun was setting, so the prayer tower was silhouetted as we looked out over the crowd. It was pretty breathtaking.


Jay: Do you have a favorite testimony of someone whose life was changed through your music?



Downhere: No, I really don't. Every time someone comes up and shares about how the Lord has used our songs to speak to them I am so thankful and humbled. We write these songs, record them, and make them available hoping that people will hear them and be ministered to, but there is no way for us to know whether that is actually happening unless someone takes the time to come and share it with us. So we are thankful for each and every story.


Jay: Where did you come up with the name, "Downhere"?

Downhere:  Downhere is actually the name of a song Marc wrote the summer after our freshman year at college. He had a hallmate that was killed in a jet-ski accident during the summer and wrote the song to express his frustration with why some things happen down here on earth that we may never understand. When we started looking for band names we went through old song titles and that one popped out - it also serves as a great reminder to us to stay down to earth and approachable whether we're on the road on a big stage or at home in our home churches.


Jay: What kind of music artists do you listen to on a regular basis?

Downhere: "Well you are going to get a different answer from every guy to this one. For me I listen to a wide range of music. I grew up playing brass band music. Sort of a classical deal. Then I studied jazz in college but the whole time I was also listening to pop and rock. So that leaves me with many interests. Right now Feist is a regular in my collection. I also recently bought a Sinatra double disk so while I've been enjoying listening to that I've also been teaching my 5 year old son the differences between Sinatra and Johnny Cash. I was also a big rock fan growing up but lately, partly because of what I'm working on and what has been released I'm sort of in soft rock/indie rock mode right now." -Glenn


Jay: Where does your unique sound come from? Are there any bands that have influenced you?

Downhere: I believe our unique sound comes especially from having two lead vocalists. And those two vocalists having such a difference in voices! You could probably say the vocal harmonies in Downhere have been inspired somewhat by Simon and Garfunkel. Keith Green was a big influence on Marc. Jars of Clay has always been a band that we've looked up to and respected. Musically and lyrically they are great!


Jay: Do you have a favorite place to eat out when you're on the road?

Downhere: We tend to play it pretty safe on the road, eating at restaurants (generally) that we are familiar with: Chili's, Applebee's, Olive Garden, Subway... We try and mix it up now and then, but we're definitely not looking for that "hole-in-the-wall" restaurant... we'd like to be able to play the show instead of being hunched over a toilet somewhere because whatever meal we ate wasn't agreeing with us!


Jay: Many contemporary Christian artists write loads of songs for an album and then narrow it down to the best of the best. How many songs have you guys written but not published?



Downhere: We demo a lot of songs. Often these demos are not even in a complete song state. For the last two albums I think we had somewhere between 40-70 demos that we eventually narrowed down to the 12 or 13 tracks that made the album. Great way to make sure you are getting your best stuff!
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Downhere's music is absolutely outstanding! If you'd like to read my review of their "Ending is Beginning" album, just click on the picture below:


5 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Jay!!! How cool-- your first interview! And you got to interview Downhere! They are an outstanding band! Great interview! I look forward to more! ;)

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  2. How neat! I always think it's cool to hear from other people who write songs, to find out how they go about the process. That is so cool that you got to do your own interview!!! :D Who knows? Maybe next they'll ask you to give out awards or produce an album... but I'm getting pretty imaginative. The simple, unassuming Jay is good as he is. :D

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  3. Wow!!!! I have never heard of this band. *shaaaame, I know!*

    I will have to check them out, they sound cool. Simon and Garfunkel?! Keith Green?! Are these guys MY age?? :D I think I like them already!

    Jay, congrats on the honor. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Renee: Hopefully I'll have more interviews soon! ;D If you've got any suggestions of who I should interview next, just let me know...

    The Other Alice: You're pretty much stirring up my imagination as well! Good as I am? Why thank you... back at 'ya!

    Rebecca: Yeah, I think they are around your age... You'd probably like to check them out. They have a very unique style of music- a little bit of everything- definitely one of my favorite bands! :D

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  5. Hey, I'm a new follower, but wanted to let you know I'm so jealous that you got to do this interview. They are one of my favorite bands! I just found your blog this past weekend when JFH added me to their links. I saw yours there and am enjoying it.

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