Nails Hide Metal
Nails Hide Metal is a killer rock band with a distinct effect based guitar driven sound. MeLinda Dalton and Russ Quinn are the creative songwriters behind the group. They began playing and recording together in 2009 and within the next three years released three self-recorded Eps. The group continues to explore new musical directions with an already extensive catalog of original music. Now, Nails Hide Metal has completed their sixth project titled ‘Breach.’
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
While neither one of us can say that a particular person or one catalyst propelled either of us to be writers and musicians, there were certainly life experiences and our early interest in music that brought us here. We were both just kind of always writing throughout our lives but we are also big music fans. We can't tell you how many great bands we were lucky enough to see live. For me (MeLinda), I will add that my maternal grandfather is always an inspiration when playing.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
What has been the high point of your music path?
The first time we began playing together. We would not be doing this in this way if we never got together to begin with. It also brought us to our relationship and getting married.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
It varies. Lots of playing together and talking. Most often lyrics come first from MeLinda and then we start figuring out music. Russ has musical ideas that start it or MeLinda has musical ideas that start it or both. Most often we just start playing while Russ figures out how he is going to sing the lead lines. MeLinda also has a tendency to dream about music and lyrics so sometimes songs come in that way. We can both utilize different instruments to figure things out but we are intuitive with each other so we often start on the same page and go from there.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
The word 'Indie' even though we are kind of forced to use it. Something about it and the expectation that all your work should be thrown out there in a bargain bin. There is an aspect of taking musicians and music writers for granted.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
This is soooo hard. Who can choose? Okay, the original lineup of 'The Who'.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
They are fun and we do play a lot at home.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Hmmm. This wasn't a challenge in particular but there is a song on 'Breach' called "Bend The Day". It evolved into something else each time we played it and then when we finally recorded it. It was an interesting process with this one.
What's coming up in the future?
More songs, more live performances and maybe more interviews?
Where can fans can access your music.