Jeffrey Dallet Band
Out of Denver, Colorado, The Jeffrey Dallet Band takes high energy rock and fuses it with lyrically driven folk music creating an easy on the ears music experience. Jeffrey Dallet has won numerous awards for his songwriting including an Akedemia best folk song award for his song “Gypsy Jewel,” and winning a best song contest in the Colorado Music Business Award for his song "Odd Ball Blues." Drawing from his myriad of life experiences, Jeffrey entices listeners with his stories, social commentary, and passionate tunes. His newest project to check out is his CD titled Abnormal Oddities.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music?
Well like all notable stories, when it comes to dudes, they usually revolves around girls. I would say the "catalyst" for my music writing career was a specific young woman with whom I was infatuated. Being madly in love with someone can be a fantastic experience, but on the other hand it can be quite heart wrenching leading to the quite the depths of despair. On the lighter side, I was interested in writing a love song for this particular girl I fancied. I took up the guitar to write a song for her, and contrary to what the movies and books tell you, when you write a song for a woman and then play it for her, its not necessarily always well received, and labels like "weirdo" and "stalker" seem to surface. Let's just say that relationship never went anywhere and she found a stud to marry that wasn't me. As Tom Petty said "She's a woman in love, and its not me". But in all seriousness, there is a particular muse of mine who serves as the roots for many of my songs.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
One time at a songwriters night, there was a very inebriated double knit character who approached me after one of my sets who began shouting obscenities at me saying he wanted to exact some kind of physical harm upon me. He got in my face and said "dude, if you don't stop sounding like Bob Dylan, I'm gonna kick your ass!" "You're the best I've ever seen but your a F---'n rip off!!" He continued on - "I know jujitsu and I'm itching to f--- somebody up!" Fortunately there was no physical interaction, but about a week later, I saw the same guy outside a 7-11 near my place and he went in on me again hurling the same threats as he had in the bar before. Slobbering and spitting all over he raged at me getting closer and closer until a cop in an unmarked car came over and put an end to the lunacy. Being threatened twice in a span of two weeks for apparently sounding a little like someone pretty famous was one of the wildest things that happen to me.
What has been the high point of your music path?
I received an email out of the blue on my website from someone who had heard one of my songs on a local Denver open media station. He praised the song and talked how he hadn't heard anything that touched him like that before. He wanted to know where he could get a copy and said he was an instant fan. That was quite an incredible experience to touch someone like that- who connected to a very personal song of mine revolving around a lot of pain. He took time out of his own day to search me out and deliver his message. That meant the world, and made the painful experience that birthed the song almost worth it.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I use current events and tumultuous feelings that brew in my heart and soul as fuel for songs. The political climate today is so volatile, and there's so many unbelievable things that happen in the world today so there's really no shortage of material to write about. I'll get a line in my head and carry it around for a while then it turns into a phrase then a song. Its usually the words that come first, and it usually happens at like 2am.
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 biggest challenge to the indie artist today is making money, or sticking out in the sea of self made and self produced artists out there. There's just not a way to make money unless you're well known or selling out venues on the road. The old guys from the classic rock era have it made. They'll have their songs played on radio until the end of time so they'll have that financial security forever. They were the ones who got the last ticket to Disney Land before it burnt down. In todays musical climate record labels dont pick up and develop talent. They want you to have 15,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter and a huge following before they'll even sniff at you, because they don't have the resources to invest that time and money into an unknown entity. I totally understand that from a financial position, but I kind of pine for the older days where the record labels would take on new talent they feel could be developed, then give them their due shot. I guess that's the thing I would change, go back in time like 50 years.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
I would love to share the stage with Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. Just give me a 45 minute opening slot for them at Cobo Center (formerly Hall) or whatever and I'll be fine.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Rehearsals involve a lot of grape soda and repeating of set lists. I'll bring a written song to the group, then the group uses its music expertise to help arrange and spice it up. We'll play it a bunch of times as each member of the band uses their expertise on their particular instrument to refine the song to where its in show ready form.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I wrote a song called "The Ballad Of The Ruling Class", and its a nice little story about an American sociopath who leaves a trail of the working class in his wake. I really like it and love playing it live, but it was quite the undertaking to put to paper. It took me live five years to live it through my work experience, then two weeks to write. Its always a delicate balance to play it live also because you have to have the right environment and audience.
What's coming up in the future?
We've got some cool local Denver summer shows coming up that I'm looking forward to. We're going to go back into the studio to begin work on more songs for a new CD. Then its on to the world tour. (Kidding)
Tell us where fans can access your music.