The Copper Tones
Hailing from South Florida, The Copper Tones vibe is all positive. Their music is like a fresh breath of sunshine. Described as “Roots music with a favorable twist of Soul, Rock, Americana and more,” they've coined their genre as "Soulgrass." This group of talented and diverse multi-instrumentalists give a dazzling and uplifting live performance. The Copper Tones have garnished positive recognition worldwide.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Stefanie: The first song I ever finished was because of a boy, surprise. Ha ha. I always used writing and music as an outlet and someone close to me was like screw it, make something good out of the situation and write a song. Best advice I've ever received. Daniel: I got my first guitar when i was 15, and right away I was more interested in writing songs and figuring it out on my own, instead of taking lessons and learning other people’s music. So i’m not sure what the catalyst was, but i’ve been driven to write my own songs since the beginning. Dyllan: When I was fourteen years old I met a friend that was in his twenties when I was volunteering at the Museum of Discovery and Science. His name was Jason Armstrong. After becoming friends he took me under his wing and I played bass for him in a few different bands over the years until the age of eighteen. We were at band practice one night my drummer Ray Beers and my buddy Jay went to grab some beer and only Ray came back. Our buddy Jay was taken from this world by a careless driver. From that moment on I dedicated my life to music for Jason and myself.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Stefanie: I opened the show for one of my favorite artists on a golf course in New York.
Dyllan: Playing the upstairs venue in a strip club and then having the strippers downstairs request our CD so that they could dance to it on the main stage.
Daniel: Performing at a nudist festival.
Andy: The craziest thing that has happened to me in my music career would have to be playing a venue not being able to be served at the bar, but having pitchers of beer on all the amps and having other musicians jump on stage and pouring beer down my throat while I played.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Stefanie: We've had the opportunity in this band to do a lot of traveling and last year we got to tour Germany for a month. It is an incredible experience to play overseas and connect with people through your music that don't even speak the same language as you.
Andy: The high point of my music path would have to be completing a two-week US south east tour then two months later, jumping on a plane to tour Germany for a month.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
Stefanie: I generally start out writing thoughts and words that are on my mind and create the lyrics from there. Once I have a rhythm going I start to put music to the lyrics. Then, I decide whether it's worth it to expose to anyone else's ears or not.
Daniel: I honestly dont think i have a set process that i could explain to anyone. The inspiration just shows up, or it doesn’t. It’s more of a catch lightning in a bottle situation for me.
Dyllan: I usually let the song lyrics or melody come to me and hone it from there. But most of the time when it turns out to be a good song it all sort of just happens. I wish that I could describe better in detail but basically I just sit down and bang a song out in 10 to 15 minutes. Otherwise I tend to have a few drinks and in that mindset, I tend to be less guarded and more emotional and the songs just come. Let's take a moment to check out their engaging video performance of "Big Sugar, Big Change"
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?
Stefanie: I think the biggest challenge is juggling the artistic side and business side of it all. There are a lot of things that go on behind the scenes that people aren't aware of. It's very time consuming and it can really burn you out and make it hard to focus on what really matters.
Dyllan: With the modern age of digital downloads and YouTube videos it is hard to get people out to live shows and buy merchandise and just enjoy a night of music. Social media has put a damper on this side of the industry, but it just makes you have to try that much harder to capture your audience and make them want to be there, I would love for the age of the internet and cell phones to just die so that people could live their lives again freely.
Daniel: I think digital distribution is easier and more accessible than ever for independent artists, and that’s my favorite thing about this era. But at the same time I think that creates one of our biggest challenges, which is to somehow rise above the new larger than ever wealth of content that is out there on the internet.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Stefanie: There are so many. I would have to say, Alabama Shakes would be a blast to play alongside. They always look like they're having the time of their lives and put so much heart into their live performances.
Dyllan: I would love to open a show for Shovels and Rope. In my opinion they are one of the realest grass roots acts out there today. They have inspired me time and time again. I have had the pleasure of meeting them and feel that they are all in all genuinely talented and down to earth people in the mixed up jaded, materialistic world we live in.
Daniel: Maybe Steve Miller, because I've been wanting to play the blues like him since i was a kid.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Stefanie: A shot and a beer is usually pre-show tradition. Rehearsals tend to consist of the same with an added band meeting on top. It's important to have fun while you're working.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Stefanie: Funny enough, I'm currently writing it. My parents have a pretty epic love story. My Dad was drafted to the Vietnam War and was significantly injured. My parents have been through a hell of a lot because of it, and they've managed to stay madly in love for over 50 years. It's difficult to write a story through someone else's eyes caring about it as much as I do and not putting all the pressure in the world on myself.
What's coming up in the future?
Stefanie: Currently we're in the studio recording our next full length album and planning new tours. We can't wait to share our new music with our fans and new audiences!
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