At Face Value - 10 Questions Interview
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
We've always been into music but for me (Grayson), it was seeing School of Rock in 7th grade with my little brother, Parker. The second we left the theater, we knew we wanted to play music together and now we both play guitar in the band! Also, it's a great movie in general. Gotta love Jack Black.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
This may sound cliche but it was either going on tour back in 2015/2016, playing the NYC marathon, or playing one of Baltimore's biggest venues, Ram's Head Live for our CD release show back in 2018. Oh! Just recently, a band we look up to and one of the best new age pop punk bands (Knuckle Puck) followed us on Twitter. That definitely blew out minds.
What has been the high point of your music path?
I would say this question and question #2 are super similar. Going on tour was a highlight in the fact we got to play music in a different city every night. We made some insane memories together, had a blowout on the highway and almost rolled our van, got kicked out of our friend's place at midnight and had to drive across North Carolina in the middle of the night... it was crazy. Also, playing the NYC marathon (40,000 runners) over the course of a day was insanely cool. And last but not least, playing Ram's Head Live was something we will never forget. The stage was absolutely huge, we could run sprints across it at the time!
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
For this last album, we wrote 14 songs so we had to find some sort of groove or it would've been an impossible task with all of our schedules lining up. Usually, we will have an idea for a song whether it be a guitar riff, a vocal melody, or just a tune in our heads. Usually, we will meet up and jam it on drums and guitar, get the outline of the song, and then work on the lyrics with the guitars, acoustically. Then, we will bring it all together in the studio and make any whacky adjustments there if something sounds off... This last album we found our groove hardcore and cranked out 14 songs in alittle over a year.
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?
Honestly, there are just so many bands and there is so much music out there that it's a challenge not to get lost in the mix. I wish it was easier to get people interested in our music because nowadays, EVERYONE is in a band! It kind of sucks haha... it's definitely tougher to shine through all of that noise and that has been our biggest challenge by far
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
This is so tough.... considering we all have 20 bands we grew up listening to and idolizing.... Hmm, I would have to say Celine Dion would be awesome. We even have a cover of "My Heart Will Go On" and if she could hear it, that would blow my mind! But in actuality, fans of Blink-182, Green Day, the biggest pop-punk bands from the 2000's would be my vote.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Honestly, we haven't rehearsed together in probably a year. We wrote the album and recorded it together in the studio and that was the most time we had been together in forever. But, soon we are fixin' to get back to our practice space and just play our songs as loudly as we can. When everyone is in a groove and we're clicking on all cylinders, those are the best practices.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
This is a great question.... Honestly, the album happened so quickly and smoothly, I can't say one song was harder than another. When the ideas flow, it's a beautiful thing. We're just too good at writing. We're also really good looking. I think the toughest part is trying to write something that you are happy with but also want others to be happy with, and still resonates with 4 other people in your band. So, I guess the answer would be every song on this new album. Is that contradictory as hell?
What's coming up in the future?
We are getting ready to shoot a music video for a few of our upcoming singles and we're very stoked about that. Then, we will need album artwork (Alec is getting his art degree at the local art institute... just kidding), time to practice jamming the new songs, set up a few shows if possible, and get ready for the album release show! Hopefully in 2021 or 2022 we can do it big. It will be big and awesome. It will be awesome and big.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
We are on ALL streaming platforms so pick your poison.
About At Face Value
At Face Value is a five-piece, pop-punk band from Baltimore, MD. Originally formed by Alec Myers (front man/guitarist) and Jeremiah Douglas (drums/electric triangle), Face Value witnessed a departure of initial members Kyle Ritter and Garrett Heydt. Soon after, brothers Parker Ross and Grayson Ross joined the band, meshing their unique pop-rock and effect-driven sound with the fundamental raw punk tendencies Alec and Jeremiah gravitated towards.