Fervent Roze - 10 Questions Music Interview
It began in Setphenville, Texas when four students at Tarleton State University decided to form a band that would eventually become Fervent Roze. They played locals bars from Dallas to Fort Worth to Denton and went on to win the 2014 Wits End Battle of the Bands in Dallas. Since then, the lineup has gone through some changes. Today Fervent Roze is a two piece rock-pop band consisting of PJ Ramirez ( vocals, guitar and keys) and Waylon Glover (drums, guitar, keys and back-up vocals). Currently, Fervent Roze has a new release, an impressive 14-track album title 'Charm & Wit,' and 5 tours across country to celebrate. 10 Questions caught up with band member Waylon in the following 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.
I was in high school and attended How The Edge Stole Christmas and witnessed 30 Seconds to Mars perform "The Kill" and the band stopped playing for a crowd singalong and Jared Leto held out the microphone to the crowd and in that room, at the Verizon Theatre, you could hear the words as crisp as an album word for word and the biggest grin came across Jared Leto's face. From that point onward I wanted to make music to help people the way it helps me and to get that feeling I saw Jared Leto have on stage that night.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
We were on tour up in Montana and had a gig the next night so we had time to kill. We went back-roading around this town and came up with a game... As I drove in this town we've never been in, the guys would take turns telling me which way to turn. Left, Left, Right, Left, Right, Right and so on...well this was fun for awhile going down creepy roads and such but then one of the guys told me to turn a way where there wasn't a road - we ended up in a ditch. Full Van and Trailer... Not only that, but then we noticed we were in someone's front yard as well at 3 in the morning... stuck. The trailer and van were stuck in the mud. Primarily the trailer. We hopped out and tried to push. And as the usual situation goes 1...2...3 ...push! except we couldn't yell... we definitely didn't want to wake this house up with a band stuck and causing rivets in the yard. So there you have it. A few guys whisper screaming 1...2...3...pushh!...come on men!!! push!!! shhhhh.... shhhh... Tried to use our merch table as a means of friction for the tires and that didn't work. We thought we were stuck, stuck. Eventually we unhitched the trailer and got the van itself out and were able to back the van up just enough and get the trailer up just far enough that we were able to drive out and take off. Very in the moment awkward situation for sure.
What has been the high point of your music path?
The highest point of our music path thus far I would say was finally getting us out on the road and touring the country. We went on tour back in 2016 with Sweet Ascent for about a month long and got to meet plenty of awesome people. After that we put together a few more tours that were week long/two week long. The experience alone is worth everything. We don't plan on stopping. We want more.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
The song writing process was different with each song, but over all it would start with a chord progression. I would turn that chord progression into a beat. Then I would make it into a song and we would listen to the songs in car rides and at our studios and write lyrics to what we were feeling and what the songs were trying to say. What the instrumentals would make us reminiscent of.
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 is we can't just hit the road anymore. We started to notice that people were not going to attend local shows or up and coming bands across the nation unless they already had a name for themselves. The road used to be the proving grounds and now it seems to be empty. People can get all the new music discovery they want off of the internet and are not wanting to spend $10-$20 for a ticket to a show where they may or may not like any of the music. The Internet age has changed everything and it has so many positive things about it. but just a few down sides. The person to person interaction between artist and listener.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
We would absolutely love to share the stage with Thrice. They have been one of the most influential bands of our life and song writing. Dustin Kensrue and the guys have shown that you can stick to your roots & beliefs and not sway to the will of others. From my experiences in the pit at their shows, you can immediately see that they bring together all kinds of people from every thought of mind and belief. Together under one roof singing the same words and showing love to one another.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Our rehearsals are pretty relaxed. We over many years have learned how to practice not just putting in the hours but to actually understand what to truly practice means. If we find a problem with a song we don't continually hash it out. We try to figure out what exactly is causing this issue. It is just the two of us now and we have been playing together for 10 years so we pretty much know how the other one thinks and know how to talk to each other musically. For a live show we have a few run-throughs mixed in with a "self clinic" knowing that the goal is as it always has been. For us to have fun and get our point across in a live show the same way we angle our album song structures.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
FEARS. We have been working on "Fears" for almost 2 years solid. It started as a full Rock band ballad when PJ wrote it we had other members in the band. As they all left we were still trying to approach it as a Rock ballad with a full orchestra sound and guitars and soaring guitar walls and riffs. It was the last song we completed on the album even though it was one of the first we had written. It was 2 am at PJs house and he straight us said "let's just cut this from the album. It just doesn't sound right. I don't know what it is it just isn't working. " I answered "No, I don't leave songs behind. This song just needs us to find what it wants. Tell you what," Let's just start deleting. Start from scratch." I began to delete parts off. One after another. Click, Click, Click. I threw down the most straight forward beat that I could muster. a boom tsss. boom tss. if you will. Vocals and a drum beat only.... wait... hold on... there is something here. Pj's eyes grew open. I continued to add one whatever I felt it needed. Trying to keep it as simplistic as possible because I wanted the Lyrics to shine through. The result is now on our album and was the first song we released with a music video to tease the new album release.
What's coming up in the future?
We are starting to put together some live shows and really push our music online. We need to game some traction and attention. Really try to create a demand for us to make live show appearances. We also have begun work on a follow-up EP, looking to come out in the winter.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
For more information, please visit Fervent Roze's website.
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