Josh Prost - Jack Prost Band - 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.
My family was always into music. My uncle Rick Clayton played in a band called Willow that once opened for Aerosmith. He was always a role model for me. My parents were always listening to music as well. I remember sitting on the floor playing with my Legos, listening to Led Zeppelin II, Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland, and Dark Side of the moon. Music has surrounded me since I can remember. When I was about 10, my buddy got an electric guitar and taught me Crazy Train. After that, my life as I know it began.
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 playing a battle of the bands in College. The bar was PACKED. My lead singer knew how to play guitar, but wasn't playing in the show, he was just singing. I was playing bass and we were covering Alive by Pearl Jam. It was the end of the song, you know, where the Mike Mcready solo takes you all the way up to heaven? We had the place going nuts, and during the solo, the crowd was chanting for the lead guitarist to jump into the crowd for a surf. So instead of finishing the song, he dropped the guitar and dove in!
Without thinking, I handed my bass to the lead singer, who was fine playing the repeated four notes until the end of the song, and I picked up the guitar and finished the solo.
What has been the high point of your music path?
The high I get from music has ebbed and flowed over the years. From a performance perspective, playing in The Alley on a regular basis in the late '90s was amazing. Hearing people sing along with my original songs was a notable time, personally rewarding. More recently, completing my solo album "My Way", and getting great feedback has been a true accomplishment.
So, how do you approach songwriting, or what is your creative process like?
It's 3 AM. A song is playing in my head. It's a dream. It's awesome. This sound is amazing, and it's from my heart and soul. It's like a warm memory - I've heard it before... No, wait, I have not. It's playing to me. It is calling me.
So I get my tired ass out of bed and go downstairs to my music studio, and I pick up my bass. It's usually the bass line that starts the whole thing. I put on the metronome, and I play it out until it's perfect. Sometimes I'm still playing when the family is showering and getting ready for school and work. Sometimes it takes days, months, to complete the song with all of the instruments in a finished demo.
Once I have all of the parts enough to communicate my vision, I'll go to the singer and producer that fits best with the song. For Jack Prost Band songs, it's Scott Glorioso, a producer from Littleton, MA. We collaborate and complete the song together. Then I listen to it a thousand times and nit-pick.
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 getting ears on your product. There are so many GREAT bands out there that are producing great music but are not being heard on a national/global level. Much of the stuff you hear on the charts is really no better than a lot of the stuff you can hear on independent playlists.
Technology has made it possible for bands to create amazing music without being incredible musicians.
On one hand, I don't care that this is true. I don't need fame and fortune to feel the euphoria that music brings to me. I love lots of bands that play simple songs and are able to carry a huge wave of emotion with them. Emotion trumps technical capability, in my opinion.
On the other hand, this makes it harder for those that put serious work and effort into music to have a clear advantage. So now, the thing that allows artists to separate themselves from the pack is the ability to promote and advertise themselves, which takes money. Sure, great talents will still be picked up by labels that believe in them and will help foot the bill. But a lot of great talents are not found at all because the noise of social media from thousands of other artists drowns them out.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Foo Fighters for two reasons. One, because I can play most of their songs. And two, because Dave Grohl is the most interesting, exciting, and crowd-pleasing rock star out there. He has the audience in the palm of his hands, and when you leave a Foo Fighters show, you feel like you spent the night on stage with Dave. That's entertainment, and I want to be a part of something like that.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Practice, practice, practice. Playing songs over and over until we can play the necessary licks without thinking about them is the first phase. Then, we need to be able to test some other things that are kind of improvisational or different in the second phase. Once we are somewhere in Phase II, the show is a show. Playing together as a band, playing off of each others' improvisations is the magic that happens. And the energy from the crowd is like a drug. Euphoric, but in focus.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
"Forgive Me" was probably my biggest challenge. I play bass, guitar, and baritone in the recording. Getting all of the strings to mingle together in a space where they can all be heard was a fun challenge.
Also, the lyrics are very personal to me. It's about a night when a friend killed himself at my house, and I found him lying there in my driveway. He was not sober and wanted me to come outside to fight one of our friends, but I would not. I tried to talk him out of it. The last thing he said to me was "I can't believe you won't stand behind me".
Forgive me is about the weight I carry around, as I believe that If I made another choice, he'd still be alive today.
Writing the lyrics, and singing them aloud is difficult. Every time.
What's coming up in the future?
I have two projects that I'm working on, both of which are in the direction I want to take my music. Octavate is a band that Shawn Valley sings lead-in. He's the former lead singer of the Boston band Suspicious Hooligans. My other project has Andrew Leyenhorst singing lead and producing, called Numba9ne. These projects are harder edges and should be dropping albums in the coming year.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
About Jack Prost Band
Jack Prost Band is a rock-based project from Greater Boston, born of grunge, rock, power-pop, and alternative. The songs are all written and played by JP and produced and engineered by Scott Glorioso.
Joshua Prost is a songwriter and musician based in Boston. JP played in cover and original bands in the Boston scene since the early 2000s, and has since been writing and collaborating with musicians all over the country.
JP started as a rhythm guitarist but found the universe when he "evolved" to bass. You can feel the bass driving the melody in most of his songs. You can taste the grungy alternative energy in Joshua's music. You'll hear a unique, low but harmonic growl which is embellished by his work on his original Danelectro baritone on many songs. You'll understand his lyrics - they are deep, expressive, and relevant.
"As a kid, I’d sit on the floor of the closet in the kitchen playing with my Legos while my mom would cook dinner. I'd have huge brown headphones on (with the curly wire), she'd have the speakers on, and we'd be blasting Led Zeppelin II... Morrison Hotel... Emerson Lake and Palmer... Dark Side of the Moon. Rock is in my blood."
The first album "My Way" is available on all major music streaming platforms.