Updated: Sep 16, 2021
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
It all started with feeling. I remember being in high school and being overwhelmed with an intense desire to be alive and to do. Writing songs is not something I planned or even tried to consciously do, it was something that happened almost instinctively after I learned a few chords on guitar. I had to write. I still have to write
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I have had an innumerable amount of substance-induced promises and seen just about all of the oddities of the nightlife. However, I did a stretch where I was playing a residency at a Best Western Premiere. One night there was a very wealthy man drinking alone and watching me perform — he was wearing a fur coat and had a 3 karat diamond engagement ring on his finger. He began talking to me in between sets and explained to me that he and his partner were getting married later that year in Hawaii.
At the end of the night, he threw a wad of cash in my tip jar, threw a wad of cash to the bartender, then pulled me aside and asked me if I could play “All You Need is Love’’ by the Beatles. He then gave me his card, wrote his finance’s personal number on the back, and told me that he wanted to fly me to Hawaii in the summer, and would pay me any amount I asked for to play at his wedding Then he got my email address and phone number and told me to email him in the morning and he would send me the details. Next, he told the bartender to send a bucket and a bottle to his room at the top, did a shot, grabbed his fur coat, went up to his suite, and I never heard from him again.
What has been the high point of your music path?
As songwriters, we write songs because we want to express. We then record and perform these songs because we want to share these expressions with others. The best part about music is getting to share it with others that not only hear it, but also listen and connect. The occasions that connections have been made and people have let me know about it always mean the most and are always “high points.”
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?: I try to avoid approaching songs or songwriting. I think it’s best to let the songs approach me. This sounds totally ridiculous and pretentious, but I’ve always felt that songwriting is more about recognizing intense feeling and running with it. After the initial encounter, there’s a lot of work that goes into revisiting that emotion and refining a song, but the first sign of life (song) just happens and it’s best not to control it.
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?
As an indie artist existing in the DIY climate, it is challenging to balance music and music business. Music business is important, but the actual art and the truth it conveys is always more important.
I try to avoid complaining about things that are not within my control, so I hesitate to say what should or should not change about the industry
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?: I’ve always felt that the African American slave spirituals are the purest form of music/art in American history. Slaves didn’t sing because they wanted to, they sang because they had to. I know I can’t go back in time, but I think it might do many of us some good to stand alongside someone who is singing directly to the heavens in the purest form. I feel that slave spirituals are sacred and I have more respect than I can express for those that sang them.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
We take rehearsals seriously and do our best to learn the songs and learn how to present them in a way that is believable. The delivery of a song is just as important as the song itself
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
None of the songs came easy, but they were all more rewarding than challenging.
What's coming up in the future?
We are going to continue to do our best to make truthful art. Our number one goal is to make music that enhances the lives of others. We’ll see where it takes us.Question 10: Tell us where fans can access your music.
Tell us where fans can access your music? Follow on Instagram
Stream on Spotify.
Check out our website.
Remain is an American Rock band from Denton, TX, consisting of Michael Rosser (Bass), Caleb Coonrod (Guitar, Lead Vox), Perry Hill (Drums), Jonathan McNary (Lead Guitar). The band played its first show at the Labb in Denton on August 16, 2014. Since then, they have honed a powerful, poetic sound composed of bar-rattling jams and rock anthems.
In the Fall of 2015 Remain recorded their debut EP "The World Beyond." The EP was recorded at Reeltime Audio in Denton, TX with the Grammy-award- winning producer/engineer Eric Delegard. In March of 2016 the band secured management by signing with Robert Speed Productions and "The World Beyond" went on to have singles featured on local stations DentonRadio.com as well as 97.1 The Eagle. In addition, the single "Speed" was featured on The Deuce Radio Shows originating in the UK and was featured on multiple radio shows in Europe, Australia, and North America. In the Summer of 2017 Remain released the single "Millennial Nation" which aired on multiple radio shows worldwide.
In 2018 Remain's single "Millennial Nation" was picked up by Bongo Boy Records. The single was added to the labels' album "Alternative Rock MachOne," a release that was distributed to the Asian and other worldwide markets. In conjunction with their first label release, Remain was named by The Dentonite as one of Denton's 15 Music Acts Making Moves in 2018! In 2019, Remain underwent a lineup change and committed to redefining their sound. Most of 2019 was spent, funding, writing, rehearsing, demoing songs, regrouping the band lineup, and finally returning to Reeltime Audio in Oct. 2019 to complete their first full-length album entitled "Millennial Nation." Millennial Nation was set to be released in April 2020. As Covid-19 hit, Remain decided to hold off on releasing the debut LP, let the pandemic pass, and hopefully clear the way for a more impactful release.