The Iveys - 10 Questions Interview
The Iveys have been touching the hearts of listeners for years with sincere sounds and captivating lyrics. A wild group of siblings born and raised on the Western tip of Texas on the farmlands of the Rio Grande, The Iveys have a history that is as interesting as their sound: experimenting with harmonies while wandering the dirt roads of the El Paso lower valley, the Ivey siblings have been making music together since childhood. Inspired by artists like the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel, as well as soulful legends like Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, The Iveys music grew into an Americana style strengthened by stellar harmonies and infused with a signature vibe of indie honesty. The Iveys have played over five hundred concerts across the states, touring coast to coast. They have recorded several records over the years, working with such talents as Latin Grammy Award winner Justin J. Leeah, as well as collaborating with such respected names in the music industry as producer Mario Caldato Jr. (producer for The Beastie Boys and Beck), Blues artist Johnny Rawls, and the famed rock performers of Moderatto. The Iveys most recent record, Colors of Honey, was co-produced and mixed by Gerardo "Jerry" Ordonez, and mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering. The Iveys have also had several TV appearances, including performances on Good Day Austin, as well as ABC Portland.
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 had a wonderful crazy upbringing with lots of fun, laughter and of course, music. Our parents were always listening to their favorite artists on our Dad's record player, so from our earliest memories, music has been a part of our lives. We were immersed in rock 'n roll, the blues, jazz, country, classical, r&b, truly no defined rules when it came to genres. As we grew up, creating our own music became the art form we used to express ourselves and our own life experiences. It seemed a natural progression, and creating songs together is something we all love.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Wow.... that's a loaded question. Haha! There are crazy cool things that have happened to us on this musical journey, and crazy NOT cool things. Way too many crazy tour stories to mention. Have you ever been offered cactus for dinner? Or watched a major bar fight play out from stage as you provided the soundtrack? Like we say, too many stories. So back to the question at hand. The CRAZIEST? The craziest COOL thing: strangers opening their homes for a band on the road, and giving us a place to rest for the night. We've met some of the coolest people in the world while touring. The craziest NOT cool thing: being paid 20 bucks for a 4 hour show at a packed venue. That place has since shut down, and good riddance!
What has been the high point of your music path?
Truly, the high point has been the fact that we've been able to play and record music as a family band, doing something we all love to do. We've met some incredible people along the way, made some life-long friendships, and have received a lot of support from within the music industry and from the fans that enable us to keep touring and recording new songs.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
It could be anything, lyrics written on a scrap of paper, Jenna humming a catchy melody, Arlen picking up his guitar and playing a cool chord pattern. Most of the time, the songwriting process starts with Jenna and Arlen. They often write together, as is the case with our current single "Once An Eagle." They'll play and record a demo of the new song, and then the whole band gets involved as we prep for an upcoming recording session or tour. As the group jams, we try different rhythms and ideas until the song comes to life with everyone involved.
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?
At this moment in time, the biggest challenge for Indie artists has been created by this pandemic with the lack of live music opportunities, and many venues still closed. Musicians, audio engineers, wait staff and lighting techs..managers, promoters... everyone involved in the live-entertainment industry has been affected in one way or another. So many wonderful people are struggling financially right now. Our request is for anyone reading this to support these venues, these businesses, these artists, these people. Do what you can, no matter how small it may seem. Buy cd's and t-shirts from artists and bands, order food from the venues, find and contribute to local organizations (or start one in your area) that are helping these human beings make rent, and be able to take care of their health.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
That would be The Beatles. Why? The best band ever to set foot on stage. Such incredible musicians and songwriters. They have influenced all modern music in one way or another, and have definitely been an influence in what we do.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Band rehearsals are a lot of fun. Most of our hard work is put in at home individually on our musical instruments, so when we get together it's for the purpose of tightening up songs for a gig, working on a new song, or prepping for a recording session. There are a lot of jokes going around, and a lot of teasing too. Especially if one of us makes a mistake, though it's all good natured fun! It feels good to have all the pieces of a song come together in rehearsal. That's where we try out different things, and expirement with new sounds. We keep going til we're all satisfied with the songs, the song order for a show, or whatever it is we're working on at the time.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Songwriting can be challenging. Every once in awhile a song just comes down as a gift from Heaven. Complete from beginning to end with the very first writing. But as songwriters in all genres will tell you, that's super rare! Most of the time it takes a lot of time and work to get a song to completion where The Iveys are all satisfied with it! We released our EP "Colors of Honey" in summer of 2019, and there's a song on there called "Whatever Comes" that we just loved, and knew we wanted to record when Arlen brought it to the rest of the band. The song had so much heart, a song from the perspective of a parent talking to their child. But it just wouldn't come together. The song took on a life of its own and went through many re-writes as Jenna helped Arlen with the lyrics, removing lines such as "life is full of water falls, sometimes you will fall off." Not exactly what you want to say in a song about inspiring your child to follow their dreams, haha! After many twists and turns, melodically and lyrically, it eventually became a staple of our live shows, and one of our favorite recordings.
What's coming up in the future?
With all the changes that have occurred this crazy year, we haven’t played many live shows, but we have worked to find other ways of sharing our creativity. We have been connecting more with the online community, participating in livestreams and creating content such as our own music videos. The music videos have been a blast, and we're lucky to have our talented siblings Galen and Jenna writing and directing the videos.
Though times are strange for the music industry, one thing we can hold onto is that art will always find a way. We just have to rise to the challenge. We plan to release a new single and video every month through December, and have our next single "Baby Don't Hold Back" set to be released on all platforms on Sept. 18th, with a video release on Sept. 17th.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
To keep up to date with us or stream our music, you can find us on most social media/streaming platforms such as YouTube and Apple Music. You can also find us at:
For more information on The Iveys, please visit their website
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