Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth, and childhood experience.
Torin: Spark The Color is comprised of vocalist Meg Scalise, bassist Nick McQuillan, guitarist Pat Valley, and me (drummer Torin Degnats). We were all born and raised in the Southeastern US. I first met Pat in our high school jazz band. He had long black “metal” hair and a very jazzy Flying V guitar. We reconnected after college and began working with Nick as teachers/directors for the CAMP JAM MUSIC program.
Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience, and skills.
Torin: Like Pat, I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. I accepted a scholarship to attend the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. After graduating, I toured extensively throughout the US as a member of “The Well Reds” and opened up for a variety of national touring artists. With The Well Reds, I got to work with some of the top producers in Atlanta (including multi-Grammy award winner Joseph Prielozny). Nick, Pat, and I all have experience as backup musicians for various singers from The Voice, American Idol, and America’s Got Talent. Additionally, we’ve all had song placements in film and television. We decided to put together a music project while working together at a Hard Rock resort in Mexico and came up with the name Spark The Color after meeting Meg.
Tell us about your genre, concept, and idea behind your music video and the song.
Torin: Spark The Color fits into the pop-rock genre but additionally pulls from electronic and harder rock influences. The outline of Hurricane was jammed out in a rehearsal, but I put together the lyrics and melodies with Meg after breaking the song down to just voice and piano. Hopefully, I put the video together in a way where their motion and depth fit the unsettled nature of a hurricane. I tried to use colors that could sharply contrast each other and jumps that moved from bright neon bursts to harsher black and white scenes.
Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.
Torin: Our goal with the band is to be fearless, bold, and honest in all that we create. Each song is a story; each story is sparked and colored by the life experiences we’ve collected so far. We’re still brand new so there haven’t been too many lows yet, and hopefully, there will be some nice highs as we continue to refine our sound and release new music.
Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew, or music video director, how the song was recorded, and how the music video was shot.
Pat: Nick, Torin, and I started on this song by jamming in Torin’s living room- he had an idea for a synth riff that we used as the starting point. He programmed everything, then Nick and I tracked our guitar/bass parts at my place. After that, we had Meg record her vocals here before sending the session over to my longtime other-band-mate Brad Cox, who did a killer job mixing and mastering it. Regarding the video, Torin knocked that out at his desk; he’s one of the hardest working guys I know.
Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience, and your future goal.
Nick: I am fortunate enough to have been a part of the music industry for approximately 15 years now. It started in high school when a passion for writing and touring original music blossomed into the pursuit of becoming a full-time musician. While currently living a successful life as a work-for-hire musician the strive to perfect my craft is still challenging. My future goals are to continue to grow as a musician and keep pushing for the ultimate goal of having a major impact with original music!
Tell us what inspires you to sing.
Meg: Singing has been my longest-lasting passion. It allows me to express and define myself in a way that I wouldn’t otherwise know how to do. For me, it’s the fuel (or cure) for all emotions.
Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
Pat: There’s no such thing as a secret behind a hit song, so instead, I’ll say that writers should just seek to create something that’s deeply rooted in some kind of emotion. Beyond that, hustle, put your marketing hat on and build an audience, call in favors.
Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.
Meg: There really is no better feeling than doing what you love and being proud of your work!
Tell us the piece of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Nick: I would say to always have an open mind, know what you want, and be willing to compromise. In this business, it can be hard at times to know when to give and when to take. Pick and choose your battles wisely!
Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition, or awards you might have obtained.
Nick: The early part of my career consisted of writing and touring with a progressive rock band called Glass Bottom Boat. We wrote two EPs and had a tour for each. The first EP was titled “My Final Entry” and was licensed by MTV to be used in their Real World/Road Rules series. The second album was titled “Voyager 127”. When graduating high school killed the band off I decided to move to Atlanta where I graduated from The Atlanta Institute of Music. Since 2007 I have been making a living performing cover music, originals, worship services, and corporate events while teaching and directing music camps in between.
List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send messages to them via this platform.
Pat: None at the moment besides Broadtube, you caught us early! To all outlets, we’re starting this thing from the ground up and have some great music on the way, so hop on board with us.
Tell us how you sing and record in the studio.
Meg: I have an overflow of adrenaline in the studio, so I do my best to breathe, keep grounded and give it my all.
Name the five biggest artists that you like.
Meg: There are too many artists that inspire me in so many different ways, but for the sake of listing: Amy Winehouse, Glass Animals, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Phish, and Rising Appalachia.
Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.
Meg: I’d love to collaborate more with fellow artists here in Atlanta. On a celebrity level, Lily Allen or Sia.
Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.
Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.
Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.
Nick: The day I married my beautiful wife and best friend. The day I lost my grandmother to ovarian cancer.
Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.
Nick: While trying to stay close to a similar lifestyle I would invest more time and money in writing, recording, and touring original music.