Tell us what you know about royalties and how to get paid.
We’re not exactly sure how it works exactly. All we know is if we have our songs registered with the right organizations and we distribute through a reputable source we’ll get paid for album sales and streams on Pandora, Spotify, and iTunes, etc. We currently do all our distribution through ReverbNation and it gives us full details of everything we make through sales and streaming. It’s a really useful tool and we’d recommend it to any band.
Brief us on how to impress fans during a live performance.
Be honest. Be energetic. The more connections and energy you can create with the audience, the more into it they become! Also, standing on things helps haha.
List the names of your biggest supporters.
Mitch and Sarah from Shows I Go To.
Marshal Rones from foundation presents and Montgomery Drive.
Our manager Chris!
Adam and David at Pioneer Sounds Studio.
Nick from the old school project.
And a lot of our close friends and family of course.
Also got to shout out Scarlett, Kennedy, and our number 1 fan Jordan who we tragically lost last year. RIP <3
Discuss what motivated you so far in your music career.
We’re motivated by our fans and friends we’ve met through our journey so far. And excited by the musical connections and relationships we build along the way.
Go into detail about your experiences as an artist.
Our experience has been great so far. We’re not interested in the politics of the business, just the community that music creates. Every show we’ve played, every show we’ve watched. We strive to make the connections and help the community flourish.
Tell us the greatest mistake you’ve made in your music career.
Not having enough merch!
Discuss the story behind the song.
“Wilder Things” is about the internal struggle to fight the mundane and that you should never stifle your persona, no matter who you are with or where you live. Be you no matter what.
Discuss how to fund a music project.
We’ve been blessed with some amazing fans. Working full-time jobs and having amazing and VERY understanding partners haha. But we also have used crowdfunding platforms, like Kickstarter to fund our EP. We set up some perks for people to pre-order our EP, like special 1 off merch and signed copies of the EP and t-shirts as incentives for people to help get the funding for the studio and mastering process. It’s about putting in the work; making yourself marketable as well as just being good at music.
Discuss your opinion on the safety of fans during live shows and performances.
We played the Social in Orlando the night of the Pulse Nightclub shootings. Literally, just a couple of blocks away. We had gathered earlier that night with a heavy heart, still reeling from Chritine Grimmie’s untimely passing the night before at the hands of another gunman.
We had finished loading out at roughly around 1 a.m and we were hanging out chatting with other bands and fans that were going between venues all around the area including the Pulse. Just the typical Saturday night in Downtown Orlando. Then we left to head to a friend’s house on the outskirts of the city to chill and unwind passing the pulse. We learned as the news broke that it had happened 5-10 minutes after we left Downtown.
Since then we’ve been vocal advocates of safer shows. We feel that live music shows are a refuge for people to get away from their day-to-day lives. People should ALWAYS be able to feel at their safest when at a show! So yeah, we believe fan safety should forever be of the utmost importance.
Tell us the greatest piece of advice you’ve ever been given as an artist.
Probably our manager Chris’ motto “If you’re not in? You can’t win.” Metaphors aside, with our music and putting ourselves out there. If you don’t play the lottery you can’t win it. We apply that to our music. The worst that anyone can ever say is no. Dust yourself off and move on to the next opportunity.
Tell us what you would like to improve or change about your music.
We’re constantly evolving as a band. We always find new inspirations and are adding new and different textures to our music. If you are not evolving you’re not progressing. Always be willing to push the boundaries of whatever style of music you play.
Discuss vocal training and how you protect your vocal.
Two words. THROAT COAT!
It’s a lifesaver for sure. I was never classically trained in any way; well I was in the choir as a kid if that counts? I used to try and mimic my favorite artists (I do a mean Bob Dylan impression). Now I rely on some vocal warm-up techniques I’ve picked up here and there and of course Throat Coat!
Tell us how you manage your team to make things work out.
We’re a pretty democratic band in that sense. We each have our roles to fill on the business side of things as well as the musical side. We always make sure everyone has their say and it can be the hardest part about the band but it’s so worth it.
Discuss your best mood during a performance.
It differs from gig to gig obviously but we always make sure that we can stay fun and energetic. That’s pretty easy with this group of guys!
List the best artists of all time with reasons.
The greats like Springsteen, Dylan, U2, Coltrane, Freddie Mercury, etc. They are both great musicians and songwriters. They’re masters of getting you to connect with a particular emotion with their songs.
Tell us all we need to know about you.
Tacos, Trail mix, and Tears. Or the 3 T’s if you will.
Give us links to connect to you and buy your music.
@wearethestates across IG, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
Tell us the greatest problem you think is facing society and the solution.
Simple. Too much hate and not enough LOVE.
Discuss your songwriting and recording process.
Songs are usually born from a riff or a lyric; one of us comes up with. We all have input on it and it evolves from there. As far as recording, we tend to test our songs out in the live setting to gauge the vibe from the reaction and take it to the studio to fine-tune it for recording. We’re actually starting work on our full-length album in March and we’ve just started work on the demos of the new tracks. We’re super excited about this new direction!
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
The States. We like it because we could build a community behind our music. That’s why we went with WE ARE THE STATES as a motto, because we view The States as not just the band, but our whole team and our fans too.
Also, it’s NOT anything to do with the “United States” other than we are obviously from America. Though some people believe it is. It’s whatever people want it to be. We like the idea of the diversity that each State brings to make the whole. That describes us well musically. Very diverse.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
“Wilder Things”. It’s about coming to terms with being wild in your youth.
State the title of your album/EP and your reason for picking the title.
The EP is called “Cathedral”. We picked that because that’s what this music is for us. A Cathedral.