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Venture Still – Rise From the Ruin

Venture Still - Rise From the Ruin
Venture Still - Rise From the Ruin

Venture Still – Rise From the Ruin


Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth, and childhood experience.
Chris Carter: Vocals/Guitar
Elvin Holderfield: Piano/keyboards
Rob Wiberg: Bass
Country of Birth: USA
Band Birthday: 10/13/2016


Tell us about your music career, your band name, musical background, experience, and skills.
If The Weeknd and John Mayer adopted Rusted Root and Taylor Swift’s child and raised it as their own = Venture Still.
Chris Carter is a tall man and plays guitar while singing. Elvin Holderfield is a short half-Asian man and plays piano. Rob Wiberg has very large hands that he uses to play bass. Together they are friends. Together they are Venture Still.
Based on the catchy songwriting of their frontman, Chris Carter, Venture Still blends thick organic textures with electronic elements to produce their take on alternative pop/rock. Formed in the fall of 2016, Venture Still’s music is the result of three close friends coming together to express their shared passion. Drawing from a spectrum of experiences, Carter’s lyrics embody the harmony and dissonance found in everyday struggles. Backing Carter, is bassist Rob Wiberg and pianist Elvin Holderfield. Inspired by bass greats like Victor Wooten, Rob provides funky slap riffs and creamy melodies that give each song a contagious groove. Elvin, a classically trained pianist, and composer lays down a bed of textures from piano to ambient pads.


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.
We recorded this song at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, CO. It was our first time recording in a fully professional recording studio. The idea for the lyric video came from our love of nature. Colorado has so many beautiful areas, and we went to one of our favorite spots in Fort Collins – Horsetooth Reservoir. Our singer, Chris, loves rock stacking, so we thought it would be great to make a video that blends many of our interests outside of music into a music video.


Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience, and your future goal.
We have been in the music industry for many years and have played gigs from the worst dive bars to charity receptions and near sold-out shows at big venues throughout the Colorado area. Recently, we got back from a big CD Baby conference in Nashville and made many great contacts. For the near future, we are looking at really pushing and marketing our EP and getting our name out to a bigger crowd. We are in this for the long haul!


Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.
We are inspired by a lot…but to make a long story short, we are inspired by the roller coaster of life.


Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.
Provide a memorable and not overly complex melodic hook, along with lyrics that are easily relatable.


Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there. 
Live a life of passion.


Tell us the piece of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.
Make sure you spend just as much time on the marketing and business aspect of music, as you do in the music creation process. There is a lot of white noise out there, and you have to make sure you have products that are top-notch.


Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition, or awards you might have obtained.
Our band has only been around for a year, so we are just now pushing our name out there. Your blog is one of our first features. We spent the last year recording our EP and playing various gigs to get enough income to invest in both the recording and in all the marketing necessary to create traction and generate a following both online and through live shows. We’ve played over 100 shows in the last year, and have had several statewide tours through various ski/mountain towns located in Colorado. Soon we will do our first regional tour to promote our EP.  We have been featured on KCSU (Colorado State University radio) and 93.3 KTCL (Northern Colorado radio).


Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.
Our studio recording time is pretty relaxing. We come in with a loose timetable of who does what when, but really we just go with the flow and see who feels inspired at the moment. We have quite a good rapport with the recording engineer that did our EP, so it’s fun to experiment and bounce ideas off each other. Elements of spontaneity help a song maintain the human element, which can feel lost after all the pre and post-production and mastering.


Name five biggest artists that you look up to like idols.
List of idols: Chopin, Victor Wooten, Nahko, Ben Howard, Daft Punk.


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. 
Right now, we’ve focused on collaborating with other local bands that are either near our size in popularity or bigger than us, so we can build a strong community. We’ve collaborated with bands like Pandas & People, Skydyed, Grayson Erhard. We are hoping to reach out to a national act in the near future, once we establish our name and music more through our debut EP Live Again.


Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.


Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 
Our happiest day was the release of our debut EP Live Again, which just happened on 10/13/2017. Our saddest day was when we all partied too hard and woke up in a strange, unknown location.




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