The music scene is crowded and busy.
There is a lot of noise and deep routed business deals. Not everyone gets an equal piece of the pie but that’s the same in any field, some people get hired some people get fired. I personally am so excited to continue to learn more about it. Every new avenue for business I can pursue I like to tackle, even outside of music. However music is my niche @SOS_BandHQ
Episode #339 : A.V.A Live Radio Behind The Music with Jacqueline Jax : http://www.blogtalkradio.com/avaliveradio/2016/07/07/episode-339-ava-live-radio-behind-the-music-with-jacqueline-jax
GETTING TO KNOW SOLVENT OF SOCIETY
by Jacqueline Jax host of A.V.A Live Radio
Jaden Johnson of Solvent of Society)
The music scene is crowded and busy.
There is a lot of noise and deep routed business deals. Not everyone gets an equal piece of the pie but that’s the same in any field, some people get hired some people get fired. I personally am so excited to continue to learn more about it. Every new avenue for business I can pursue I like to tackle, even outside of music. However music is my niche.
Pros: hanging out with strippers and getting paid FINALLY!
We’re getting opportunities to travel Canada and even further which is amazing!! We have met so many amazing and interesting people and it’s only been a year and a half.
Cons: In a town so artsy it’s hard to make a splash.
However all things considering we have very few pitfalls and hurtles. Rarely we get treated with disrespect as artists but we have learnt much from these experiences. Namely: Don’t be rude to management or anyone at the venue for the matter, bite your tongue when needed but don’t be a push over, and don’t fret if you happen to get banned from a venue. Our biggest challenge was our financial pitfalls. We have been tied into contracts, willingly of course, that make money tight sometimes. We overcome this by working together with budgeting and not screwing around with money.
We personally feel that releasing singles as a way of building hype
for a full album is the way to go. We have a few reasons. For one, a little extra money never hurts at the end of a long day of rocking. Getting people to buy singles along the way helps the band support a bigger full album release. We also feel it gets people more excited than giving it to them all at once, it’s why I don’t sleep with boys on the first date. As far marketing it gives us more content to release over a big period of time. It also helps keep the album relevant longer.
We can reach out to a metric shit ton of people on social media. We could never reach this many people in person at this stage of the game. We have been able to express ourselves very creatively with social media and we can’t wait to learn more. We benefit strongly from Hootsuite and Crowdfire for social media leverage. Hootsuite lets us plan posts well in advance so that we never miss a beat on social media. Crowdfire lets us find unique and interesting people to follow and manage the people who follow and unfollow us. Reverbnation and Bandcamp have also been great at hosting our music and content.
If I could spend 5 minutes alone with one person…
it would be Maynard James Keenan, the singer of Tool. This man has inspired me in so many ways. For one he’s complete unconventional. He will wear the most outrageous stage outfits, loves to pull pranks and be hilarious in interviews, and makes his own wine. He is amazingly talented in his vocals and lyrics in way that can only be understood by admiring the man and Tool itself.
Being trendy comes off as fake to our fans.
Our kind of people aren’t looking for something fake or over saturated. They need something real and personal. Every attempt we have made to stay overly trendy has come off as a ploy, people are smarter than that. We do try to stay current with what we are doing by posting photos on the way to shows and backstage and intend to get more involved politically as we continue to grow our social media.
My favourite musical quote is also inspirational.
It comes from Johnny Cash. “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”
I got my start in music at a very young age. It was a way for me to relate and bond with my family. It brought us closer then and it still does. It comes in the form of my mom tagging me in live Candle Box Videos or learning a new acoustic cover with my dad. What started me playing however was wanting to form a band. It was something I always knew I wanted to do. My friends had a band in my elementary school that got to play at our assemblies which drove me to form my first band a year later. My best friend actually switched from learning guitar to bass just so we could be in a band together. From there the rest is history.
Glory was written by our lead singer Jake Sunstrum.
It’s about the tragedy of an average high schooler. It touches on the issues of school drama/malicious rumors, fighting, and the loss of a classmate. We like to envision the kids running down the halls in the chorus just going crazy.
Jake Sunstrum wrote the song prior to forming SOS and actually performed it a few times with his old band before they broke up. Funny thing about the track is he is the only current member of the band featured on it. It was recorded at Prodigal Studios with members of another Victoria band Ellice Blackout. Jake wanted to be a solo artists after past projects had proven to be successful failures. He recorded Glory as well as the rest of our debut album with Dave, Josh, Joe, and Derrick paid to do their parts. Soon after I heard the tracks with our original bassist and we convinced him to form SOS.
A mosaic of political and emotional lyrical themes, complimented by hard rock/grunge music that forces you to think and listen. The demo that Glory was released on, as beautiful as it sounded, didn’t receive our full attention as far as getting it out to people. Considering we were not all on the album we wanted it to grow naturally, not with major promotion. It still means a lot to us as our first release and we would love more people to hear it as we still play the songs.
We live in the very scenic Victoria, British Columbia.
The music scene here is interesting to say the least. There is almost more musicians then people. This makes for lots of bands being friends with bands and bringing bands to their shows. With that said it the scene is supportive and loving. We couldn’t be more thankful then to have started our career here. We personally like to play Falicitas campus pub and the University of Victoria, good people and an amazing stage and crew. Some of the big venues here are Lucky bar, Logan’s, Upstairs, and Sugar.
Social Media Links:
Purchase link: https://www.solventofsociety.bandcamp.com
Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJRZARVMG4oG7LbERNm-DMQ