“For our EP Intervals we were selling these wrist bands with a USB drive attached to it. The whole EP itself was loaded onto the USB; it was pretty interesting.”
Check out the interview with StereoRiots exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
StereoRiots: It started when Jey Williams (former bassist) and I met online and started playing and writing songs together. In June 2012 the main core of the band was formed. In 2013 we started playing local venues around DC and Virginia. We started recording demos and started making them available to the public; that kind of helped edge us into the spotlight a little bit more.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
No matter what just keep pushing yourself. Play a lot of shows and get your name out there. Many successful bands we like went through very similar experiences. Also, networking is really important. Social media is actually an excellent tool for promoting and marketing.
What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I feel like it’s just always just continuing to work hard and moving forward. Also promoting and marketing yourself can be challenging because there are just so many artist and bands out there trying to do the same thing. I think having an incredible amount of patience has been one of the big tests for us.
We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
I would say social media is one the best forms of promoting out there. For our EP Intervals we were selling these wrist bands with a USB drive attached to it. The whole EP itself was loaded onto the USB; it was pretty interesting.
Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
The DC area is a pretty interesting spot for music. The fans here are pretty supportive and there are so many talented bands. I would say the artists here all have a fairly close knit relationship with each other, very community like. Lots of musicians here will be in many different bands at once, and they all go to each other’s shows.
Where do you see yourself a year from today?
Finishing up our first full length and performing alongside much bigger acts on a more regular basis.
Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
We have many different artists that inspire us like Kings of Leon, GroupLove, and Imagine Dragons to name a few. Our influences are always changing. That’s what’s wonderful about constantly being influenced by other artists, it can help motivate and inspire you; you’re constantly learning, growing, and evolving.
How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
It’s definitely breaking new grounds and going in a more electronic direction. Yet at the same time it’s going backwards. There’s more music emerging with heavy amounts of 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and even 90’s influences. It’s like these great modern poppy songs are produced and written in a very retro kind of style, it’s really inspiring.