We caught up with the guys of the up and coming band The Vantage from Austin, TX.
Like them on Facebook:www.facebook.com/thevantageband
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Other Social Media Links:www.youtube.com/thevantagebandwww.thevantagemusic.comwww.soundcloud.com/thevantageband
Be sure to check out their new Summer EP out May 28th.Who are the members of your band?
James Mason – Vocals
Jackson Wise – Vocals, Guitar
We’ve been recording with Nash Breen previously of the band Armor For Sleep on drums, however, here in Texas we’re presently working with some local talent.
Derek Fortner on the drums
Chase Graph on BassIs there a story behind how the band got the name The Vantage?Jackson
: I was working in a restaurant in Richmond, VA at the time and was on the phone with James discussing potential band names. We were just spitting out random ones. I looked around and saw a produce box with “Advantage Produce” on the side. I said “how about The Vantage.” We both kind of thought it was cool, but moved on with brainstorming. About a month later when we were about to head into the studio we agreed that was a good representation of the music we were making. How did you get into music?Jackson
: I had a group of friends in 6th grade who were all learning to play various instruments. One had the drums, and the other had guitar, so I stepped up to the plate and decided to learn bass. About two years later I realized my hands were too small to play it well and moved over to the guitar haha. From there it just stuck through learning my favorite songs, and eventually beginning to write my own songs. James
: I saw a blink 182 music video and was drawn to the bass guitar. I learned how to play the summer before my freshman year in high school. A few months after school started around Nov. of 2000 I would play music in the hall with new friends before and after school. I learned how to write songs from my friend and bandmate Chris Hall for about 7 years before I started putting together my own bands. How would you describe your sound?
Pop rock with flavors of dark and sunny.What are three words to describe each member of the band?James
: We are both Critical balanced thinkersJackson
: What he said, but with a dash of crazy mixed inWho are your biggest musical inspirations/influences?
Kurt Cobain, Steven Jenkins, Freddie Mercury, Bert McCracken, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Eat World, Michael Jackson, and the list goes on!If you could play any concert venue, where would you play and why?James
: Hollywood Bowl because if you’re playing there it probably means you’re playing anywhere. It’s an amazing venue. They built it like a concert hall ought to be built. Jackson
: I’d love to play Red Rock one day!What do you think sets you apart from other bands?James:
I think we care a little more about the esthetic…how the words and flow are put together to deliver a not so literal and not so obvious message.. I think a good amount of artists out there tend to settle on their lyrics whereas they could be reaching for something a bit more exciting for listeners, something with lasting quality. We aren’t saying we are the end all be all lyricists, however, we do take our writing very seriously. Jackson
: This is something that every band should be paying a lot of attention to; what makes them different from everyone else? When we decided to make this project a real thing and brand it as The Vantage we did not have any limitations. It was a clean slate and there was no preconceived idea of what it should be. What kind of sound we should
have. That allowed us to let the ideas flow freely and I believe that shows through the songs. We have many different influences in multiple genres of music. Granted most of them come back to popular rock n roll, but I think that as we continue to put out music it will be refreshing for listeners to see a band that dips in to multiple genres.
This Summer EP
is just a taste of what’s to come. The songs are meant for spring and summer. We purposely left out some material that we felt would not vibe well with the feeling of the summer months. So to sum it up, we are different from other bands because we take the time to think about the little things. You have an EP that you’re releasing soon, what do you hope people get out of the new music?James:
We hope people can get a good look into our musical hearts if you will. Poke around and hopefully find something they’ve been longing to hear. We hope that it’s something people come back to. Where can people find your music?
We are currently giving away our single “On My Way” for free through our SoundCloud and Facebook page (www.soundcloud.com/thevantageband
Both of those platforms are good ways to listen to our music in the future. On Tuesday, May 28th we’ll be releasing the Summer EP
and it will be available on basically every streaming/download platform out there (iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, Rdio, Muve, Xbox Live, IHeartRadio, Deezer, ect…) There are so many of those out there these days it’s hard to keep track, but we should be there!Are there any shows you have planned for the near future?
Absolutely! Right now we are rehearsing with our band here in Austin. We have nothing on the books at this current moment, but will be booking some shows around the Texas triangle in the coming months(Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio) I guess it’s more of a rhombus. We probably will not be hitting the road until September of this year, as right now we are preparing to shoot a video for our single “On My Way” and are gearing up to finish our full-length album later this summer.
When we do put something on the books in the near future, we’ll be posting dates on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/thevantageband
) and probably tweeting about them a good deal as well (www.twitter.com/thevantageband
)Do you have any hidden talents?James:
I used to dig giant holes in the beach when I was a kid. I’m ranked in the 96 percentile in all K1 speed indoor kart racing. Jackson
: Wow that’s hard to top…I guess I can make a lot of voices or accents? I used to be able to pop a sweet kickflip back in the day… I can skip a stone really well! If you woke up one morning as a girl what would you do?James
: I would probably feel around and be quite shocked that my penis was no longer attached to me. I would hope that my girl self is attractive. I’d like to think if I was a girl that I would be a hottie. Not cute but hot. I would hope my boobs weren’t funny looking. I would hope I had long flowing hair. I would try to multi task and see if it’s any easier. I would try to see if I was emotionally affected by things that i wasn’t affected by as a man. Like crying at movies etc.. I would go shopping. I would test my thresholds for pain. I would take shots and see how long it took me to get wasted. I would start diets and quit them. Jackson
: Yup.Describe your life in a song.James
: pain pain happy! pain pain happy! bullshit pain bullshit happy pain! Happy happy happy pain! Anything else you want people to know?James
: I have three false teeth. I’m half English, I’m interested in complex individuals: drug addicts, serial killers, people who murder out of passion. I like the news but I hate the news. I have strong opinions on gun violence and gun laws.. I have a strong opinion about the death penalty. I don’t agree with killing living things or people. Also interested in watersports: Scuba, sailing, etc.. I like watching people who can skateboard well. I also like Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.
Also, we have a lot more in store for everyone in terms of The Vantage. The Summer EP
will be out May 28th and we’ll have a video for “On My Way” out shortly after. You can expect to see/hear a lot more material by late 2013 or early 2014. We’re going to be pretty busy for the remainder of the year. Exciting times indeed!
If people would like to follow us socially they can do so on these sites:www.facebook.com/thevantagebandwww.twitter.com/thevantagebandwww.thevantagemusic.comwww.youtube.com/thevantagebandwww.instagram.com/thevantage
I think that sums it up. Thank you for the interview!