We chat with CJ, Ryan and David of Indigo Storm, a rock band from Kentucky, USA about their new single, influences and bringing something different to the rock scene.
Interview by Jane Howkins
How is 2020 treating you so far?
2020 has been great so far. We have already played some hometown shows and bookings have been great.
Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
We just released the first single, Metric, from our upcoming EP on 3 February. We talk about the writing of Metric in our “Behind the Scenes” video and have a lyric video ready to go. The next single will drop in a few weeks. We are excited to share how our sound has evolved with this new EP.
Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
We have already recorded three songs for our next album with Grammy-winning producer/songwriter Skidd Mills of Skiddco Music, Nashville, and have several more in the writing stages. Hopefully the first album will be well received and we can get the second album going in the next year.
Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
We really want to grow our fan base and presence organically so touring is going to be a priority. We are in the planning stages so be on the lookout for that announcement in the coming months.
Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
CJ: My musical influences include Led Zeppelin, Deftones, Tool, and Alice In Chains. I take inspiration from all forms of music – no matter the genre really. For example, I am inspired by the melodic aspect of blues rock.
Ryan: I do have lots of influences and/or artist I love to listen to such as Tool, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Alice in Chains, and Porcupine Tree – and a list of drummers longer than your arm. Styles like heavy alternative, grunge, prog, and even jazz inspire me to create my parts.
David: It’s honestly hard to boil down who my influences are, as there are so many. I’d say Cliff Burton, Jaco Pastorius, and everyone I’ve had a musical relationship with whether it is on stage or simply listening to them. I love all music of all kinds.
What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
CJ: Loathe, Gojira, Radiohead
Ryan: TesseracT and Karnivool
David: I’ve been listening a lot to a band called Loathe, Script, and another called Alter Bridge.
Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
We really enjoy our time together on stage and we want our listeners/audiences to feel that – to become part of what we are giving. There is a concerted effort to produce music that can be replicated in a live performance. We want listeners to enjoy the song on the CD, but love it more when they hear it live. We put a lot of thought into what we write and want them to feel the honesty and – hopefully – make an emotional connection that will bring them back wanting more.
Any last words for the fans?
We believe the rock music scene is primed for something different and we believe we can fill the bill. We plan to play shows, hopefully build our fan base, and keep writing music. We are musical brothers and indigo minds so the future looks promising.