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Interview – Jocelyn Arndt

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Who are you and what are you doing here?

My name is Jocelyn Arndt, and I’m here to sing. Well, I guess for the time being, I’m here to talk for a little bit, but generally I’m always here to sing.

 

How did your music career start?

My music career started in middle school, when my brother Chris (lead guitar and co-writer) and I decided to learn “Stairway to Heaven” for the local talent show. Ever since then, we’ve both had the rock bug. Although if you want to get technical, our actual career started at the local county fair in my junior year of high school, where our now-producer David Bourgeois heard us playing in the beer tent as a cover band called “The Dependents”. That’s how we eventually signed with Bridge Road Entertainment, giving us the awesome opportunity to create our new EP, “Strangers in Fairyland” and to tour.

 

How would you describe your music?

The genre label we seem to hear the most is indie rock with some blues mixed in. Chris and I listen to a little bit of everything though, so you can expect to find elements of jazz, pop, and soul in there as well. We’re open to pretty much anything that feels right for a song.

 

If you had to choose one song you’ve written that best defines your sound which one would it be?

That’d be “Cinderella”, the first track on “Strangers in Fairyland”. Chris’s guitar riffing really anchors the song, and I get to go a bit vocal-crazy on it. When we were writing “Cinderella” we really tried to play to our individual strengths, and I think the result is a pretty cool start to the EP, if I do say so myself.

 

In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets your band apart from the rest?

I think what really sets us apart is our songwriting. Chris and I write everything together, and we don’t accept anything less than complete satisfaction when it comes to our music. We’re a team, and we’re on a mission to write songs we can truly stand by. At the same time we also draw from a wide range of musical inspirations. We’re not afraid to try new things when we write, and I think the result is quite unique. It’s not about fitting the mold; it’s about conjuring up new molds and breaking them into a million pieces.  Trust me, Chris does way more than “pick up” the guitar.   His writing and playing create a great deal of the drive behind our music.  The same goes for the rest of the people in our band who we play and travel with.   And… I guess the vocals don’t hurt, either.

 

Where are people able to hear your songs?

The EP is available for stream and purchase on iTunes, Amazon, cdbaby.com, Spotify, and Rhapsody. It feels so cool to be able to say that.

 

Are you playing any shows anytime soon?

Yes! We have shows primarily in The Northeast through November.  We’ll take a short break to complete two music videos and then we have quite the tour planned for this winter. Right now we know we’re going to head south and then west, with stops in Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.  Then i believe we head out to the West Coast. It’s going to be so sick. Chris and I are stoked!

 

What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a musician?

Chris and I would both agree that it’s this EP. We might have started recording it in the past couple years, but in reality, we’ve both been working on “Strangers in Fairyland” for much longer than that. Some of these songs are the first ones Chris and I ever wrote together and they really mean a lot to us. We had no clue that our living-room creativity would ever morph into something this awesome!  We’re extremely grateful for the opportunity we’ve been given here and we’re so, so proud of what we’ve accomplished so far. It’s definitely motivated both of us to keep challenging ourselves and to push our music and performances to new levels.

 

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

Other than us? Well, my latest Pandora station is ZZ Ward radio. That chick rocks; she’s got the blues down, and she can even play harmonica, which is sweet. Chris has been grooving out to a lot of Joe Bonamassa lately. The guy is a guitar god; our parents got to see him live last year and Chris is still a little bent out of shape about it. And finally, everyone should know about Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. She’s my idol.

 

Anything else you’d like to add?

Thank you for having me! And if you’d like to keep tabs on me, check me out at Facebook/jocelynarndtmusic That’ll keep you up to date on all the shows, news, and goofiness. Thank you!