Monday, April 18, 2011
Local Artist Spotlight - Slow Reel - April 2011 - Pittsburgh
Slow Reel is our local artist spotlight for the month of April. They are a quintet who count 2.5 members as doctors. Led by front man Rob Collier the band has been playing in Pittsburgh since 2009. Rob was kind enough to answer our 'spotlight' questions. Below you can find songs by the band along with a video they did for WPTS.You can find more information about them at these sites:
How did the band come together? Were you all friends that went to school?
Madison, Matthew, and I went to high school together in Birmingham. We all played in the school jazz band. We met Teal and Zeina after we moved to Pittsburgh.
How would you describe your sound to someone who has never heard you?
We play original songs with a classic rock vibe.
Are you all originally from the Pittsburgh area? Families here as well?
None of us are from Pittsburgh. I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. Madison and Matthew grew up in Birmingham. Teal is from Vermont and Zeina is from Virginia. We don't have families in the area, except that Matthew has a wife now. But even she's not from Pittsburgh. We had to ship her in from Canada.
Do you have day jobs?
We all have day jobs. 2.5 of us are doctors.
How do you create your music? What is the song writing process?
I write the songs then I teach everyone else the chords. Sometimes I have specific ideas about what the others should be playing, but usually we just work them up together.
What are your goals for the band? What would you like to accomplish? Are you trying to get signed to a label?
We are working on some short term goals right now. We are going to be releasing a new full-length album on June 11, so everything is kind of building up to that. Once that's over, if we aren't billionaires, we'll come up with some more short term goals. Like improving our long-jump and/or becoming billionaires.
What advice would you give to local acts trying to make it?
Don't have 2.5 doctors in your band.
Have you all toured nationally? Or do you usually stay more regionally?
We haven't played outside of Pittsburgh yet, but we're planning some stuff for the summer. Everyone's schedule is pretty crazy right now. There was about a 2 month period where we only had 2 rehearsals that all 5 of us could attend. Our last rehearsal was devoted to scheduling more rehearsals. So I'm just excited that we're able to play at all right now.
Being in the Pgh area, do you find it more difficult to try and succeed?
I think it's pretty easy to have a band that is successful on the local level in Pittsburgh. The music scene is really supportive. There are some good blogs that are primarily devoted to local music. There are some great venues and a lot of good bands to play shows with.
What are some of the obstacles you face trying to create some 'success' in Pgh?
Well, I guess the scene is kind of small, so it can be hard to strike the right balance between playing too many shows and not enough shows. But maybe that is an issue no matter where you are. You always have to find that balance.
Is there a venue you have enjoyed playing more than others in the area?
It's always great playing at the Brillobox. The sound is so good there. And they have a good beer selection, if you're into beer. If you're not into beer, try the water. It'll blow your mind.