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INTERVIEW – Jared James Nichols, July 2013

| 23 July 2013 | Reply


ToddStar: Jared, thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule for us.  We appreciate it.  If it is okay, I would love to jump right into discussing your newest release, Old Glory &The Wild Revival.  I found myself writing the review on my second listen through (which is not the norm for me).  What can you briefly tell us about that disc, that most people may not know on the surface?

Jared: This disc is a representation of the past 2 years of my life. I moved to Hollywood in the fall of 2010 with nothing but a guitar. This is the result of trial and error, figuring out who I was as an artist and putting the pieces together for where I am at now. The EP title is a representation. “Old Glory” is my favorite guitar, which I acquired days before the recording for the EP started, a 1958 Gibson Les Paul Custom. The Wild Revival is exactly what it sounds like, it’s what I want to create with this music.

ToddStar: The songs are very strong.  Are there any favorites of yours that you find yourself going back to? Are there any songs you wish in retrospect were different?

Jared: I don’t really have a “favorite” song on the EP, these tracks represent more of my “favorite” different flavors. Each song on the EP brings a certain feeling to mind. When I hear or play them live, it brings me back to why I wrote them, and the excitement each song brings me. All of the tracks were written in a very organic way and we meant to be very personable, so when they were recorded it was important they were kept that way, keeping feeling and emotion over perfection in the cuts.

ToddStar: We often hear of songwriters talking about songs that seem to write themselves.  Did you have that experience with any of the tracks on this EP?  Were any of the songs difficult to write and complete?

Jared: It’s funny you say that, most of these songs did indeed write themselves! I would start with a little idea, either a riff or a melody. Then experiment in a few different settings through a jam session with the band, and a writing session on acoustic guitars with Warren Huart. On that note, I got very lucky to find a writing partner that comes with the same musical background and beliefs. We both tried very hard not to over think anything and keep the process very organic, stay true and real to what the songs represented.

ToddStar: If you had to describe the sound of your own music to someone who has never heard of you, how would you do that?

Jared: It’s blues/rock for the new generation. I take an authentic blues approach and feel from my love of traditional blues, but then mix it with the power of late 60’s-70’s rock, with the youthful edge and excitement that it needs to feel alive.

ToddStar: If you had to pick possible pairings for an ideal tour, what other bands would you like to see yourself out on the road with?

Jared: I would love to go out on the road with some of my musicals heroes. First groups that pop into my head are The Allman Brothers Band, ZZ Top, and Aerosmith. I would be honored to warm up the stage for any of those legends.


ToddStar: Other than the few dates at the end of July and in August, are there any plans in the works to get you out on a full tour?

Jared: There are definitely plans to head out on the road in a big way. Personally, I want to play for as many people as possible, and tour and share my music with anyone willing to listen.

ToddStar: What is next for you?  Any plans to get back in the studio and record more tracks or a full length any time soon?

Jared: That is the next step! I am currently busy writing and exploring as many different musical avenues I can. I consider myself lucky to be surrounded by a great group of people at Swing House Studios and there is no doubt we will be recording again very soon!

ToddStar: Do you find any of the other arts affect your music or the way you approach writing, recording, or playing live?

Jared: I honestly feel everything affects my music. From everyday moments of struggle and joy, to hearing inspiring stories or new music. It is a beautiful thing to understand there is truly no rules in art, only freedom. As far as the recording process goes, I try to keep a simple approach, let the music breathe and be real about it. Stay authentic and true to the art. Playing live for me is where the music really comes to life. This is where I feel most at home, with the vibrations of the guitar and the energy of the crowd. It turns into a very inspiring and amazing experience.

ToddStar: Are there any bands that are currently releasing music or touring that influence you personally or professionally?  What is the last CD/mp3 album you listened to?

Jared: I was very lucky to hang out for most of the recording for Aerosmith’s last record “Music from Another Dimension” at Swing House Studios. Steven Tyler was an absolute inspiration. His take no prisoners work ethic and the way he approached the whole recording was incredible. He welcomed me and showed me guidance and I saw first hand a true musical master at work.

ToddStar: If there were one piece of music in the history of time that you wish you had written, what would it be and why?

Jared: I would have loved to have written “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” from Jimi Hendrix. I first heard it when I was 12 years old, and it still makes the hair stand up on my neck every time I hear it. It’s just beautiful.

ToddStar: What is the meaning of life?

Jared: Life is too short to feel like shit, do what makes you happy and forget the rest!

ToddStar: Other than making sure everyone checks out your website and Facebook page, are there any other current projects or sites you would like to promote?

Jared: I can’t thank Swing House Studios in Hollywood enough for making this recording possible. I have spent unbelievable hours honing my craft in their studio, and that is invaluable. They are the best!

ToddStar: Thanks again for taking the time and we look forward to more Jared James Nichols in 2013 and beyond!!!

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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