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A Dirty Dozen with JONNY ROSS from SMALL TOWN TITANS – October 2020

| 28 October 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “York, PA Heavy Rock Band SMALL TOWN TITANS are taking on the absurdity of the world’s modern social media obsession with their new single and music video, “Rufflin’ Feathers.” The fresh new single features the trio’s trademark sound with a blistering melody, driving rhythm and front-man Phillip Nathaniel Freeman’s extraordinary vocal domination. With no manager, label, or radio support, the Small Town Titans have managed to find success by simply never forgetting one thing, their fans, both new and old. Instead of trying to make a million fans, STT is focusing on the fans they already have, and the ones they continue to make. With a love for playing live, a Small Town Titans show has evolved into more than a concert. It’s an event, with a set list that’s decided right before the show, and plenty of stage banter in between songs. The band simply hits the stage to deliver an energy driven show using guitars, drums, and their voices. Nothing more, nothing less. This approach to their live performances has led to them sharing the stage with acts such as Highly Suspect, Papa Roach, Black Stone Cherry, Pop Evil, and more.” We get Jonny to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

There is one particular “speech” at the end of “When It All Comes Down.” If anyone figures it out, I will truly be impressed.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I’ve always been into music for as long as I can remember. The moment I wanted to give music a shot was after seeing Velvet Revolver when I was 13 years old.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

The Foo Fighters.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Foo Fighters, Avenged Sevenfold, Nickelback, Shinedown, and Mötley Crüe to name a few.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Steven Tyler. I would just love to see how his brain works during the creative process of writing a song.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Straight up loud rock n’ roll band with big hooks and a timeless sound. Sometimes we get called a metal band, and I for the most part don’t think that’s true.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Getting to be creative. It’s so important for the planet.

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Ben would be the first one to cook. Ben and myself would be a tie at who gets the drinks in, and Ben would be the first to grab a guitar.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

Vince McMahon. I saw him get out of his limo once at a hotel near mine and I practically froze.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Marketing in the video game industry I’d say.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Nope. As corny as it may sound, everything happens for a reason, and every mistake provides a lesson.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

AC/DC’s Back in Black.





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