Listen to the new song from Tall Boys – Stay Tall
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
The band met at UMass-Lowell where Jon played in a ensemble on campus with Brian and Randy, but at the same time played in a cover band with Jared. In a way, he was the link to eventually form the band. The four of us decided to get together and jam to see if maybe there was something there and to see if we could do an 80s tribute set list for a contest, but it ended up being more than just one contest and we learned 30+ songs quickly (in a month or two) before a full lineup of shows for the summer music season.
What do you have coming up? What are some of the new projects we can expect to see?
We have an album worth of songs on the way, a hopeful tour in 2014, new merchandise to sell to our fans, and a full lineup of shows still to come along in 2013.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
Stay Tall was created to be our theme song, as the title came from a time we were drinking tall beers before a jazz gig on campus and from then forward the name Tall Boys was created followed by Stay Tall as our theme song.
How does your music separate yourself from other artists and bands out there?
We get the crowds dancing at all of our shows no matter what the age range of the fans in attendance. We put on a energetic show and we play a wide variety of music which therefore attracts a wide audience. We’ve played multi-band shows where we were the only band there who performed who got the crowd bobbing their heads and dancing on the dance floor.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
Getting people to come back to another show and building a steady fan base has been by far the hardest challenge for the band this past year. Live bands just aren’t as popular these days as what they used to be, so retaining and building a fan base is difficult.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
We really haven’t had many setbacks as a band, but thus far the biggest one would be having a lack of recording studio time for our music. We had to record from midnight to 8am a few times, a couple times guys in the band missed a class or had to call out of work the next day because of staying up so late and in general we had to use our minimal recording studio time wisely for recording and mixing.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
Artists should be leery of who is mixing, recording, and mastering their music because there are people out there who try and take advantage of bands by charging a rate to produce their music but in the end don’t do a good job at it. Get to know comparable rates in the industry before agreeing to anything relative to your band.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
Play as many shows as you can and learn as many popular covers as you can initially because that’s how you build a fan base starting out. Bands will get many more gigs initially as a cover band compared to an original band.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
One of our favorite ways to promote the band is by selling merchandise at our shows. We love to see fans buy our stuff and walk away with a piece of the Tall Boys!
Remember, everyone should stay tall, yeah!