Love Out Loud's Dillon Jones on moonlighting as a booking agent & Saturday's album release
Is pop-punk dead? Perhaps, but Twin Cities band Love Out Loud doesn't care. The scene is maturing, yet so is the band's sound.
Weaving in catchy pop hooks, Catch Me If You Can tells an evolving story of a band in transition from boyhood into adulthood. With their nose-to-the-grindstone attitude, the band will be releasing their sophomore album with their loyal fans in tow.
Gimme Noise spoke with lead singer Dillon Jones before their CD release show at Station 4 on Saturday.
Dillon Jones - Vocals
Josh Clutter - Guitar
Austin Schwichtenberg - Bass Guitar
Erik Bear - Drums
Jake Johnson - Keys
Gimme Noise: What is the story behind the band name Love Out Loud?
What's the toughest thing about trying to make a break in the pop-rock genre?
How did you approach the writing process for Catch Me If You Can, and what was the story that you wanted to tell with the new album?
The story behind the album is progressing. We chose Catch Me If You Can as the album name because we wanted to make this album our first real breakthrough album. We expect big things to come from this album and want to experience this with our family (fans) and make them feel like they are part of something big happening.
Writing our second real album was the scariest time for our band, simply because that second album can really make or break you as a local/regional artist. The album took us just over an entire year of constant writing and choosing only five of about 20 songs to actually go on the album. We had a couple writing sessions where we literally locked ourselves into a place and lived there for a month until we could write some songs we were proud of. It's easy to put out your first album because you haven't set a bar and there isn't anything you have to beat.
You also have your own booking agency. How do you handle so many aspects of the music business?
Being a DIY band isn't an option for a band starting out -- it's the harsh reality. When you first get into the industry you think all these great things are going to happen for you right away. It takes awhile before you realize that nobody wants to do things for you until you can already do it yourself. Labels, agents, and managers can only help you do things better than you could have done alone. That's when you realize that it's going to be a LONG process of trial and error before you actually know what you're doing -- or what half of the industry terminology even means.
I joined the Ambition Agency because nobody was taking our band seriously when the lead singer tries to book the shows and get the tours. It only worked for so long. I like to think of "Dillon Jones, the Booking Agent" as my alias that makes me look way more legit because someone with a business behind them represents the band, not just the lead singer.
Even though you've just released your new album, what's next for the band? Any plans to tour with the new music?
What can we expect at the show at Station 4?
Love Out Loud will release Catch Me If You Can on Saturday, February 18, 2012 with Take Cover, Little Time Off, The Picture Perfect and This is Breathing at Station 4.
AA, $10 adv, $12 door, 5:30 pm
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