The Young Professionals: a lawyer, a politician, a business consultant, and a marketing manager by day, rock stars by night. Sounds like a joke, but in all seriousness, it's the story of how four friends came to form a group that shared a love for music. Manifesting in 2009, the quartet determined that they were more than just casual musicians after a few rehearsals, thus emerging as a band with the title goal of sharing their music with the masses.
The musical scope of the group's debut album is big, due to the guitar-based melodies and soaring vocals. With their new EP, You Could Save Me, The Young Professionals have been compared the band to artists like Jimmy Eat World and Taking Back Sunday. The group talked to Gimme Noise about the work they put into their upcoming album.
Jason Waggoner - Vocals/Guitar
Shaun Thompson - Vocals/Guitar
Thompson Aderinkomi - Bass
Jordan Hanson - Drums
The majority of the band came from well-respected jobs, what made you decide to pursue careers in music where the paychecks are not as steady? What was the pivotal moment where you all said, "This is an actual band."?
Our members currently all have 9-5 jobs (lawyer, business consultant, marketing and state legislative) that keep us busy during the day. We originally started playing together as just a hobby, but because of the warm reception we've gotten to our music and performances, we have begun to pursue this band with more fervor. We have really let our fans dictate our moves to this point, and it has worked well for us so far. Our fans have been asking us for a CD for awhile, so we obliged.
Any doubts or any detractors in your pursuits of a rock star life? What do you say to them?
Creating music, planning gigs, managing our promotion, recording... these things all take up time. For us to do all that and maintain our day-to-day lives is sometimes a challenge. That doubt or whatever all melts away though when you get up on stage and see all your hard work pay off.
What are the plans if the music takes off?
For now we are taking it one step at a time. We would like to get some radio play here in the near future and if a record deal comes along, well we would be thrilled. It's important to approach it one step at a time though. Our first priority is to have fun playing and writing music. After that, we want to write music that gets stuck in people's heads. If we start getting more coverage and more fans we will do our best to stay true to our two priorities while still continuing to develop as professionals in our respective careers.
What was the goal of this debut album?
This EP is really for the fans. We put a lot of time and effort into making the tracks sound great while still keeping our costs low so people can have access to our music for cheap. We are definitely not looking to make a ton of money from this CD, we just want to get our music into people's hands.
Who did you look to when recording and producing the album?
The Twin Cities are a terrific place to record; there are so many great options from big, world-renowned studios to converted basement studios. When deciding where to record, we had to first place our priorities. We decided that we wanted to be able to spend a lot of time making sure every detail was exactly the way we wanted it while still keeping our costs low. We really lucked out in getting our friends Kody Aigner and Brandon Lerbs to record us with the amazing resources of IPR's studios in downtown Minneapolis. They both did an amazing job. The mastering was done by Karl Demer at Atomic K records in Minneapolis. He did a terrific job as well and was a real pro.
What have you been listening to lately for inspiration?
As a band, our individual tastes influence our music and help keep us sounding fresh and unique. Some of the stuff we listen to includes Muse, Jimmy Eat World, Silversun Pickups, Smashing Pumpkins,
What can we expect at your album release on Friday? And what made you settle on the Fineline for your album release?
The Fine Line has always been a good spot for us. It is located right there on 1st Ave and we always get a big turn out there. We are very excited for the release show and will be playing a couple of new songs and will be changing up a couple of our songs a little (hint: upright bass!). We also have assembled an all-star supporting cast including Far From Falling, who will be shooting a live music video that night. Expect big crowds, great music, and some flying dreads.
Finish this statement: "Never have I ever..."
Sang along to the "Friday" video on YouTube... okay, that was a lie.
The Young Professionals' CD-release show is at the Fineline Music Cafe Friday, July 8, 2011 with Far From Falling, Thought Thieves, and Trees in Training. 21+, $6, 9 pm.