Exclusive Interview With Gleewood
Please tell our readers who you are and what you do?
We are a four piece Americana Rock band based out of New Mexico, USA, and have been touring full time, making music for the past 3 and a half years, we've played over 800 shows in the US are stoked to be playing our first European tour this fall. The band currently includes founding members Jhett, (Bass baritone vocals and Reverend Guitars endorsed player) and Callie Sioux, ( rockin a 1970 Gibson EB3 Bass, and haunting soprano vocals), as well as Wild Bill ( Rhythm guitar, and Mad Hatter backing vocals) and last but not least Heather, the prettiest percussionist in the West.
How would you describe your style and genre?
Gleewood has grown from a roots folk project into a kaleidoscopic experience of neo vintage Americana Rock n Roll.
Who are your biggest influences and idols … and why? Do you have any idols? Are you a super fan of anyone? (Dead or alive, musician or non-musician)
We all grew up listening to a panoramic variety of influences but what has brought us together as Gleewood are influences such as The Avett Brothers, Band of Skulls, Led Zeppelin, and other late 60s heavy hitters.
What´s new right now? What should our readers know about that is coming up from you?
We have some very exciting things coming, we are gearing up for our first European tour September thru October of 2017, with our latest release, "Sweet, Sweet Time" which was nominated for Best Rock Album of the Year by New Mexico Music Awards and one of our singles from said album, "Shades" just won Best Rock Song from Akademia Music Awards out of L.A. After our European Tour we will be doing one last Southwestern tour in Texas and New Mexico before we settle into the studio for a new release in 2018. Finding us on Facebook or signing up for our Newsletter will keep you in touch with our tour and New releases!
What was the biggest mistake you made when you started making music and what would be the number one tip you could give to a newcomer musician?
Going in unprepared has it's pros and cons. Sometimes trial by fire is essential for growth and sometimes you just get burned. When we first started we had no knowledge of booking, promoting etc… and we jumped in without taking the time to research some stress free ways of doing it that. We would recommend spending some serious time on looking up the value and booking rates for your music. Getting your feet wet at coffee shops and open mics before you start asking for pay. Once you get your chops up and you have a website, video, demo and social media then start looking for the right kind of venues for your style of music. Then ask to be paid, it really helps all artists when we all get compensated.
How do you get gigs? Can you share any tips?
We use multiple sources for gigs as a full time independent touring band, but some of our favorites are: Indie on the Move, Hey Hay Productions Booking out of Oregon/Utah and fans who ask us to come play in their hometowns. Being persistent, kind and professional is our cocktail for gigging.
What has been your biggest challenge right now? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Our van broke down at the beginning of our tour and literally emptied our pockets and we had to run a Go Fund Me campaign in order to get back on tour. It's was a tough experience but the love and help we received got us through it. We always have a ton of challenges so being patient with them and laughing a lot helps you get thru them. Plus they are great songwriting material!
How do you promote yourself? Do you have any specific promotion tips for other musicians?
That's a tough challenge for us still and for most bands. Email list is number one, social media, word of mouth and saving up to invest in a street team and radio promotion is a big help.