Crown Point are an alternative Pop / Rock band from Portland, Oregon, consisting of Jon, Russell and Kaycee, and are our latest competition winner from Sonicbids. Read the full in-depth interview below to find out about what Crown Point are currently working on, what they do to relax and what they’re hoping to achieve for the rest of 2011.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Harmonic, melodic alternative pop with a Portland twist.
Q: What is your musical background?
I (Jon) grew up listening to all kinds of rock, and have been in hard rock and metal bands for most of my life. Russell, the other lead singer, was signed to Sony Australia in kind of a funk/grunge/pop band, and our drummer Kaycee has played in everything from prog-metal bands to country acts.
Q: How was 2010 for you?
Great! We had the opportunity to tour in 40 states, including a 35-state US tour with Tyrone Wells and Andrew Belle. We released our debut EP, Wolves, and released a single that spun on 75 stations. We got to play festivals such as SxSW, MusicFest NW, Cornerstone, and the Alaska State Fair. Most importantly, we met a lot of great people along the way, and had the chance to be involved with events that raised almost $50,000 for the Haiti and Chile relief effort.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
I can’t answer for the rest of the guys, but I’m inspired by artists who are able to blur the line between creativity and accessibility, artists who also have something to say lyrically.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Thrice, Anberlin, Brand New, Chiodos, Needtobreathe, Strata, Future Of Forestry, etc.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
We’ve had the opportunity to play with some amazing artists, like Mat Kearney, Augustana, Tyrone Wells, A Change Of Pace, Matt White, Saliva, Puddle of Mudd, and more. I, personally, would love to tour with Thrice, although musically we’re not a great match for them, necessarily. I just love practically everything these guys have ever done, and all the tangible, charitable good they’ve been able to accomplish with the opportunities they’ve been given.
Q: What songs are on your ipod at the moment?
Let’s just say that it’s completely full right now. Getting into some new stuff from Kids In Glass Houses, Biffy Clyro, and the newest Linkin Park album (don’t judge me; it’s actually really good).
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
It varies! Occasionally, we’ll jam on a riff at band practice; usually, though, one of us will bring a semi-finished song (or at least a hook) to the table before we collaborate on polishing it.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
In my opinion, they’re both equal and go hand in hand. To the average consumer, though, I’d say melody.
Q: Where are you based?
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
Portland is a freaking world-class city. More music venues, festivals and events than we even know what to do with. It’s got a prevalent indie scene right now; we’re on the more mainstream side of indie, so we definitely don’t have the quintessential “Portland” sound. This is by design. We want to make music that we not only enjoy ourselves but that also showcases our talents and what we do best, rather than trying to be something that we’re not.
Q: What are you currently working on?
We’re in the studio working on a full-length album (March 2012 tentative release date) and an acoustic album (due out later this fall).
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
Honestly, the two-month tour with Tyrone Wells and Andrew Belle last fall was an unbelievable experience. They’re both such classy, genuine guys and it was truly a pleasure sharing the stage with them across the country.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in 2011?
Finish the aforementioned albums, get some more TV and movie placements, and play some more shows and meet some more amazing people at them.
Q: Do you have any gigs or shows that you’d like to tell us about?
We’ll be playing some festivals in September and touring in 15 states in October. Stay up-to-date with all the latest and goofiest on our Facebook page.
Q: What do you do to relax?
I used to mountain bike to relax. However, two weeks ago I got in an accident that left me with a reattached tongue and nose and 40 stitches in my mouth. Needless to say, I’ll be finding some different relaxation activities for a little while.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
As clichéd as this may sound, my accident and hospital stay has helped me to prioritize my life and put things in perspective a little more. Spend time with the people you love. Spend time doing the things you love. Spend time on what matters. Tomorrow is never guaranteed.
Editor’s Note: Crown Point are a polished, well produced Pop / Rock band with both a commercial and memorable edge.
If you’d like to contact Crown Point or check out more of their music, just follow the links below:
twitter link: twitter.com/crownpointband
facebook link: facebook.com/crownpointband
myspace link: myspace.com/crownpointmusic
web page link: crownpointband.com
soundcloud link: soundcloud.com/crownpointband
reverbnation link: reverbnation.com/crownpoint