Indigo Storm Interview March 14th 2020
MM: Can you tell us about your band and who’s your biggest influences?
IS:We (CJ Jones, Ryan Slayton, and David DeWolfe) are a Lexington, Kentucky progressive rock trio, together since the summer of 2017. Having played with a variety of other bands in our local music scene, we developed a mutual respect for each other’s musicianship. We had a few informal jam sessions, recognized our musical chemistry, and Indigo Storm was born. Our influences include Tool, Alice in Chains, Deftones, Led Zeppelin, and Rush.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from?
IS:CJ Jones (guitarist/vocalist): My musical inspirations include Led Zeppelin, Deftones, Tool, and Alice In Chains. I am fascinated with the rhythmic complexity and intricacy found in progressive music – no matter the genre really. For example, I am inspired by the melodic aspect of blues rock. I also draw inspiration and get ideas for songs from non-musical influences, like the visual arts – including movies.
Ryan Slayton (drummer): I do have lots of influences and/or artists I love to listen to such as Tool, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Alice in Chains, and Porcupine Tree - and a list of drummers longer than your arm. Styles like heavy alternative, grunge, prog, and even jazz inspire me to create my parts.
David DeWolfe (bassist/vocalist): It's honestly hard to boil down who my inspirations or influences are, as there are so many. Creatively, I'd say Cliff Burton, Jaco Pastorius, and everyone I've had a musical relationship with whether it is on stage or simply listening to them. I love all music of all kinds. I am also inspired by art since I draw and conceptualize visual art in many forms.
MM: What would you say is your bands favourite song?
IS:Out of our songs that we currently play – Cage would be the favourite. We also enjoy doing a cover by Deftones called My Own Summer.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2020?
IS:We really want to grow our fan base and presence organically so touring is going to be a priority. We hope to string some shows together late spring to early summer.
MM: What can we expect from Indigo Storm live?
IS:We truly enjoy our time together on stage and we want our listeners/audiences to feel that – to become part of what we are giving. There is a concerted effort to produce music that can be replicated in a live performance. We want listeners to enjoy the song on the cd, but love it more when they hear it live. We put a lot of thought into what we write and want them to feel the honesty and - hopefully - make an emotional connection that will bring them back wanting more.
MM: What do you like best and worst about touring?
IS:We haven’t been on tour yet. We have played shows in other states and always enjoy meeting other bands and checking out new venues.
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies?
IS:Wow! Hard to choose! We would love to play with Nothing More again. We would also love to share the stage with Karnivool, Deftones, Gojira, Code Orange, Rush, Alice in Chains, and of course Tool. Primus would be a choice simply because they’d put on such a crazy show it would oddly fit with the progressive rock and metal scene.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why?
IS:Most memorable concert would be Tool during the Fear Inoculum Tour. Their performance was perfect and the visual effects were stunning.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
IS:We have two: Joining the Skiddco Music roster and opening for Nothing More and Bad Wolves.
MM: Which are your two favourite albums of all time?
IS:White Pony by Deftones and Tool’s 10,000 Days.
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
IS:We all experienced playing live shows with different bands from an early age. Ryan (drummer), for example, was playing bars by the time he was 12. Hard to remember what it felt like to have people watching at that age but we have always enjoyed performing for folks.
MM: Growing up - which band posters did you have on your bedroom wall?
IS:That would be Rush, Led Zeppelin, Tool, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, AIC, etc.
MM: Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person?
IS:Hands down - Ozzy Osbourne.
MM: What's the most important thing to the band right now?
IS:Song writing is the most important thing right now. We are trying to build our catalog. Get more content under our belts.
MM: If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
IS:Sad but True by Metallica because we have a unique way of interpreting and performing the song.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your band?
IS:Our music is high energy and progressive. Many of our listeners describe the Indigo Storm sound as somewhat familiar - but unique. Our uniqueness, perhaps, lies in that we have an intuitive yet also traditional approach to song writing and performing. We really appreciate anyone willing to give us a listen!
MM: Four words to describe Indigo Storm?
IS:High Energy Progressive Music
Final Words for your fans and our readers
IS:We are excited about our on-going partnership with Skiddco Music and have already begun recording for the next album. We plan to play shows, hopefully build our fan base organically, and keep writing music. We are musical brothers and indigo minds so the future looks promising.