XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements?
Josey: The latest news for Chasing Apparitions is that we are releasing a new single on 8.7.2020 titled “L’appel Du Vide”, which happens to be my favorite song on our upcoming EP, “Am I Worth Saving?”.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Josey: The current lineup for the band has been together for almost a year. It consists of Jacob Ortengren & myself handling the instrumentals, with Justin Stubbs handling the vocal duties.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Josey: Originally I wanted to make a band because I thought they looked super cool. The synchronized headbanging, the screaming, the aesthetic, I loved all of it. As time went on I started to use music as an outlet for my emotions & thoughts.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Josey: I listen to pretty much anything. One second I can listen to Wage War or Born of Osiris & the next song I could be listening to Nothing, Nowhere. or Kendrick Lamar. I try my best to find artists I like in each genre so I stay diversified.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Josey: At this stage in Chasing Apparitions, I think that our music conveys death or the afterlife. When writing this new EP I was struggling to cope with my own mortality & I just needed to get my thoughts out.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Josey: My current music goals are pretty modest honestly. I’d love for Chasing Apparitions to go on a tour for a week or two. I’d love for our Spotify & Apple Music numbers to grow. My goal for this year is to hit over 2k monthly Spotify listeners.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Josey: If I had to pick one or the other I would choose to write new songs & record, the feeling you get when you finally get the final version of a song you’ve been working on for months & it sounds perfect, almost nothing beats it, then you get to release it & you get to see the reaction that your fanbase has, it’s amazing.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Josey: A lot of the lyrics for this upcoming EP cover death, drinking, struggling to cope with the fact that you’re slowly dying. I was in a rough spot when I started working on this EP, drinking 5 days a week, this EP is just a culmination of all of the thoughts going on in my head & what I was feeling about my own life’s worth.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Josey: A really important thing for me is making sure the lyrics are 100% what we want to say. As time goes on the style of music I make my change, but I want the lyrics to stay true because in the end, that’s what 90% of people are going to connect with & remember.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Josey: I don’t have any outrageous or crazy stories from touring, but I do remember a venue we played at before the hiatus where the stage got completely demolished by the other acts. One of the guitarists of Hail to the King was jumping up & down & just went straight through the stage. They put a table over the hole, & not even 2 minutes later the vocalist’s foot went through the stage door. I’ll never forget the look on the owner’s face.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Josey: One time in Pennsylvania I had someone ask me if I’d add their daughter on Snapchat & consider dating her. It was a really odd exchange.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Josey: My family is supportive to an extent. They’re not a big fan of the style of music I make, they’ll never go to shows or anything, but they understand it makes me happy & they just want me to be happy. It’s a happy medium.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Josey: My advice would be “Don’t cheap out”. I understand making music isn’t cheap, but cutting corners on your recordings is going to do nothing but hurt you in the long-run. Your recordings will stay around forever, you need to put your best foot forward. Get good recordings. You’ll thank yourself later.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Josey: My personal favorite tracks to play live are “Tits or GTFO, As Above, So Below, L’appel Du Vide, Nodus Tollens, & Memento Mori, before making our setlist we typically look on Spotify & Apple Music to see which sounds are doing the best.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Josey: The band that inspired me personally was Asking Alexandria, I remember randomly finding their video for “The Final Episode (Let’s Change the Channel)” & immediately I was like, “I wanna do that. That looks so cool.” & I’ve pursued music ever since.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Josey: My dream tour would be Thousand Below, Dayseeker, Bad Omens, Chasing Apparitions, Relics, & Soulseeker. Relics & Soulseeker are 2 other Indianapolis locals that are absolutely killing it right now.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Josey: Our greatest accomplishment so far as a band would be the release of “As Above, So Below”. We hadn’t released anything in 4 years when this song dropped so honestly, I expected it to flop, but we managed to get over 3,000 monthly Spotify listeners when it dropped & the song has already outperformed everything on “The Hedonist” which was released in 2016.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Josey: If I wasn’t performing in a band or in music I think I’d do really good as a graphic designer or video editor.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Josey: My current gear chain is this: Schecter C-7 SLS Elite Guitar – Line 6 G90 – Kemper Profiler – Omega 5×12 1×15 Guitar Cab. It’s a very simple set-up, but I love it.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Josey: The current state of the music scene isn’t very good. Due to COVID-19 a lot of bands are struggling to make ends meet due to a huge source of their income being taken away. The only upside to this is this actually gives bands time to sit down & work on their next release. I’m expecting a lot of bands to release new material next year. Tour line-ups are gonna be stacked.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Josey: I think people would be surprised that I really enjoy Katy Perry’s music (mostly her older stuff). Katy is actually one of my all-time favorite artists.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Josey: Chasing Apparitions has a new single titled “L’appel Du Vide” coming out on 8.7.2020 with our EP, “Am I Worth Saving?” coming out shortly after. Make sure to follow us on all of our socials so you can keep up to date.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Josey: Thank you so much for having us. I appreciate you reaching out to us.