Q & A With Young Other

Q & A With Young Other

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?

Young Other:  We’ll be releasing our next video for our track Love Blind along with the rest of our EP on August 16th. Along with the EP we will be doing a short weekend run through MA, NY, and RI!

 

XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?

Young Other:  Dale and Brandon began Young Other in late 2016, after playing some shows and releasing a DIY recorded demo ep, the band took a short hiatus. The lineup was solidified with the addition of Devin Stetson and Kyle Shays around May of 2018. Shortly after we began to work on new songs and moving forward!

 

XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?

Dale: When I was 14, I started connecting through lyrics and discovering the power of emotions. I wanted to put into words the emotions I feel to give others the sense of hope and not being alone that music gifted me.

Brandon; I taught myself how to play guitar around the age of 15 and was asked to join a band. I had a lot of fun creating music with other people and found it to be a rewarding way to connect with people, whether it be fans/people who listen and relate to the music, or fellow musicians. Being in a band has allowed me to meet people, and have experiences, that I otherwise never would have had, and I love that about the music scene.

Devin; My dream of changing and healing the world with music is my main motivation. I’ve always dreamt about finding musical brothers to change the world with as we travel and play for countless amounts of people! The music itself has saved my life and helped me grow, so I want to be able to help people the same way music helped me!

 

XS ROCK: What is your music background?

Dale: I grew up being introduced to bands from the 70s and 80s and rock music, in general, became the core of who I am. I later discovered the 90’s that was ultimately the gateway for me discovering modern rock music and how powerful lyrical messages started becoming.

Brandon; I started off by playing metal. I would learn songs by Metallica, Bullet For My Valentine, System of A Down, All That Remains, etc. After a few years, I learned to play a few other instruments, and I found myself gravitating towards rock, but had also begun messing around with all kinds of genres. I like to think I’m decently well rounded, but I still can’t get into country music hahaha.

Devin; Well believe it or not it all started in marching band when I played trombone, even though it was much different than being in a rock band I still remember loving how good music made me feel. After that, I eventually discovered the bass guitar and started to learn songs from my favorite bands on YouTube. Some of those included Tool, Rush, The Offspring, Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Living Color, and many others! I eventually got to a point where I felt confident enough to play live and formed my first band Silence The Individual. I played with them for about four years until I ended up joining Young Other after meeting Dale at a venue we played together at the Carousel Lounge in Salisbury, MA. He called me up three different times and on the third inquiry, I decided to join the band as my life had aligned in a way that could make it happen. I feel so very blessed for the journey I’ve taken so far and for the background that lead to such an amazing group of people that now makes up the band!

 

XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?

Dale; I think our music conveys the reality and truth to what most people struggle with inside. Our single, “Between The Few”, highlights the war between the dark and the light, the good and bad things that happen in someone’s life. When life puts you in a dark place, it’s much needed to take a step back and look around you, look at everything that gives off some sort of light in your life, and build up from there. Visually, we also present the battle between the two with our live sets and what we wear. It gives a whole new perspective of the emotions we’re feeling when we play the song for the audience, I feel it gives the audience the chance to get closer to us and understand who we are, as well as giving us the chance to meet and hear people’s stories that they share with us about what the song means to them

Brandon; I think our image conveys a very realistic message. In the upcoming EP “Between The Few” the lyrics touch on a few of the good and bad (light and dark) highlights through everyday life. It also heavily relates to generally being stuck in the middle of different sides of certain situations. We complement that with our White and Black outfits, using gold as a compliment to those colors. The gold, in my eyes, symbolizes the fact that mostly everyone fights a battle of being in the middle of their situations, but in the end, they know what they want and what makes them unique. Sometimes those traits can get drowned out by the sides of their battle, which is why in most of our outfits the gold is the smaller color and the white or black kind of overpowers it.

Devin;  I think our music portrays an image that heavily reflects realism. We tend to pour every emotion and experience from each our lives into our music and I think it makes for a much more raw and relatable composition. For instance, our song “Between the Few” still gives me chills each time I listen to it just because it brings me back to what we were all living at that time. It’s rich with a certain emotional tone that was created by the collective pain and perseverance that we all felt in those moments.

 

XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?

Dale: My current goal is to have a successful first EP release with our release of “Between The Few” on August 16th. This is going to kick off our weekend runs out of the New England area and small tours to start reaching new fans and meeting so many new people. To be able to make it as a band under this current line up to the point where we won’t have to work our full-time jobs anymore is probably the first start milestone in the extensive dream that we all share.

Brandon; My current goals are to take Young Other to the next level. We want to start touring more often, and finally being able to release our first professional release will open so many opportunities for us. I’m really excited to dive into those opportunities and start pushing ourselves further!

Devin;  I’d say current goals for the near future mostly consist of constantly writing and recording new material while also opening up new fan bases in different states to grow the Young Other family. Beyond that, I’d say the overall goal is to get to the point where we can create thousands of smiles by playing our heart out to thousands of people at a time all over the world!

 

XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?

Dale: This is a tough question, it’s probably evenly divided for me. We recently got out of the studio from tracking a few new songs and being able to sit behind the pen is therapeutic for me. I enjoy being able to bring my feelings to life more than anything, but putting the emotion behind it all on the stage is where it gives everyone else a better sense of how these songs relate to us visually. I love being on stage with my three brothers and doing the thing that the four of us do best, but once we get off the stage is when my favorite part begins. To have people come up to you and share their story about how much the lyrics relate to their lives and the events that have happened in their lives, that takes an open heart, and for people to trust me with their story and past experiences is something I hold so close to my heart. There are so many good things about both the studio and the performing, it’s hard to narrow it down to either or for me.

Brandon; Definitely writing and recording. Music comes so naturally to me, and although I’m not much of a lyricist writing melodies and setting tones is so therapeutic to me. I enjoy performing but it isn’t natural to me, I’ve never been big on the spotlight but I work hard to give my all into our performances because I never want to hold out on our audiences.

Devin; I personally love playing live the most. It just warms my heart to see all those smiles in the crowd and I love the pure energy I get from being on stage! Not to mention I get to rock out in front of countless crowds with my best friends whom I call family and that’s just an overwhelmingly amazing feeling in itself!

XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

Dale: The honesty and truth behind my lyrics. I want people to be able to listen to one of our songs and not only relate to it in their own lives, but also have complete trust that I’ve been going through similar events. It’s a connection that is communicated through the heart.

Brandon; Generally speaking, the same answer I had along with our imagery.

Devin; Dale has this amazing talent when it comes to conveying life situations and emotions in powerful and relatable metaphors. So I’d say the lyrics reflect on the theme of life and the unique feelings we go through as we experience the different extremes it.

 

XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?

Dale; It’s hard to narrow it down to one specific thing. Everything that surrounds music is so important to me. My bandmates have been the rock and foundation that built me up for being at my lowest point, without them, I’m nothing but an empty voice. Everyone who supports us with everything we do is something that also touches so deep in my heart. We wouldn’t be able to do what we do without the love and support we’ve been given, the four of us share a passion and love for music that surpasses everything in this world, it’s who we are as a core, and for people to feel the emotions and connect with us through this journey is something we’re will forever be thankful for.

Brandon; Enjoying myself, and the company of good friends. Being a musician is a lot of work if you want to do things correctly, and I don’t think it is a secret that it’s not easy to make a ton of money doing so. What means more to me is the ability to share our music, and get to know people and develop relationships with them through music. If you’re playing the music you should be enjoying yourself, whether it be a hobby or business no musician should lose the passion that brought them to their instruments in the first place.

Devin; My bandmates one hundred percent. Without them and the chemistry, we have as a family the journey of writing and recording and performing wouldn’t be as amazing and special as it is. I truly believe the bond you have in a band reflects in the music as well as the general energy of the band.

 

XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.

Brandon; I’m practically a magnet for outrageous stories, so I have plenty to pick from hahaha. I won’t go to deep into detail but to list some events; in NC some friends we had down there took us drag racing in their cars, the time our bus tire blew out on the way home from that same run and I literally thought our bus was going to tip-off of the tow truck. One run we got to put up into a wicked nice hotel and casino, I stayed up till 6 am and ended up winning a couple of hundred bucks in blackjack, was also the first one up at 8 am waking the rest of the guys up. On the way up to RI for a studio date, I got into a road rage battle with some dude on the highway (details spared for that but I definitely didn’t start it). The more exciting stories would involve too much backstory to type hahaha sorry.

Devin; Yes indeed, one specific day in Rochester, NY comes to mind, and I guess it wasn’t particularly outrageous but it was the most I had ever done in a single day! We ended up getting there a day early and had the whole morning and afternoon before the show so we ended up taking a little adventure! First of we hit a Tim Horton’s, to start the day off with the best coffee ever, and hastily made our way the great lake Ontario and kinda walked the beach. I actually remember taking a shot of rum in the morning with the guys and we splashed a little in the lake so technically I guess you could say we took a morning shot with the great lake itself! Then we proceed to take a group photo with said lake, but not without Brandon mooning the camera! Think its posted on the good old social media actually! After all that shenanigans we zoomed over to a Zoo and spent the afternoon goofing off and looking at the animals while sharing some awesome laughs! One of which was over a SpongeBob popsicle that looked terrifying, I mean have you ever actually seen one of those out of the wrapper? It is the thing nightmares are made of! Anyway right after that we went to the House Of Guitars and wandered through it like a whole bunch of kids in a candy shop. It is literally the biggest music collection of gear guitars and records I’ve ever seen, I was just blown away! The owner actually took a picture with us and promoted the show that we had in a few hours. All the people involved with that beautiful establishment were just the coolest people ever! We were just so humbled and grateful for their kindness! After that, we loaded into the venue and played a rocking show at Pineapple Jack’s which is an awesome venue by the way. The last song of the night Brandon and I jumped off the stage and cleared the security barricade and ended up playing in the crowd, everyone went wild! It was definitely one of the best days ever! It was just so busy and I guess at least a little outrageous!

 

XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?

Brandon; I’m not sure I’ve had any requests that were necessarily strange yet, certainly some strange incidents but not requests haha.

Devin; Well I definitely believe it was a joke rather than a serious request but I have had a fan ask about acquiring a strand of my golden locks.

 

XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?

Dale; Dale: This is a good question. I feel they morally support it because they know it makes me happy and it’s where I feel free to be me, but I’m constantly at war with the thought that they’re disappointed with the choice because it appears that I’m “falling behind” in the “normal life” standards.

Brandon; For the most part I’d say yes. Maybe a 50/50.

Devin; They’re very supportive indeed! I know in the beginning stages of my musical pursuit there were some doubts from individuals but I just stayed determined and worked hard. Eventually, people witnessed growth in my career and character and with it, I witnessed the growth of their support.

 

XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?

Dale: Never give up. It’s taken me eight years to get to this point from when I started singing at the age of 15. I have the flame in my heart that gravitates me towards this endlessly and finding people who share that same passion as you is where it all begins. The chemistry will be there and you’ll really be able to start feeling how real everything is and how much easier everything starts coming together.

Brandon; I would say to learn the ins and outs of the industry, and do everything THE RIGHT WAY. Shortcuts are a waste of time, speaking from experience, and also remain true to your commitments and act professionally. Plan ahead of time, and don’t think for a second that you’ll be some famous rockstar out of the blue, it takes A LOT of hard work and dedication.

Devin; The best advice I can give is staying patient and work hard, and most importantly do it because you love it! Music can be a very hard business but so long as you have the work ethic and the passion for it you will make it far!

 

XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?

Dale: I’d have to say our song Love Blind. It’s our only happy upbeat song and to me, it gives me hope by understanding that happiness is still a feeling I can enjoy. The crowd response from the song as well fills the room with such an overwhelming feeling, it’s a great change of pace song in the set. Oblivion has to be my second favorite, it’s such an energetic song and the energy is high throughout it. This song sets me free on stage and it’s when the real fun starts to begin.

Brandon; Between The Few and an unreleased track we play, Iron Horse. There’s so much energy in those songs, playing them live is an absolute blast.

Devin; I’m going to have to say “Between the Few” and “Oblivion”. “Between the Few” because of the emotional feel of playing it on stage and “Oblivion” because of the fun choreography and the high energy of the song! On top of that, we wrote “Oblivion” on my birthday so it’s a very special song to me!

 

XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?

Dale: I’d have to say both Alice In Chains and Shinedown. Brent Smith of Shinedown is one of the greatest rock frontmen to date, and his energy and passion every single show is so inspiring to me. The raw vocal power of Layne Staley of Alice In Chains is something that also inspires me. From watching their live 1990 sets and the 1996 MTV Acoustic show, whether he’s rocking out or portraying the emotion acoustically, you’re bound to get goosebumps by how he brings the lyrics to life.

Brandon; I wouldn’t say any inspired me to perform. Like I said earlier performing isn’t my strong suit in music. Although to sort of answer that question I absolutely love Shinedown’s live show. They put a lot into it, and between the light show and interactive experience its something, I aspire to recreate with a Young Other twist someday.

Devin; I remember seeing the All American Rejects and Taking Back Sunday when I was like fourteen or fifteen, after seeing such a crazy live performance in a more intimate venue I was just amazed by the energy and overall feel of the performance. From that point onward I knew I wanted to be on the stage side of things!

 

XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?

Dale; Dale: I’d have to say being on a tour with Shinedown, Volbeat, Bad Wolves, and Joyous Wolf would definitely be a cool experience.

Brandon; Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, and Katy Perry.

Devin; That is a good question, I think the dream Young Other tour would feature Godsmack, Three Days Grace, Shinedown, and Breaking Benjamin. Kinda bring back that late 90s early 2000s tour feel!

 

XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?

Dale; Dale: I’d have to say recording and being about to release our first professionally recorded EP. To be able to hold a cd that you’ve written and created with three of your best friends during the hard times of our lives, this is what got us through the dark. We’ve played up and down the East Coast for a few shows, bought ourselves a tour bus, and have been gearing up and perfecting our live sets for what’s to come, I know this will outdo the current accomplishment.

Brandon; Musically speaking; our upcoming EP. We put a lot of work and emotion into this EP and I would say it’s by far some of the best music I’ve been involved in. Outside of music, it’s definitely my children! I couldn’t be more proud of my daughters for everything that they are and will be.

Devin; I think opening for Puddle of Mudd at the Fete in RI for a couple of hundred people. Doing that with the band would be what I consider my greatest accomplishment thus far.

 

XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?

Dale: I actually have a full-time job as an electrician. If I wasn’t in the band, I’d probably be focusing more on that and the avenues I could take throughout it.

Brandon; Something in construction or some sort of trade. I enjoy working with tools and my hands.

Devin; Oh dear I’m afraid the band life and music is the only career path for me! If I had to choose a different path I’d probably be some sort of salesman selling music gear and stuff like that. It would have to be music related in some capacity and my outgoing nature would blend with the sales environment I do believe.

 

XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?

Dale: For our live shows I trust and rely on Shure products for my gear. I run Shure SE315 in-ear headphones and I use a Shure SM58 BETA wireless microphone.

Brandon; For guitars, I prefer ESP/LTD. My rig is set up with a power rack Kemper. I run that through the  Presonus Quantum Thunderbolt Interface into Studio One DAW on my laptop. With that setup, I run all of my tone and effect changes through a MIDI controller on the DAW itself allowing me to avoid the foot pedal. I also use the DAW to run rhythm guitars through a power amp for cabs, or if possible directly into the PA. On top of that, I run an entire light show in sync with the tempo maps of each of our songs through DMXIS. I also run my instruments through Line 6 G90 wireless relay systems. The entire rig and daw is wired and set up for quick setup and soundcheck and has easily been the best investment I’ve made in my music career hahaha.

Devin; I use and Epiphone blackbird and an Ibanez Sound gear for my stage basses. To string those basses I use Daddario strings on both. For wireless setup, I use a line six G90 to send a single to my Peavey pro bass 500 that we usually run DI. With that chain you get the rumbling bass sound I rock on the stage!

 

XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?

Dale: That’s a hard question to answer. The New England area is heavily filled with various genres of metal bands, there aren’t many Rock / Hard Rock bands around here at all. About 3/4th’s of our shows this year have been outside of New England, we’ve played NC, NY, PA, and NJ so far and have gotten a great response. It seems like rock music is alive and well in the rest of America.

Brandon; I think it’s great! There’s a lot of support and it just keeps growing. The bigger it grows the more bands and artists can flourish, I think that the community/music scene is what really makes being a musician worthwhile.

Devin; I think it’s alive and well! There a quite a few bands working very hard and coming out with amazing releases. It’s also very refreshing to walk into a venue with fellow bands in the scene when everyone is so friendly and supportive of each other!

 

XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?

Dale: I’m not really sure, I guess something that’s different is that I never wear shorts unless I’m swimming haha.

Brandon; Maybe that I love Katy Perry’s music? I’m a pretty open person for the most part haha.

Devin; I’m actually quite the reader when it comes to spirituality, energies, and self-help type of stuff. I’m in love with the concept of expanding my mind and my overall self and I relentlessly follow the path to self-growth!

 

XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?

Dale: Our EP, “Between The Few” is releasing on August 16th and it would mean the world to us if you would give it a listen, we are nothing without you guys, we love you! Also, let us know where you’d like to see us play and we’ll do everything we can to get out in your area!

Brandon; Young Other will be dropping our EP on August 16th on all platforms, and playing in MA, NY, and RI that weekend to promote the release! Check out our website at www.youngother.com to preorder the EP and stay updated!

Devin; our single “Between the Few” is out now and we would love it if you’d give it a listen! We love you guys a lot, you’re the best fans out there and we are ever grateful for your support! Keep on rocking out loud and proud!

 

XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!

Dale; Thank you so much for taking sharing your time with us in Young Other!

Brandon; Thanks for taking the time to interview Young Other!

Devin;  Thank you for hosting us on the interview, we greatly appreciate it!

 

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