Music Artist Spotlight- Jagged RowWhat does winning the 2014 Enid Dream Night Talent Search competition mean to you?

It really is a “dream!” It’s crazy. We had no intention or thought of winning going into it. We’ve come to learn that there are a lot of competitions out there that claim to be legit out there, but they’re not.

That wasn’t the case with Dream Night. It’s the real deal! Everyone was so upfront and nice, and Wendy Kay was incredible to work with. Winning the 2014 Enid Dream Night Talent Search, to us, was reassurance that we’re on the right path. We’ve been working at this nearly six years and by winning this competition we feel that we are several steps closer to reaching our goals of being the next top rock band and winning Grammy’s and more one day! We can’t wait to begin working with all of the people we met through Dream Night and to work harder than ever to reach these goals.

What inspired you to become a band?

We all fell in love with music at an early age and knew that we wanted a career in music no matter what. Ours is not a typical story of four friends who wanted to start a band. Jaci was originally a solo artist and we became her backup band. We started writing together, realized we had good chemistry, and decided to become a band! (~Matt)

What surprises have you encountered in pursuing your music career?

We were, and still are surprised at how small the music industry really is. When starting out, it seems like this huge world, but the more people you meet, you realize that everybody knows everybody else! It’s all about connections and relationships in this business.

What has been your biggest challenge to date?

The biggest challenge, that I feel we have faced, is finding a bass player. We never realized how little there are out there, that are serious. Bass players are a rare breed! (laughs) We haven’t had a bass player in over a year but we haven’t let it slow us down. I record all of the bass tracks in my home studio and our drummer, Josh, runs them from an iPad behind the drums. It works great! (~Matt)

Tell us about your band.

Jagged Row will be turning 6 years old in January! Matt and I (Jaci), are the two original members and Landon and Josh came on this year. In the six years we’ve been a band, we have gotten to play over 300 shows across the nation from Los Angeles to Boston! We have released two EPs and one full-length album.

As a band, our mission is to show people, especially teens, that rock music can be fun, exciting, and intense without the “sex & drugs” stigma that always comes along with rock and roll music. We put on a high-energy show for all ages. A show without profanity, and without sex and drugs. 🙂

What’s your process for writing lyrics and where do you get the inspiration for your songs?

Every song is different for us. Matt and I write the majority of our songs. He usually comes up with the basis of the music and I write the melody and we collaborate on lyrics. Our process for coming up with lyrics usually goes something like this: We listen to the song over and over again and try and get a feel of the emotions that come from strictly the music. Then, we just start writing what comes to us. For a lot of our songs, we get our inspiration from our own experiences. Sometimes, we create stories and write whole songs about that!

Tell us about your most memorable performances.

We have gotten to play many shows over the years, but our favorites include: playing the famous Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles (knowing that so many rock legends have performed on that stage and then getting to play on it ourselves is a crazy feeling!), and getting the opportunity to play the Chevy Main Stage at the State Fair of Texas (playing in our home state of Texas on the Main Stage is a great experience- we feel so at home!).

Have you shared the stage with anyone we would know?

We have gotten the opportunity to share the stage with some incredible artists including Hanson, Finger Eleven & Bowling For Soup!

Anything else you want to share?

We are actually in the recording studio the next few weeks recording our 4th CD! We are so excited about this EP because we really feel like these songs show who we are as people AND as a band. The EP should be out sometime after the first of the year.

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Jagged Row is:

Jaci Butler- Lead Vocals/Keys, Matt Venhaus- Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals, Landon Williams- Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals Josh Jackson- Drums

Check out Jagged row at http://www.talentwatch.com/artist/profile/jaggedrow