Toine's Music Dealers Artist Spotlight: Day 4 of 5 (Interview) 595 words · 3 minute read

What would you say has been the main reason ONNS has been able to stay together over the course of six years when a lot of bands seem to form (and break up) every other day?

Skyler: 

We have certainly watched countless amounts of bands break up along the course of our bands’ existence.  We have always treated our band like a career (or ‘Enterprise’), and working full-time on anything, generally, pays off…  Every little payoff is what keeps me going.  Getting our music placed in TV/Film/Video Games, touring the world with bands that we have always looked up to, and all our established connections that help us out on a daily basis… these are all reasons to keep going and making plans for the next phase.  That’s what we’ve always done.  Seeing how we have been independently ‘quarterbacking’ our own way through this industry without a record label has obviously been one of the biggest accomplishments for us. 

Do you ever see yourself going the route of being signed to a record label or is the freedom of being independent something you couldn’t see yourselves giving up?

Skyler:

We’ve always taken a lot of pride in the fact that we never give our band boundaries, both in the creative and business aspects.  We would be absolutely thrilled to be on a label or agency that could provide a roster of bands that we could tour with.  Now this doesn’t mean that we won’t tour unless we have that ‘big brother’ by any means, but it would surely help having that base covered by a third-party.   

What are the three things you MUST have with you when out on tour?

Skyler:

Other than the business necessities (Phone, Computer, GPS) I would definitely say:

Coors Light, Sunglasses and microwavable Soup.

Where do you draw the inspiration for your music?

Skyler:

Life appreciation. Experience. Girls with accents. Coors Light. Good Indica.

Which do you get the most enjoyment from, the writing/creative process or the performance?

Skyler:

They both go hand-in-hand if you ask me.  There’s nothing like writing a song in your room on a keyboard and an acoustic guitar and then bringing it to the stage with a full band and a crowd that’ll surely respond one way or another :) Touring is one of my favorite things ever though, hands down.

What’s the best way to get over a hangover?

Skyler:

Three bong rips and a jam session’ll take your mind right off that shit.

Describe the ONNS sound in 3 words

Skyler:

Melodic, Fun, Rock-and-Roll

Last movie you saw that made you laugh uncontrollably?

Skyler:

I thought ‘Land of the Lost’ was pretty funny.  Will Farrell cracks me up, but I’ll be honest I don’t think I laughed uncontrollably.

Looking back, how would you say your music has changed from your first release “001”?

Skyler:

Our music has definitely come a long way in terms of production value, but the older songs are still the most edgy.  A lot of the songs that I’ve been writing these days seem to be more poppy and piano-based, than intricate and rhythmically-abstract… but that’s not saying we don’t have that in us anymore, but we’re writing more mature songs these days it seems.

Outro: Any parting words to our readers?

Skyler:

Download some songs from our new record and let us know what you think!  Thanks for your time!

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