Artist Interview: 1-on-1 with TelluRide

I am hanging out today with a band that is new to the music scene. Being called a “band to watch” TelluRide is an incredible group of individuals. Bringing a ridiculous set of talent matched with industry quality lyrics and a style that fits their sound to a T TelluRide is here with me today. Sit back and enjoy some time with a band that might just be the next big thing. It is my pleasure to introduce to you TelluRide.

How long have you guys been playing music?

As a band, 2 years, 3 months, and 4 days.

Where did you guys all meet?

We all met in Nashville, except Adam and Ryan (they’re cousins).

When did you know that music was a career choice?

(Brian) I have always wanted to be a musician.

Any jobs in the band or is music it?

(Jimi) Music is it for us. The way I look at it when you rely on music as your sole income, it motivates you a bit more to be successful.

What is the biggest crowd you guys have played for?

(Adam) We sang at the Atlanta Motor Speedway for a NASCAR event. It was on ESPN, so 2 million. As far as live concerts, 5,000.

The smallest?

(Ryan) A bartender 2.5 years ago. And he left early.

You guys play what is a mix of rock, pop, and some killer country. You guys just can’t pick one genre? (Laughs)

(Brian) Each guy brings different styles into this group, so it’s only natural to incorporate them.

What is your motivation every night when you get on stage?

(Jimi) I guess knowing that we get to do what we love in front of new and old fans is a pretty constant motivating factor.

Ever get nervous?

Well it’s a live show, so there is always a nervous excitement in the air. We just use it to get hyped up.

Tell me about TelluRide TV.

It’s the chronicle of TelluRide as we travel from town to town; a lot of fun, some trouble making you know, guys being guys.

Tell me what it was like working with American Roots?

It’s been great. We get to play on our own record and much of our album consists of songs we wrote.

If you could tour with any band on the market right now who would it be?

Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, and the Zac Brown Band

Let’s say you are about to headline at Madison Square Garden. Who is your opener?

You know, we really would want to take in as much of that experience as possible, so we would just open up for ourselves.

Do you think that MySpace is good or bad for musicians?

It’s great. You have your music, bio, tour dates all on one page. You also get feedback from your fans.

Let’s say you are offered a record deal but you have to sing some one else’s lyrics and it is a rap album. Do you do it?

If Rick Rubin produced it, The Heartbreakers played with us on it, we all get to wear parachute pants, Adam gets a fade haircut, Ryan plays the ?? and we get a lifetime supply of Fruit Roll-Ups… then we’d consider it.

How long have you been with InTune Entertainment?

2 years.

Where are you guys all from?

(Adam) We’re a coastal band. Jimi’s from South Carolina and the rest of us are from Washington state.

What is on your iPod right now?

Ray LaMontagne, Amos Lee [Adam] Pat Matheny Group, Nickel Creek [Ryan] Levon Helm, Supertramp [Brian] My iPod was stolen, but I was listening to Prince and Ellis Paul [Jimi].

Kenny Chesney or Toby Keith?

Keith Urban

You have an awesome album cover. Who did your graphic design work?

Wahoo Designs. Kim is great to work with.

What did the exposure of the Country Weekly article give you guys?

It gave a great excuse to walk up to some girl in a grocery store and say, “Hey! That’s me!”

Now you guys played the National Anthem at a NASCAR race. Do you watch NASCAR?

Well, we are going to perform at Daytona next week on February 13th, and we are pretty excited about that!

Tell me what it was like working with Rex Schnelle on your debut album.

Rex is an amazing person and extremely talented. Working with him was a great experience for us.

If you guys could live anywhere in the world where would you go?

Washington coast [Brian] The west coast or Maine [Maine] L.A. or Madison, GA [Ryan] Anywhere that I could own plenty of land [Jimi]

Any tattoos in the band?

Brian & Jimi.

Who has the most?

(Jimi) Brian for now, until I get some more.

Where do you see yourselves in five years?

Doing this still.

What do you want to be remembered for when it’s all said and done?

For always creating good music.

I always let the artist get the last word. Go.

Four Square Miles is just the beginning. We’re all in this for the long haul. We all feel blessed to be able to share the stage together night after night. By the way, our album “Four Square Miles” is available for purchase online so buy it! Thanks.