Newcomer band, 8 Faces, has finished recording their first studio album, awaiting to break out in spring/early summer of 2015. The band contains Willow Parrish, Hunter Lovan, Ray Zen, and Ethan Kyle. These young minds sat down with me and toyed with my emotions as I pried what I could from them about their upcoming album. Here is a glimpse onto their lives as developing musicians.
Q: I see that you are all at varying ages..Exactly how old is everyone here and who does what?!
Hunter: Well, I’m 15. I am the guitarist. Willow, our front woman, is 16.
Our drummer Ray Zen is actually 13, and our bassist Ethan is 16.
Q: How long have you been a band and who started it all?
Hunter: We’ve been a band for about a year, and Willow and I have been playing together since the beginning. All of us went to school together except for Ray. We found him playing at a music showcase.
Q: Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
Hunter: I’d say The Eagles, The Doors…Pantera! Led Zeppelin.
Q: The song “Before Their Eyes” has a video out now..What is the story/message behind that song?
Willow: My dad and I wrote that song together about a girl coming of age and growing into something she wants other people to see. Basically a song about a girl growing up and growing into herself.
Q: I recall hearing your vocals and thinking in my head that they could translate across many different genres. Out of all, why did you choose the metal side of things?
Willow: The way my family has grown, there was always that metal/rock vibe, so that’s something I grew up on, and has always been something I listened to.
Q: How do you feel about the demographic you’ll be performing for in the future?
Ethan: Terrified. (laughs)
Ray: Yeah, it’s an interesting demographic to see coming into a band at a young age, because I’m still in middle school. I’m in 7th grade. It’s interesting.
Q: Nashville needs more metal, so you guys better crank it out. At times, with developing bands it can almost become a competition of who can play the loudest. What is one element you try to stay mind as a unit?
All: Have fun!
Ethan: Have fun, and to make sure everyone is giving in the creative process.
Q: What is a problem you avoid during this creative process?
Hunter: I don’t know. We are a pretty diverse group. We aren’t just metal or just rock. We all listen to a wide range of things. It’s all about diversifying yourself. Don’t get stuck in a rut.
Q: What is one thing that you think an independent artist or ensemble should try to remember when writing music?
Hunter: Take your time with the songs you are writing.
Ethan: -Make sure they each have their own personality.
Hunter: At first, your songs are not going to be good, and you’re just going to accept that and keep writing and working, but one day they’ll be good.
Q: Tell me about the album coming out.
Hunter: We have everything recorded as of right now. We have 12 songs, but we’re cutting it down to about 8 or 9.
Q: Where do you see yourself as a band in one year?
Willow: Doing what we do.
Ray: I think when we get finished up with this album, we’ll start doing more blues rock..you know, groovy stuff.
Hunter: Yeah, we don’t plan on slowing down.
Not moving too fast, but we’re definitely all in for the long haul.