Catching up with the 2013 first place Sound Off winner, Skosh
I had the chance to catch up with Jedidiah, the lead singer from Skosh, last year's grand prize winner for the Sound Off Music Competition. Jedidiah said he and the guys have been busy with new gigs and recording their new album which they expected to be released in the next few months. So let's take a look and see what they've been up to for the past year!
Q: What were some opportunities you had after earning the 1st place title?
A: The best opportunity to come from the competition was the chance to record at Main Street Music Studios in Bangor. Andrew Clifford is a great engineer, and we had a great time working with him. We recorded 4 tracks that are going to be on our debut, self titled album. Our album is going to be ten tracks in total.
The other six were recorded at a studio in Buckfield and produced by our good friend Dale Bennett. The album is almost complete and will be released within the next couple of months. After winning the competition we had a really big summer for our group. We played some big events such as The Redneck Olympics and the United Bikers of Maine 'Satewide' event. We are also now in rotation at Bull Feeney's in Portland every fourth Saturday of the month.
Q: What has been one of your favorite musical moments since the Sound Off?
A: Some of the best memories and moments we have had have been in the process of making our record. We are a band, but first off and foremost we are friends; It is a beautiful thing to be able to create art with people you love and respect. We spent 3 days at a Howard Johnson's in Bangor while we were recording. It was a pretty wild three days but one memory that sticks out in particular was the first night we arrived.
We were so excited to lay down tracks the following day. We ran though our parts, and discussed how we wanted to record each track, down to every minute detail [...] It was such a nice moment, because it reflects how our band operates. We work hard to get our music to be at the level we want it to be, but we are such good friends that it never seems difficult or stressful. Even though we were on a tight schedule and cutting tracks for our first record, we could still have a great time enjoying the experience as well as each other.
Q: Do you have any advice for the 18-to-25 year old musicians out there?
You have to start somewhere if you want to be a musician. There is probably not a musician out there who does not remember a time in their career when they were nervous or self conscious about performing. You have to go for it, go out on a limb, and put yourself out there. The only way you can hone your craft is to perform as much as you can.
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