Today I'm sitting down to talk face to face with one of my favorite bands, Worries! After meeting John and Billy in college and spending many late nights at their gigs and playing their albums endlessly on road trips, I knew that I wanted to feature these guys in one of our Local Minisodes. Worries' music is so incredible; it's punchy yet simple and plays with silence and man, do they guys play with heart... and selfishly I'm so excited that could finally have the chance to hear about their process when songwriting. Together we talk about their eighth year long friendship in bands and out, what they've learned from touring and playing so many shows, what it's like to collaborate on song making and what's next for them. If you're in a band or a music lover you'll love this one!
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TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE
- https://themellowells.bandcamp.com/Introducing Worries band members John Paul Decker and Billy Gartrell
- Worries' beginnings and its shocking original name (and what inspired them to change it!)
- Playing music together for 8 years and how they've managed to adapt and change to suit their taste
- John and Billy's friendship, how they both landed at the same college and decided to begin playing together again
- What inspired the content for their first album
- The process of collaborating on writing music and how John, Billy and Luke structure their practice time
- Discussing the ephemeral nature of songwriting
- The song they are most proud of and the song they have the most fun performing
- How they keep it fresh when touring and performing multiple gigs
- The bands that inspired them early on
- John's video production company Old Bear and how his love for his music community in Lancaster inspired him to record personal, intimate sessions with artists
- Billy & John's YouTube famous friend- Frank P
- Lebanon Valley College
- Jack McCarthy
- The Mellowells
- Oh Great Mississippi
- The Menzingers
- Old Bear Productions (check out Luke and I's performance here!)