Our Weekly Dig – Same Questions Different Answers
Lovesick Radio encapsulates the grit of in your face rock with reckless yet articulate guitar-solo wielding energy that hooks you note one. These Ohio boys certainly flaunt their big sound with their latest record “Bloodshot Eyes“. The single has been warmly embraced by fans even landing in the number one slot with Classic Rock Magazine. Truly though their secret sauce is stored safely in dynamic songs like “You Should Know“ and the 2014 release “Numb Me Up“. Lovesick Radio foster the ability to skillfully give the amp dial a hard twist to the right while still providing listeners with a softer side of their musicality with acoustic performances. Whether it’s marriage proposals, playing huge venues, or finding comfort in day to day rituals, guitarist David Harris and vocalist Troy Brown gives us the low-down on what is means to them to be a part of Lovesick Radio.
No Apologies: What drew you to the music industry?
Davi d(Guitarist): When you’re a kid you don’t think of it as an industry. It’s just something inside you waiting to be woken up. You see your heroes playing this music you can’t get enough of then you get your first instrument, which for me was a guitar. Plugging that thing in and playing a power chord really loud gives you the second most satisfying surge that can run through your body.
Troy (Singer): Interesting question, I almost feel like I didn’t have much of a choice. Some people work on cars, some build houses, and some play music. I kind of feel it chose me more than I chose it in a way.
NA: Who are you inspired by either musically or otherwise?
David: Bands like Aerosmith, AC/DC, Sex Pistols, David Bowie, The Stones have been a huge inspiration to me. Just to be that good and write songs that timeless. But also life inspires me.
Troy: Dreamers inspire me so whether that is in music or an entrepreneur. I can find inspiration just about anywhere…my parents are definitely the inspiring people in my life.
NA: Do you write music or lyrics first? How would you describe your creative process in general?
Troy: I’m definitely a melody first guy. I feel like that is the first layer people hear so I start there, then I go back and fit what I want to say into the melody and structure. Lyrics are definitely not less important, I could argue they’re more important which is why I save them for last because it takes the bulk of my time. If I have to labor over a melody it’s probably not any good anyway.
NA: What’s an average day like for you?
David: When we aren’t touring. I wake up play some music on my phone or record player, play guitar, gym , eat, play guitar, gym, play guitar, eat, chill,sleep. Then repeat the next day.
NA: Are there hidden meanings in any of your songs?
Troy: Absolutely. I love tucking super personal references in all my songs that only myself and maybe a few others would get. Its like a puzzle. Write something that anyone can relate with, but stick in extremely personal moments or lines that keep me invested and inspired to sing the rest of my life.
David: Sometimes something personal might of inspired something that’s only hinted at.
NA: Do you collaborate with others? What is that process like?
Troy: For sure, I collaborate with as many people as possible at different times. I usually hide away to create my ideas then present to a group once I feel I have something and we go from there.
NA: What is the craziest interaction you’ve had with a fan?
David: [Long pause] a couple stalkers.
Troy: Marriage proposals
NA: What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite? Why?
David: I love music and I love the business of it. I guess I love when something you write touches someone. My least favorite part would be the hurry up and wait part of it all.
NA: Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
Troy: Yup, if I over think its a nightmare, but smaller more intimate performances are way more difficult than large shows for me.
David: Maybe when I first started but when I put a guitar on I feel more like myself than without one. That’s the real me on stage. Now I can’t wait to get up there!
NA: Do you have any pre-show rituals?
David: Nothing very interesting I just play a little guitar and start to get focused on the show.
Troy: Making sure I have a straight mic stand!
NA: Tell me about your favorite performance venues or favorite recent show and why.
David: Favorite was probably Meadowlands Stadium, I love big stages. We did a few shows in California recently that were a lot of fun too!
Troy: Favorite recent show was a small intimate acoustic performance is San Diego. It was just out of the norm for us so was a lot of fun to present the songs in that way.
LET’S GET WEIRD
NA: What do you want to be when you grow up?
David: Professional musician
NA: Alcohol or coffee?
David & Troy: Both!
NA: Cali or New York?
David: Man that’s tough. If I have to pick right now NYC.
Troy: “West Coast swagger with East Coast Bitter”! I like them both for different reasons, sorry for cop-out!
NA: This or that?