An Interview with 'The XO'
Who are the band members and what do they play?
Jake Harris is the singer and main songwriter. Andre Casares plays bass and Tanner Vaughn Stephen plays the guitar, with both additionally adding into the creative process.
How and where did you get together?
We've all three played in separate bands together. Our last band was a different group with us three in it and we bled off from that. Took us a while to even everything out but now we are ready to release some music
What are the band's main influences?
Joywave, Gorillaz, Twenty One Pilots, Sir Sly
Have you played any notable gigs, festivals or other events? Likewise radio or TV appearances?
Played Six Flags and Opened up for Drake Bell (both under our previous band/iteration "cobo").
Are there any other interesting or amusing happenings – no matter how small – that the band have been involved with that would be of interest to those who like your music?
We are pushing to do multiple singles to give our fans music consistently while ensuring the quality meets standards
Do you have any favourable quotes from previous reviews of the band that you'd be happy to share?
"The result is a sound perfect for the modern market, part underground, part mass appeal" - AnR Factory
Where was the single/EP/album recorded and who was involved in its production?
Wax Studio with Geoff Rockwell (Forever the Sickest Kids, Memphis May Fire, Artist vs Poet, Kidd Kaddrick, Crown the Empire).
Is there a particular ethos behind the single/EP/album or any particular music styles or events that inspired it?
We really want to find our sound with this track. It bridges from a modern rock pop band mixed in with dark emo rap. While both styles are incredibly popular, it was incredibly difficult to find the perfect blend of the two.
Can you briefly describe what the song/each song is about? If you are releasing an album then either describe the thinking behind the project or choose a couple of lead tracks to focus on.
A particular rough chapter that was currently being experienced during the creation of this song.
Were there any notable or amusing happenings surrounding the recording/production of the EP? As above, list whatever might be of relevance.
This song has been a work in progress since November 2017.
Please provide a one or two-line personal quote that can be attributed to a band member, about either the band themselves or the release. Obviously the more eye-catching this is the better.
Jake Harris - meticulous, Tanner V Stephen - hard working, Andre Casares - Chillest