Interview: The Reveal
From Brother Dusty, bassist and vocalist of The Reveal
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Family. Probably teaching, film directing or preaching.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
Chill. Party. Network. Need to get back into fitness.
How long has music been your career?
Been making money off music for 10 years but as a full time career, about 6 months.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
Came from Kokomo, Indiana, now Nashville, Tennessee. Kokomo limited my skill and range of culture/exposure to more art. Nashville did the opposite. Kokomo probably made me waste several years unknowingly. Nashville speeds up the growth rate by a ton.
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
Best show was Weberfest a few years ago. Our biggest crowd, biggest stage and killer set. The freedom and open space felt like it was what I should be doing every day. There've been a lot of worst shows I've ever played and most of them are empty rooms with covers for 3-4 hours.
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
I like Bowies and Exit/In. We're trying to get a date for the Basement East. I'd love to hit Brooklyn Bowl before the year's up.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Us, Grandson, Rage Against the Machine. Jack White and Chili Peppers would be sick too.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into music?
Pick 1 thing and focus on it until it grows into enough financial freedom to mess with branching out with other talents.
If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be?
Work with different people, avoid certain people I've been working with.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Sorry for the Ruckus has my favorite riff I've ever written.
Ay! is a new song I really dig for its hypnotic wave.
Help This Man and Tick Tock were the songs that got the band started.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Anything off the new desert album in the works. I love when people know those songs because they're not even out yet.
Our most requested might be She's Bad or $3 Blues.
What is the creative process for you, and what inspires you to write your music?
Typically starts with one lyric or riff and slowly builds from there. We keep a bank of ideas for later too, maybe they'll work with future ideas.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Enlightening and revealing philosophy laced in secular, party style versing.
Do you ever have disagreements when collaborating and how do you get past them?
Democracy is tight.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
This whole year is basically packed with streams of content. Music, videos, photos, demos, a new album, lots more.