Interview with Reckless Giants
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
John - My middle older brother. He took me to my first concerts, introduced me to Blink and Green Day and The Offspring and from that point forward I just knew that this was what I wanted to do. If I wasn't playing music I would probably be miserable only working a 9-5 and living a monotonous mundane life.
Jeremy- Being different. I didn't have friends until I was in like 7th grade and music was always there for me. I would be empty, just another cog in the machine.
Coty - My brother started teaching me to play drums when I was 14. Joined concert, jazz, and marching band in school and couldn't get enough. Music was always an important outlet for me as a kid and I wanted to become a part of it. If I wasn't playing music I would probably be working as a mechanic or construction worker.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
John - Outside of family I am a full on adrenaline junkie. I am also big into sports. Idk, i just like fast paced exciting things. A lot of which hurts now that I am not an 18 year old anymore. I am not sure how it influences my creativity but I feel like for me keeping active keeps my brain active and lets my creative juices flow better?
Jeremy- I have a family so they keep me pretty busy but everyday is my influence. All the joy, pain and everything in between.
Coty - When I'm not playing music I'd like to go out enjoying the world hiking, biking, surfing, snowboarding and trying new things but I cannot afford that. Right now I'm limited to working on the family home and spending time with my parents.
How long has music been your career?
John - I have been playing music since I was 16 sooooo…. 15 years now?
Jeremy- I've been playing music for 19 years.
Coty - Joined the school band in 2005. Joined my first band in 2011 and every year I love it more and more.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
John - We are all in the Gainesville, Florida area. If you didn’t know this is actually the birth place of Fueled By Ramen and the hometown of bands like Less Than Jake. That really influenced my love for the punk scene and it just flows so well into the pop punk world.
Jeremy- Based outta Gainesville Florida. Just a couple of Florida boys playing swamp pop punk music.
Coty - Gainesville based. First place I really experienced the pop punk scene. Great crowds and good people that helped us feel appreciated. The fans in our area help motivate to keep doing what we love.
Tell me about the best and worst shows you have played.
John - Uhhhhh best show… god theres been so many. Most recently we played a show with our good friends with PunkNites.Com for one of their pop punk/emo nites. We had a short little 5 song set later in the night and when we were done, for the first time in my musical career, we got an ORGANIC encore. The crowd was wild that night and they clearly had not had their fill of Reckless Giants that night. That was amazing.
Jeremy- There are no bad shows, just great shows that go horribly wrong. Lol
Coty - Best show I've ever played was in our current band at a PunkNite when we got our first real encore request from the crowd, very cool moment for all of us. I wouldn't say they were bad shows but we have all played our fair share of dead shows but we always make the most of it and have fun.
Tell me about your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
John - My favorite venue we have played as Reckless Giants would have to be The Abbey in Orlando. I really want to be able to play The Masquerade in Atlanta some day.
Jeremy- It's cliche but I love playing anywhere. The dive bars, the big venues. I love em all!
Coty - It's really the crowd that makes a venue special to me. Whether it's an dive bar, amphitheater, or even someone's backyard, if the crowd is having a good time so am I. I would love to play at least once in every state.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
John - This is the hardest question yet! Ummmm I want to have a lineup with 2003 Blink 182, State Champs, 2008 Paramore and of course Reckless Giants.
Jeremy- I would love to open for The Offspring, my favorite band.
Coty - I would love a chance to perform with Green day, Sum 41 and Belmont
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into music?
John - The advice that I was given years ago, If you want to be a musician you have to really want it. You have to dream it, live it, breathe it and eat it. If you are not willing to give everything to music, don’t do it. But also, Make sure you enjoy it. If it gets to the point that it’s no longer fun, take a step back.
Jeremy- You don't lose until you quit.
Coty - Most people don't make it overnight. It's going to take a lot of work and dedication. Get familiar with social media, practice practice practice and most importantly don't quit.
If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be?
John - Go find Jeremy Hunter and Coty Moore NOW!
Jeremy- Ditto to John's answer.
Coty - Commit to music. Convince Jeremy and John to quit their current bands and make me their drummer.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
John - Out of the RG songs it’s kinda a toss up between My Name Is Tom and Death2Bored. Tom because it’s about mental health and that’s a big deal to be. D2B because I have been holding on to that song for about a decade. The song was about losing yourself to the wrong person. It was a real experience and I hope it helps someone get out of that situation some day.
Jeremy- Our song #Fake. The subject matter is very dear to me, don't be fake. Just be you. I can't stand a fake person.
Coty - I really enjoy The Ballad of Jumbo Jones because of it's chaotic, fun energy. It reminds me of myself.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
Jeremy- My favorite riff to play is"The Ballad of Jumbo Jones" . It's just a ripping riff but our song " Your shade of Lipstick sucks" probably gets requested the most. People lose it for that one.
John- probably Lipstick. I get to play this fun baseline that stands on its own in the verses and it’s always nice as a bassist when you get the spotlight.
Coty - I have a blast playing Lipstick. The playful swing of it makes me happy and it is so much fun to groove along with.
What is the creative process for you?
Jeremy- Usually we write as a band, organically. Usually, myself or John will have a riff/song idea and we build on that.
John- basically what Jeremy said. If we’re together it just flows. Personally, if I’m writing alone it’s more trying to channel whatever feelings I’m having into sounds.
Coty - Most of my ideas come along with improv to things that John and Jeremy write. Apart from that sometimes we bounce ideas off of each other and try everything at least once before throwing it out
What inspires you to write your music?
Jeremy- I know it's typical but life. All of it. To pick one thing would seem like a hindrance to my creativity.
John- literally the same. Life. The ups, downs and everything in between.
Coty - Working paycheck to paycheck. Struggling to get by. I want to build a life that makes me happy and music is it.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Jeremy- That whatever you're going through or feeling is normal and it doesn't have to define you or destroy you.
John- you’re not alone. Whatever you’re dealing with, someone else has also been there and it can turn that into a shared experience.
Coty - Expressing emotions whether they are positive or negative. Turning something bad into something good or intensifying something positive to be incredible.
Do you ever have disagreements when collaborating and how do you get past them?
Jeremy- Honestly, very minimal disagreements but when they arise, it's usually majority rules.
John- Usually it’s a “Jeremy’s wrong” vote and Coty and I will win. Hahahah
Coty - Majority rules for difficult decisions but we all are very much on the same page about most things. John and Jeremy have experience managing so I trust their judgement on things I have no clue about.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
Jeremy- Releasing more music, touring and invading every speaker we possibly can.
John- we have our debut EP coming out soon, so keep an eye on our socials for that release date!
Coty - I very much look forward to making this band a full-on career. Can't wait to finally go on tour and start writing more music.