Before The Sound // Concert Artist Interviews

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Letter From The Editor…

Our Director of Marketing Elijah Johnston, a sophomore at UGA, sat down to talk with the opening artists for our upcoming benefit concert at The 40 Watt Club on April 15. As a singer & songwriter himself, Elijah asked some really great questions that allow us to better get to know those who will be jamming out with us onstage so soon!

INTERVIEW WITH XANDER WARD:

EJ: How are you feeling about playing somewhere like the 40 Watt?

XW: I am so stoked! The 40 Watt is such a great place. For me the 40 Watt is a staple for Athens. it is an awesome venue that gets great bands in town to perform there, and it is an honor to share the stage with such talented musicians for a great cause.

EJ: What role do you see yourself having in Athens music?

XW: The sweet, little college town of Athens is like that grandma that bakes you way too many cookies. This town is so supportive of the different artists pursuing their passions and dreams, it is endlessly inspiring. My goal is just to make Athens proud. I love the people, the spirit, and the support this town offers, and I want to do everything I can to give back to such a great community through my musical role.

EJ: Good things happen when people follow their passions. BTS is made up of people pursuing their passions to see justice and freedom all over the world. How would you describe your passion for music?

XW: Music is kind of like a loyal friend. It is there for me at my worst times and there for me at the best times. Some days it is hard to find the words for how I feel; music is an avenue I can take to help me figure out those feelings I have trouble understanding.

EJ: The theme of this show is being a part of the sound of the movement. As an artist, what do you see as your role in the movement for positive change?

XW: I just want to create music people can relate to and positively grow from. Some of the most impactful, influential moments in my life come from hearing a new song from a favorite artist. It's a dream of mine to be able to create an atmosphere like that for somebody.

EJ: What’s your go-to milkshake flavor?

XW: I'm a big Coke float guy, but I'll settle with a Butterfinger milkshake if we're talking milkshakes.

INTERVIEW WITH CLOUDLAND (Hogan, Zach, Carmen, & Drake):

EJ: How are you feeling about playing somewhere like the 40 Watt?

Drake: 40 Watt is such a historic venue for music as a whole. It has always been an honor to play there. This is only our second time playing there, so it’s still a massive deal for us and probably won’t ever stop feeling special as many times as we might play it.

EJ: What role do you see yourself having in Athens music?

Drake: I feel that we’ve quickly come onto the scene, but with the people we have at UGA, the Athens area, and the artists already here that have supported us, we feel so welcome. Athens is an extremely inviting place for new music. I hope that we have an impact with our passion and excitement for the local music as well as a group mentality with all the bands around.

EJ: Good things happen when people follow their passions. BTS is made up of people pursuing their passions to see justice and freedom all over the world. How would you describe your passion for music?

Drake: Our passion for music has grown just like we have. I can see differences in the way we listen, perform, and create as musicians compared to years ago. It’s something that will continue to mature as we do. That’s how I’d describe it; our passion is to share and grow while doing one of the things we love.

EJ: The theme of this show is being a part of the sound of the movement. As artists, what do you see as your role in the movement for positive change?

Drake: Especially with a movement like this, music should always hold a message. If the sound we make is positive, then hopefully we’ll impact the movement in a positive way.

EJ: What’s your go-to milkshake flavor?

Zach: My favorite milkshake is classic chocolate.

Karmen: That milkshake flavor you get right after you’ve dipped your Wendy’s fry into the sweet, chocolatey goodness.

Drake: Cookies and cream.

Hogan: Strawberry. It’s pretty consistent.



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