Artist Spotlight - *repeat repeat
(Photo Credit: Jonny Kingsbury)
We had the opportunity to interview Jared Corder of *repeat repeat! *repeat repeat's new album Glazed which was produced by The Black Keys' Patrick Karney drops May 31, 2019! *repeat repeat are first and foremost a rock band with elements of surf and pop throughout. Their sound will leave you hungry for more, check out their music and check out our interview!
1. How did you come to pursue music and how long have you been at it?
"I've played music since I was young, though I originally wanted to be an actor and appeared in musicals. Around thirteen, I realized that music was the cooler thing to do. Though I had previously had piano lessons, which I hated. One summer I broke my foot and couldn't really do anything so I began teaching myself to play guitar on my Dad's guitar. It became my niche and after college I moved from Arizona to East Nashville to pursue music."
2. Could you walk us through your process of writing music?
"Our process evolved with this record. In the past I had jumped from band to band and had always taken charge of the songwriting, writing both the guitar and drums. Even on our past album Floral Canyon I demoed the entire instrumentation for the album and then we took it to a studio. Kristyn would give input after that initial part."
"With Glazed, it was an evolution. We had played Bonnaroo, we had been in Rolling Stone, we bought a home, and had been married for six years. On Glazed, Patrick (Carney) wanted to write the record with us. So we would have a notebook and sit together and work. This process had me hold a mirror to myself as a writer. Also, it had Kristyn co-write the album, I regret not utilizing her more in the past. Patrick played guitar on a couple of tracks. We really tried something we had never tried before."
3. What artists have inspired you in your career?
"With Kristyn, she has sixties California beach pop like the Everly Brothers, The Beach Boys, The Turtles, and nineties pop-punk."
"I lived closer to Los Angeles and was inspired more by West Coast Punk like Bad Religion, NOFX. I also listened to a lot of church music as my family was pretty religious, as well as AC/DC and Van Halen. In college, I began to get into bands like The Beatles and Iron & Wine."
"Some acts that have inspired *repeat repeat include: The Raveonettes, the B-52's, Old Weezer like The Blue Album. Music that has an ability to influence or make you feel something." 4. Do you have any favorite music gear (guitars, amps, effects pedals, keyboards, etc.) that you love to use? If so, what’s the story on them?
"I'm not really a huge gear nerd but I do have two pieces of gear that I love. I have a DiPinto guitar, I actually was endorsed by them and they made a guitar for me. It's my pride and joy. I used to play thrift store guitars, but I can say when I got this I could feel and hear the difference. Its extremely reliable."
"The second piece of gear I have had since high school, it's a Digitech Whammy pedal. I got it because I was super into Jonny Greenwood/Radiohead at the time (The Bends). I saved up and bought it. I have to use it very intentionally, but I use it a ton live and used it a lot on the last record (Floral Canyon)."
5. Can you describe the vibe at your live shows? Also, what do you enjoy most about a venue when you do a show?
"The vibe is spontaneous. People say Kristyn and I run a tight ship during the day, while working on things for the band. The live show is time to let off steam. Before going out, we always say to each other "no matter what happens, if we mess up, or whatever, it was supposed to happen". Every show is different in that we don't do the same speeches every night between songs and I feel we get a deeper connection to the fans because of that."
6. What is one thing that you want the public to know about your music?
"It's genuine. It can still be ridiculous, it doesn't mean that it's perfect or good in everyone's eyes. Rolling Stone called us the most enthusiastic rockers at Bonnaroo. We really try to be that, we're not in it for the money or to be famous."
7. Tell us about Glazed, what do you want fans to know about the album before its release?
"Kristyn and my sweat and blood went into every aspect of the album, even the artwork. Though Patrick was a third songwriter, everything you see with *repeat repeat is a labor of love and we are excited to show it (Glazed) to the world. I hope when they listen, they know that Kristyn and I are a part of it."