This interview was conducted via email March 5-April 6, 2015.
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Dave: How did the band get together?
Dale: Well, Tim and I have known each other since grade school and played in various projects together. Eliot joined the band in 2013 and we played as “Marvin Garden’s” until a trademark issue with another artist
Tim: Some rapper in NYC
Dale: led to the name change to Skytown
Eliot: You're welcome
Dale: OJ joined in early 2014, with Carson and Dave joining shortly after.
Dave: What’s the story behind the name Skytown?
Eliot: We’re a hometown band, and our hometown of Skiatook, OK has always has always been referred to as “Skytown." So when we had to change our name, it was an easy choice. Dale, Tim & I all grew up in Skiatook
Dale: Some of us still do!
Tim: Hell Yeah we do.
Eliot: and have so many memories of shit we did growing up in a small town, that naming our band after our hometown was a no-brainer.
Dale: Plus, that name wasn't trademarked and we didn't want to go through a name change again.
Dave: For those who have never heard the band, how do you describe your music?
OJ: This is actually a harder question then it seems, because each of us describes our sound differently when we're asked that question. And so do people who have tried to describe our music to us. We've heard every description you could think of: A heavier version of Counting Crows mixed with some Days of the New.
Tim: Yeah, basically everything from "the Allman Brothers on crack" to
Dale: "Three Dog Night meets Matchbox 20."
OJ: Yeah. People's ideas of who we sound like are all over the board. And we're totally fine with any comparison.
OJ: In fact, the harder it is for people to classify us, the more we know we're accomplishing what we set out to accomplish, which is to be a band that is unique and has a sound that is entirely our own.
Tim: For sure. We want people to recognize a Skytown song when they first hear it, even if they've never heard that particular Skytown song before.
Dave: You recorded your full-length debut last summer and it is slated to come out later this year. What's the story behind the record?
Dave: Do you have plans to tour in support of the new record? What are some of your favorite places to play?
OJ: We love playing Cain's Ballroom here in Tulsa, the Vanguard, The Shrine, the Hunt Club, Soundpony. There's son many places to play here. And that's the great thing about Tulsa’s music scene right now; is that there is always some great music being played somewhere in town.
Tim: All those places are great venues for playing music in and we'll play those any chance we can, but right now we're really trying to expand the cities that we routinely play in to include Oklahoma City, the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, Austin
Eliot: Yeah, it's my dream to play Austin City Limits
OJ: I'll die happy once we play Red Rocks in Colorado
Tim: Lawrence KS, Kansas City, MO.
Dave: Do you have any specific type of songwriting process?
Tim: It really depends on who brings the song to the table. Dale, OJ & I each wrote songs that made it on our EP, and they all had different "paths" that they took from an idea scribbled down on a scrap of paper to what they are now.
OJ: For sure, I typically start a new song around a melody that gets stuck in my head or a lyrical idea or phrase that I think would make an interesting idea for a song, and then I just sit down and write. Sometimes the songs just "flow" and it's not much work. "Prizefighter" & "Drove Me to Drink" were both like that. 10 minutes after I started writing the song, it was done.
Dale: Yeah, those are the fun ones 'cuz there's some instant gratification. I typically like to start writing a new song around a guitar riff and then I'll flesh a melody of from there and add some lyrics and then bring it to the band.
Eliot: Yeah, and once we've all heard it and decide that 'yeah, this could be a Skytown song', everyone just starts to add their own layer after that.
OJ: Absolutely. And sometimes we'll write a song around a certain instrument. For instance, I've been writing a song for a couple of weeks now that's built around a drum beat I heard Eliot playing when he was just goofing off.
OJ: Yeah man.
Eliot: That's cool.
Dave: What are your thoughts on the music scene in Oklahoma?
Dale: For sure. With all the rich musical history that OK has produced (Garth Brooks, Reba, Hanson
OJ: the Flaming Lips, Kings of Leon, Leon Russell, Woody Guthrie
Eliot: All-American Rejects, Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, All About a Bubble
Tim: Don't forget Vince Gill!
Dale: and so many others, it's not a surprise to us that OK is getting some recognition from people outside the state.
Tim: Something special is happening with the music coming from OK artists right now, especially music coming from Tulsa artists and we're just thrilled to be a part of what's happening.
Dave: This is a High Fidelity inspired question. What are your top five favorite bands, albums, movies, television programs, books/authors?
OJ: Band = U2, movie = The Big Lebowski, TV = LOST
Dale: Band = Pantera, movie = All 8 Harry Potter movies, TV = Trailer Park Boys
Eliot: Band = Modest Mouse, movies = Oh Brother Where Art Thou, TV = the Food Network
Tim: Band = The 69 Eyes, movies = Interview with a Vampire, TV = Trailer Park Boys
Dave: What’s next for the band?
Dale: We plan on hitting all the summer music festivals that we can and playing every opportunity we have. We really want to start playing more in Arkansas and Texas and some of the surrounding states and really trying to build some excitement before our album release.
Dave: Any final thoughts?
Skytown: “Skytown IS this nation’s backbone. HellYeah.” – Cam Brady O-Fifteen