EXCLUSIVE ARTIST INTERVIEW: JON PHEASANT | PERFORMING JULY 24TH AT BAR NINE
Jon has always had a fascination with music and learned to play guitar at youth events for churches. It wasn’t long after that he discovered the Beatles and immediately fell in love with their music. By the age of 14, Jon began performing as a street musician in Ocean City, Maryland and soon after that, he began performing at restaurants, nightclubs, bars, and other venues around the Mid Atlantic region. He was instrumental in forming rock group, Proof of Love, a group focusing on original material. He was also instrumental in forming the tribute group, The British Invasion Experience, as a way to pay tribute to the music he grew up with and which inspired him to pursue music as a career. Jon also performs as a solo artist with originals and cover material alike. Not only is Jon heavily involved with the musical aspect of The British Invasion Experience and his solo career but he also manages both projects. Between The British Invasion Experience and his solo career, Jon currently tours all around the East Coast performing both covers and originals
In anticipation of his live show with us on July 24th at 8:30PM, Jon was nice enough to email us from his home base to discuss his musical influences, live show experience, and what inspires him on a day-to-day basis
Bar Nine: What type of band are you?
Jon Pheasant: Pop/rock solo artist
BN: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
JP: The Beatles, Pink Floyd, HIM, Ozzy Osbourne, John Mayer, Mark Cuban, Daymond John, JR Ridinger, and Edgar Allen Poe
BN: What are your dreams and goals?
JP: To take my tribute; The British Invasion Experience to an international recognition level, while still being able to write and record my own material. Aside from that, I have a few other business ventures that I am working on. One with an online business I am developing helping people save money through an online shopping annuity. Others ventures include opening a couple music driven clubs to help get up and coming artist exposed
BN: Who writes the songs, what are they about?
JP: I write my own material, which is mainly just about life experiences that I experience as I go
BN: How do you promote your band and shows?
JP: Through online advertising via Social Media, and through the email networks
BN: Describe your show, visual and musically
JP: I like to call my solo show “Yesterday and Today”. It’s basically
me performing songs from artists that I connect with while including songs of my own throughout the show
BN: What do you think about downloading music online?
JP: It has it’s good side and bad. Financially for the artist, it’s a disaster because an artist will go in and spend countless hours and dollars to make an album perfect. Unless it is a die heart fan, most people will overlook the album in its entirety and only download the songs they like which the artist at that point is only seeing cents for each download or play and that’s only if the artist is lucky. As I have been told by from people who have been in the industry for decades, the age of making albums for profit is over. The albums are for your growth as an artist as well as your fans. On the flip side of that, download apps such as Spotify, etc offer a great exposure due to the fact that any artist major or independent can release their albums and songs on their database
BN: What's your outlook on the record industry today?
JP: It has become very commercialized and corporate like. Don’t get me wrong, some of the commercial stuff out there is not bad, but that doesn’t mean the reps choose numbers over talent. It is a business and in order to stay in business you do have to worry about bottom line, but there comes a point when you also have to consider the future. It may be great now, but will it leave a legacy like the British Invasion era for instance. To me the record companies could afford to be a little focused a little less on commercial advertising and on good quality product that could be good commercially as well
BN: What's your claim to fame?
Answer: Don’t really know how to answer this one, haha
BN: Tell us a story about a day in your life
JP There are many stories. Probably the scariest show I ever did was about a year and a half ago with The British Invasion Experience. We performed at a casino in Baltimore, when an “active shooter” came running in the casino or so they said. Ended up being the wrong guy they were looking for. Thankfully for the county no one was hurt so no lawsuits. Shit definitely went down though!
BN: What inspires you to do what you do?
JP: Paul McCartney. He’s always been the one I come back to. Although especially recently, I have a HUGE respect for Pink Floyd and their messages and what they did each album
BN: What advice would you give to fellow bands?
JP: Always remain in control of your music. It is not wrong to have the right people partner with you in management, etc. But just know your stuff inside and out! The best way is for the buck to always stop with you
BN: What are some of your pet peeves?
JP: Shitty slow drivers
BN: How does music affect you and the world around you?
JP: It’s who I am. I absolutely love it and it has saved my life!
BN: What's new in the recording of your music?
JP: I try to always keep it new and fresh with every EP, album, single I may put out. Always trying to listen to new stuff
BN: What are the biggest obstacles for bands?
JP: Having the right connections at the right time, and getting caught up in the muck of the industry. For instance the dive bar scene. Not knocking Dive Bars, but plenty of bands I know only do that to make a quick buck. You need to make money, but you also need to focus on growth
BN: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
Well if you like to get down and let loose and have a good time, I definitely encourage that. Whether your checking my solo project or tribute band there’s highlights in both. Just come out and find out…