Cre8tive Reviews recently had the pleasure of meeting Nashville based musician Jon Q. Not only is Jon a super cool guy, he is also extremely talented. We love being able to meet artists like this and help promote them on our blog, but we also love to hear about new artists and be introduced to amazing new songs!
So who is Jon Q?
Mixing the energy and feel of groove oriented rhythms with the deeper threads of country writing, Jon Q has been Performing roughly 230+ shows a year for the past 3 years both in Nashville, TN and across the country. Paying dues as an instrumentalist and singer he has, in his career, played both the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium (Mother Church Of Country Music) stages as well as every major and minor club in the Nashville Area. In the last 18 months he has performed with: Scott Holt Tour Cowboy Troy Bucky Covington Lee Brice Jesse Keith Whitley BeulahFest (Pensacola Fl) sharing the stage with Charlie Daniels and Lynyrd Skynyrd Rhythm & Roots Festival, Bristol TN Belle Chere Festival, North Carolina CRS (Country Radio Seminar) Nashville TN Multiple appearances for CMA Fest in Nashville, TN. Country Fest (Wisconsin Dells)
As a writer he been very fortunate to have had a couple of small cuts on compilation albums as well as written and performed with a handful of contestants that have appeared on American Idol: Kayla Nettles, Kaleb Hensley, The Voice: Craig Wayne Boyd, Nicole Johnsin, Megan Ruger The Biggest Loser: “Big Vinny” Vincent Van Zant (Trailer Choir) Extreme Makeover, Weight loss Edition: Jayce Hein
Jon was gracious enough to spend some time answering some of our questions in an interview.
1. Please tell us a little about yourself.
Ugh…where to start? Coonhounds, Deep-fried Twinkies, Fireball, Jesus, Sweet Tea and the SEC!
2. We noticed on your website that you at one time played and taught 8 different instruments. What were they?
Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn and Tuba. I also tutored in Ear Training and Theory…that’s 7 + 2 halves I guess. I saw a life ahead of me as a music instructor in small music stores. I made a decision, cut it down to 3 (eventually just Guitar & Bass) and focused on my craft.
Sometimes I feel I chose the wrong two instruments….(haha)
3. As a singer/songwriter how do you come up with the inspiration for your songs?
A good amount of it is feelings based, that’s where I start. from there I find a context. I don’t usually start with a context first (like “my wife pissed me off so I’m gonna write a song about that”) mostly because that limits the scope. Feeling good, bad, angry, lonely, determined….those base emotions are where we go. I try to match a feeling with a musical tone as I’m fishing for lyrics.
4. What is your best experience in playing a show – location, with what band, etc?
Getting a chance to play at the Ryman auditorium was probably towards the top. i still have a lot of “firsts” to get through. they all are special
5. What is your worst experience with a band – local/national, where and with who?
Well, any time you get on stage with unprepared or inexperienced people it’s a drag. Theres a good many of those in the memory file as well. sometimes though, its more about the ride there or back that becomes the REAL drag. musical ability doesn’t always translate to people skills or proper hygiene or stress management. I wouldn’t really be able to say which one stands out the most. Every now and then its just root canal but this is the life we’ve chosen…
6. What is your role with RP Management in Nashville?
RP Entertainment Nashville isn’t really a management company, although we do some management type things. I helped co-found the company as VP of Music Promotion and Music Director) along with Heidi (CEO Promo-Internet) and Charlie Woods (VP – Business Manager). I, using my ties to the live music community, help get some of these new artists off the ground and running with their live show and musical lineup.
7. What artists have you worked with through them?
A lot of young guns you may be hearing about. Matt Van Fossen (Ohio), Chris Allen, Andrea Nicole(Kentucky), Shaun Abbott(East TN), Derek Herndon (Arkansas), The All Worked Up Band (Nashville) and a few others like The Lost Trailers with Jeff Dane. Nashville is really more of a starting place for artists.
8. At RP Nashville what do you do for artists and how do you pick artist to represent?
Well, it’s a combination. Talent doesn’t always win the race as much as hard work and determination, you need to have all three wrapped up with enough confidence and humility to be teachable and relentless. If we see someone we like and they agree to sign with us we then start “digging the ditch” so to speak. Image branding, audience demographic targeting, social media footprint, Press Kit making, even Logo and artwork and a business plan and strategy. Different philosophy than a lot of other companies, I think.
9. When was the company founded?
What time is it?
10. As an artist yourself where do you see yourself in five years?
God willing? Out of debt. Thats really my goal.
11. Any relationships with major labels or PR. Firms?
I’m currently recording my EP at Curb Records. I’m not signed with them but I have relationships with their engineer David Bates whom ive known for years. He’s really helping me shape the sounds and direction of these songs. Cant say enough good things about him.
12. Tell us something that makes you unique?
Well, I feel everyone feels they are unique, probably all might say the same things too, I know that I’ve had to work for every last thing in my life. no family support, no financial support so I completely understand the workin mans dollar. If they’re willing to throw a couple bucks in my tip jug or buy the band a round or dance and sing along then I feel I’m doing something right. If the bartenders are singing along then im REALLY doing something right. I always write, perform and interact with that in mind. I don’t know if I relate completely to any one group of people but I know we all go out to be entertained, even if we don’t know it. We go to dinner or a bar with the same desire as a movie or a game. we want to lose ourselves for a little while…life is waitin back home. I want people to forget themselves and step into the time machine and have a good time.