Lazy Jane~ Q&A!!!

  1. Hello Madison and Tristen, can you all tell us a little bit about yourselves before becoming a country duo? Hey Dee! Frist off, thank you for wanting to interview us for your blog! We actually just kind of organically became a duo. We started dating 8 years ago on October 28th and from there it took us about 3 years to officially become a country duo. At the time, Tristen was a solo country artist and I was actually doing an alt rock project. We would bring each other out to one another’s shows and always feature each other. We started getting booked for shows together and that turned into only getting booked shows together. We had to finally look at each other one day and say “we think we’re a country duo” haha
  2. How did you come up with Lazy Jane as your group name, were there any other names you were going to pick instead? The summer we officially started the duo, I think we played under 6 different names on Broadway. We thought about the name Maddie & T but realized that was too close to Maddie & Tae.. probably would have boosted our ticket sales but given us a crowd full of confused faces haha. We came home one day for a gig very frustrated with the fact that we hadn’t come up with a solid name. We ended up pulling Shell Silverstein’s “Where the Sidewalk Ends” off our bookshelf and just said “Whatever poem this lands on is our band name, no changing it.” We opened it and the first name that popped up was Lazy Jane. We instantly loved it and never changed it again. 
  3. Who are some of your guys’ musical icons? We kind of have an eclectic group of icons and we are constantly inspired by a ton of artists so it’s hard to narrow it down. Early on, I loved artists like KISS, Dwight Yokam, Restless Heart, Foo Fighters. On the other hand, Madison is drawn to artists such as Stevie Nicks, Bleachers, The Goo Goo Dolls, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban and anything Jack White. We are also currently loving anything The Night Game releases. So as you can see, we are a little all over the place. We jokingly say that Lazy Jane sounds like if Keith Urban was in Fleetwood Mac, but you can definitely hear glimpses of our other influences in there. 
  4. What is the background story behind your brand-new single “Sounds Like You?” We wrote “Sounds Like You” back in January while on a writers’ retreat with our friend and one of our favorite collaborators, Cameron Newby. We had recently just teamed up with the Swon Brothers, who produced our upcoming EP that is coming out on Oct. 29th, and we were about 30 days from going into the studio. They encouraged us to try and beat the songs we had all the way up until recording day. The very first day of our writers’ retreat we ended up writing it pretty quickly and it just tells the story of running away with that long time crush that rolls into town. We were back writing in Madison’s hometown… so that might have had something to do with the concept.
  5. What is your recording process like when creating and making new music?  We spend a lot of the year in co-writes and we are lucky to have a group of creatives that really get us lyrically and sonically. It really is a team effort when bringing a song to life. Some of the music that we are releasing are songs that we wrote a few years ago. When writing, it typically starts with a title and then Tristen will play around with different vibes on his guitar until we have that “ah ha that’s it” moment. From there we just try to map out the story of the song and somewhere in between all of that, it falls into place. Like we said earlier, we have a group of fantastic co-writers, such as Lisa Winfield and Cameron Newby, that we couldn’t do it without and they just so happen to be some of our best friends so that makes it fun.
  6. How would you two describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Energetic, free-spirited, positive 
  7. What are a few of your favorite venues to play at? Oh, that’s a tough one. In Nashville, we’ve spent a ton of time playing at the Sutler Saloon. They’ve been really good to us over the years while we were growing as artists. Other than that we absolutely love playing music festivals. There are always a bunch of cool people in attendance so it’s really fun to meet people there. We honestly just love being on the road and playing, so we’ve been to quite a few really neat venues along the way.
  8. What are a few of your guys’ favorite quotes? “If you have two, you have one. If you have one, you have none.” This is definitely a motto I keep in mind as we pack for any show. It’s all about being prepared and having backups whether it’s cables, microphones, guitars, strings…whatever can go wrong just having a spare handy is essential. Any time I haven’t packed double we’ve had an issue. It’s also a good excuse I give Maddie so I can get new equipment! haha. (Madison): “There is a past version of yourself that is so proud of how far you’ve come.” Over the years, I have worked on pushing past lack of self-confidence and anxiety when it comes to being a creative. Sometimes it’s hard to let yourself be exactly who you’re supposed to be. I’ve worked really hard at reintroducing myself to myself over and over again.. if that makes sense. When the confidence problem starts sneaking it’s way back in, I picture a past version of myself and remember that she would be extremely proud that we’ve stuck with our dreams. 
  9. What do you two like to do in your free time when not working or playing music? We have a 1 year old, Indie so when we are working on music, we are all about family time. We are also working on a 1973 GMC Painted Desert motorhome, named Bennie, to be our tour vehicle. We love not being stationary so we will plan on hitting the road even when we aren’t working or touring. We really like hiking and being outdoors in general and there’s a lot of sights to see. Not to be cheesy, but we really want to show Indie the whole world as she grows up.

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Meet Dixiedee Howdy: Thank you for stopping by my Dixiedee Blog!! I am a brown hair and hazel eye southern California gal living in the LA area. I started this country music blog because I wanted to share about my favorite country artists and groups, delicious recipes. I also do Q&A's and Artist Spotlights with country artists/groups so you guys can learn more about them. Lastly, I love to share anything else that is related to country music.. If you have any questions/comments- then please me email at dixiedeeblog@gmail.com.

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