Tracking Unsigned Artists: There is something to be said for a name. Sometimes it means something, other times it just sounded right. Where did your band name come from?
Jesse Clark: We had played under one other name before Never Us came about. We talked with our manager Matt Good about getting a new name a while back because we knew the name we had wouldn't last. It was too hard for people to remember, so we decided to keep it simple. After a slew of joke band names was spat out by each of us, I thought the name envious sounded pretty cool. However, obviously, a ton of people had that name. I tried rearranging it and sent it to our manager as like, a what do you, think of NVUS. He thought it read as Never Us. To which my response was like YES. we rolled with it.
TUA: Describe the music you make. (Give details to its sound, lyrics, and structure)
Kegan DeBacker: The music we make is hybrid of rock, pop, hip-hop, and emo music. It really is just a product of all our different influences and interests all coming together to make something unique. Arizona is also a melting pot when it comes to different musical acts and art so that could also be a major influence on us wanting to make something unique.
TUA: Do you prefer releasing on Digital, CD, Vinyl, Cassette, All the above?
Chad Ralph: When we first release a song it’s pretty much all digital downloads on Spotify and iTunes and YouTube. And then when we have some shows lined up, we’ll buy CD’s, cases and print out the album cover and try to make them look as nice as possible to sell the CDs at the shows. We want to do vinyl and cassettes, but those aren’t available to us at the moment.
TUA: Your current single playing on TUA's list tell us about the song. If there is a music video that goes with it, please share the link.
Kegan DeBacker: Our newest release, Retrograde, features Matt Good of From First to Last and was written to reflect on the experience of being an introvert in an extroverted environment. We also touch on the emotions and self-doubt that can come from placing yourself somewhere you don’t feel like you belong but feel that you need to be in. In a way it is kind of an introspective song, saying you shouldn’t be afraid of being who you are and stop pretending to like where you don’t feel comfortable. We have a video up that you can watch on youtube from this link!
TUA: In your opinion why is playlisting important or not important to you and music? What suggestions might you give to other bands wanting to utilize Spotify to its fullest?
Kegan DeBacker: Playlisting is very important for any band in order to market and introduce your music to a wider audience. I would say that any band trying to use Spotify should seek to be put into playlists that compliment your styles. I have, oddly enough, had rap music show up in rock playlists and vice versa. Even though I listen to all genres, most people want to listen to a specific genre at a given time and not be constantly switching between the two on a whim. Also targeting people who already enjoy your genre and then branching out would be a smart idea as well.