-Interview- Venture (2/13/17)

Venture talks about their "Low" EP, the Pennsylvania music scene and much more.


From: Lititz, PA
Sounds like: Alternative Rock/Grunge

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Venture” and is there any meaning behind it?

Padi: I’ve been playing for years with various musicians and bands throughout the area and grew to love the sport.

Jack: I started randomly jamming with friends and got hooked which led me here today.

Shea: I’ve always wanted to make a difference and music came to me as a natural way to do so.

Mike: I picked up a guitar about 9 years ago and started studying the styles of my influences and developed my sound through jams and bands with friends.

Justin: I come from a family of musicians and went to college as a percussion major, which has allowed me to become a very flexible drummer. The name Venture came from Padi and was a way to express that music, like life, is an adventure, you never know what you’re going to get, but it always gets better.

2. What do you want listeners to take away from “The Low” EP? What’s the word on new music?

Our music is created from a desire to express our most human feelings in a way we feel comfortable. The lyrics come from life experiences and are written to give you something to connect to. We are working on a 3 song self-made demo produced by our drummer Justin as well as recording a 4 song EP with Smash Music in York, PA.

3. What can people expect from your live show?

We bring a high energy performance and a unique twist to rock music with a full bodied sound and a jam aspect that give our songs a new feel each time we play them.

4. What’s your favorite track to play live?

Padi: "Take Flight".

Jack: "Embrace".

Shea: "Her Smile".

Mike: "Night Stands Still".

Justin: "Autumn".

5. Who are the three bands you’d like to tour with?

Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

6. Any crazy show stories?

At Bube’s Brewery we were one song away from finishing out set when Justin went to grab something, knocked the mic over leading to a massive amount of feedback in the PA system almost leading the set into disaster with no sound guy to help fix it, so we fixed it as quickly as possible to get back on track and finished up our set with a killer version of "All Along The Watchtower".

7. What’s your take on the current state of Rock?

Rock music seems to be steadily dwindling in originality and we believe you can still have your own sound while still playing the big stages.

8. What’s the current music scene like there in Pennsylvania both locally and state wide?

The music scene in cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh are great and get better the bigger the town or city, but locally there just aren’t that many bands playing original material but we have been building relationships with those that do to form a stronger music scene in the Lancaster Area.

9. What’s your take on the legal/illegal music downloading?

It’s a tough call, we see both sides of the argument. For established bands its obviously clearer cut but when you’re trying to get your name out there, we think any recognition is great. We think that websites like Soundcloud and Bandcamp, where you can put your music up for free or low cost to start getting known through online communities, gives a breath of fresh air to artists who have been struggling to find a way in the age of the internet.

10. What’s next for Venture?

We have a big year planned so far with shows in Philadelphia and New York and well as some festivals such as Launch Music Conference and One Wicked Boogie. We’ll be visiting some awesome new venues such as Kung Fu Necktie and Pubb Webb in Philly, as well as some great places we’ve played in the past.

11. Any shoutouts?

Roland, Kelvin, The Andy’s from Smash Music, all of the family and friends who have been there to support us.