We recently talked with Echo 2 Locate lead vocalist Rhiannon Neagle as she discussed the new single/ video for "High" and her "perfect" venue to play in - READ IT HERE
by: Rachel Salinger
Rachel Salinger: The rumor is rock is dead. No more. What do you say?
Rhiannon Neagle: Rock is not dead. What is popular in music runs in a cycle. It’s only a matter of time that rock makes a massive comeback. An artist just has to make this happen and we plan to be that artist.
RS: What do your live shows look and feel like, do you only play covers or do you throw in your original material too when playing live?
Rhiannon Neagle: We try to make every show, no matter the size of the audience, a true concert. We always perform as if we are in front of thousands even if it’s only 50 people. We stay away from covers unless the show requires one. We always connect with our audiences and make our shows a place where anybody can feel at home.
RS: Talk to us about your music video 'High' the lyrical content fits the title so very well.
Rhiannon Neagle: High was written for the purpose of creating something catchy and addictive to listen to. The lyrics convey a lot of messages throughout the song and we wanted to leave it open to interpretation as much as possible which is why we tried to keep the video for it simple. The whole concept of the video is to show our fans and viewers Echo 2 Locate’s visualization of what it’s like to be inside a mind during a manic episode.
RS: Was the music and video planned together simultaneously? They fit very well.
Rhiannon Neagle: They actually were not. We always come up with video scripts after a song is written. We take a ton of time to write the scripts and usually go through several different ideas until we land on the decided script.
RS: Does it ever seem like to you that mania and a manic mind is more common to each of us? If so, why or why not? Do you feel it may be different nowadays these influences on our brains?
Rhiannon Neagle: I feel like everybody experiences some form of mania throughout their life. However, I do think it’s probably different for everyone as everybody experiences emotions differently just like everybody may experience seeing color differently. I think environmental factors change as time goes on in general affecting the way people may act upon having a manic episode however, I am in no way a doctor. All I can do is write and speak based upon my own experiences.
RS: Who have been some of your influences musically along the way?
Will Servary: Emma Anzia from Sick Puppies because her bass technique is absolutely incredible and she makes it seem super simple to play it live with how crazy she goes on stage. She goes from picking to slapping in a song very quickly by putting a pick between her middle finger and her palm. I look up to her as a bassist and she inspires me to constantly improve my technique.
RS: Describe the perfect venue/club to perform in.
Clarke Hildreth: For me, I like to say that bigger is better. Of course, I love playing small venues where the crowd is jumping in your face. I will never turn down a show like that. However, there is no bigger rush than being on a stage up high and seeing a large crowd. I would love to play an arena.
RS: Thought we overheard new music might be in the works for this year. What direction is it flowing, will it be something different?
Clarke Hildreth: New music is definitely in the works this year. We are currently writing an album, and so far, things are coming together well. We are incredibly happy with the songs we’ve been writing. With all four of us playing an active role in the songwriting process, we want this album to be a true representation of Echo 2 Locate.
RS: When can we expect more to be released and will any touring come with it?
Mike Pritchett: You can expect more music to be released this year and HELL yea we will be touring when that happens. However we cannot confirm any set dates at this time for the releases.
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