What are your names?
Paige Byrd (Guitar), Will Hopkins (Bass) & Jarred Hayden (Drums)
What is the band name?
The Captain’s Son
How did you come up with your name ‘The Captain’s Son’
It came about from a Woody Guthrie song called Muleskinner Blues. The opening lines are “Good morning captain, good morning son.”
What is your genre of music?
Independent Feel Good Slam-Soul-Pop for Animals
Give us a little bio about you as a band and as individuals.
Paige and Jarred met while in high school. They each had their own band at the time and would set up shows together around their towns. During this time Will was doing the same thing, only an hour away in Springfield. Paige and Jarred started playing in the same band together and moved to Springfield in 2010. During that time Will had moved to Hollywood for school. Paige and Jarred left on a tour in mid 2014, ended up living in the van for almost six months in Southern California and returned at the end of the year. Their bassist quit when they got back to Missouri. Will joined in on bass in late 2015 and it’s been nothing but excellent since.
How did you meet each other?
House parties and shows back home.
Are you a signed?
We have our own label we’re starting up, Ham N’ Dregs.
You released your latest track ‘Walking Around Purposely, tell us more about this.
It was written in various houses I (Paige) was crashing at in 2015 after we had came back off the road. I wanted it to be a song that everyone could relate to, that wasn’t all about love. Being bored, only seeing the world through your own eyes and just growing up on the streets like any young person just trying to figure it out. Simply living. I also wanted this song to have a plain vocal style so it would sound more relatable and relaxed, not too brash or intimidating to the listener.
What was the recording process like?
Very free and laid back, it was our escape. At the time we recorded last all three of us were working 40-50+ hours a week at our jobs. After we got off work we would throw a pot of coffee on (or three) and jam until we wanted to go to bed. Everything was recorded at our house by us.
What was the writing process like?
Your set to release your self-titled EP in March, what can you tell us about it?
Well we’re still thinking of a name for it actually, instead of just “self-titled.” As mentioned above, all tracks we’re recorded by us in our house in the basement.
How will you describe the EP?
It’s 6 upbeat, eclectic tracks with a particular 60’s influence and attention to harmony and good tones.
Do you have any collaborations in the works?
Would you be up for collaborating with other bands or artists, if so how could they contact you?
Probably, yeah. Facebook or our website, www.thecaptainsson.com.
Do you play any instruments?
Guitar, bass, piano, drums, organ, hand percussion, banjo, didgeridoo (though not well), hand claps, whistling, tambourines and shakers.
Who are your influences?
Arctic Monkeys, the Beatles, the Strokes, Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, Sabbath, Bob Dylan, the Growlers, Lucero, Dr Dog, My Morning Jacket, Allah Las, Blank Tapes, MC5, the Sonics, Vampire Weekend. … The list can go on for days. We love music. Plain and simple.
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
The emotional and physical rollercoaster that is everyday life.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
Still alive and playing music ideally. It’s hard to picture what will happen next week or next month.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
A lot. Being outside is big for us. We love hiking, skateboarding, hitting the beach, camping and so on. We’ll hit local shows or just chill at the closest watering hole. We crack jokes and beers.
Where would your dream venue to play in your hometown?
We’ve kinda already played it, The Gillioz Theatre. It was for a John Lennon tribute show. I suppose it would be pretty awesome to play our own stuff there as well.
what would be your dream show to have your music played on?
Is there a way to go back in time and insert one into an episode of Scrubs? South Park, the Simpsons or Family Guy would be rad.
If you could collaborate with one UK Artists or Band who would it be?
Arctic Monkeys for sure.
If you could collaborate with one US Artists or Band who would it be?
Dr Dog or Vampire Weekend. Matt Adams of the Blank Tapes would be sick.
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more into the music scene?
It’s hard to name just one song or even one artist. Good music really.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Be you because no one else can and that tomorrow isn’t promised. Also, pull your partner’s hair in the heat of things.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Be yourself and don’t put a timeline on anything. Don’t settle.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Don’t sweat the small stuff, it’s all small stuff.
You get off a plane in your hometown,
1/ where is the first place you visit – parents house.
2/ where is the first place you see – the airport
3/ where is the first food place you go and what do you get – Lindberg’s, either the turkey burg or the black bean burg. They have a kick ass pecan salad there.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
Instruments first and foremost
Capo and Picks
A meal beforehand
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
We have our own website that has everything you need to know. www.thecaptainsson.com
Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Soundcloud and YouTube.