Local Buzz Cut this week is from Jonathan Stoye with the track Hot Mess.
Well, hello there. If you don't know me, my name is Jonathan Stoye and I live in Nashville, Tennessee. I moved here almost 5 years ago to play bass in a band named Adalene. It was a very good time, and I thoroughly enjoyed playing with those guys. But as you can see, this isn't a music page for Adalene. Its a music page for me, Jonathan Stoye. If you have the slightest interest on why I have my own music page, please continue to read on. If not, well, maybe some other time…
I grew up in different parts of Michigan. I've had a love for music for as long as I can remember. My uncle is a musician, and I was always fascinated by anything he did musically. He gave me my first guitar and some lessons in the 6th grade, and I started my first band shortly thereafter. It was a three piece pop punk band, and I was lucky enough to get the gig of vocalist and bass player. It was… fun? And thats all that mattered, having fun. I didn't start taking music somewhat seriously until towards the end of high school. I was in another band by this point with my 4 best friends (we actually had a singer, so I stepped down to solely bass). I was in this band (or different versions of it) for a number of years. We did everything from winning statewide battle of the bands, toured and opened for national acts. It was amazing, and I thought that was my ticket to "fame" and success. Then one day, one of our members decided it was time for him to move on, and the band fell apart. I lived life in Michigan for a year or two after that working different day jobs. It wasn't really the happiest point in my life.
One day a good friend of mine from my old band called me. He had moved to Nashville to start a new band and needed a bass player. I jumped on the opportunity and moved here in early 2009 to join Adalene. We had some amazing times for a few years. I did things with this band that I never dreamt I would actually do. I love the members like brothers, and am thankful for everything we went through.
Since I was a kid, watching my uncle play music, I've always dreamt of doing what he did. Writing songs, playing guitar, singing those songs and recording those songs. I've always been fascinated by him and other people that do that. Late in 2012, I went through a bit of a hard time and found myself writing songs as an escape to what I was going through. I started out trying to write Adalene songs, while most of what I was writing didn't really sound like anything the band could use. Stylistically they just didn't fit. Because I had all these songs, I started entertaining the idea of a "side project" where I could play everything I was writing. I talked with several friends trying to throw a new band together, but it was rather difficult to find the people I needed whose schedules magically all line up for a side project. So at that point, I decided I was going to be my own side project. I bought recording gear and everything I needed to start making the music I was writing. These songs are very near and dear to my heart. I've put a lot of time into writing them, and lyrically are very personal to me. I can't just sit on them.
So here I am, more than halfway through 2013, with some new things on my plate. Adalene has run its course, so I am going to try doing my own music. I really don't have any expectations of this, except to have fun. Its not hard to lose sight of what it was like to be in your first band once you've been in a few and get to certain level. And I miss that feeling. Its a blast for me to write these songs and hear them come to life. It gives me the feeling I had when I was a kid, because essentially, this is all new to me. I have never really wrote and sang songs on my own before. Its fun, exciting and a little nerve wrectching. But I am doing it, so if you are so inclined, take a listen. If you think its kind of groovy, come to a show.
I want to thank everyone along the way that has helped me do this and supported my dreams. I love you all very much.