Silence Aside Band Interview:
By C.W. Ross
Here's an interview that I recently done with Jonathan Mowry, lead vocalist and rhythm guitar player, from the band Silence Aside.
1. Your band really seems to have a heart for holding fundraiser type concert to help people out. How did the band get involved with doing these very worthy type concerts?
We held our first concert and raised some money for the band but after that concert we asked our friend Ben to be our Bass player and he declined, and a month later when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 17 we had a burden on us to want to do something for this family, so my brother Scott decided to be our bass player and Scott, Matt, and I went out to almost 50 companies asking for donations, when all was set we held a benefit concert for him and his family, and we sold tickets on the items and raised over $500, this is when we knew that it was more fulfilling to make money for someone else then for ourselves. If of course we need money to continue our 2nd CD, which we do, we might have another just to help. After this concert a lady had contacted our drummer asking us to go play for her the month after because her child was diagnosed with the same thing, and we did the same for that boy as well.We do also have a song for Ben that I wrote after he passed away named, Better off place.
2. Who are some of the bands that have influenced your band's sound?
The sound of the band came from God, I found my own tune and way to sing and Matt, Scott, And John incorporated what they know to create a sound that has been dubbed by all our listeners as the Christian Nirvana, This of course is not the kind of portrait we wanted to paint, but it is what it is and we are here to tell people about God.
3. Where does the inspiration for your songs come from?
All inspiration comes from God and how he has been able to change lives if only we submit, I used to drink and smoke drugs for 6 years until I went to a bible camp and God brought me the one true thing in my life that I love and cherish and will always forever, her name is Jacquelyn. Our purpose is to show that if God can take a huge druggie like me, and turn me into an instrument for him, then anyone can be transformed if only you have faith.
4. What are the main things that you hope to accomplish through your music?
The main accomplishment we want to receive is for drinkers and druggies to open their hearts and see God as a strength not a weakness, See Christianity as a strength and not a weakness, but most of all we want to accomplish our purpose on earth, to tell others about the word and about God.
5. What has been one of the more memorable moments at one of your shows?
Our most memorable moment was the last song of our first concert, first of all we wrote 10 songs in 3 weeks and that was hard enough, but then at the end they wanted an encore song, of course we had none prepared, BUT, the night before we had played a cool sounding song with no words, so we played that one and I just made words up on the spot. If you would ever like to see it we do have a DVD of that night that we hope to be putting on our myspace or I could send a copy to you. It was amazing how God had taken all of this and put it together in such a short period of time.
6. Anything that we missed that you'd like to share with the readers?
The only thing I would like to add is this, we want to thank you personally for your work, patience, and your loyalty to God. All we want is to be heard in a form that thousands can hear, a place that we can play everyday for an audience and bring others to know the Lord. Please buy our CD, help us fight the fight on drugs, help us bring light to darkness.
C.W. Ross is a freelance writer who enjoys both listening to and writing about music. Visit his website: www.christianrockersonline.com
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