Josey Scott Of Saliva Talks New CD
RN: Lets talk about the new Saliva CD “Under Your Skin”. I noticed there are a few ballads on the disc. Was that intentional?
Josey Scott: Being guys from Memphis and being surrounded by different music growing up from Elvis to Al Green to the Beale Street Blues sound and growing up around gospel music and having all different music being breed into us, as a young band we were never afraid to go any where musically on our albums. We never wanted to label our selves or box our selves in. We always have gone to where the sprit of the music takes us.
RN: What was the recording process like for this CD.? Was it just time to record another record or did you have a game plan going into it?
Josey Scott: We had a game plan definitely. We like every aspect of the business from playing live to touring to recording and giving back to the fans. We like being ahead of the curve and being prepared for it. Paul and Dave had been writing with a friend of theirs and had prepared some songs. We have trouble getting together because we live in four different states. When we do have time, we spin our ideas and we use a lot of technology to get it done. We got some demos together and got in touch with Howard Benson. It was a dream of ours to work with him. He loved the songs we had been working on. He is just an amazing man and it ended up being an unbelievable experience. Very seldom in life things turn out the way you see them in your head. But this definitely came out the way I seen it in my head. He is an amazing song and album guy. He is a vast ocean of knowledge. He knows his craft. He focuses his energy on the bass, the drums, the guitars and vocals. He takes you aside and spends time with you to get your parts, your bag of tricks together. And he makes you a better musician.
RN: How would you describe this record opposed to your last record?
Josey Scott: I think it’s a straight up Saliva record. This one is a lot more laid out. We had more time to prepare for it and it was slowly taken. It is less rushed and less anxiety ridden. It’s honest straight from our heart.
RN: What is the hardest thing about being on the road?
Josey Scott: The hardest thing about rock n roll is being away from your family. You try and take it day by day. They try and get out on the road and I try to get home so we can spend as much time with each other as we can.
RN: Tell us about the hard drive tour when does it start?
Josey Scott: We are going to be in Nashville rehearsing for a few days then we are going out on tour. It starts April 13th in Broussard, LA at The Station and runs thru the middle of May. It’s going to be us Rev Theory, Emphatic, Madam Adam and Seven Day Sonnet. It’s going to be a great tour.
RN: What was it that inspired you to be in band?
Josey Scott: Kiss was my favorite band growing up and the first record I ever bought with my allowance was Destroyer. And I remember being six or seven years old, I brought the record to school for show and tell and the teacher ask the kids “what do you want to be when you grow up” and some kids said “I want to be a doctor and I want to be a fireman” and the teacher looked at me and ask me. I just held up the record and said “I want to be this. Whatever this is, this is what I want to be”. She said “they are performers” and I said “than that’s what I want to be”.
RN: That’s cool and you got to open for them. How did that feel, buying a Kiss record at six years old and as an adult had the chance to tour with them?
Josey Scott: It was a rock n roll fantasy come true. Back in 2003 we were fortunate enough to be able to do 2 months with Areosmith and Kiss. We opened the show at seven or eight o’clock and at nine sharp Kiss went on stage and played for 2 hours and then the stage would literally turn around and Areosmith would come on and do their show. I couldn’t believe it. I felt like I was going to explode before going on stage every night. It was crazy. I literally could not believe my eyes looking at the things around me. I look to the left side of the stage and I see Gene Simmons watching me and I look to the right I see Steven Taylor watching me. It was unbelievable.
RN: How did you guys get the Kiss tour?
Josey Scott: We threw our names in a hat just like buying a lottery ticket. Thinking we are never going to win but why not try. You can’t win if you don’t play. A few months later they came back to us saying it was down to us and Billy Idol. They told us that they wanted to go with a full retro package or have a newer band on the tour. And from what I was told they had the final meeting and Gene Simmons was at the table and Gene’s son (Nick) was there. If I ever see his son I’m going to hug and kiss this kid. And as they started talking he over heard the two choices and he said “Saliva, dad I love that band” and that was it. We got the tour.
RN: Any other great shows that stick out?
Josey Scott: One time we had played this festival show, and we were really excited about opening for Twister Sister and they were about to go on stage and Wayne and I was standing in back of the arena like little kids waiting for them to go on. And three black vans and a black suburban with blacked out windows pulled up and the door to the suburban opened up and I seen these big black boots step out and I was like “wow dude that’s Dee” and he look at me and pointed at me, just a quick second and rushed though with their body guards and went right on stage. And I seen Dee say something to one of the road guys and he come over to me and Wayne and said “that Dee wants to invite you to sit beside the stage and watch the show. It was amazing they turned the place on its end.
RN: Is there any thing you want to add before we wrap this up?
Josey Scott: We appreciate your support, Pick up the album and come see us on this tour I’ll be coming out and meeting everyone after the show.
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