What going on everyone? I had a conversation with Singer / Song Writer Jeff Rains from the band “Rains” sometime last week. Check it out.
RN: How long ago did you start the band “Rains“?
Jeff Rains: I started about 10 years ago. And at first I just wrote and recorded everything my self. About 6 years ago I started to hire random musicians to play live with me. I would teach them the stuff and we would do shows. About four years ago we were getting looked at by Hollywood Records and they referred us to a management group that was based in Toronto. That was a production studio as well. And I would say it was in that four years the band started to come together. And we were not a band until about 2 years ago.
RN: I heard you just got added to the “Share The Welt Tour” featuring Five Finger Death Punch, Hatebreed and All That Remains.
Jeff Rains: We wanted to do the whole tour because there are a lot of places that we are going to hit that we have not been able to get to. Places we have a good fan base in. Plus Five Finger Death Punch, Hatebreed and All That Remains are great bands. This is going to be a great tour. So we are excited about that.
RN: Who have you toured with in the past?
Jeff Rains: We did a lot of club tours. We toured with Framing Hanley a lot. There are too many to remember. But the Framing Hanley tour was sold out everywhere we went.
RN: You also have a new single out now?
Jeff Rains: Look in my eyes is #63 on the media based charts right now.
RN: What about a video?
Jeff Rains: That is just video clips of past tours. We plan on going in and doing a proper video but tour dates keep coming up so we are going to play it by ear.
RN: You guys are an independent band, correct?
Jeff Rains: We are totally independent.
RN: Are you looking for a label or are you happy being independent?
Jeff Rains: I’m not going to lie to you. It takes a lot of money to do this. But if you can find somebody that believes in you and believes in what you are doing and is willing to invest, it makes it a lot easier. Going independent is hard. But I don’t see any point in signing to a label. We have our own distribution set up. Our own PR. Our own radio and promo you name we have it. So I am very content with where I am at.
RN: Being the main song writer, how do you come up with things to write about? Do you pick a topic and roll with it or does it just hit you?
Jeff Rains: It’s a lot of 3 in the morning stuff. It just kind of happens. I have tried to pick it apart to find out how and why people relate to it. I think you just have to be honest and write how you write. I personally can not sit down and write a song. It just happens when it happens. Unfortunately an album can take two months or it can take two years. I have no idea. It just happens.
RN: How many Albums have you released?
Jeff Rains: There are three out there out there floating around. The very first one I did sold 12,000 copies and I wish I can get all 12,000 back. Somehow we timed myspace right and people liked it and bought the record. Then we did a demo and somehow that got released. Now we have this record. And this one you can get at Best Buy and stuff like that.
RN: To someone that has never heard you, how would you describe the sound of the band?
Jeff Rains: I was brought up on 70’s rock, country music and the Seattle music scene. I would say it’s a strong combination.
RN: Have you written any new stuff since the release of “Stories”?
Jeff Rains: Yes, we have had a lot of time since this album has been done. Our first single “Liar” was released 2 years ago on Octane. It was requested and made it to the top five on the station. I have had a lot of time to write in between tours. I think that’s a good thing because when you are dealing with a major label you get pushed to keep putting out records. That’s when people start putting out shit just to put something out to meet their quota.
RN: Do you have an idea of when you are going to start recording you next CD?
Jeff Rains: It pretty much depends on touring. I have been talking to some producers. That’s one good thing I have in my favor. I can pretty much work with who I want to as far as production goes. If we have January off than I want to go in and get some stuff done but if we are touring than it will have to wait. But I would like to have a new record out by summer 2012. I have way to much shit on my mind to write about to hold it in for another year.
RN: Hey Jeff thank you for your time and I look forward to seeing you when you come through Pennsylvania.
Jeff Rains: No problem. Thank you for having me see you soon.
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