1. How did you get your band name? Our band name was derived from one of the first songs I wrote for the band. The song "(Still) The Sky's Limit" was one I wrote about a friend, actually joking to that friend about standing still when action could be taken, with a friendly mocking "the sky's the limit for you" within the situation. On a drive to our practice studio one evening I found myself deep in thought about removing the parenthesis which then completely altered the meaning of the phrase. "Still, the sky's limit is infinite" was then the predominant idea; i.e. you can do anything. That is the prevailing thought within the band as a whole and the name explains who we are and what we believe in.
2. How did this band get started? Still The Sky's Limit began as a solo acoustic side project for me, lead singer/guitarist/songwriter Johnny B. After writing a full 7 songs for the project, I asked a few friends to jam the songs out with full band instrumentation. It struck such a strong chord with the full band sound that the band was therein born. All members of STSL were friends prior to the formation of the band.
3. What bands are you influenced by? Each member of STSL has drastically different influences; from classic rock, to the 90s pacific northwest grunge days, to the pop punk era, to acoustic singer/songwriters, to the post-hardcore era we find ourselves in currently. The band influence list is pretty close to never-ending, but a few are Taking Back Sunday, Blink 182, Foo Fighters, Memphis May Fire, 30 Seconds to Mars, Pearl Jam, Adele, Christina Perri, The Civil Wars, The Who, Go Radio, Pierce the Veil, Fall Out Boy, Yellowcard, Oasis, Bush, Radiohead....the list goes on and on; era to era!
4. If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why? As with the previous question, that list is endless. What we appreciate about bands we would be touring with is their kindness as people. We three are all friendly guys that simply enjoy and appreciate the ability to tour and play music as far and wide as possible; so to be touring with bands of similar interest is all we would really ask for. Of course you could insert any of the aforementioned musical influences and we would run in circles for days on end if given the opportunity to tour with any of them.
5. Best food to eat on tour? We love eating foods that we can't find in Southern California. I always have to have a ton of White Castle, Dunkin' Donuts, and Steak 'n Shake. Clearly I have super healthy eating habits. Other than that, I thrive on Red Bull and Milky Way candy bars. These are my typical eating habits. Unfortunately, the rest of the band typically consumes far healthier food in day to day life, so it takes them a bit of time to acclimate to a much less healthy few months.
6. Why should people listen to your band? This is an interesting question to me, the "should" I can't really find an answer for; what I can say is that we truly appreciate anyone that takes the time to even listen to one of our songs. As with any artist, we put every ounce of effort that we have into every single note of every song, so I'd say an answer would lay within our passion for music itself. These songs are literally first hand experiences of my life (Johnnyb.), and mean the world to me, so to have even one person enjoy them, and hopefully be able to relate on a certain level in their own life is such a gratifying experience. We have received the amazing compliment that our style of rock is different than many people have heard and they have trouble categorizing us. That's one of the best compliments I've ever heard.
7. If you could be any athlete, which athlete would you switch places with? I'm a huuuuuuge Tom Brady fan! I take guff for that all the time, but a. I don't care, I'm a fan, so I'll take it, and b. I've been a fan for a long time! He was such an underdog coming out of college, being drafted in the 6th round, being a backup to Drew Bledsoe on the Patriots. Then, due to happenstance being given a chance and took such advantage of the opportunity. I look up to that kind of moxie. I wouldn't necessarily want to switch places, but I do hope that presented such an opportunity I could grab it as successfully as Mr. Brady has.
8. If you won a Grammy, who would you thank? The first group of people that each of us would thank is our parents, no question. In each of our lives they have been easily the most supportive force we could ever ask for. In fact, if we ever even garner an invite to the Grammys, each of our dates would be our moms. We've already promised them that, and would be an honor to be able to take them to such a prestigious celebration of music.
9. If you could change something about the music industry, what would it be? I've grown up in an era in which the music industry has changed so drastically its tough to even keep up with the alterations. I couldn't pinpoint one thing I would change, but what I would like to see is more people out at shows, which then begs the question how to create a greater method of promotion for the shows to get into the ears of people to show them what they would be experiencing at shows. Our greatest joy is performing live, we love crowd interaction and creating a show with crowd involvement, rather than simply performing our songs "to" people. So, to that point, I would try to up the ante on live show promotion, to create more of a universal music community across the board. There is a ton of great musicianship out in the world; of which we have been lucky enough to tour around the U.S. discovering on our journeys; hopefully we can help pass that on to others as well.
10. Memorable tour experience? The most memorable tour experience we have was on our 2nd western U.S. tour. We had a short bus as our transportation. It broke down. In a tiny town called Clayton, New Mexico. We were literally stuck there for 4 days. There was nothing but a Dairy Queen, Subway sandwich shop and a hotel. To put into perspective how small this town was: there was only one street light in the entire city. The gas station of the town was owned by a man named Michael Myers (this is how horror movies begin), who offered to drive us to Santa Fe to the nearest U-Haul, which was 4 hours away. With limited options we agreed. He never showed up at the pickup location for us and we couldn't find him after that; it was also under 30 degrees out. We ended up meeting a ridiculously nice school teacher named Mary who was all for driving us to Santa Fe herself. U-Haul assured us that we could tow our short bus with their trailer. They were incorrect on that assessment. We ended up with a box truck for the rest of the tour, having the bus towed to Colorado Springs to a family mechanic, and finally reached SXSW in Austin, TX; and of course...missed our showcase that year, which was last year. Lucky for us, we simply have a tour-horror story now and a few showcases this year at SXSW to make up for last year!
11. What does AP.net mean to you? Now this is my favorite question, because I've been following AP.net since it's inception! A friend of mine went to college at Redlands University in California with Mr. Jason Tate, and yeeeears ago I met him at a show I played with a previous band I was in. The show was with Slick Shoes and Name Taken. It was such a memorable show because during it a fight broke out, and in the melee security decided it would be a smart choice to shut off all the lights, as if that would end the scramble. Not so much; the fight continued, became even worse as no one could see, it spilled out into the street and was one of the most confusing situations I've ever seen. In terms of absolutepunk.net I have discovered so many of my favorite bands based via the site alone. I've loved watching the site grow over the years; and I still check it daily for music news. AP.net is easily my most go-to site for music.
12. What is your favorite song to play? My favorite song to play differs at pretty much every show. I will say that the most important song I've ever written is "Some Know I Passed," which we refer to by the acronym S.K.I.P. Skip was my uncle. He passed away unexpectedly a few years ago from a heart attack. The song is an homage to his memory, and I always sing it to him at every single show. Family is the most important part of life, whoever one may call "family." I always love playing "Some Know I Passed."
13. What is your vacation spot of choice? I love New York City. If I have my choice of vacation spots, it would be NYC.
14. What music reminds you of your childhood? 70s singer/songwriters remind me of my childhood. My parents played artists such as James Taylor and Carly Simon all throughout my childhood.
15. If you could have any super power, what would it be? Why?
I could go the easy rout and say Green Lantern's ring, as then I could do anything I could imagine (and because I wasn't born on Krypton), but if I had to choose one specific super power it would be the ability to fly. Flying would represent an amazing amount of freedom.
16. Any pre-show superstitions or rituals? We have a pre-show chant that we always do. I can't really say what it is but if anyone wants to look it up, it was derived from Season 1, Episode 3 of the tv show Blue Mountain State; and you may use your imagination. That show was hilarious.
17. What is something that most fans don't know about you? Most people are surprised when they learn that we all have college degrees. I received my bachelor's degree in Psychology, Aaron (drummer) has his in Radio/TV/Film with a minor in Business, and Josh (bass) has his in Chemical Engineering.
18. What is your assessment of the current state of radio? Do you think it's a place where your band could flourish? To be honest, only one member of the band listens to traditional radio, and that would be Josh (bass). He feels that our music could definitely flourish within the medium. Perhaps my assessment of the current state of radio is answered by the fact that I never listen to it. Granted, I'd have a "That thing you do" moment if I ever did hear one of our songs on traditional radio.
19. What do you like to do in your spare time? We are all huge sports fans, so in our spare time we enjoy watching and playing sports. We always have to have a football and a frisbee on tour. While at home I play soccer at least once a week. We all really enjoy spending time with friends in our spare time as well. Aaron is a big fan of video games.
20. What kind of hidden talents do you have? Aaron is very talented at Madden. I can will myself to sleep anywhere, at any time. And we can all watch the full run of the series Entourage in less than a week's time!