The best rock can be is the combination and blending of it’s sub-genres. Legend Has It deftly mixes rock’s harder side with the pleasure of pop; metal’s fierceness with a punk attitude. It is this recipe that allows them to appeal to broad audiences while being true to their own artistic values.
Having played for years as a cover band, Legend Has It was able to perfect their skills by learning the variances of other artists, by copying them and putting their own mark on each song. From that they learned to use techniques and strengths from any type of music and to write songs with substance in their own original style.
Their first full length Release, Driven, is available on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and most digital outlets. They are currently playing shows in Atlanta and the surrounding regions while putting together new music for upcoming recording sessions.
How do you describe your music to people?
Unclassifiable, cliche enough for you? Honestly, I would describe the music as a mixture of Jimmy Eat World meets Blink 182 meets Metallica. We have fairly poppy melody lines but the guitars have a heavier and edgier tone.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
We started as a two man cover duet in 2001, in Athens, GA. Slowly but surely we added on a full time singer, a drummer and a rhythm guitarist. We played cover songs for about 6 years before we went into the studio to record our first full length album. We had written a decent amount of original music throughout the early cover years but none of those songs made it onto the full length CD. It was all songs that were written from 2006 on.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I would say write music but what fun would that be? Being a graduate of The University of Georgia, I am a massive football fan. It doesn't get much better than firing up the grill, cracking an ice cold brew and watching football. A close second would be Fantasy novels and golf. Yeah, I know...
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Simple, getting the word out and growing a fan base. All 5 members of the band work full time, so having a rigorous touring schedule is not an option. That being said, it is harder to develop a fan base and following when you can only play a fraction of the shows that a full time touring band. It takes a lot of outside of the box thinking (sticking with the cliches here) to grow a fan base on limited live performance. Definitely, the hardest part of running the business.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A professional soccer player. It's pretty much all I did until I went to college. I had on opportunity to play collegiately, but I choose to stick to school instead. I will say one thing, I never thought I would be a singer in a rock band. Life is full if interesting twists and turns.
In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
Athens is a solid music town, however I would say it shaped my development in a little different way. While in school all that existed, in Athens, were Dave Matthews and jam band cover bands. I learned quickly that that was not what I would be writing. Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of Dave Matthews, but it just wasn't the kind of music that I wanted to create. It's a good thing the other guys agreed. Atlanta has had a fairly large influence due to the availability of venues. You get to see so many shows and learn from so many other artists. Things like stage presence, song composition, style and technique. With so many different artists coming through the Atlanta area, you can really see a wide variety of acts. This kind of diversity is huge when creating your own music. They give you the tools, ideas and inspiration and it is up to you to provide the talent. Hopefully, we do.
What other artists out there do you love?
Too many to name but a few of the favorites: Iron Maiden, Metallica, 311, Ben Folds, Guster, Duran Duran, Michael Jackaon, AC/DC, Judas Priest. I could go on for a while but those are the ones that I keep coming back to.
What does your future hold?
The good thing is that I am, in actuality, psychic. So, I see musical success and retiring at an early age, in a tropical paradise. In all seriousness, the future holds a sophomore release from us and, hopefully, a career on the stage. There is nothing like playing your own music and getting a good response. What a cool feeling.