IRVINE

Formed in 2006, IRVINE founders Tripp Morgan, guitarist/back up vocals, and Lucas Owens, lead vocals, quickly gained local recognition as songwriters with their song 'Stairs To Heaven', written in honor of several fallen classmates. They performed this song in a high school talent show at age 16, winning the show and subsequently being booked at a local festival. They would complete the lineup that North Carolina has come to love with the addition of Charles Morgan, (Tripp's Dad) on drums and as band manager, Garett Bissonnette, guitarist/backup vocals, and Matt Stokes, bassist/backup vocals.  Teen prodigy Tyler Morgan (15-year old brother of Tripp), also on drums, has recently become a band member and signed artist. He has made numerous cameos on stage, played more shows than most in their 20’s and has recorded with the band for their upcoming releases. He plays as many shows as his school schedule and venues will allow. IRVINE just released the IRVINE EP under indie label Filament Records. "Welcome Home", off the EP, is now  receiving prime time play on local rock stations due to requests. Future plans for the band include touring the east coast and beyond,  soon to record their 3rd album (2nd full length).



How do you describe your music to people, Tripp?
 I think our music is a harder or edgy Alternative rock with a 90's influence.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
It all started when I got a guitar for Christmas. A friend of mine played, and I wanted to learn. We practiced hours together, eventually writing a song about several classmates we lost while in high school. We performed the song with Lucas, our lead singer, and winning a high school talent competition that got us on stage for the first time at a local festival. Experiencing the stage for the first time as a full band we knew what we wanted to do with our lives.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Play our music to fans as they sing along to every word, feeling the same energy, just making "the connection" with fans.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Although very gratifying, when you are playing as many shows as you can get your hands on ... juggling the expenses of being on the road, recording, doing videos and photo-shoots, on top of eating, we find ourselves earning the rewards of playing the people that give us this opportunity... Our hats are off to those who have spent years on the road, eating canned goods and sandwiches to do what they believed in. Many have become international successes, some regional, and some will always know they gave it their all. When a person gives up on a dream what have they become? We also feel the local live music scene is where it all begins, the people need to support the venues that have it, the venues need to support the bands that play. No matter who your favorite band is, they got their start somewhere in a local town, playing to the first few willing to listen [at] the first venue willing to give them a shot.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
I was really big into baseball all my life, and had been a starter on the teams from the beginning.  As our music started to take off in high school I had to make a decision between playing shows on Friday night, or playing ball. I wanted to play music. A musician has an opportunity to follow their passion for decades, be it in a small club, a restaurant, or coliseums in front of thousands, or even finding peace within yourself while playing at home. At 21 now, I haven't regretted it!

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
We are from Greenville NC,a college town with venues good to start off in, and as you grow, a great ever changing fan base to come back and play for! It seems we grow up with our home town fans, as they move on to careers we find many in cities hundreds of miles away, still showing support, and bringing out new friends! It's a humbling, yet very gratifying experience.

What other artists out there do you love?
10 Years, Nonpoint, Chevelle and many other greats in the alternative rock scene.

What does your future hold?
Being able to do do what we love, writing and playing our music.  Being respected for it, and taking it all around the world. Being able to earn a decent living at it. For us success isn't the fame part of it all, but seeing the people feeling and singing the songs along with us as we perform.