Feature Artist: Q&A with Jake Floyd of The Orphan, The Poet
Bassist Jake Floyd of this weeks feature artist ‘The Orphan, The Poet‘, answered some of my questions about the band and what their year has been like.
For those who haven’t heard of you guys before or are new fans of the
band. How would you describe yourselves and what you are about as a
J: Hmmm. Describing your sound is never an easy thing to do as a musician. I
saw a review once that described us as a mix between Circa Survive, Jimmy
Eat World, and Thrice. I’m not sure how accurate that is, but those bands all
fall among our favorites, so I was very flattered. I’d say the easiest answer is
that we are a rock band that likes to jump around and challenge ourselves
What do you think makes The Orphan, The Poet unique and stand out
among other up and coming bands?
J: Our live show is something we take great pride in. We’ve gained some
stamina over the years of touring to maintain a certain level of energy
throughout the whole set. And that energy tends to feed off into the
crowd, whether it’s 800 people or 8. We enjoy playing our songs, so passion
has a lot to do with it.
So 2014 has been a pretty big year for The Orphan, the Poet. What has
been the biggest highlight/biggest achievement for the band this year?
J: 2014 has been so good to us. We started the year running with our single,
“Starlight”, and since then, it’s been non-stop. We’ve gotten the chance
to tour with bands we truly love. And on top of that, travel to places
we’ve never been and hear people sing our words. That is easily the most
gratifying experience. To show up to a city we’ve never been in and see
someone wearing our band’s shirt. We’ve even seen some people with our
band’s symbol tattooed on them, which is insane.
What has been the biggest challenge the band has faced in its career?
J: In 2012, we did our first full US tour supporting Dance Gavin Dance on the
Rock Yourself To Sleep tour. In those six weeks, we learned a lot on how to
operate as a band being out on the road. It was truly a pivotal moment in
our band’s career.
You’ve just recently released the music video for ‘Better Than This’. What
has the reaction from fans been like so far for the video?
Honestly, insane. We had no idea people would latch onto this as much
as they did. As a band, we put a lot of work into our videos. Typically, the
concepts are formed from outlandish things we think could be cool, and
then our dear friend/director, Roman Luck, is able to take these ideas and
run with them. He is really the magic behind making everything look and
feel the way it should.
Where do you hope to see yourselves and the band this time next year?
J: I have a great feeling about the next year of our band. Although there’s still
a bit to go in 2014, we’ve already started looking into our 2015 schedule.
We’ve been writing a lot. Hopefully the next year will bring a full-length and
a bunch of touring.
Check out The Orphan, The Poet’s new music video for ‘Better Than This’ on YouTube and keep up to date with the band on their social media sites!