It’s was such a pleasure getting to know #TetonArtist Adam Jones of Hollow Wood a bit better this week. We’ve been big fans of his music from day 1 and can’t wait to hear what these guys come out with next. Check out the debut video with his Teton Parlor, his bio for more information and Adam’s artist calendar for upcoming shows. Adam, thanks for taking the time to answer my questions and give us a big more insight into your sound.
–Who are your biggest artistic influences?
I’ve lately been obsessing over Jim James from My Morning Jacket. Also bands like Tame Impala or The Flaming Lips. And of course, classics like Neil Young, Harry Chapin, Sixto Rodriguez, Dylan etc… I want to make music that is just as visual as it is audible and I think all these artists do a fantastic job at it.
–Is guitar the only instrument you play?
Drums were technically my first instrument. My uncle gave me a kit when I was 11 and it was sorta my introduction to music. I dabble with the keys a bit as well, but definitely guitar is my primary instrument at this point in my life.
–How did you form Hollow Wood?
Hayden, Jeff and myself have been friends for 7 or 8 years. We actually met in church. Though we are no longer religious or associate with any sort of faith, I am very grateful for that season in my life. Hollow Wood was the way out of the world we just wanted to get away from. A lot of our older material has to do with our frustrations with the idea of people using the concept of god to control other peoples lives. Our drummer Bryan and our keys player Micah (who we had known for awhile already) joined shortly after that.
–I know you really like fruit, what’s your favorite?
You are correct. Lately I love nectarines and peaches. Tomatoes are really great as well, but they blur between the lines of a fruit and a vegetable, which are equally just as good.
–If you could meet any musician living or dead, who would it be?
Jim Croce. My dad would put him on when I was a little kid and I remember he was the first artist where I was consciously listening to the lyrics. Up until then I just payed attention to melodies in songs and never the content. It made me realize that melodies get recycled all the time but the story is what makes it unique.
–You play the Teton Parlor model. What do you love most about the smaller size?
I love that it’s easy to travel with but it’s still very expressive. I do a lot of finger picking and it’s perfect for that. It also sounds great when I record. I’m not really a fan of really bright sounding acoustics and this one has a nice earthy tone to it. Definitely the sound I’m going for in my music.
–Do you prefer writing music alone or with your bandmates?
I really enjoy both. The way we always put it is, I bring skeletons of songs to the band and they put the meat on the bones. It’s sorta the best of both worlds. The band always knows how to make an idea into a true song.
–Is there an ideal music writing location or mood you look for?
If I’m writing I love to be in a room with lots of sunlight and some sort of aesthetic. For example, I moved into a new place a few moths ago and my roommates have something like 13 live plants in the living room. It’s the ideal situation to create something in.
–Your sound is so full of swirling movement, with so many components. Is that hard to achieve?
I’m lucky because I have so many great musicians around me. Like I mentioned, I bring skeletons of songs to people I choose to create with. I truly believe that the best art is made in numbers. It can be difficult at times but most of the time when I’m out of ideas someone has one so we carry each other in that.
Until next time,
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