The Daybreaks discuss “Find Me At The End of the World” with ArtistDirect

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Hello - Please introduce yourself.

Kaleb Jones: Hello! I’m Kaleb Jones, singer/writer/guitar player for The Daybreaks.

Heather Bond: Hello! I'm Heather Bond, singer/writer/piano/keytar player for The Daybreaks.

Bobby Holland: Hi! I’m Bobby Holland. I play guitar/keys/percussion, sing background vocals, and am producer for The Daybreaks.

Where are you right now?

KJ: First of all, creepy. Secondly, I’m pretty sure you can just google that kind of thing now.

HB: Ha only Kaleb would say it's creepy because he doesn't document his life on social media. I am sitting on a Southwest flight right now heading back to Nashville!

BH: I’m not sure. Where are you?

Please name your fellow band members and their roles... oh, and who has the best dance moves?

KJ: Bobby Holland is our brilliant producer, engineer, multi-instrumentalist. He’s the engine of the group as well as a well known and established producer and mixing engineer in Nashville.

Heather Bond is an established Nashville writer/musician and notorious 2-stepper. She sings, plays keys and writes songs for The Daybreaks along with her other diverse projects.

Kaleb Jones is a long tenured Nashville artist who sings, plays guitar and writes for The Daybreaks. He also travels and performs across the country and world with the well known a cappella group Street Corner Symphony. 

Zac Stred plays bass and synth in The Daybreaks, and is by far the most stylish person in the group. He has played bass for some of the best in the biz.

Adam Bokesch produces, programs and plays drums in the group. He is also an established producer and studio drummer in Nashville.

Tell us about your new project: Who did you work with? Where was it recorded? What’s it about? Is there candy?

KJ: Our new album is called Find Me At the End of the World and it comes out Friday June 30! It was produced by our very own Bobby Holland and Adam Bokesch, in our home base Pentavarit Studios here in Nashville. 

It’s about a wide range of topics, emotions and dreams. We try to capture specific moments or feelings and extrapolate them over the course of a song but at the end of the day, music is still just communication. All we can hope is that our listeners can find a little truth or a piece of themselves in these songs we’ve created. And yes, of course there is candy. You just have to find it. 

How do you describe your music to new friends?

KJ: I usually say something like ‘limp bizkit meets Neil Diamond.’ then after I have their attention, ‘Retro Synth Pop.’ 

How did you first meet, and where exactly did you become a band?

KJ: Nashville is a great big small town. Bobby and Kaleb had worked on his solo album together and became close friends. Kaleb and Heather started and writing after meeting at the annual Sputnik Studio Christmas party. 

Some of the songs they wrote ended up being demoed at Bobby’s studio. We brought in Adam and Zac and those sessions were like magic. We stumbled into an amazing situation. We all got along great personally and creatively. We kind of looked up after the creative dust settled and realized we were a band.

Other than your music, what should your hometown be known for?

HB: What should Nashville be known for other than music? Why two-stepping of course.

BH: Haha, Heather nailed it! But also - Nashville is the most friendly big city in the world. Also, we’ve got an incredible amount of diverse and delicious food here!

Please look around you right now and please describe the first item or person you see that’s significant to you ...

KJ: The first thing I see is my bull horn. I use it for my a cappella group to mimic guitar solos. Yes it’s true, when I’m not playing real guitar, my other job is to pretend to play guitar.

HB: The first thing I see right now is the pilot. Since he's in charge of my life, this person is pretty significant to me.

BH: My mixing console! (Nerd alert…) It is a highly modified and customized 1982 SSL E series desk, and it is probably my post prized possession. A huge part of my daily life, workflow, and creative process. 

What first inspired you to pursue music? If it was a musician or a specific piece of music, please tell us all about why you find it so inspirational... 

KJ: I grew up in an athletic family so I always dreamed of playing baseball. My brother played in the minors and I always wanted to be like him. Unfortunately I tore my rotator cuff my sophomore and junior year and sure enough picked up my dad’s guitar that summer and the rest was history.

HB: As corny as this may be, I heard "Strawberry Wine" when I was about 11 years old and decided I wanted to be a singer/songwriter. Something about it inspired me. Deana Carter had such an easy voice to listen to, and it was one of the first times I learned not everything you hear on the radio is written by the person who sings it.

BH: The Beatles. My mom is a HUGE Beatles fan (she even saw them at Shea Stadium In 1965 and 1966!), and instilled me with a deep love and respect for them. As I got older, I also realized how amazing the production and engineering was, so I am equally inspired by Geoff Emerick and George Martin. 

I grew up harmonizing to The Beatles songs in the car with my mom - some of my fondest memories. And another equally important moment was for my 5th birthday, I wanted the Casio Muppet Babies keyboard more than anything in the world! I remember waking up on the morning of my birthday, and my parents had surprised me with it, sitting right next to my bed when I woke up. From that moment I knew exactly what I would do for the rest of my life.

What’s the best advice anyone has given you about pursuing a life in music?

KJ: My father and I have the mantra ‘Keep Rowing!’ It’s kind of our rallying cry to never give up, keep working hard, keep rowing even though there’s no metaphorical shore in sight. It applies to most everything in my life but music especially because the shore seems very far sometimes.

HB: The best advice? That's a hard one. My mom has always says to visualize where I want to be, and don't stop until I get there. I practice that every day!

BH: My dad has always taught be about having intense, almost obsessive, attention to detail. He also has shown me how to work harder than everyone else, and to never give up when you have a goal. I think those things combined have been super important when it comes to finding and maintaining success in this crazy industry.

Not including your current crew, who (alive or dead) would you love to have in your van for an all day drive from gig to gig?

KJ: I would have JRR Tolkien read me everything he ever wrote.

HB: Let's see. I would bring Kristen Wiig in the van with me. She'd ease any stress, we'd never stop laughing, and obviously become the best of friends.

BH: Wayne and Garth, for sure.

What song best sums up your life right now?

KJ: Asgeir’s newest album “afterglow” is the soundtrack to my life this moment.

HB: I can't stop listening to "Call Your Name" by Karen Elson right now. I'm not sure if it necessarily sums up my life but it sure as hell moves me.

BH: I’m terrible at this sort of thing, so I’m just going to say that I have been really into Tom Petty’s early records lately. 

What is the best reaction to your music you have experienced so far?

KJ: We did a ‘live @ 35’ for Southwest Airlines recently. This is where they surprise a flight full of passengers with a live performance mid flight. We were terrified at first but the whole flight got on board (pun intended) and had a great time with us. It was a unique and amazing experience. 

Take a moment to dream - Where do hope to be a year from now?

KJ: Maui. People on Maui need concerts too right?

HB: A year from now I hope to win a Grammy. Too soon? ;)

BH: I would love to play some festivals in Australia and New Zealand. I think we can make it happen! Also, I think we’ll be ready to release our second record by then! 

What’s your next step towards that dream?

KJ: Expedia and a new credit card.

HB: Next steps towards that dream: Keep making music. Keep working hard. Keep pursuing that dream every single day.

BH: Australia/New Zealand: make more friends down under. Finishing second record: write a few more songs and make them sound awesome.

“Do Whatever Gets You High” single premiere by Paste Magazine

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Looking for some feel-good mid-week jams? Look no further! Nashville-based indie band The Daybreaks have been diligently working on creating music that will resonate with fans and the result is their debut album, Find Me at the End of the World, out later this month. The band, who creates a sound that is theatrical, yet full of retro vibes that we’ve been completely obsessing over. Today we’re excited to partner with the band to premiere their newest single, “Do Whatever Gets You High.”

Kaleb Jones of the band shares with us the meaning behind the track. "If you're doing something that scares you, it probably means you're on to something. All the best things in life are on the other side of fear. That's really what "Do Whatever Gets You High" is about. It has sort of become our rallying cry for shirking convention and following our instincts.” Listen to the track in the player above.

The Daybreaks are currently in the running to win Southwest Airlines “Destination: Red Rocks” contest with five other bands. The band was chosen to represent Nashville in the “Live @ 35” performance aboard Southwest Airlines from BNA to LAX. The performance was taped and fans are encouraged to vote online at Southwest.fm/TheDaybreaks to win an opportunity to open for The Fray at world-famous Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO on June 26th by voting.

“Do Whatever Gets You High” is off The Daybreaks’ debut album, Find Me at the End of the World, out June 30th. For more information, head on over to www.thedaybreaks.com.

Album release show & Southwest contest exclusive interview by East of 8th

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Kaleb Jones of the experience. “It was also super nerve-wracking. We’ve all been doing this for a long time, so we don’t really get nervous anymore, but when you’re trapped in a steel box full of judging eyes, it’s a little different,” he continues. “Of course, we chose to go to L.A., and of all the places where people might be hyper-critical, it would be the flight from Nashville to Los Angeles, goodness gracious.”

In an attempt to stretch their creativity as in-flight entertainment, the band used different instrumentation like an old-school omnichord and a melodica; the bassist even used his electric bass, hooked up to a small, battery-powered amp strapped his hip. “We rehearsed in a box shape taped off on the floor to see if we could cram ourselves and all our gear in that size space,” says vocalist Heather Bond. “I’m dying to go. Even if we don’t win, I might just go anyway and wear a Daybreaks t-shirt,” adds Jones with a laugh.

The Daybreaks are also geared up to release their new album, Find Me At The End Of The World, on June 30th. “We’re throwing a release party at The Back Corner here in Nashville. It’s amazing, it’s really hip,” says Jones. “It’s a very cool atmosphere and vibe,” adds Bond. “There are couches you can lay on while the bands are playing, if you’re feeling so inclined.” “That is literally Heather’s favorite part,” explains Jones. “Not that it sounds good, but that there are couches.”

“It’s going to be a whole experience,” Jones continues of the release celebration. “We’ve got a DJ playing after all the bands perform, we have some local artists who are displaying their visual art, and a graphic artist whose work will be displayed on a screen behind the bands when they play.” “We also have some surprises, some exciting surprises during the show. Anything could happen,” teases Bond. “We want you to come and be moved, in all the ways you can possibly be moved.” Adds Jones, “And join our couch-sitting cult.”

So much excitement for a band whose inception wasn’t ever planned. “Kaleb and I had met at a studio party, and were just writing songs together; we collaborated for a about year before Kaleb took some demos to Bobby, who is also in the band and who produces us, and he suggested we become a band,” recalls Bond. “It happened really organically, as much as that word annoys me sometimes.” “Thats right,” says Jones. “Our band is locally-sourced, gluten-free, artisanal music.”

Stream The Daybreaks’ Live At 35 performance of new single “The Machine”: https://southwest.fm/thedaybreaks/

Billboard announces Destination: Red Rocks by Southwest Airlines feat. The Daybreaks

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It’ll be just like Battle of the Bands – only bigger. 

In an effort to support artists on the rise, Southwest Airlines is hunting down six of the most promising musical acts from cities across America and giving them the chance to open for The Fray at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, CO. Dubbed, “Destination: Red Rocks,” the competition will deliver a once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunity for the winning band, and give them the chance to catapult their careers to the next level.

What’s more, as Southwest Airlines' way of thanking the city of Denver, the concert is free to the public and will support the Denver music community by donating to Amp the Cause, a local non-profit organization for children.

Here’s how it will all go down: Southwest Airlines has just selected bands from Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Phoenix – more on them in a minute – and each group will have to show their stuff in a “Live at 35” performance video (meaning: a live show at 35,000 feet aboard a Southwest Airlines flight). Then, a small group of music industry experts will select the one band that will receive $5,000 and open duties at the sold-out Destination: Red Rocks show...

While you might expect Nashville to produce a country act, the heartfelt synth-pop style of The Daybreaks is more akin to Of Monsters and Men than honky-tonk – and the perfect fit for Red Rocks acoustics.

No Country for New Nashville ACME Feed & See show review

...Our first performers of the evening, The Daybreaks, are a relatively new outfit in the local scene. They formed in early 2015, during songwriting sessions between dual front-persons Kaleb Jones and Heather Bond. By early 2016, once they got Adam Bokesch and Zac Stred (of Milktooth) to play on the recordings, they added them to the live roster. Their music, augmented by Heather’s stellar work on keys and her powerful vocals, has an art house pop feel, similar to the band Metric. Sharing lead vocal responsibilities, on Kaleb’s songs the sound is more of a Lumineers vibe or possibly even Local Natives on his falsetto. The two played off of one another very well, utilizing stunning vocal harmonies that drew the large audience in. From the start, it was obvious that all of them have been working hard together to refine their live show.  My favorite song of the set was “The Stranger,” but all the material they played from their yet-to-be-released record showed tremendous potential. Unfortunately, we’ll all have to wait until the summer, which is the tentative release date, to really dig in. Regardless, jump at any opportunity you get to see The Daybreaks live, because we have a feeling this band have a very bright future.

No Country for New Nashville ACME Feed & Seed show plug

A relatively new local band, formed in early 2015 during songwriting sessions between Kaleb Jones and Heather Bond, The Daybreaks officially began to materialize in early 2016, once they got Adam Bokesch and Zac Stred (of Milktooth) to play on the recording and form the live band. The first single, “The Machine,” was soon to follow, and not long after that we helped them premiere a live video for a cover of Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer”. Their sound screams ’80s in the best ways possible, with cinematic pop songs destined for greatness. With the momentum they’ve been building, we fully suspect they’ll be another break out Music City success story sooner than later. Catch them live for free now, while you still can!

“The Machine” (Baltre Remix) premiere by Q108 Clarksville

The Nashville super-group, The Daybreaks, sat down with us in the Q108 studio as our Local Artist of the Week. We got to hear all about how the group originated, the new album they are expecting to release this July and the ridiculous yet amazing idea behind their brand new video for “The Machine” remixed by Baltre. We premiered “The Machine Beltre Remix” from The Daybreaks upcoming album on air, and they played a live acoustic version of “The Wake” for us in the Q108 studio. Last, but certainly not least, The Daybreaks took part in a little game of #HuthorDare where they killed our cover carousel. Check out The Daybreaks brand new video and the full length podcast below.