We had the good fortune of connecting with Jarred Ratley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jarred, why did you pursue a creative career?
I believe the music pursued us. We’re more or less just a vessel delivering information. I don’t think a single one of us know or could think of something we would legitimately rather be doing than making music.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well we’re a band out of Springfield Missouri originally. We’ve been out in Long Beach, CA for a little over 4 years now. It’s almost never been “easy”. Writing the songs is the easiest part about being in a band in my opinion. Moving across the country and starting from scratch to build a new fan base was one of the harder tasks of our career. Our first year here we just played any place we could. We didn’t want to get real jobs, so we played 10 to 15 shows a month. After about 6 months of that we decided it would be smart to have actual income… You know, since California is like 5 times more expensive than Missouri. And since we’ve just been doing what we can to keep writing songs we love. Right at about year ago we added a 4th member, Josh Adams. Since then we’ve been exploring our sound as a 4 piece and evolving around that.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We usually find a spot to camp/hike or if they’re friends who haven’t been to the beach much, we’ll do that. Our apartment is about a 15 minute walk to the Pike/beach area in LB. And then just take them to as many of our favorite bars/restaurants as we can.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like this shoutout to go to our buddy Ron. Over the last few years he’s been one of our main mentors when it comes to exploring our sound. Ron’s not afraid to tell us what he doesn’t like, in fact it’s usually where he starts. Haha. But through the “criticism”, he taught us how to get weird and to let go of expectation and to just allow. Also, none of us would be here without the support from our families. Be it in the form of helping out with big gear purchases or asking us why we don’t get a real job, they’ve always been right behind us, giving us their full support! Love you fam.
Other: We’re on Apple Music, Spotify, Soundcould and much more!
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