Hello and thank you for chatting today! Can you tell us a little something about yourself?
Well, my name is Jay Stevenson and I represent the band ANOMIC out of Fargo, ND. I grew up in the badlands of North Dakota, but I traveled a lot in my life. From coast to coast and most places between. I’ve met many a person and their stories have moved me.
We would love to hear more about your story and what inspired you to pursue music?
I grew up with some very supportive family members and friends who all told me to strive for what I wanted in life. I allure of music had pulled me in at a young age and I started playing guitar. I went through a lot of different traumas at a young age and I think that helped shape my draw of being able to find an artistic expression. I found the best way to vent was through creation, so music and songwriting have brought me that.
Tell us how would you describe your musical style?
With ANOMIC, I’ve always described it as Hard Rock. We’re not as heavy as most metal bands, but not really light enough to be rock either. Lately, Chris Caylor [Drummer] and I have been discussing the concept of duality for the band. We both have many genre-expanding influences in our songwriting, so we’ve decided to approach each coming release as such. Right now our single “Become” is off of the album Vortex, which has always had a darker hard rock feel to it with a touch of industrial metal influences. Whereas the album’s counterpart Tundra is more of a southern rock/blues rock influence with having a lot of stoner metal vibes behind it. We’re already working on concepts for our next dual album release.
Things are a little crazy at the moment. How are you making the most of what is going on?
Honestly, staying productive in every way that I can. I’ve been songwriting, recording songs, and working on every outlet of the band that I can while still spending ample time with the family.
What would you say is your most braggable moment?
That’s a tough one. I grew up with a family that was very much about humility, but I would probably say it’s somewhere between playing with Wayne Static as well as touring with Tantric. Not only because of the shows themselves, but the friends I made along the way.
What has been the greatest lesson you have learned from a mistake?
I have learned that mistakes, defeat, and failure have been the best teachers of my life. Mistake has taught me that for all my faults I can learn and grow. I learned that loving someone with all your heart can’t help them love themselves.
Social Media is an important tool for all musicians – do you have a favorite platform to connect with fans?
For a long time, it was Facebook and Instagram, but we had taken a two year hiatus from touring to figure out what we wanted out of it, so Instagram kind of fell behind. I personally like to interact with fans in person. When we’re on tour I tend to be out in the crowd as soon as our set is over to meet fans and get to know them. Every single human’s life has a story and many lessons that we can all learn from. What makes us individuals is that only we have lived our lives and become who we are, so that interests me down to the smallest fiber of my being.
What is the best career advice you have received?
Never impersonate anyone. Once you get on that stage, channel your inner you and just let loose. Connect with your fans on a personal level and they will never forget you. Make a positive impact on them with who you are. That’s always been important to me. Also, never stop grinding or the machine will stop. That stuck with me.