Calloway Circus released a new Album on February 14th, 2020 called Entropy. This new album centers around love and self-care. So how perfect that it was released on that date? This album will hit you in all the feels. Tackling the topics that many are too scared to address. I am sure you will either relate to their lyrics or just jam to their unique sound.
Hi Ben and Tyler!! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview! Talk to us a little bit about how you two got together and the formation of the band.
JC – Is there a meaning behind the name of the band?
CC – The band name, Calloway Circus, comes from the Tim Burton film Big Fish. I always loved the movie when I was growing up, and just happened to watch it again while I was creating this band. There’s a section in the film where the main character works at Calloway Circus for three whole years just to find out the name of a girl he saw his first night there. I was a sophomore in high school at the time, so I felt like whatever I wanted to accomplish with my band, I had three years to do it. So the band name is really saying that we will put in the work to make our dreams a reality.
JC – What was the influence behind the Album “Entropy” this album has some pretty heavy topics that you are covering?
CC – I went through a really traumatic event when I was 18, and then immediately went on my first tour and didn’t really process it. When we got home all these feelings about what happened started spilling out of me in song form and that eventually led to the creation of Entropy.
JC – Please tell us what the writing process was like for the new album?
CC – The writing/recording process for Entropy was over the course of two years, and the record was recorded in 5 different cities and ended up being partly mixed in Australia, so I think it’s success in being eclectic is from a long and very collaborative process.
JC – Who are your musical influences? Or what music inspires you to do what you do?
CC – Musically, I think my biggest constant influence is The Killers. I’ve always admired the way they’ve successfully kept up with current trends while maintaining originality and still bringing back a piece of nostalgia. Currently we’re both very inspired by what Bring Me the Horizon is doing, and look to them as one of the bands we think is doing it right.
JC – How would you describe your music to someone that hasn’t heard of Calloway Circus?
CC – We like to say we don’t really have a genre, since we were raised in the age of the internet and were able to listen to any kind of music we wanted at any given moment. I don’t really like comparing our sound to any other bands because it’s essentially my personality in the form of music, and I like to think that makes us unique.
JC – What song off your new album Entropy, do you think has had a major impact on your fans?
CC – It seems the song “Kind to Myself” has resonated with fans most, and that’s what I was really hoping to do with that song, so it feels great to see it make such an impact on them.
JC – What are you two looking forward to in 2020? What do you see in the band’s future?
CC – We’re working hard behind the scenes trying to get a summer tour going and play regional shows in the midwest for the rest of the year. We plan on hitting the studio with Courtney Ballard (Waterparks, Emarosa, Stand Atlantic) this spring to work on all the new stuff we’ve been coming up with since we wrapped up writing Entropy. Our goal is to keep creating great songs and play them as much as possible!
JC – So far, what has been your favorite venue to play at?
CC – My personal favorite venue of all time was Cicero’s in St. Louis. I was fortunate to even work there in high school, and it was just the perfect local venue. It had all the charm and was in a wonderful location, but unfortunately it closed a few years back now. It was the first venue Calloway Circus ever played and the first one we ever sold out as well, so it will always have a special place in my heart.
JC – Do you have any advice for any new and upcoming artist that are just starting out?
CC – I’d say there are no off days. If you want this, like really want it, you will have to work every day. I think a lot of people don’t know that about this industry and get really jaded when it doesn’t work out, but I believe it really comes down to what you put into it.
Please note that this interview too place prior to the COVID-19 outbreak and all that came along with it.
Thank you to Calloway Circus for taking time out of their busy schedule to sit down and answer these questions for us. If you have a moment, please check out their socials listed below.