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Interview by: Mac M.
Safe to say most bands from "suburban" cities like Plano never get a chance to play a big music festival in their hometown.
Exactly one half of alt. rock band VERIDIA got to do just that a little over three weeks ago. We sat down with the band at Suburbia Music Festival to talk about Plano, Nashville their record label and Sir Mix-A-Lot!
Welcome Home guys!
It has to be cool playing a festival this big almost literally in your backyard?
We feel so honored!
Just to be apart of this and be able to witness something of this caliber while being in Plano. I think it's a great idea which has never happen!
Deena you went to Canyon Creek Christian right? And Brandon you were at Plano East?
Now the band actually formed in Nashville last year right? That's awesome considering Nashville is my hometown yet I'm talking to you guys in your hometown that I happen to live near nowadays.
Yes, we did!
So how did you all end up in Nashville and meet?
[Deena] Me and Brandon played together for several years and just decided we wanted to take an adventure and see what Nashville had to offer. It was an awesome place to just connect with a bunch of musicians and writers. It's a great place to write and start fresh and that's where it kinda all happen. We ended up meeting these guys through mutual friends, got together and we've been together for a year and a half now.
[Trevor] I came to Nashville in 2008 and went to college at Belmont. I graduated there in 2012 and we started playing together right then.
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Have you had a chance to explore Nashville much yet? Any favorite local bands you've latched on to?
We haven't had a chance to go to a lot of clubs. We went and saw the Time Jumpers! Lots of old school kinda Americana Bluegrass band. We also saw a band called Modoc. I actually worked with the guitar player at Guitar Center in Fort Wayne Indiana. I've had a chance to see Hannah Blaylock who is a country artist and Emily West who has the biggest voice next to Barbra Streisand oh my gosh so intense! [her voice] Still has a modern vibe to it.
How soon after did the band sign with Word?
We had written nearly 40 or 50 songs before we actually signed to Word.
You guys have Gulfport Music Festival coming up next week. The lineup is pretty awesome you guys included. Do you plan to try and catch any of the other acts live?
Sir Mixalot! I wanna see Kid Rock for sure who should put on a great show!
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