First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
Clint: We are GallantHorn and are a 3 piece instrumental post-rock group. We’ve been considered triumphant sounding at times but bring out a darker side when needed. Reverb & delay are our best friends.
If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
Clint: Wow. That’s honestly the hardest but most simple question I’ve ever been asked. I’d said orange because, with our sound, we give out a glory sound but that heavy touch brings out the darker touch to that glory.
Josh: Hard to say. Clint did a good job with orange. I’d like to add light blue to that. Because at times the music can be really bright and joyful.
Will: love this question!! I love trying to figure out colors and shapes and stuff to music, I feel like the colors kind of vary and meld with each song that we play but overall I guess like a darker blue mixed with a darker green and then like a soft orange I guess.
What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
Clint: In my opinion, I think it’s having everything flow together. Not having too much. Not having too little.
Josh: The hardest part to me would be figuring out timing and how long each section could be. With this kind of music, it’s easy to somewhat drift away and carry on for a while.
Will: I agree with what Clint said about not having too little or too much, I feel like it’s kind of balancing out when something is too much or when something is too little.
If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
Clint: Hmm, any show that involves our friends. Family & friends are pretty important to us & it’s always a good time with others you love.
Josh: I mostly agree with Clint. Just playing in an environment with family, friends, and just supportive people.
Will: I really love playing music in small churches because of the acoustics and that’s where I started playing music and I think our sound would be really crazy in there.
What do you consider your biggest musical success?
Clint: Being able to put out music that we love creating & playing. I know that’s a stable answer but we mean it wholeheartedly.
Josh: Releasing our EP and hearing all of the positive feedback, whether from people who listened to it online or live.
Will: I’m kind of new to this and it’s been really wild having other musicians that I’ve looked up to tell me that they like what I’m doing and that they find it interesting.
What inspired you to start making music?
Clint: There’s a few things for me. We all love the style of creating music without words & relying on the audience to create the meaning/story behind the song. The mere idea of it is what inspires me but as far as individual, my brother could definitely be considered as an inspiration or someone that drives me to create music. Seth & I had very similar music taste. There did come a time when I stopped playing due to some insecurity with myself that I was designed with at the time. He always asked me why I stopped and I really couldn’t give him an answer. Around March in 2014, Seth died in a plane crash along with another few members of my family. I remember that week like it was yesterday but one thing that I’ll never forget that day is people in the area that we had no idea who they were coming together at our time of need & I’ve never seen so much love & care given. People even flew out to where we were to give us comfort. It gave me a different perspective on life. It showed me no matter how much evil we see in the world through media & in other outlets, there is more good present even when we don’t see it openly. I believe in God, but I don’t believe love is exclusive. I believe everyone deserves the feeling of being loved by someone. About 7 months later, I started writing music again & will continue to do so. A lot was taken from me during that time but a lot of things like insecurity was taken as well, which is what was needed to go. Seth always wanted me to start playing & writing again, and just that thought is what drives & inspires me to continue to make music. My wife, Christina, pushes, supports, drives, & also inspires me to make music as well. She is one of the hardest working people I know & I don’t know what’d I do without her. Throughout all the heartache, I would’ve never gotten through it all without her. She saved my life. She is the reason I am here now whether she knows that or not. She’s showed me true happiness and love shows so much support for anything I do, such as music. I do apologize if this is a big response but I’m an honest person and honesty can be lengthy.
Josh: Music was the first artistic thing I really lost myself in. As soon s that began, I entertained the idea of creating my own. There’s an indescribable connection I feel towards it compared to anything else, and writing music brings so much more of that enjoyment to light.
If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
Clint: Carrie fisher.
Josh: Haley Williams.
Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
Clint: For myself, I answered that in the previous lengthy answer I gave above.
Josh: I’d have to say my Dad, my Grandad. All of my family and friends that are wonderful people and that have always been a positive influence on me.
Will: Not to be pop punk or anything (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but my friends?? I really love all of them and they impress the hell out of me and I’m so proud of them, other than them Keith Haring is a big influence on my life through his art and his personality and just the way he lived.
What’s your favorite book?
Josh: I’ve never been much of a reader, but I am religious, so Scripture has been what I’ve read the most. To me, it’s something that has provided much insight and personal strength I couldn’t find anywhere else.
Clint: I’m in the same boat with Josh. Although, I listen to Podcasts more than I do reading.
Will: I always read Hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy when I have time on my hands because it’s such a fun read oh my god, I also really love the deathbed edition of leaves of grass by Walt Whitman, that whole collection is just so damn good and uplifting and emotional and interesting if you’re interested in poetry.
What do you like to do other than music?
Clint: I’m pursuing to build pedals so that’s a big thing for me. We all love playing video games haha I also collect Star Wars memorabilia.
Josh: I’m very much interested in technology, specifically computers. I’ve spent the past couple years building and learning as much as I can. Something that goes hand in hand with that is my love for video games and the potential for storytelling and enjoyment it brings.
Will: I like to hike and read and write a little!!!
Who is your favorite musical artist?
Clint: Explosions in the sky. They’ve influenced me more than any other artists out there with my style of playing. Other than them, I love O’brother.
Josh: Gosh. I’d probably have to say Manchester Orchestra, along with all of Andy Hull’s side projects.
Will: Whoah mama this is a tough one, currently it’s Julien Baker, the way she writes songs is so incredible and deeply personal and honest and relatable and just good.
What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
Clint, Josh, & Will: Do what you feel like doing!!!!! I know that’s incredibly vague but It’s so important, don’t let people tell you what songs you should play, other people influencing you is a good thing and reaching out and meeting other artists and conveying ideas is so important but it’s important to remember that it’s you that’s creating your art and you’re in charge and you get to put out what you’re feeling. If music is something you really enjoy, never give up on that passion. IT’s a perfect source for creativity, self-expression, and joy.
Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
Will: I really like variables of six! So like 6, 12, 18 and stuff.
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