Roanoke seamlessly blends a 70s/80s aesthetic with modern sensibility by delving into a mystic rock core.
For 8 years, these elements have persisted in their music, evolving as the band has risen through the ranks of the independent rock scene. Mysticism is a primary component to the band’s foundation and not only in their lyrical themes – the band’s live shows bring their spirituality and mysticism all to fruition. Roanoke has grown into a road-tested outfit, retaining an affinity for raising energy and rich vocal harmony. Their live shows have won over audiences since the band first started touring 6 years ago.
Roanoke is fronted by Taylor Dupuis (vocals/acoustic/songwriter) and Joey Beesley (vocals/electric guitar/songwriter). Richard Bennett is on bass, and B.L. Reed on electric guitar.
Interview with Joey Beesley
What is your creative process like?
It changes a little more with every project. I just try not to overthink it, and let it out while I’m feeling it. It feels more real that way and I think that’s what people connect with most. The great struggle I’d say is getting myself out of the way and just letting it come without judgement. I’ll just set up a mic and riff a lot of the time.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
When I was a kid you would have to wait around all day for your favorite song to come on. Then, you’d have to head down to Walmart or wherever and buy the entire CD if you wanted to listen to that song on repeat.
With the growth of the internet, the listener can go right to their favorite song and stream it on repeat all day (along with just about every song on the planet). I believe that’s changed the mindset of the average fan.
What I also find interesting is the access it’s given to new bands that are just getting started.
An early mentor of mine once said that no one will discover you if you never leave your bedroom. These days it seems like it’s almost the opposite.
Have you got a ritual of sorts when writing and thinking about your music?
Not rituals necessarily, more like a frame of mind I like to stay in.
The less I ask of myself the better when it comes to creating. I first create because I love to do it, then I’ll turn on the editor once I have something to shape.
However, I do love a clean space to create so it’s not uncommon to find me cleaning the studio to clear my head before a demo is made.
In your opinion, how do artists in this industry stay on top of the game when faced with so much competition? What is the secret to making yourself noticed?
Take care of yourself, and do “you” as hard as you can.
You can’t be someone else, and if you try it’s a quick way to fail guaranteed.
You have to make what you make, (a lot of it) so that you can step back and see exactly what it is that you have to offer. Then offer it as hard as you can.
It also doesn’t hurt to educate yourself on streaming/social media and how they’re both consumed.
What is next for you?
We have a few more tunes up our sleeve for sure, and we’re planning to get back into the studio as soon as we can. Taylor has her solo project (Lovetta) that’s currently releasing music, and I’m recording a batch of songs in Nashville set for release next year under my own name (Joey Beesley).
Are you creative in other disciplines?
Yes, we both are. Taylor is a Screenwriter/Actress, and I’ve spent the last few years working on a book of poetry (release TBA)… I also love to cook.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
I go out and live my life because writer’s block happens when you don’t have anything to write about. I also journal almost every day. I find that putting a pen to paper in any capacity keeps the pumps primed.
Where was your last song recorded?
We recorded our latest single “Back Again” in Muscle Shoals.
If we were to peek over your shoulder, what does your studio look like? What gear do do you typically use?
I love pairing vintage amps. Lately, it’s been a fender Bassman with just about any Supro that I can get my hands on. I also run a fair amount of pedals by Cusack music who I’ve been working with for about six years. I love the way they sound, and they’re a great group of folks. As for guitars I bring an early 00s custom shop Strat (that I’ll die with), a super fat tele from the early 90s, an Eastman T-386, and a 65 reissue jazz master.
As for microphones I tent to stick with a Shure SM7B, or anything tubed.
If you were to write an autobiography, what would the title be?
WHY AM I LIKE THIS!?
What would be a good theme song for your life?
Born in the USA
I was recently at an empty tap room in London when it came on, and it made me feel right at home.
What was the last TV series you watched on TV?
Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
After touring the U.S., Roanoke are back and have found equilibrium. “Back Again” is the result serious growing pains.
Joey states,“Back Again touches on many life lessons, but I’d say that the main message is that nostalgia comes with a wide spectrum of emotion, and goodbyes feel important in the moment but eventually fade into the past.”
Stream Back Again https://pocp.co/back-again