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Black Tie Dynasty: A D:ET Interview

For several years now, Black Tie Dynasty has been tearing up the indie music scene with their own blend of melodies and new wave influences.  Hailing from Ft. Worth, Texas, they have taken their old school sound to the top of the local Metroplex scene.  But with extremely dedicated fans all over the country, Black Tie Dynasty is poised to become a national phenomenon.   Recently, I was fortunate enough to talk with Cory Watson, lead singer and guitarist of Black Tie Dynasty.

D:ET: How did Black Tie Dynasty form?

Cory Watson: We've all been friends and bandmates over the course of a few years. We really started to develop our sound as a band after the first year or so that we were together.

D:ET:  How did you come up with the band name?

CW:  That part is a secret.

D:ET: Describe your sound for those unfamiliar with your music.

CW: I always tell people it's melodic indie rock with a prominent new wave influence.

D:ET: Who are some of your influences?

CW:  Echo and the Bunnymen, Love and Rockets, The Cure, The Smiths, etc.

D:ET: Tell me about the writing process for your songs.

CW: We really love writing songs and generally start writing new material every time we plug in and turn our instruments on. We thrive on the writing process. I'm constantly writing lyrical ideas into a notebook that I take almost everywhere with me and many times those ideas manifest themselves once we get into our practice studio, but we're always careful not to force any ideas, lyrically or otherwise into our songs but rather let the inspiration come from the music we're creating on the spot.

D:ET: Why did you chose "I Like U" as the single from "Movements"?

CW: "I Like U" is actually the second single from Movements, "Tender" was the first single and it did quite well on KDGE in Dallas, even getting placed into permanent heavy rotation, we're hoping to have the same amount of success with "I Like U" and so far it's done very well on Specialty Commercial Radio, even making it into the Top 10 on every US Specialty chart competing with the likes of Bloc Party, Arcade Fire, etc.

D:ET: Everything I've heard from fans in the DFW area has been really positive. What is it like to have such devoted, encouraging fans?

CW: I think that we owe a lot of credit there to KDGE 102.1 The Edge in Dallas as they have put us on some high profile concerts of theirs and have been rigorously supporting us on the radio and single-handedly turned us into local celebrities. We can't ever thank them enough for everything they've done

D:ET: What message do you hope fans take away from your music?

CW: I feel like our music, from a lyrical aspect, is sometimes dark and morose, but I feel like it portrays real life and emotions and truth in music and is poignant and inspiring.

D:ET: How did you celebrate signing with Idol Records?

CW: We got wasted!

D:ET: Who are some of your favorite bands you've played with?

CW: Spoon, Vhs or Beta, Guided by Voices, etc. We've had the fortunate opportunity to play with some of our favorite bands.

D:ET: What is your favorite venue? What city has the craziest fans?

CW: Our favorite venue to play is probably the Granada Theater. They treat you so well there and it's the perfect size for our Dallas shows and it sounds amazing. The craziest fans are in Boston. Our past show there was ridiculous, everyone was dancing!!!

D:ET: If you weren't making music, what would you be doing?

CW: I'd probably go to culinary arts school and become a chef. I love to cook.

D:ET: What kind of odd jobs have you worked in order to pay bills between gigs?

CW: I had a manual labor job a few summers ago where I put insulation in houses in the blistering hot Texas heat. I would come home covered in itchy flakes of insulation. It really sucked...

D:ET: What is currently in your CD player?

CW: I can't get enough of Love and Rockets’ album "Express".

D:ET: Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?

CW: Never forget to have fun, if you lose sight of that you're doomed. The music business is really tough but if you don't love what you're doing, you won’t be able to survive.

D:ET: What do you think the future holds for Black Tie Dynasty?

CW: We're gonna be the biggest band in the world!





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