by Lorie Lewis Ham
This week we had the chance to chat with another local band, Dependence. We spoke with Dalton Smith, Rhythm Guitar player for this Fresno band.
KRL: What is the name of your band?
KRL: How did you come up with the band name?
Dalton: I was thinking about all the things I was dependent on when we first started wanting to do music. Then I realized everyone is dependent on something for better or worse. Dependence just made sense.
KRL: When did you get started and how?
Dalton: We started in 2011 and we all met each other through friends or were in previous bands and wanted to be more serious about music that we were at the time.
KRL: What is your position with the band?
KRL: Is it all original members?
Dalton: Were all original members plus one, our drummer Logan.
KRL: Names of members and what part they sing, or instrument they play?
Tyler Isch- Vocals
Logan Jensen- Drums
Ronnie Grimes- Bass Guitar
Dalton Smith – Rhythm Guitar
Bart Thompson Jr.- Lead Guitar
KRL: Why did you decide to start a band?
Dalton: Me and Bart always wanted to be in a touring band and tried for a long time to start serious bands. Then we found out our friends wanted the same things we wanted out of music and that’s how we happened.
KRL: What style of music do you sing?
KRL: Is it original or cover songs?
Dalton: All original.
KRL: Do you have any CD’s?
Dalton: We have our first EP Lost Lake & the Broken Bridge and our new album All the Things You Don’t Want to Say.
KRL: Website, etc?
KRL: Are you all from Fresno?
KRL: Where do you perform?
Dalton: Victory cafe, Escape to Milf Mountain, and the CYC occasionally.
KRL: How often do you perform?
Dalton: Once every other week more or less
KRL: Future goals?
Dalton: To be a full time touring band and put out a new album very soon.
KRL: How often do you practice?
Dalton: At least once a week.
KRL: Do you all have day jobs?
Dalton: Currently only one of us does.
KRL: How long have you all been in music and in what ways?
Dalton: All of us except our bass player have been playing our instruments since childhood. Most of us were in school band or drumline as well. Then we started playing deathcore. We don’t like to talk about that. Hahaha.
KRL: What do you like best about being in a band and playing music?
Dalton: Meeting cool people and playing with some very talented people. We also get to travel which is a big plus for me.
KRL: What is the hardest?
Dalton: Being cramped with the same people 24/7 can be very stressful on us as people and our relationships with each other. But getting to experience your dream with your friends is very much worth it.
KRL: What makes your band unique-different from the others?
Dalton: We all have different influences and tastes in music which all shine through one way or another. We are all very young ages 17-19 so we will change as we age. But we take pride in not being a cookie cutter copy of any bands in our genre.
KRL: Anything else you would like to add?
Dalton: We are very thankful for the fans we have and the friends in bands that we have as well. The support has been amazing. Thank you so much!
Editor’s note: A special thanks to Miears Music Management in Fresno, who represents Dependence and helped us put this interview together at the last minute!
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