About The Band:
Q: For any of our readers who are unfamiliar with yourselves tell us a little bit about your band.
A: Justin – My name is Justin Goodson and I’m the vocalist for the Georgia based hard rock band Days To Come. Brandon Rix is our guitarist and Jalen Hall is our drummer. We try to blend pop-styles vocal melodies over heavier, intricate music.
Q: What was your earliest memory of music that peaked your interest?
A: Brandon – When I first saw Steve Vai play “I Know You’re Here”. I watched that video hundreds of times, and each section is just so pleasing to listen to. I wanted to be able to play or create something like that.
Q: Who was the first album / single you purchased?
A: Jalen – The very first album that I ever purchased with my own money was Slipknot’s Iowa. That was in my early high school days. Still to this day one of my favorites.
Q: When did you first pick up your respective instrument / or start singing?
A: Justin – I started playing the guitar when I was 17 and I started to take singing seriously in my 20s. I knew then that I wanted to be in a band. I played solo acoustic gigs for years trying to find a band or form one. Nothing really worked out until Days, which I’m thankful for.
Q: What route did you take with your music / instrument / lessons / music school / self-taught and any fond memories of that journey?
A: Brandon – At the start, it was self taught for a while. After about a year or 2, I ended up getting lessons. A while after, It got to the point where I was paying money to take lessons, but it ended up I was sitting there teaching him. Turns out I’m a prodigy.
Q: Who were your hero’s as a young musician that inspired and pushed you to want to be a musician too?
A: Jalen – In all honesty I didn’t really have musical heroes when I was younger. I just knew that I wanted to make music as a career and I’d do whatever it took to get there.
Q: Is there one particular album or song that gave you a “Eureka” moment from your youth that made you want to be a musician?
A: Brandon – That would be “I Know You’re Here” by Steve Vai.
Q: What was the best gig you’ve ever attended?
A: Justin – Nothing More. A few years ago, my wife and I had the opportunity to see them in Atlanta at the Masquerade when they were touring on their first record.
Their energy and showmanship completely captivated me. They’re phenomenal performers.
Q: Do you have any musical guilty pleasure?
A: Jalen – I don’t think there is such a thing as musical guilty pleasures. If there’s a song or style that you listen to that not everyone likes, screw ’em. Music’s all about emotion and if you find it in something that’s “out of the norm” then so be it.
Q: So any new music in the works currently or just released?
A: Brandon – We just released our brand new single Siren (January 25th). We’re continually developing and expanding on what the Days To Come “sound” is and, when we were working on Siren, everything clicked. We knew that the feel of Siren was what we were after and what we would continue to chase in future songs.
Q: Where and when did you record it?
A: Justin – We tracked Siren in Albany at 7th High Studios in early 2018.
Q: How does the song writing process generally work for you?
A: Justin – Typically, Brandon and I will get together with a few acoustic guitars and work out the skeleton of the song. I’ll either have lyrics already written or will write some to go with the music. Sometimes they come really quickly and other times they’ll take weeks to finish
Q: What route have you taken to build up and establish a fan base locally & beyond your local area?
A: Justin – Early on, we traveled and played a bunch of shows. We kind of got lost doing that. It was a bunch of fun and we were able to learn a lot, but it wasn’t the most productive use of our time and limited resources at that time in our career.
Now, we’re pretty active on social media (@daystocomemusic). It’s such a wonderful tool to engage with your fans and continue to build those relationships. We have a mailing list and exclusive Facebook group for our core supporters.
We’ve recently started doing a lot of giveaways. This has been a great way to engage with our fanbase, give them free stuff, and introduce ourselves to new people.
Q: What is the music scene like locally to you and where do you fit in?
A: Jalen – Here in Albany the scene is 90% R&B or rap. So for a band like us to stand out is a truly humbling experience.
Q: Do you feel there are enough venues around you to help promote and establish up and coming bands like yourself?
A: Brandon – Around where I’m at? No. My area is congested with cover bands and venues only want them. We had to venture out in order to start our journey.
Q: What would you like to see ideally to help hard working bands / artists get better exposure and opportunities to make a living form their craft?
A: Justin – I believe we are living in the golden age for the indie artist. For the first time, we’re able to connect with people all over the world. An artist can create, distribute, and market music without the help of a major label and that’s huge.
There are so many opportunities for an indie artist to create a platform to grow a fan base and monetize their music. There are a bunch of resources to help artist learn how to better create content, successfully brand their band, market their content, and grow their fan base.
I would like to see more of these resources become available to continue helping artists.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you have received on your journey thus far?
A: Jalen – “Always have a back-up”. You never know what all could happen on the road so it’s better to simply be prepared for everything.
Q: What would you say has been the biggest lesson you have learnt on your journey to date?
A: Brandon – Expect low, but aim high.
Q: With the music industry always constantly changing – how have you had to adapt to the ever-changing landscape?
A: Justin – We live in a culture where art, in its many forms, is expected to be free. The listener will continue to find ways to get music for free and we, as artists, need to find creative ways to deal with it, rather than simply complain that it is happening. Streaming services (like Spotify) help expose artists to listeners as well as make it difficult for those artists to sell their music.
The older traditions of buying and selling music are changing. Indie artists need to be creative with their brand, marketing, and content to continued to grow their fan base. Music is everywhere. Artists need to find ways to stand out from the rest to get their music heard.
Q: Does the introduction of New Technology / Digital Age / Social Media etc enhance your life as a musician or do you feel it can be more of a hindrance?
A: Justin – It has definitely helped us better reach and connect with people. We’re pretty active on our social media (@daystocomemusic) and we love interacting with our fans. Because of the time we live in, we’re able to stay connected everyday. We’re able to meet people at shows and continue the conversation online.
Q: So moving forward what’s next for you?
A: Brandon – More dancing. We’re about to become a k-pop band.
Seriously though, we’ve released our new single Siren and we’re excited to promote it. We’re playing a few short tours this spring and we’re planning a longer tour in July surrounding Rock Fest in Wisconsin. We’re so excited to be on that festival!
Q: How do you see the evolution of the band / yourself as an artist?
A: Justin – I’m constantly trying to push myself as a songwriter. With Siren, we fell into a nice groove and felt a little closer to “our sound”. I’m excited to continue working in that direction.
We’re definitely a rock band, but I wouldn’t consider myself a rock vocalist. Melodically, I draw from a lot of artists outside of the genre and I feel like this is one aspect that separates us from modern rock bands.
Q: Do you have any short-term or long-term goals in mind?
A: Justin – We just released Siren and we’re scheduled to release our new single Wolves around April. I would like to continue to release singles roughly every 10 weeks until July – we’re playing a tour leading up to Rock Fest in Wisconsin.
My long term goal is to continue to reach our audience and positively impact their life through out music.
Q: If you could tour with any band or artists who would that be?
A: Jalen – I would love to tour with Sevendust. They’re one of the hardest working bands in the genre.