Q and A with Jaeger WellsDecember 2, 2015
Jaeger Wells is an Indie Rock musician out of Houston, TX. This music has soul and a powerful message behind it. If you’re looking for some music to touch you and have a good time take a peak at what Jaeger Wells has to offer! Find out what all the drummer Vic Chan and Jaeger had to say when they chatted with BareBones Ent.
BS: Musically, who is Jaeger Wells?
Jaeger: That is a great question! Musically, Jaeger Wells is akin to a punk rock Neil Diamond; a little rough around the edges, but songs that are meant to push the limits of indie pop.
BS: How did you get your start in music?
Jaeger: I started singing and playing music at a fairly young age, but I really got interested in writing songs when I was in middle school. My friends and I started a garage band (I was the drummer) and we wrote and recorded demos on a Panasonic boombox. To me, I just loved the energy of creating something out of nothing with my friends and ever since then I have been hooked.
Vic: I’ve been touring behind the drum kit in various different bands probably for the last 8 or so years. Everything from hip hop to hardcore to rock and most recently with Jaeger and Phoenix, AZ rock outfit, Never Let This Go
BS: What do you feel you have to offer music?
Jaeger: There are a lot of artists that are great with just cutting to the core of truth and dealing with declarative statements. My music offers insight into the chaos of thought that occurs those declarations can be made. It is messy and vulnerable but ultimately it is just a different kind of honesty.
Vic: Agreed. There’s a certain imperfection with our sound that we take pride in. A lot of artists nowadays are going for the clean polished approach so it was important for us to be real and true to ourselves.
BS: What song do you most remember having a strong personal connection with? Does that song still mean a lot to you?
Jaeger: One of the songs that I’ve had a real strong connection to over the years is “Best Ever Death Metal Band Out of Denton” by The Mountain Goats. Not only did the simplicity of production blow my mind, it was the first song that truly made me feel like following my dreams was a legitimate option. That even in the face of naysayers, it gave me the courage to stand up and believe in the music.
Vic: One song that sticks out to me is “Day 54” by letlive. A lot of the lyrics in that song I feel are relatable to me in the grand scheme of things. And having Jason Butler as a friend of mine and having several conversations with him about life and music that song gets me every time I hear it. Like Jaeger’s pick, the song to me is sort of a call out to naysayers in a “now look at me” kind of way.
BS: What song of yours do you feel fans have most connected with? Why do you feel that is?
Jaeger: I think my fans really connect with Fever Dream Anthology as a whole, which is rare for an EP but a lot of them really get “What it Feels Like”. They really latch on because it deals with the anxiety any big decision in life – and that the only way to conquer the unknown is to close your eyes and just dive right into a decision.
Vic: I’d say my favorite song on the record has to be “Sao Paulo Liars Club.” Stylistically, it something different than I have ever done before. Lyrically, I definitely like “East Coast Ghosts” a lot. I feel like it’s very relatable. [Check out “East Coast Ghosts”! Song is rad as hell, then continue on below!]
BS: You recently released and EP, what was that experience like for you?
Jaeger: Releasing Fever Dream Anthology has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. Starting with the recording process with Ace Enders, these songs have really pushed me to new creative depths. It is pretty phenomenal to share with the world sounds that have always existed in my head and then some.
Vic: This one holds a special place in my heart due to the fact that it was sort of unexpected. I had originally signed on to just be the session drummer. I had never even met Jaeger at that point in time. But after doing the recording session and hanging out with Jaeger we clicked really well and he asked me to be his drummer and the rest is history.
BS: What has the response been like?
Jaeger: The response has been great! People really seem to like the interplay of the music and lyrics – and they understand the chaos of thought behind all of the songs.
BS: Was there a specific message you were trying to get across?
Jaeger: There wasn’t really one overarching message I was trying to convey with the album. Ultimately it is about being comfortable with the messiness that comes from over analyzing situations and thoughts.
BS: What is next for you?
Jaeger: Vic and I are getting prepared to take Fever Dream Anthology on the road, while working together on new music
BS: When can fans catch you in their city?
Jaeger: We’ll be hitting the Southwest in a few weeks on the Fever Dream Anthology Tours in December. Stay tuned for more tour dates early next year!
Vic: and you can check out our music at jaegerwells.com and on Facebook.