Q and A with Jane of Not By SightFebruary 1, 2016
BS: How did Not By Sight come together?
Jane: I had done some co-writing with Clint Lowery (Sevendust) for my solo CD, Diary, a few years ago. Around that time, I went to go see Clint’s brother Corey in his band Eye Empire. Corey and I have the same sense of humor, so we hit it off immediately, like long time friends. At the end of 2014 we decided to do some collaborations and it was magic. There was no band yet, so drummer Morgan Rose (Sevendust) and guitarist Troy McLawhorn (Evanescence/Seether) came in to track the first batch of songs. I was already working with guitarist Virus (Dope/Device) on another project, so it was easy to just pull him in. Corey suggested his drummer from Eye Empire for the live lineup, Ryan Bennet, and also a bassist that worked with both Clint and Morgan in their project, Call Me No One, named Rek Mohr. Troy will guest with us as he can.
BS:What do you think it is about this group that makes you stand out?
Jane: Right off the bat, the names involved. That gets attention. I can’t say “having a female front” because it’s more common these days, which I love. I think we stand out by focusing on being more about the music than selling an attitude. And believe me, I love alot of bands that are selling attitude! We try to create a strong canvas topped with melodies and deep lyrics that everyone can relate to.
BS: How would you best describe your music?
Jane: Melodic Hard Rock. That’s about as general as I can be.
BS: What is Not By Sight currently working on?
Jane: Corey has been super busy with Saint Asonia, so I’ve been busy conjuring up label interest and doing promotion. Needed management too. So that’s all coming together. I’m headed out to Los Angeles this week with the band to showcase and have some meetings lined up.
BS: You recently released a single, “Stand”. What was the creating of that song like?
Jane: Corey is the first person that I’ve ever sat with in a room and created on the spot. When I worked with Clint, he would come up with a bunch of ideas, email them to me. I would pick out what I’d like, then throw down a verse and chorus. Email it back. And everything was together by the time we met up in the studio and worked side by side. Clint is fantastic, but he and I approach song writing differently than Corey and I. Corey is more like being in music boot camp. He’s like, “C’mon. Lyric ideas now.” Lol. I’m embellishing of course, but I do love that he pushes me to create in the moment. He’s right there to discuss and work with me on where the melody line is going and what I’m saying with my lyrics. He’s involved with every aspect of the song. He’s a true Master.
BS: What has the response been like for the single?
Jane: Mostly amazing! Of course you’ll get the naysayers, but as they say, you can’t please everyone. And I don’t aim to. I’m happy with the 7500 YouTube views within one week. We have alot of people signing up for our website’s mailing list and getting more and more likes on Facebook. That’s not a bad start.
BS: When can fans expect to be able to get their hands on some more music?
Jane: We won’t leave fans hanging. I’m sure they’ll be another single released. Possibly a video. A REAL video.
BS: What would you like fans to take from your music?
Jane: A sense of Hope. Whether it’s just relating to the subject matter and feeling that I’ve been where they are and that they’re not alone, or a song wakes up something inside of them that gives them strength to persevere. Many of my friends cry when they hear my songs, and I’m not talking about just ballads. That’s the highest compliment that can be paid.
BS: What is the best way for fans to get in touch with you?
Jane: The band’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/notbysightmusic
BS: When can fans expect to see you in their town?
Jane: There’s some talk about touring, or at least spot dates later in the year. Spring or so. We do have a show with Puddle Of Mudd on Feb 18in Northampton, Pa.
BS: Anything else you would like to add?
Jane: 2016 is going to be a great year! I’m looking forward to making more music with Corey and the boys. Happy New Year everyone. God Bless.