Music that would fit in perfectly on both Vagrant Records artist compilations from the early-00s and any individual “mixtape” soundtrack. Weatherworn started out as a solo acoustic act called Prior Engagements in 2016, and morphed into a loud, boisterous three-piece rock band with a one-word name in late-2018. The band’s singer and guitarist front man, Joey Lins, writes sharp lyrics and catchy melodies that showcase the struggles of many twenty-something adults across the globe; these struggles end up becoming extremely relatable quarter life crisis’ of sorts for himself and his peers. Lins eloquently and personally introduces the listener to such important topics and the modern societal pressures that come with adulthood in the 21st century with vigor. He also addresses a topic that is happily becoming less taboo to discuss now than it was years ago: depression. However, Weatherworn’s music is FAR from depressing, and each tune gives its listeners an uplifting kick in the posterior. Substantive and real music has the power to save lives, and Weatherworn is certainly living proof of said fact. Weatherworn truly pays it forward to the world with each word and note.
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Our music can best be described as alternative/Indie Tock
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
Weatherworn initially began as a solo project called Prior Engagements in 2015. I (Joey) played under then name for 3 years; something about it didn’t seem catchy. I made a list of alternatives, searched google databases. Weatherworn was completely available. Weatherworn felt much better. One word, straight to the point.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Musical influences vary, especially now that Weatherworn is full-band. I recorded our debut LP, entitled “Still Frames,” solo. We established full-band about two months before it’s release.
Influences pertaining to the album range from The Get Up Kids, Tigers Jaw, My Chemical Romance, Taking Back Sunday, to Something Corporate.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
Our priority at this point is to play shows and to promote “Still Frames” as much as possible. However, we are very eager to write and record new material as a full-band. While writing and recording LP1, solo, was a lot of fun... I’m looking forward to making LP2 a collaborative effort. I’m very fortunate to be working a talented group of musicians, and I feel that it’ll show in our next release.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
I’ve wanted to be a professional musician for as long as I can remember. Life took me in another direction.. I woke up one day with a B.S. in Sociology, a need for health benefits, and eventually the need to earn a Master’s Degree to make a living in the field of psychology.
Music is a personal identity; an outlet- a form of coping with life events, to say the least. Ultimately my goal is to continue my day career, while supplementing my income through music. I love traveling and playing shows on the road. Freedom to do so, while remaining financially stable is really all I need in order to feel at ease. I’m ready to see where this journey will take me.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
“Headbanger’s Ball,” hands down. We close every practice by playing through it again. I don’t know why it’s so fun to play but we have a lot of fun with it. “Fall” is definitely a contender though.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
Honestly, the biggest challenge has been learning how to make a name in this era. Social media is at an all-time high; bands are a dime a dozen. ‘Content, content, content’ - we’re working on it haha.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
I composed a majority of LP1 through a program called “Guitar Pro.” It’s a long, nerdy conversation.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
I began playing in bands in 2009, when “MySpace Bands” were a thing. It blows my mind that the game has changed so quickly. One benefit I have found, is that networking and booking opportunities are endless. I love “DIY tour postings” on Facebook. I’ve booked a number of shows and mini tours via Facebook connections over the years.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Ah... I’m the wrong band member to ask.
My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
Jack’s Mannequin - Everything In Transit
The Menzingers - After the Party
Tigers Jaw - Charmer
Turnover - Peripheral Vision
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I’ve been making music since I was 10 and have continued until now, at age 27. Outside of music, I enjoy snowboarding, swimming, and skating. So I guess I did a lot of that.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Keep pushing. If you love it, don’t stop. What you put in, is what you get out of it. I’m still figuring it out.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
Digital streaming... I like the idea, but physical music promotion was the way to go.
How Do You Feel About Originality?:
Be yourself, not someone else. Take a look at the qualities you enjoy in other artists, and put them into consideration as you foster personal growth.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
Thanks for interviewing us, and thanks for reading. If our music is for you, we’d love to see you at a show!