6 Questions With JIBE
Welcome to “6 Questions With…,” a series of interviews with emerging artists, musicians, and bands focusing on the music scene and how they live within it. It started as a quick, fun project, but has quickly gained serious interest, so it has become a permanent fixture here on Indie Minded. Over time, the questions may change, but the sentiment will stay the same. This is a way for independent artists to be discovered by new fans on a global scale.
Within in each post, you will find all of their social media links, and also either a link to their music, or the ability to stream at least one of their tracks or videos, depending on the availability.
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Next in the hot seat is Dallas-based alt-rock band JIBE. We have not had the privilege of featuring JIBE here on the pages of Indie Minded, so we are thrilled to bring you this short interview. Sit back and enjoy! This is what is great about this series – the discovery of new music.
NOTE: Interview conducted with vocalist Joe Grah.
For those who may not be familiar, please tell us about your music: the type of music you play, where you are from, and how you got started?
JIBE is from Dallas, TX. We play rock music and have a love for diversity and strength. Our music is unique, passionate, intense, dynamic, emotional, and reflective. We formed in November of 1993 when Toby and I met in a music store, we’ve never been the same since…
In which ways do you enjoy interacting with fans (i.e.: social media, backstage, on the street), and do you find that this is an important piece of your career?
Face to face, hand to hand, eye to eye, is our preferred method of contact. There’s something to be said about the warmth evoked when connected with someone on a physical level. Music has the power to heighten that interconnectedness, the hum is where the truth lies.
What do you find to be your greatest struggle when it comes to the music business?
Overcoming one’s own ego and demons seems to be the underlying issue when keeping anything together for the long haul. As artists, we tend to become victims of our own self-induced sabotage. The music business alone is a daunting task to overcome when you throw in the combustibility of creation, you’re sure to get a fire, and most likely will get burned.
If you could only play ONE of your songs for the rest of your career, which one would it be?
I sincerely love each and every one of our songs deeply and passionately, especially the new record, it really has a hold of me like no other. I’ve really been enjoying “Release” live lately, it just feels so fucking good.
What do you think is the most realistic goal you can achieve as an artist/band? What do you hope to achieve?
Any artist creating truly reflective, emotional, pieces of their soul, not unlike birthing children, would greatly relish in the exchange of other people finding their moment in the end result. To have twelve different people have twelve different opinions on what the song is actually about is the greatest gift and accomplishment in my experience.
Outside of music, what do you like to do that you feel contributes to the creativity that you tap into for your music?
Listening, exploring, experiencing, creating fluid motion, anything to get out of my own way. When I find the time I like to lose myself in a multitude of things, from hiking, reading, or riding my motorcycle, that along with dozens of medial tasks I find pleasure in. It’s not what you’re doing, it’s how you’re doing it…