Scott Stretches Boundaries
How has the band adjusted to not only the name but also the musical direction that youíre taking?
Theyíve been supportive, but theyíre still my friends so they make fun of me [laughs]. Sometimes, they make little songs about my name. Jamire [Williams] has this thing where he calls me ďlowercase a, capital T.Ē Matthew [Stevens] makes little jokes about the name. All in all, I think theyíve been great about this because they get tapped just based on their proximity to me. I have to allow them to have humor in it because itís also a very hard thing for them. They have to constantly have conversations with people who donít agree with or are upset at the fact that I did what I did. Everybody that you meet is really a mirror, and sometimes you look into the mirror and see something that you donít want to see looking back at you.
Your upcoming shows and tours will be geared toward promoting the new album. While continuing to tour, are you also working on new projects?
Iím thinking about putting together a superband, but everything is still in its infancy. Iím excited to build a new band with … guys like [drummer] Thomas Pridgen. Also, the guys that have been in the quintet for the last six years are starting to make their way out. Jamireís got a new album—Conflict Of A Man (Donít Cry Recordings, 2012)—and Matthew has an album coming out next year. I also got some young guys who are about to come up and show the world what they have to offer. Iím excited about that because itís the first time weíre starting to build a musical context with guys that learned to play listening to my music. Itís a different type of thing when youíre building a band and referencing things musically, and these guys already have all that stuff together because they were listening to you when they were 14. So, itís been a very fun process.
—Shannon J. Effinger
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