As part of our sneak peak in this month's Newsletter we get a glimpse of the interesting and inspiring JamBase conversation with both Jacob (bass) and Daniel (guitar) Sproul of Rose Hill Drive. In this "teaser" we've pealed the talk with Jake back a bit to open the door on what very well may be "The Next Big Thing." Be sure to keep an eye on JamBase as this is only a glimpse at the glory to be found with Rose Hill Drive. The full story will hit later this month.

Jake Sproul by Michael Goldman
Kayceman: Is there anything that you've learned from touring with these major powerhouse bands like The Black Crowes and Van Halen that really sticks out in your mind, whether it be musically or personally, that has helped you in your career?

Jake: Yeah. Eddie Van Halen came into our dressing room and started talking to us about how the music has to flow through you and you can't take credit for it. And, you know, that's pretty big.

Kayceman: Especially coming from him.

Jake: Yeah. And he's still living it. That was pretty much the only interaction we had with him. When he was talking to us, it was really cool - you could tell he was really for real about what he was doing. And you know, he was really adamant that it [the music] flows through him and it's not like this show. And I've started to learn what that means more and more through playing the bass, and from singing and playing. Because we are a three-piece there is so much space that has to be covered. Especially nowadays because spectators, I feel, aren't as patient with music and the energy it provides. Sometimes they need like really tuned vocals and super-loud everything, and everything has to be the perfect mix or it sucks. So there's a lot of pressure with a three-piece, especially for me, being the singer. I can feel some pressure, like, "Wow, how am I gonna do this? How am I gonna pull this off?" And then just letting it flow, whatever that means for the individual. For me, it means just having fun with it, doing my best, and just letting it come through me. And that's valuable.

Rose Hill Drive :: 2.15.05 :: The Fillmore - Denver
By Michael Goldman
Kayceman: In listening to your music, and in seeing y'all play, the one thing that really hit me right away was that y'all seem to be making a sound that is much older than your years. For lack of a better term, it's like y'all have old souls or something. Is there anything that you sort of attribute that to? You know, you guys sound like you've been a band for ten years, but you're only in your early twenties. That's really impressive to me...

Jake: Wow, that's nice of you to say. Cool.

I'm curious if that's just the way it is for you or if you guys feel like you're drawing a certain inspiration from somewhere? Or just exactly how do y'all do it?

I don't know. Nate [Barnes - drums], Daniel [Sproul - guitar], and I just really love music. And we don't listen to any one thing. Like in high school, rock and roll just really turned us on. And I guess there is certain music that is being marketed to kids in high school that I was kind of turned off to. It's not necessarily because it's music but because of what it stands for. And there's a certain cool thing that doesn't have to do with the partying or like the glam... Like I can turn on the rock radio and hear these stupid songs, just ridiculous, about just weird shit. It's like, "Why did you write a song about that?" And it can obviously be said that that was either how they really felt, which is ok, that's cool, or just totally for money. But the real stuff. Like I got really into early Aerosmith, and Steven Tyler just wanted it so bad. He just loved creating music. And there's just this certain goosebump energy in riffs that are real, and riffs that fall into the groove. And it doesn't matter how on the drummer is because Keith Moon was all over the place, it's just like if there's this total energy it can relieve you of your stress and it can just describe your feelings so well. Not just through the words, but through the music. It can just be three fuckin' notes that just keep getting stronger, and the sweat just keeps pouring out thicker.

Rose Hill Drive :: 04.08.05 :: Fox Theatre
Boulder, CO by Tobin Voggesser
You know that sorta reminds me of something else I was thinking about. The history of rock & roll has always been tied to social change, and revolution, and uniting the youth and whatnot. In the context of our world right now, which in a lot of ways is pretty fucked up, I'm curious if you see your music sort of as an escape from that, or if you see it as a way to make sense of it all and to channel it into something better?

That's a really good question. I've taken it upon myself to be sober, and that's a really tough thing for me to do, because I just love the whole party scene when you are healthy-minded and have fun with friends. It started to weigh on me, and I just started to notice certain things that would pass me by, especially as the world spins faster, and people turn their heads more and more, and the drinking gets stronger and stronger. I was just like, "Fuck this - I'm gonna stop drinking, stop smoking, and I'm really gonna take a look at what's going on." Because there's really, I don't know, there's so much that is important, so many things that are important in life. And music, like I said with the riff, music can describe that. And like with the escape thing, I went to a show the other night, it was Trail of the Dead. Have you heard of those guys?

Yeah, definitely.

And I flipped out.

Yeah, I think they're fuckin' awesome.

Jake Sproul by Lisa Siciliano
I was so turned on. And it wasn't an escape. And the guy wasn't going like, "Fuck Bush. We need change." Cause the band before them was doing that, International Noise Conspiracy. And you don't need to hear it, because those are just the thoughts that are confusing everybody in the first place. And I have faith in that innate instinct in people as a whole that if there are good feelings and positive energy, that you know, good will prevail. And without music, to kind of answer the question, it's like, being sober, realizing that selling out the Fox in Boulder is a gift. People getting turned on to our music and us being turned on to it is a gift. In that sense, if we can just keep doing it and let people know it's a safe place to come, a cool place to come. And not to sound dorky, we're all mental. I mean I do agree with wanting things to change. Because you just look around, you know, and there are so many things to get distracted by. Having a strong mind, and being positive and whatnot can help out just that little bit, change somebody's day just that little bit. Hopefully our music does that.

This has just been a small taste of what's to come in JamBase's full-bore Rose Hill Drive feature ready to hit a computer near you in the days ahead. Stay tuned, and be sure to check out Rose Hill Drive - and don't be scared, it's only rock and roll.

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[Published on: 5/19/05]

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