I first met
Sandate effortlessly commanded the attention of everyone in the store as he coolly leaned against a clothing rack and smiled. With his tattoos, graphic-t, and laid-back attitude, he just oozed “rockstar”. “You like that band that’s playing?” Sandate asked of the music rocking through the speakers and echoing through the store as he pointed to the Hollister jukebox. “Yeah! Of course” shot back the girl who was working behind the register while the rest of us listened in, with no clue who this mystery visitor was. “Yeah, well this is my band!” said Sandate as DeVoe walked in. He was carrying a short stack of small, colorful flyers that read “The Josephine Collective”. “You guys have to come!” Said the energetic DeVoe with a grin that stretched across his face, “It’s going to be awesome!” He was so friendly, we couldn’t say no. Their song, “Crack my Heart” had played a thousand times at our California-themed store and everyone knew it by heart. By the time the two of them left, they had us sold; we had to go.
To say the least, the concert was a great time; the wicked instrumentals, addicting melodies and larger than life personalities had everyone on their feet till we were forced leave. The show started with DeVoe pulling fans on stage and charismatically serenading them, and ended with a firework show put on by the band in the back of the venue.
Now, months later, I still keep up contact with Sandate and DeVoe over facebook. Although I’m used to hearing surprising news from DeVoe, I was taken aback when, in a recent conversation, he started off with some shocking news.
DTD: The label gave us an opportunity to stretch our means and achieve a fan base we never could have dreamed of playing in only
AJ: Yeah, that would actually be really awesome! What about the stuff you’re working on now; is it the same J.C sound or something different?
DTV: Being that the band now consists of
AJ: Haha-- Whoa, so different, do you think that being four guys makes you stronger together? Is there a chance of you getting back together?
DTD: This is the line up for us right now; as we've shown in the past, the four of us are here to play. We've had the pleasure of playing with a lot of different musicians. it seems like you know everyone in a town like
DTD: We have passion and love for our craft.
AJ: Nice-- I think listeners appreciate that. Do you think you'll be on tour still? Because the fan base is DEF still there and
DTD: We'll do our best to be back on the road by this summer with new material! Something to show for these eight hour days.
AJ: Cool cool. Are you thinking of changing the band's image or anything or is it staying the same?
DTD: It is evolving; We all are, as people and as musicians. We'll see what happens.
AJ: Thats exciting! Well last time I saw you, I remember you being a riot! Tell me something funny!
DTD: I'm sending Shakespearean style poetry to my friend
AJ: Oooh nice.. are you into
DTD: Here is what I sent her, granted I'm free styling
my dearest darling doll
speak to me
or forever hold me in peace
i'll weep buckets in the cradle of your arms
and die not a lonely man
but a fish in the sea
of sunset's most shimmering red
i love thee. dost thou love me?
indeed my dearest darling dear
say indeed you do
for i am for you
and not in the sense of battle either unless we're taking this horizontally
AJ: Haha! You are a true poet! And a great multi-tasker! Can you drop some more rhymes?
DTD: Let the music move me and be on my way
glad to be your friend, and you're a friend to me
i am open moving through the stratos space
moving all over the place
say, there is no stopping me
i'm not saying that i'm great
i'm just where i got to be
i'm right where i wanna be
i'm just where i oughtta be
i love the way the rhythms and rhymes intertwine
weaving pictures and places and head states and phases
i feel all that i can love, i can see
with open eyes i see everything
AJ: Yeaaah! Totally! That was awesome, I didnt know you could do that!
DTD: Thanks man
AJ: Have you seen any awesome movies lately?
DTD: Everyone is raving about milk
AJ: Yeeeah i know!
DTD:I haven't seen it
AJ: I want to see Watchmen! It looks pretty tough, but im afraid its going to be extra gruesome and graphic like
DTD: Haha! Watchmen looks AMAZING! The visual hurt my eyes; They look so good.
AJ: That’s what I’m sooo excited for!
DTD: Dude it was good talking but I'm wiped I’m probably gonna go to bed
AJ: Alright! Well, it was great talking, bud.
DTD: U too! Later my man
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