Brandon Fields Experience – the non-stop rock band made up of frontman Brandon Fields, bassist Dustin Witt and drummer Tyler Thomas – will be releasing their new album Out Of This World early next year.
Rock Confidential is proud to exclusively premiere the lead single from that album, “Rescue Me.”
We caught up with Fields to talk about the new tunes and what the band has in store for 2018.
Thanks for taking time out for this, man. How are things going?
Things are going pretty good right now. The band’s staying really busy. We’ve got a lot of exciting things in store for the new album. The next few months are going to be a lot of fun.
A lot of people have the dream to be a performer or be in a rock band, but never see it realized. What did you do differently to make it happen?
I think the biggest thing is how much effort you’re willing to put in to it. It’s such a self criticizing and second guessing field that you’ve got to remember to keep a solid head on your shoulders. It’s easy to get discouraged when you’re first trying to build a brand for yourself. Things aren’t going to be pretty at first but that’s rock n’ roll, man. I’m a firm believer for every missed opportunity there’s an even better one waiting down the line. You can’t dwell on certain things too much. As long as you’re willing to hammer things home you’re always going to see a positive outcome.
Are you in this for the long haul or are you doing it just for fun?
I am definitely in this for the long haul. I think being successful in life is based more off of being proud of what you do than how much money you’ve got in the bank. When I’m seventy years old I want to look back on my life’s work and be fulfilled and proud of everything I’ve done and I’m doing everything I can to make that a reality.
Tell me all about your new album that’s coming next year.
The album is going to come out March 1, 2018 and is titled Out Of This World. We recorded it up at Sneak Attack Recording Studio in Lexington, KY, with the very talented producer, Jason Groves. We’ve got eight songs we plan on putting on the album. This album was a very different process than my last two studio efforts. The way it had always been before is I would show up to the studio by myself and record all the vocals, guitars, and bass and have everything tracked for my drummer Tyler Thomas to just lay down at the end. We recorded this whole album live. Myself, our other guitarist/live bassist Dustin Witt, and Tyler were all in the same room recording all of our parts at the same time. Dustin and I were playing guitar at the same time with him doing all of the rhythm parts. I went back and laid down all the bass parts after we’d get the guitars and drums tracked. So it was definitely a new process having the whole band involved in the studio.
We’re premiering the new track “Rescue Me.” Tell me about that song and how it fit into the writing progression of the new album.
“Rescue Me” was actually the last song written for the album. I had all the songs done and ready to go into the studio and then one day just started messing around with that main chord and knew I had to get it on the album. It was really the same situation as my single “One In The Same” off of the last album where I had the whole album done and wrote the song in between recording sessions. Being in the studio really gets the creative juices flowing for me.
How long did it take to capture the sound you wanted while in the studio?
It was actually really quick, man. Jason Groves provided us with a great environment where we couldn’t have been more comfortable. The album is about seventy-five percent done right now and we have one session left that should be enough to complete it. The band really pulled it together quick when we showed up to the studio.
What inspired the new tracks on this record?
I do a lot of writing about all the different things I’m currently experiencing in life. However, two songs on the album were actually super old material I wanted to revisit. We actually re-worked my song “Alone” off of my 2015 acoustic EP Tired Of Trying into a full band straight up rock n’ roll tune. It’s crazy how songs you wrote almost five years ago when you go back and listen to can still be applied and relateable to what you’re currently experiencing.
What kind of guitars do you play? Tell me about your live setup.
I think I might have one of the most basic setups out there! I’m not about using a bunch of pedals and manipulating your sound because it takes away from your original tone. I recently switched from Line 6 to Orange Amps and couldn’t have made a wiser decision. I am totally not knocking Line 6, I had used them for the past 10 years, but these Orange Amps are incredible. I have a CR120 model that I use and absolutely love it. The only pedal I use is a Vox Wah. I mainly stick to my 2003 Fender Strat as my go-to guitar that was featured in the “One In the Same” video. It’s ironic because I’ve always been more of a Les Paul kind of guy.
You seem to be playing somewhere all the time. Tell me about your setlist and how it varies from show to show.
We’ve got about 100 different songs that we switch in and out of our setlists. Myself and Dustin actually switch out on guitar and bass regularly at every show to kind of keep the audience’s attention. Anytime you come watch the band play live you’re getting a different setlist every single time. Most of our shows we’re playing for over three hours so we have to keep it interesting.
What’s your immediate goal for the band? What about specific long-term goals?
My immediate goal is to put these final touches on the album and deliver the best product that I can. I’m already very satisfied with what we’ve got done so far and it has definitely been the easiest album I’ve ever recorded thanks to the guys in my band and our producer Jason. As far as long term goals, I just want to keep seeing everything grow. Just looking back over what I’ve accomplished since my first album two years ago, I’ve got some things to be very proud of.
Thanks again, man. What would you like to say to wrap things up?
Support your local bands! Everybody’s favorite band was a local band at some point! Thanks for having me, Jesse!