Congratulations on the WE LOVE Award. You guys won that one handily. How does it feel that Flyleaf, with just an EP, still has such a command of the audience out there?
I just think is has so much to do with Flyleaf’s fans. Our fans are amazing and they stay engaged and interested in what we’re doing. The band didn’t tour or do much for two years before I joined. The fact that they still have so many Facebook fans and Twitter followers and people that everyday are interested in what we’re doing is amazing. It’s a true blessing for sure.
I’m sure the momentum and the cries for new music are hitting a fever pitch, so it sounds like your timing is good. Congratulations on the PledgeMusic campaign. It sounds like you were successful there, but you guys decided to sort of buck the trends of like Kickstarter and Indiegogo and go with PledgeMusic and it was successful. What was beneficial about going about it that way?
Actually PledgeMusic is something I’ve been interested in for a while. My band [Vedera] stopped playing around the same time that Lacy left Flyleaf, and so I was just kind of writing some music for myself. I was looking at Kickstarter and PledgeMusic because I didn’t have a label at the time.
I was really interested in the way that they engaged the fans and they offer experiences that people don’t normally offer, and I really like the way it put the power in your hands and the fans’ hands and not really needing a label. It was quite liberating for me.
When Flyleaf was talking about doing that because we just parted ways with Octone–the record label that were previously on–it just seemed like the perfect fit and just the people at PledgeMusic, they are just legit and they care about putting it back in the artist’s hands.
The whole structure was created by an artist himself. We just got the sense of the passion there and we always like to partner with people that have the same passion that we do. Thankfully it turned out to be a really cool experience and allowed us — you know how the industry can kind of slowdown in December and January, but we kept pushing through with stuff and we could do it from our home, so that was really nice.
Creatively, how different is it to do an album this way without a label kind of looking over your shoulder? Do you guys feel freer than ever in a sense?
I think we do. We’re not sure exactly what we’ll do moving forward. We may partner with a label for certain marketing aspects and whatnot. Eventually it will be maybe nice to have a label involved, but I think for us, definitely for me during writing, it was really nice to not have anyone looking over our shoulder because that was when we kind of decided to part ways with Octone.
So we had the opportunity to just write whatever we felt, and that was really freeing for us and I think it comes out in the songs. You can tell that we felt free in writing those.
Read more at the source!
Flyleaf has just announced that Don Gilmore will be the producer for the new Flyleaf record. Don has produced albums for a lot of big names including Korn, Linkin Park, Avril Lavigne, Pearl Jam, Lacuna Coil, Good Charlotte…and a bunch more. This is really exciting news, and pretty much guarantees that this record will be nothing short of amazing.
Y'all we got some new news coming your way—-we will reveal the producer for our new album, who could it be?? ???? luv, Kristen
— FLYLEAF (@flyleafmusic) March 26, 2014
Can't wait to meet our new pal, fellow lover of rock and maker of great records—-who could it be??
— Kristen May (@iamkristenmay) March 26, 2014
As it turns out Flyleaf men make some pretty cute kids :) pic.twitter.com/NmGPwg0PiS
— FLYLEAF (@flyleafmusic) March 28, 2014
Flyleaf has an official Tumblr now! You all should like and follow and reblog and spread the word. <3
Almost time for rehearsals in TX. Looking forward to recording this album soon! Can't wait for y'all to hear it -Sameer
— FLYLEAF (@flyleafmusic) March 14, 2014
Flyleaf has been kinda quiet on the news front, but it looks like things will be picking up soon! The band is getting ready to go into the studio to record their new album, and rehearsals seem to be starting soon. Very exciting!
It's a boy! James Culpepper is a proud father to August James Culpepper born Feb 4, 2014. Congratulations!
— FLYLEAF (@flyleafmusic) February 4, 2014
Congratulations to James & Mallory on the birth of their beautiful baby boy August! Much love and blessings to y’all. <3
Flyleaf made it! Their project has been fully funded, and they now are set to make their new record!
Dear friends and pledgers,
We did it! We reached our goal on www.pledgemusic.com/flyleaf !! With your help, we are able to go and record an album we are ecstatic about. Thank you for sharing your love, generosity and stories on the pledgemusic website with us. This journey has been so exciting so far and we can’t wait to continue it as we enter the studio! Many more updates to come. Once again, thank you for making our dreams come true! You’ve lifted us up and encouraged us to get into the studio and ROCK!
All our love::
James, Pat, Kristen, Jared and Sameer
Even though I’m not a band member, I’m still so thankful for every single person who pledged money to make this record happen. Flyleaf is a band that means so much to me. I would be a totally different person if I hadn’t discovered their music 9 years ago. Through those years, I’ve met and talked with tons of folks who share that same sentiment. Their music, and the members as people have done so much for us fans, so it’s amazing that we were able to give back this way.
So THANK YOU GUYS! I’m so excited to hear this new album, and very grateful that we’ve got so much more to experience with Flyleaf. <3
Click here to pledge for Flyleaf’s new record!
Flyleaf has reached 40% of their album-funding goal through PledgeMusic.com, and over the last few days, Flyleaf has posted about 10 updates. The most recent update includes a video interview about the record with both Flyleaf and the producers of the record, as well as a lengthy clip of Marionette, which is one of the new songs Flyleaf has written.
To see these exclusive updates, you should pledge! Nearly 500 of us have so far, but we need more! Let’s help Flyleaf blow past that 100% mark, and let’s show them how much we believe in them! Judging from the clip of Marionette alone, this record is going to be absolutely incredible.
Jared is a riff master. Listen to him basically slaying his guitar in this clip. <3 This record is going to be awesome!
Check out Flyleaf in the studio. The song in this clip is called “Head Under Water” tentatively. Sounds beautiful!
Check out Flyleaf playing live in Texas this November! Dates are below:
November 15,2013 Backstage Live
San Antonio, Texas
November 16,2013 Scout Bar
November 17,2013 Hurricane Harry’s
College Station, Texas
November 18,2013 Lucky Mule
Happy Birthday @iamkristenmay! ????????????????????????
— FLYLEAF (@flyleafmusic) September 28, 2013
Happy birthday to Flyleaf’s beautiful and talented singer Kristen May! Hope 31 treats you nicely, ma’am. <3
— FLYLEAF (@flyleafmusic) September 18, 2013
Flyleaf is in Russia, ready to play some shows for y’all! I hope you’re excited!!
1. Hand sanitizer! I carry it with me everywhere because you never know if the venue bathroom or bus is outta soap : )
2. Stock up on your favorite DVD’s/books. As exciting as the road can be there is also down time and especially when I’m resting my voice, I need something to do. Also, getting into a new season of a show is a must. I just finished the Netflix original “House of Cards.” Intense.
3. Be gracious and kind to those around you. Though I get along great with Flyleaf, you are all crammed on a bus together so it helps to be a team player. Selfishness isn’t a good trait for bus life.
4. Get out and explore! I am in a different city everyday on the road so I make sure to see what I can and treat my job like a vacation : ) work and play is the best motto!
5. Dry shampoo, coffee, my teddy bear, pictures of my friends and family back home, a sense of humor and a cell phone to reach others with a sense of humor, music in my headphones (and itunes gift cards handy) are a must for me on tour!!
Check out the source!
You can listen to Cage on the Ground, taken from the tour that brought us the Who We Are EP by clicking here. It sounds great and you guys should definitely give it a listen!