Interview with Hayden Morrison of And That
How long has the band been together?
"Well, it was started in sophomore year, but picked up and got serious senior year of high school."
What genre does your band specialize in?
"The band either leans to a bluesy garage band rock (Black Keys) or an indie alternative sound (Vampire Weekend)."
What has been your biggest turn out?
"We usually have great turn out, every show we’ve held has been with other bands but we’ve always been the headliner because we sell the most tickets."
Is it difficult trying to get your band name out there?
"The hardest thing is definitely getting the band’s name out there, but our bassist, Tyler Harris, does a great job of it. By making sure we sell tickets, he’s made sure that venues know we’re a reliable band to have, and we’ll sell tickets. He’s gotten our name into both the Lincoln and Omaha scene and even got us a chance to get some studio time all the way out in Ohio."
What techniques do you use to instill consumer interest?
"To gain consumer interest I guess we just hand out our stuff to whoever wants it; we put all our stuff up on the internet, and we put on good shows."
What do you think about the underground music scene in Omaha, Nebraska?
"The music scene in Omaha is amazing. We’ve played with a lot of other bands and every once in a while we play with one that has a crazy amount of talent, weather it be in our same genre or not. We’ve played with a dj we really liked, Robbit, he had an incredibly creative set with a lot of good sound and it opened with a Louis CK bit. On another show we played with The Decatures, a blues rock band that had the greatest sound we’d ever heard. Both these guys are good friends of ours and whenever we land a show we try to find slots for each other because it’s such a thrill to play with other bands that connect with ours."
Any tips for new artists?
"Practice constantly, not just to get good put to find new material. Don’t force anything new material will come on it’s own organically. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different sounds playing the same genre for ten or twenty songs isnt going to just bore you but the audience too. We didn’t plan any shows until we were rock steady with a reliable setlist that we could play in our sleep and our shows were better because of it."