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10 Quick Ones with JONNY ROSS of SMALL TOWN TITANS – January 2018

According to a recent press release: “York, PA heavy rock band Small Town Titans has released their cover of the Classic Christmas song “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch,” giving the already darkly playful track an even more sinister edge. Originally premiered on Loudwire, “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” was filmed live in the studio by Springwood Productions. The band has also released the song on Patreon, a direct to fan social media platform, for their biggest supporters. Subscribing to the group for just a dollar a song on Patreon grants fans new songs first and puts their names in the credits of future YouTube videos.”  We get Jonny to answer our 10 Quick Ones about new music, his influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Well, our latest release is a cover of “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”, so there’s not really any “easter eggs” haha. We just made it our own and are thrilled so many people are digging it!

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I’ve been into music for as long as I can remember. I’ve always just loved it! I definitely had my “I wanna do this moment” after seeing Velvet Revolver when I was in middle school. I was done after that. I got the bug and I’ve essentially never looked back.

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

In no particular order, Foo Fighters, Highly Suspect, Motley Crue, Avenged Sevenfold, and Nickelback to name a few.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

Dave Grohl. No brainer. The dude is a drummer, guitar player, singer, and songwriter in two of the biggest bands of all time. C’mon man! Haha.

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

A nice blend of grunge, late 70’s hard rock, and timeless singer/songwriter stuff. That’s the best I can give ya right now!

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Getting joy out of doing something so fun. It’s also cool and definitely interesting to hear from fans and other people who love music but just aren’t that musically inclined. You learn to appreciate the talent you were blessed with when you get that perspective on things. If your making a fan happy, you’ve certainly done your job.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

No one really cooks. Is that sad?? Haha. The drinking depends. Ben and myself can have about the same amount and just have a good time. Phil will either have one or two, or like, double what Ben and I have and then his head will hurt, but that’s rare to be honest! He usually takes it easy. Any one of us will bust out the acoustic, though if I had to bet, I’d say Ben would be first.

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Working for the WWE believe it or not. I’ve been a fan of it since I was young. It’s a just a universe I can escape to constantly you know? Plus WWE is on point and very business savvy 24/7. It’s inspiring and fascinating to me to just analyze the McMahon machine haha!

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

Nope. Not at all. If a mistake is made, I always look at it as a lesson learned. It’s all a part of growing and learning about who you are, no matter what the situation is. You’ve gotta lose to know how to win (“Dream On” – Aerosmith baby!)

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Nevermind by Nirvana. That record is more than a bunch of songs to me. It’s an amazing thing and moment in time. No one saw all of that success coming. The songs still sound great, it revitalized Sound City at the time, the studio they recorded it in…I could go on and on. It’s the record that became the soundtrack of a generation of kids, and “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was the very first cassette single I ever purchased. Yes. I said cassette!

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10 Quick Ones with JONNY ROSS of SMALL TOWN TITANS - January 2018

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About the Author: ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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