Stars Go Dim
So, I know you’re on the road right now — how is the tour going so far?
The tour has been great! We have met a lot of nice people. The weather has been a little annoying of late with all of the Midwest ice storms, but it’s finally warming up.
You’re scheduled to play SXSW in March — are you excited about that? What other acts are you looking forward to seeing there?
We are really excited and honored to have 3 sanctioned SXSW showcases. This will be our first time playing SXSW and we are looking forward to seeing everyone!
Tell us about the band’s work with the charity Invisible Children. What was it about this particular organization that inspired you to partner with them?
We have known about this organization for awhile now. A couple of us teamed up with them when they were just starting this organization. We just really believe in their fight to bring light to the terrible situation in Northern Uganda. We are honored and proud to be a part of invisible children.
Let’s talk about the new album coming out in March. “Love Gone Mad” is your full-length debut. Can you tell us what inspired the title? Does it have to do with the “intricate mess of a love story” that you have spoken of previously?
Well the name came after we had a handful of crazy love songs. All of our songs talk about love and the different situations in love. That’s why we called it love gone mad. The word “Mad” can mean so many things (good, bad, crazy etc…) we thought it fit.
Take us through a few of your favorite tracks on the album, and tell us what you can about the story behind each.
Come around- It’s about patient love and waiting for that special someone to come around and fall in love.
Love Gone mad- This song is about someone messing up a relationship and wondering if it’s too late to make things right. Regrets.
Crazy- This is our wedding song, it’s about that perfect love (forever love) that you see in movies.
How do you feel the new record builds on what you accomplished with your previous (self-titled) EP release?
It really completes the thought. The EP gave everyone a taste and I feel like the rest of the album finishes what we have started.
Even though you formed fairly recently, in 2007, you’ve already had great achievements — including playing with nationally known acts like Daughtry, Paramore, and The All-American Rejects. What do you attribute your rapid success to?
We have all been in bands and have been in the music business for a long time. We have been fortunate to meet and make great contacts and also learned from our mistakes in the past. When we started this band we wanted to do things right the first time around. So we pay attention detail and communicate to our fans on a daily basis. Our fans have been great and honestly without them we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.
Tell us about some of the songwriting accolades the band has been honored with.
How about I just give you list. It’s been a cool ride so far! Our mama’s are proud:
-“Come Around” (Stars Go Dim), which won the 2007 December best song of the month at Songwriter Universe.
-SGD has also won the 2008 CMT/NSAI Listener’s Choice Award, which collected 27% of the 60,000 total votes for the song “Come Around”.
-SGD has also won the Grand Prize for the 2008 Cooch Music Amateur Songwriting Contest for the song “Come Around”.
-SGD also won the 2008 Upstate New York Songwriting Contest for the song “Come Around” in the Pop category.
-Joey won the rock category for the song “Get Over It” for the 2008 SongoftheYear.com contest.
-SGD was a semi-finalist in the 2008 UK Songwriting Contest in the Adult Contemporary category for “Come Around.” The contest is the leading international annual songwriting event that has been noticed by music community members including Sir Paul McCartney and American Idol’s Simon Cowell.
-Joey recently was named a finalist in the rock category for the 2008 “The John Lennon Songwriting Contest.”
-2008 ISSA song contest winner for the song “Come Around” in the Adult Contemporary category.
-2008 September Song of the year winner for the song “Crazy” in the pop category.
-2008 USA Songwriting Competition First Prize winner for the song “Get Over It” in the Rock/Alternative category.
How does your songwriting process generally work? Is everyone involved?
Kind of. I have written about 98% of the record. Usually I will write the music and lyrics and then bring them to the band. Then Chris and I will modify the songs to fit his voice. I can’t sing!
What are you most looking forward to in 2009?
Meeting new fans and playing more shows. We have a lot of big plans for this band and we are always challenging ourselves to be more creative and give our fans more!
What would you like to say to music fans who are checking out Stars Go Dim for the first time?
We are all about writing songs that people can relate to. Our music is a pop with a little rock and soul.
Catch Stars Go Dim on tour now and at SXSW this year:
Feb 9 2009 7:00P Albuquerque, NM Albuquerque, New Mexico
Feb 10 2009 7:00P The Refuge Amarillo, Texas
Feb 11 2009 7:30P Waxahachi, TX Waxahachi, Texas
Feb 12 2009 9:00A Good Morning Arkansas (ABC 7- KATV) Little Rock, Arkansas
Feb 12 2009 8:00P Vino’s Little Rock, Arkansas
Feb 13 2009 7:30P The Warehouse East Ridge, Tennessee
Feb 14 2009 10:00P Sidelines Trumann, Arkansas
Feb 20 2009 8:00P The Source Excelsior Springs, Missouri
Feb 21 2009 8:00P Max’s Garage w/PDA Muskogee, Oklahoma
Feb 27 2009 9:30P Galileo Bar & Grill Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Feb 28 2009 7:30P The Blank Slate Tulsa, Oklahoma
Mar 15 2009 10:00P Findley’s Irish Pub St. Paul, Kansas
Mar 19 2009 5:00P SXSW- The Palm Door Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2009 7:00P SXSW- Austin Borders Austin, Texas