Ayron Jones and The Way Band Press
Ayron was interviewed for Alternative Nation and the band made their “Artists to Watch” list
Ayron did a private acoustic performance for Paste Magazine for their Paste Parlour series.
A review from a concert where Ayron and DeAndre performed with CeDell Davis, Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees/Mad Season), and many more. “And though the Northwest musicians more than held their own — particularly when McCready and Ayron Jones faced off in a hot guitar duel on “Catfish” — there was nothing grunge about the music.”
The Hype Magazine (Oct 2014) – The Hype Magazine
The band gets interviewed for national publication The Hype Magazine
KINK FM- Bing Lounge Performance (Oct 2014) – KINK FM- Bing Lounge in Portland
Ayron Jones and The Way performed four songs at KINK FM’s Bing Lounge. Check the links below:
Amoeblog (October 2014) – Amoeblog
Los Angeles based Amoeba Music has a blog that did a tour preview and video posting for My Love Remains
KSPN In-Studio (September 2014) – KSPN Kitchen Concerts
Ayron Jones and The Way did a live in-studio performance on KSPN’s Kitchen Concert series in Aspen, CO.
107.7 The End (February 2014) – 107.7 The End
Ayron interviews with Greg R and does a live acoustic performance
Seattle Sounds (February 2014) – Seattle Sounds
Ayron interviews with Josh Kerns, talking about the album and an upcoming show opening for BB King
UW Daily (October 2013) – UW Dailly
University of Washington’s Daily News crew interviews both Ayron and Sir Mix-a-Lot
The Monarch Review (October 2013) – The Monarch Review
Ayron Jones is a crazy-good guitar player. Recently he and his band teamed up with Anthony Ray – better known as Sir-Mix-A-Lot – to put out the band’s first full-length. The Monarch had a chance to catch up with Ayron and talk about the process of putting together this new highly-anticipated record.
Andrew Harris: Over the years, you seem to have built your following in the more traditional fashion by playing basically everywhere you can. Was that a conscious choice?
Ayron Jones: It was just about getting as much exposure as possible. When I started this thing I didn’t really think about how, I just knew what I wanted it and just went for it.
AH: When you started, did you want to be a rock star?
AJ: Absolutely yes. I’m trying to go big.
AH: As the modern definition of success has shifted away from a major label signing and gone more towards the self-promotion model that doesn’t require a record label, has your idea of success shifted?
AJ: Yeah, I think it definitely has even in the last five years. Watching people like Macklemore come up and basically just say to the record label, ‘You’re going to work for me,’ rather than the other way around, and then watching people gain more and more popularity basically on their own without the help of labels has been interesting. I’m leaning more towards the indie route, but I’m not really holding out for a label to approach me. I mean, if someone approached me with the right deal, I’d definitely consider it, bur the bigger goal is to try and bring more attention to Seattle Music. My hope is to start a new label, and after we’ve gotten there we can bring more attention to people in Seattle.
AH: It sounds like you want to be far more than a rock star…
AJ: I do, but my main objective for my music is the people. For instance, this album coming out was created as a gift to the world, and I hope people receive it as a gift, because that’s the thing that I can give them. In the long, run, the goal is to help talented people get where they need to go. There are countless people in the Seattle music scene that are more than talented to compete at the national level, but they don’t have the resources to make it there. The unfortunate part of living in Seattle is that we aren’t a media mecca like New York or L.A. We’re up here in the corner without the resources that they have, so the long-term goal is to provide those resources to people from Seattle that need to be heard. Right now I’m at the first step, and I’d like to be someone that artists can look at as a beacon and something to look up to as someone that’s made it.
AH: I’ve talked to many bands that are at that same place, where they’re about to break in a big way, and they’re all saying the same thing, that they’re trying to bring everyone else with them. Are there local artists that you’ve talked to on the way up that have had the same plan?
AJ: There’s a really great artist from Colorado that lives in the NW named Kara Hasse who is amazing, and I’ve been talking to her about how hard it is to find those resources here. I’ve been lucky enough to play with some national acts and go on tour and really see how different it is out here in Seattle.
AH: The music that you play lends itself to improvisation and a lot of space within the structure to take it in different directions, and the chemistry between you and your band is palpable. There’s no doubt that you can all follow each other in whichever way is necessary. How do you capture that flexibility into the very structured environment of the studio?
AJ: That has been the challenge of the last three years; how do we bring our sound into the studio? We recorded this album a few separate times, and when we started working with Anthony [Ray] (aka, Sir Mix-a-lot) it really took that long to nail down that formula that was really working for us. It was definitely hard for Anthony and us to sit in the studio to figure it out, and on top of all that, we changed drummers midway through the album, which was tough. The chemistry really helped, though. Where most people would take a longer time to lay out a bunch of different songs, we went in and were like, “We only have four hours in here” and we had to get it done. Most people would take several days to lay down so many songs, and it took us four hours to lay down eight songs, and that comes from knowing each other as well as we do, as well as knowing our music that well also.
AH: It sounds like you insist on a very high quality product. Is that the reason that it’s taken so long to get a full-length major release out?
AJ: Basically, it’s about resources. Luckily, I was able to come across a group of people that were really into us and offered their services to us. That has been the greatest blessing; people seeing us and believing in us and wanting to be a driving force in where we want to go.
AH: You are getting a lot of recognition, with your win at the Seatt
New Day NW (October 2013) – New Day NW
Ayron performs solo acoustic, and interviews with Sir Mix-a-Lot
The Seattle P.I. (October 2013) – The Seattle Post Intelligencer
Interview with Ayron and Sir Mix-a-Lot
KOMO news (November 2013) – KOMO News Seattle
Interview with Ayron and live acoustic performance on KOMO News Seattle
Concert Review (November 2013) – The Seattle Times
“Ayron Jones elevates his game at Neumos”
Concert review by The Seattle Times for the sold-out album release party with openers Sir Mix-a-Lot and Tomeka Williams.
The Bob Rivers Show (November 2013) – The Bob Rivers Show
Ayron appears on The Bob Rivers Show. Sir Mix-a-Lot phones in.
The Seattle Weekly (October 2013) – The Seattle Weekly
The Seattle Weekly does a feature music article about Ayron Jones and his album release.
Evening Magazine (October 2013) – Evening Magazine
Channel 5 in Seattle did a great piece about Ayron Jones on their Evening Magazine show.
Seattle Sounds (August 2013) – Seattle Sounds
Ayron Jones and Sir Mix-a-Lot debut the first single from the upcoming album and discuss it in an interview
Artists for Artists (September 2013) – Artists for Aritsts
Ayron Jones (pronounced A-Ron) found his current stage the old-fashioned way. Playing shows, playing more shows, and then playing still more shows. It didn’t matter where it was or whether there were 5 people or 500. People would see him at these shows, and then once all the hairs on the backs of their necks returned to normal, they told their friends, who told their friends and, you know the rest. Very few YouTube videos are out (and only one official) and their full length studio album has yet to be released. It’s one of those, let the music speak for itself kind of situations (that is actually working), and on behalf of no one in particular except myself, I’d like to say THANK GOD!!