Thursday, April 21

Center Stage - Denim Wedding

We're really excited to present our newest Center Stage band, Denim Wedding - A  Portland based group that has been capturing the ears and hearts of Jango listeners far and wide. Their song Low Hum especially stands out, with it's delicate and haunting melody and gritty guitar. 

We asked them to tell us a little bit about themselves with our Q&A, so get to know them with us in our latest feature right here: 

Denim Wedding was formed early 2010 by core members Jennifer Faust and Brian Kunkel in Portland, Oregon. Our first big shift came when we were joined by Josh Mathys on percussion in 2012.  The recordings available on Radio Airplay are the result of our work together (recorded by Josh Mathys and Brian Kunkel). The current band lineup includes Jessica Blount and another talented songwriter, Jon Williams. We are excited to present fresh recordings of this energized foursome sometime in the near future! Jennifer, Brian, and Jon:  vocals, guitar, bass.  Jessica: drums.

Describe your sound in one ramble-on sentence
Teetering on the freshly fallen tree crossing the creek, arms stretched out for balance, hoping to reach the other side.

What's your earliest music-related memory growing up?
Grandma improvising rhymes to the boyscout song, “oh, I wish I were a little bar of soap”

What was the first tune(s) you learned?
Cotton Jenny, by Gordon Lightfoot

Do you write/compose your own songs? Briefly describe your songwriting process
Sometimes poetry first, sometimes chord progressions first, sometimes melody first

If you were to cover another artist's album, which would you pick and why?
Covering another artist’s song is complicated enough, let alone an entire album, as you want to both do it justice as well as make it your own. Song’s we’ve covered are “Crazy” (Willie Nelson), “So Much Wine” (Handsome Family), Rex Blues (Townes Van Zandt), and Harvest Moon (Neil Young).

What was the highlight of 2015, either for you personally or for the band? What was the low point?
The highlight of 2015 was the whole band moving 45 minutes outside of Portland, OR to a town called Chapman, onto a property with an acre and a half, huge trees, a creek, and a grange hall. The low point was re-learning how to live with roommates, who happen to be your bandmates.

What is 2016 looking like for you? Upcoming projects? Can you give us a little hint, on what we can expect for this year?
In 2016 we will focus on continuing to remodel this property, and offering up recordings created in the grange/studio, and throwing a few private events showcasing some of Portland’s finest musical talents.

Any embarrassing on stage moments you'd like to share? C’mon, don’t be shy.
My selective short-term memory prevents me from remembering embarrassing stage moments.  Thank God.

What do you enjoy doing outside of music? Does your hobby rejuvenate their creativity?
Pulling nails, painting walls, doing dishes, darning socks, growing plants, building fires, sweeping, dumpster diving, and catching frogs.

What do you like the most about Radio Airplay?
I like Radio Airplay because they offer ten free credits to artists, just because, and that has helped us reach out around the world, even though we’re held up in the Pacific Northwest woods.  It’s exciting to see emails saying “So-and-so, from Israel, just became a fan!”  Helps to keep the dream alive…