Ignite Music Magazine Interview with Pharmacose Wesley Jones!!
Jacksonville, FL Alternative Rock Band PHARMACOSE has released the official music video for their single, “Checked Out.”, it was directed by Kurt St. Thomas.
Wes Jones, singer and rhythm guitarist gave us a look into the band and much more with answering a few qustions for Ignite!!!
- Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
Pharmacose has been around since late 2017, when I met Lu Rubino, our producer and bassist. We were introduced through a mutual friend. I had some songs I wanted to record, and my friend recommended Lu Rubino to me. We recorded those songs under the name Digital Array. We ended up pulling that record and changing our name to Pharmacose. We wanted a fresh start after we rounded out our lineup. Lu had known Albert Cruz, our drummer, so we added him. I later met Kevin Horne, and he came aboard to play lead guitar. So we reworked some of those songs and wrote some new ones. We have been grinding away in the studio for a while, so it’s nice to get to a point where we can release some music.
- What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?
I started playing violin when I was 6, and continued to play it through college, although admittedly I kind of let those skills lapse some. When I was about 17 I taught myself guitar and bass. We’re not at the point where we are playing night after night. As I mentioned, we’ve been grinding away for quite some time in the studio, and we feel like we’re at the point now where we can be a live act that people would want to see.
- So, what is new with the band? New Album out? New Videos?
We have a video that just came out for our song “Checked Out.” You can check it out on YouTube. We have an EP coming out shortly after that, another video for our song “The Clearing”, and another six song EP later in the year. So lots of things coming out this year!
- If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
Well, music has always been what I wanted to do, but I always had a hard time keeping people together long enough to get things going. It just never seemed to be in the cards. So along the way I went to medical school and currently practice as a medical doctor. If we are able to build a big enough audience, we would do this full time, however.
- What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?
I don’t know. This one?
- If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?
- On a scale of one to 2593, How good is your new single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
2000. I think “Checked Out” has a different vibe than a lot of our songs.
- What do you feel is the best song your have release to date and why?
I think “Checked Out” is our best song at the moment. It has some subtle electronic stuff going on. I think people can also empathize with its message. Plus I really enjoy playing it!
- Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
I can always be better. I don’t know if people want to hear it, but music is just practice. Lots and lots of practice. I need to practice more.
- If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
I’m a martial artist. I’m a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
- You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
Some kind of dark blue color. It just feels right.
- Who are you inspired by?
Robin Williams. He struggled with mental illness, and was very open about it. I wish he were still around.
- What’s an average day like for you?
I still have my day job as a medical doctor. After I go home, I usually work on music or go train jiu jitsu.
- Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans
I’m pretty active on social media, especially Facebook. I try to respond to everyone in a timely manner. That’s the best way to interact with us right now.
- Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
I’ve always dealt with it. It tends to come and go. But, I’ve learned that once I start playing, it seems to fade away.
- Tell me about your favorite performance venues
Chicago has a lot of great performance venues. My dream right now is to get big enough to play a show at some place like the Vic.
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
I took an unconventional path. I could never keep people together long enough to get a band going before I moved up to Chicago. Even then it was tough to get people interested. And then we didn’t have any money to get anything recorded. What’s worked for me is I got an education. I got a career to where I could afford to get things recorded and marketed properly. Even still, I have a long way to go. I would say get an education and then hire people who know what they are doing to record, mix, and master your stuff. That’s a good starting point.
“Checked Out” has a more alternative leaning sound, and that just happened. Lu and I wrote it and recorded it in one session. I had a musical idea, and Lu took that and expanded on it. Things just came together organically. I had started to write the lyrics and I wasn’t sure where they were going. I was kind of stuck, so Lu and I began talking about how we were feeling around that time. I personally was still trying to get my medication regimen right, so I wasn’t feeling bad, but I wasn’t feeling very good either. I had isolated myself, mostly playing video games and training jiu jitsu. Lu used the phrase “checked out” while we were talking, and I jumped on that idea and finished writing the lyrics. It’s about escapism using digital media, be it through video games or social media, and avoiding the real world.” – Wes Jones