14 North is an American hard rock band from Jacksonville, FL. The project started in 2016 as a musical collaboration among four friends in a garage on 14th Ave N in Jacksonville beach originally known as “FlowState”.
In 2017 the band began their journey in the studio of Damien Starkey (Puddle of Mudd, Burn Season, Society Red) who helped craft the bands hard-rock, post-grunge sound. After going through some growing pains as a new band, they finally decided on the current name before finishing up their debut album “What is the Feeling”. The band consists of founding member Zach Arcuri on lead guitar, lead vocalist Brandon Williams, Josh Brown on drums, and bassist Alden Kacer.
14 North quickly made a name for themselves in the local scene, and in the music industry itself. They were offered and inked a deal with Pavement Entertainment in August of 2019, almost immediately after finishing up in the studio. Since then they have shared the stage with some amazing local and national acts such as Tantric, Eve to Adam, Danny Warsnop of Asking Alexandria, Janet Gardner, Bottleneck, and Brett Myers.
Ignite was able to give them a few questions to Brandon(The vocalist) get a little more familiar with them…
- 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?
- This project has been going on for years. Zach is the only original band member. They put out a demo that got the attention of local Damien Starkey (Puddle of Mudd, Burn Season and Sleep Killers). That’s really when the project was able to go to the next level, and through the studio process members changed around to where we are now. I’m stoked and I couldn’t ask for better guys to be brothers with.
- What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?
- I got ahold of a burnt cd when I was about 12, I can’t remember how I got it. It had Audioslave, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Nirvana on it. I listened to those bands without even knowing what the names were then. I listened for hours and hours and then I started to learn how to play guitar and I fell in love.
- So, what is new with band? New Album? New Videos?
- Well we just released our first album “What is the Feeling”. We’re super stoked about it. We have a series of music videos to go along with it, Chapters X, I and V. We sat back after we were done with the album and realized there was common thread through it and it has a strong message. A lot of the songs are about our personal demons and getting over them and mine personally has been drugs and alcohol. Other people have different demons they deal with so we try to make it as general as possible but that’s really what the three chapters are about.
- If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
- Creating something. I like art and building.
- What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?
- Mmmmmm lol probably this gender crap with certain this you sign up for.
- If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would it be?
- That I play music with a purpose. We all do in this band. We’re trying to put a message out there. We wanted to be encouraging while also getting rid of anger. I think that’s what music is all about.
- 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)
- HAHA well because this is our debut album I’m going to say 2593
- What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?
- For me it’s between Sun Burns Out and Fairy Tale. They are on this album and they could easily be singles. The whole album could, not to sound arrogant or anything but for me as a fan of this type of music the whole album is just really good. I would listen to it if it wasn’t my music
- Do you think you can get any better as musician/singer? And if so, how would you achieve that?
- Absolutely I think as a musician you’ll never master the craft. They say it takes 10,000 hours to get good at something, I’ve definitely beat that and I’m sure we all have in this band. I love music so much that it’s always going to be something I do. The more that I immerse myself in it the more creative I can be. The more I can express myself.
- 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 think they should know that I’m a recovering addict and that I struggle. Also that I deal with mental illness.
- You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
- Green, I have no idea why I just like it.
- Who are you inspired by?
- I’m inspired by a ton of musicians. I can’t just pick one. I like Clint Lowery from Sevendust, he just came out with a new album that is super dope. Sevendust is great. Also mostly by people who are coming out with new music right now.
- What’s an average day like for you?
- Get up early and hit the gym, pray, do a little meditation and I don’t hit the bed again until probably around 11 PM. It’s all work work work.
- Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
- I try to respond to as many fans as possible. We are coming up from nowhere so to even have one fan is amazing. We try to give them all the attention was can.
- Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
- Absolutely, I think you’re not human if you don’t. People that have been in this industry for a long time tell me they still get anxiety and get nervous to perform. I always do right before we get on stage, but once we start playing I feel really good. Honestly, it’s all about how the crowd is.
- Tell me about your favorite performance venues?
- Red rock, one day I want to play there.
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
- I would say that write down you want. Write down your goals and chase it. If you think about your goal and you think about where you’re going eventually you will get there. (0% of people do not make a plan for their life and they just float through it.