Band Q&A – Backyard Atlantic

Backyard Atlantic is solo performer Jacob Streete, hailing from San Jose, USA!
1. Who are your top 3 influences?
  1. David Alexander of Carousel Kings
  2. Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls
  3. My mom
2. How did you get your band name?
Backyard Atlantic came from me having a vision of originally wanting to be called Backyard Pilot but it felt like something was missing. My best friend and I were driving home from a Seasons Change show in Southern California and we passed an exit on the freeway called Atlantic Ave and Ashley yelled out, “Backyard Atlantic!” and it stuck ever since.
3. What is your song writing process?
I usually just start playing a chord progression or finger picking pattern and start to hum out a melody and base what I write around the melody with the chords.
4. Do you plan on adding anyone else to the band?
It’s been spoken about adding more people to the project but having complete control over something that I was so desperate to create means more to me than anything.
5. What do you hope to achieve a year from now?
I truly hope that in a year from now that I’ll be able to quite my day job working on an ambulance as an EMT to tour the country and be able to make a steady income in doing so. I also hope to have a full-length record out by then and possible sign a deal of some sort.
6. First gig experience?
I played my first gig which was a pay-to-play show at Britannia Arms in Cupertino when I was 21. I had no idea what I was doing but I remember after that show that doing that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
7. Biggest challenge so far?
The biggest challenge for me has honestly been not giving in to people. I was 14 when I learned that people were able to make a living off of music. Not giving up has been a struggle for me because I just so desperately want to be heard.
8. Favourite thing about performing live?
I really just love being able to share my words and my music with people. Even if it’s just the sound guy/girl. I get really lost when I play music. Especially at shows. I get caught up in the moment of being able to share my feelings through the music I write.
9. What inspired your recent songs?
I’m known to write a lot of sad songs. It’s really just who I am. I was in a terrible place with terrible people about two years ago and I just felt stuck. I wrote a song about the situation and it was an extremely cathartic release. I have a song coming out soon about the passing of my grandfather as well.
10. What do you do when you’re not musically involved?
I tried getting out of music once to please someone and I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Even when I’m not doing music, I’m doing music. I’m a local booker and show promoter at Outer-Space Entertainment as well as a musician. But I do work on an ambulance and sometimes take care of my grandma. I also spend as much time with my closest people as I possibly can.
11. Funniest show story?
I played a show a while back with Carousel Kings and I was so excited to see them play that I forgot my set and winged the entire thing and rushed through it so the next band would play.
12. Pizza! What do you have?
I’m sorta picky when it comes to pizza. I like it extra crispy. I usually do just cheese and occasionally…pineapple. I’m one of those pineapple does go on pizza people.
13. If you could have a dinner date with anyone in the scene, who would it be?
I would definitely have to go with Johnny Rzeznik.
14. Fast forward and you’re a millionaire. What do you do with the money?
14. I would pay all my debt off and then buy my dream microphone, another Taylor Acoustic guitar and a house right by the beach. I would also donate as much money as I possibly could to the homeless and children who become helpless victims of ICE.
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