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INTERVIEW: Front Porch Step

Front Porch StepInfectious Magazine recently caught up with Front Porch Step AKA Jake Mcelfresh, who just wrapped up the 2014 Acoustic Basement Tour with Transit, Hit the Lights and Brian Marquis. Check it out below, and purchase a CD or buy concert tickets here.

Infectious Magazine: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. How are you?

Front Porch Step: I am absolutely amazing. Just enjoying being home for a little bit.

You just got off the Acoustic Basement tour with Transit, Hit the Lights, and Brian Marquis. Can you tell us a little about the tour, and what you feel you were able to take away/learn from it?

I spent basically an entire month with 8 of the coolest human beings I’ve ever met. It was my first real/long tour. I did 6 days with Never Shout Never in December and have done the weekend warrior stuff but i had never been out that long. It was a great learning experience.  Happily stole some tricks of the trade from some great musicians and made some amazing friends.

You’ve recently released your album, Aware via Pure Noise Records. In a day and age when everyone is vying to be signed, and there are so many options, what helped you choose Pure Noise?

Pure Noise was my top choice.  I’m a huge fan of what Jake Round does and I wanted to be apart of it. Him and the rest of the PN family welcomed me and treat me very well.

What was one of the more unexpected and challenging aspects of creating ‘Aware’?

Creating wasnt the difficult part. Wanting to release it was. I’ve never thought I was that great of an artist and my lyrics are very revealing.  I let people listen to me cry about my grandma at the end of the record. I didnt have to keep that part in but in my opinion emotion drives music and I wanted to expose myself on this record.

 You’re slated to play Bled Fest this May, which is already receiving a ton of anticipation. What are you most looking forward to? 

Im playing Spring Fling the day before in Cleveland so I am just beyond excited. I am playing multiple fests this year with some of my favorite artists and some close friends. (Today’s Mixtape, Southeast Beast, Spring Fling, Bled Fest, Skate & Surf) but for Bled Fest Im excited to see every band on the bill that I’m familiar with. I guess if I had to pick one thing it would be seeing Hawthorne Heights play The Silence In Black And White front to back!

You reccomend keeping a journal and writing everyday to help the creative process, which I think is great advice. What other advice do you have for not only aspiring musicians but aspiring industry professionals? 

Stay humble and make sure you appreciate everything. I am flawed like everyone else and have sometimes lost sight of how blessed I am. The way you carry yourself is key. Don’t let anyone make you feel like you’rea loser but never act like you’re the shit. If you’re just starting out, play every single show you possibly can.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

If the government is spying on us then call Obama and get a phone call record between me and Matt Pike (Brother/Dad/Booking agent) and just list the conversations on your page because I couldn’t even begin to tell you all that he has taught me.

I played the Cincinatti Date of Warped last year and in Matt’s pep talk he told me to remember that I deserved to be there and that I belong there, but not to act like a jackass, and just be respectful and humble.

It definitely helped my nerves since I had never been to Warped EVER let alone played it

What’s in the future for Front Porch Step?

There is a lot. I have no plans to release anything anytime soon but I am constantly writing lyrics. I just joined up with Tom Taaffe to be booked in Europe, so hopefully Europe is in the future. I have a ton of American stuff happening this year that I just cant announce yet.  I am grateful and insanely excited for 2014.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Thank you for taking time out of your day to listen to be rant and being interested. Have an awesome day!

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Angela Mastrogiacomo

Founder of Infectious Magazine & Muddy Paw Public Relations. Lover of passion, ice cream, and books.

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