1. What's the name of your band? What's the origin of that name?
We’re called Sons of Texas. We were originally called “Texas” because our sound was heavily influenced by some of our favorite Texas Musical acts such as Pantera, ZZ Top, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. We later changed our name to distinguish ourselves as a band and make it easier for fans to find us online. Not to mention, there was already a successful Scottish band called Texas.
2. What are your names, nicknames and corresponding instruments?
Jesus De Hoyos III - Lead Guitar
Jon Olivarez - Rhythm Guitar
Nick Villarreal - Bass Guitar
Micheal Villarreal - Drums
We don’t really have any nicknames aside from Nick being called Rat and Jon (me) being called Banjo. Everyone else is on a first name basis.
3. If you could fill a pool with anything but water, what would it be?
Honestly a pool filled with anything other than water is a little strange. I guess I always wanted to swim in a pile of golden coins like how Scrooge from duck tales did in the opening credits. Even though it’s probably physically impossible.
4. What’s an average day like for the band?
An average day for the band during these stay at home times pretty much consists of making breakfast, spending time with the wives and kiddos, and interacting with the fans via social media. We also send each other funny videos and memes, and talk about new song ideas, as well as discussing our goals all through group text.
5. Where/When was your last show, when/where is your next show?
Our last show was March 8th at the Deadhorse Pub in San Angelo, TX. Our next show scheduled is June 6th at The Machine Shop in Flint, MI. Hasn’t been canceled as of yet.
6. What are some of the best pranks you as bandmates have pulled on each other?
We usually aren’t big pranksters but there’s been small pranks here and there. Sometimes Jes will hide in a corner and surprise scare the heck out of Mark while someone films it.
7. How has your music evolved since you first began playing together?
I think we’ve developed a stronger sense of what kinds of songs translate well live. Mainly having to do with how much simpler our instrumentation and song arrangements have become. We feel like in doing so, our songs are much more palatable from the first time hearing them.
8. What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite?
I love everything about this line of work. The fan interactions, touring, the artwork, the Soundchecks, the drives, the good times, the problems we come across and figure them out as a team are all great fulfilling life experiences for us.
The worst part is just the time away you have to spend from your loved ones in order to pursue this dream. We won’t ever be able to give those days and months back to our families, so we gotta make sure that when we go out on the road, we make it count.
9. If you were a superhero, what would your power be?
If I were a super hero, I’d love to be able to teleport. Not just alone, but whoever I’d be in contact with as well. Probably save lots of gas and time.
10. What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
I’d advise people that are looking to start their own bands to stay persistent. Find dedicated and hard working members that compliment each other to help form a unique and uniform sound. Put in the hours of practice as a band and as individual musicians. Take it one step at time. Write, write, write songs until you have really good set to play and start performing wherever and whenever you can. If you’re band is good, the crowds will grow and grow. If they don’t, don’t be too stubborn to adapt and change what you’re doing musically.
11. Who are some of your favorite musicians?
Some of my favorite musicians are people like Dimebag Darrel, Billy Howerdel, Tom Morello, Daniel Johns, Chino Moreno, and Billy Gibbons.
12. What is the craziest thing you've ever received from a fan?
One of the craziest things we’ve received we’re these really cool anime caricature pins a fan from Japan had personally drew and made for us. Those were awesome!
13. What song means the most to you and why?
Our “The Vestryman” really means a lot to me because it pretty much sums up the life of a musician which is full of very few highs and many lows, but we feel we have no control over deciding to leave this path. At times it feels like we can give and give and receive little in return. Yet we stay honest and true to the art and dedicated to the band because it’s what we love to do.
14. How can people gain access to your music?
15. If you had one thing to say to all your fans, what would it be?
We just want to say to our fans that we love you all, and as soon as we have the go ahead, we will be seeing you very soon!!
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