Here at Teeny Rockers we like to share talent whenever we find it. In that spirit, we've decided to do a series of interviews called Rockin' Talent where we talk to talented young people from around the world.
It's lucky number 7! For this week's edition we're talking to not 1, not 2, but 3@4!
Hi Everyone, we are 3@4, a teen rock band from North Texas. Izzy Wilson (13), our lead vocalist/bassist, has been playing piano and singing since age 4 and performing since she was 7 years old. In addition to bass, Izzy plays ukulele and loves writing songs. Will McDonald (14), our drummer, has been playing drums since third grade. In addition to drums, Will is a skilled percussionist with a talent for marimba. When Izzy and Will are not playing music, you can find them on stage acting in youth theatre productions that are among the most acclaimed in North Texas. Drex Rowe (16), our guitarist started playing at age 10 and has a natural ear for music. He has recently been expanding his musical journey with the study of more progressive rock sounds such as Plini. Drex was recently awarded the prestigious Eagle Scout rank from Boy Scouts of America!
We see an original song is on the way. Has it been difficult to move from covers to your own material?
We all listen to a variety of old and new artists in various genres and often introduce each other to “new to us” musicians. That’s what happened with Plini. Drex really loved their sound and shared it with the rest of us. We all jumped on board to start working on one of their songs. The sweeps and time signature changes are difficult but we love a challenge. After all, Rush is one of our biggest influences. BTW, none of us have been to Australia, but Izzy’s uncle lives there!
We would like to continue writing original music and build our reputation as a cover band locally here in Dallas so that we are invited to play larger venues. Our original song, “Sulkin’ in the Rain” is getting mixed and mastered right now. We plan to release it to Spotify, Bandcamp and other platforms very soon. We are excited about it because it has been a long time coming. It would be VERY cool to hear it on a local radio station!
All of our parents appreciate classic rock and we often use them as a sounding board as we make decisions about song choices. They all enjoy our music and are glad we appreciate rock! They are also very involved with the band. Our moms handle booking and publicity and our dads handle the sound and equipment. We are all like family because we spend so much time together!
Surprisingly, we’ve been pretty lucky and have had the opportunity to play some fantastic restaurant/bar venues. We get our gigs through word of mouth or referral but we also will show up at an open mic and ROCK THE HOUSE so that the bar owners get the opportunity to hear directly why we should be invited back for a paid gig.
That’s easy! Foo Fighters! It’s the one band we all just LOVE. We had a blast seeing them together last month to celebrate Izzy’s birthday! We would open with our original song, “Sulkin’ in the Rain” because we were influenced by their sound on this one.
We don’t swap but some of us play more than one instrument. We’ve been talking about having a guest artist join us to play bass so Izzy can play keyboards on a couple of songs. There are lots of other tunes we would like to cover that call for keys. We could do the same with Will switching from drums to marimba.
Our audiences! We love an appreciative audience. We try to play difficult music like Limelight or Temple of Syrinx by RUSH. When audiences notice it and go bonkers because we are “just kids” it’s a great feeling. This past weekend the audience started chanting “one more song” and we played our first encore. It was such a cool feeling to deliver a ripping version of “Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns N Roses at their request! We could not hold back the smiles at that moment. Watching people have a good time and escape for a little while is really our goal.
Our favorite photo is our traditional pre-show huddle photo. Our talented guest back up singer, Sophie Wall, is included in this one. We think this picture says it all. We hope to be an positive influence to everyone as we continue our musical journey! And we are very thankful that we get to do what we love with each other!
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