The N!te Owls are a Kansas City based alternative/folk duo. With influences ranging from The Lumineers, The Civil Wars, and In The Valley Below. The N!te Owls combine multiple instrument combos, with spot on harmonies and an ever changing style throughout the performance. Just months after forming, their Debut single "Color" received a Semi-Finalist placement in the "Song Of The Year" songwriting competition, and captured the attention of an A&R representative for Columbia Records. This lead to a major label showcase in Kansas City's Power & Lite District. The duo has performed across 7 states, and have played a myriad of festivals including: "Crossroads Music Fest," "The Swift Mile Festival", and "The Plaza Arts Fair." Their Music has been distributed via MudStomp Records, with radio airplay in the US, Denmark, and Switzerland. Their next single "Where Ever You Go" is set to release August 25th, with the full album forth coming in November of 2018.
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Front Cover to our "Once Upon A Demo" CD.
1: What artist would you most love to work with?
We would love to work with some of the duos that have inspired us. Here in Kansas City, their is a duo called "Victor and Penny" who are amazingly talented, but have always been on a higher professional level then ourselves. It would be cool to share a show with them. On the more famous spectrum, the alternative band "In The Valley Below" are another great Duo based act that have been great inspiration to our writing style and sound.
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
We like to play them all! For some songs we both play guitar. Others one of us switch to Keyboard or Cajon drum. We've even started adding harmonica to some of our songs. If its musical, we enjoy it:)
3: What was the worst advice?
Oh...that's a hard one cause honestly SOO many people have given us amazing advice, that has carried us forward in our courier. I think something that has been more of a bad business decision is when people say they will handle the details. Whether its booking a venue, setting up your music business company, or handling copyrights to your original songs, you can not be TOO INVOLVED in your own courier choices. Work with others and be gracious for their help, and as long as you keep your hand on the wheel of your own life, your best interests will always be considered.
4: What was your first concert?
We have never seen a concert together, so id like to mention more OUR first concert we performed. We drove 3 hours to Sarah's "homeworld" of Springfield, MO. Just down the road from Springfield is a town called Nixa, where we played at a Coffee shop named, "The Walk-About." We were the "headliner" of the open mic for that coffee shop that night, and they only had one vocal mic! We had been practicing at my house with two mics, so it was a wonderful first challenge on how to perform while standing so close to share the mic. Amazing first performance, and we still have video footage we review to this day to see how far we have come as entertainers.
5: What/where is the best road food?
Best road food has consistently been the smaller Ma and Pa shops. Whether you are in the city, or traveling through the country, locally owned restaurants generally make better food then the restaurant chains. We have both worked in restaurants as our day jobs, and know that you have to be really passionate to pursue that kind of work as a lifestyle. Anyone that builds their own restaurant means business, and we love to give them ours:)
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
Best music advice we ever received was from a Columbia Records Showcase we participated in, in the first year we started performing/writing together. We had been nervous about such a huge opportunity within the first 6 months of working together, and when we got up to perform, we went through our two songs and barely looked at each other. The scouting agent that was present at the showcase gave us the amazing advice to, "engage each other on stage. Make the song, more than a song, by singing TO each other." This advice changed our entire perception of our performances from then on.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
Each other. We both live very different lives from very different points of view. That's what brings harmony and balance to our friendship and the music we create. Sarah is down to Earth and full of life. Her writing connects very much to people and where they live in their daily lives, whether that's personal struggles, or getting off work for the weekend and going to the bar. My writing is more conceptualized in fictional story form. A dream of mine is to have music in tv and film, so I like to write songs that would fit well in the audio backdrop of a tv or film production.