Light45 recently released “Steeped” as the first single from its debut 5-song EP, Decibels. The song hit it big on national music charts. The well-bearded trio—Mark Eidem (bass), Brandon Garza (drums), and Justin Hawley (lead vocals and guitar)—answer a few questions after their recent success.
507: What words would you use to describe your music?
Mark: It’s definitely original. We believe you should stay out of the way and let the music write itself.
Justin: Our philosophy is that the song tells us what genre it is, so we have a reggae song, pop rock songs, hard rock, swamp rock, and mellow grunge songs.
507: Can you describe the recording process for Decibels?
Mark: The recording process was a blast. We had a great Grammy award-winning producer by the name of Skid Mills.
Justin: We tracked Brandon’s drums first in studio A at OMNIstudios in Nashville…recording scratch vocal and bass as we did it. Then we went to the smaller studio Skid has…to track bass. Then guitars, vocals, and smaller parts like the keys on ‘The Maze.’
Brandon: I did 7 hours on a drum set the first night.
507: Your single “Steeped” made it to number 5 on Billboard’s Christian Rock National Airplay chart. What does this success feel like?
Justin: When our manager Ken sent me a text with ‘#5!!!!!,’ at first I thought he couldn’t be referencing the chart. I had to see it for myself. Then I called my wife over, and we looked at it. It was shocking. We hugged and thanked God for his grace, and did a little happy dance.
Mark: Feels really good! It’s like a dream come true!
Brandon: It is a huge honor to see a song that we wrote being played for tons of people…and it is opening up a lot of doors for us to play more with bigger bands.
507: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen an audience member do?
Brandon: Lick my bass player’s beard [which may rival a ZZ Top beard].
507: What’s your favorite local hang?
Mark: My backyard. I call it the concrete jungle.
Brandon: Café Steam!
507: If you could run sound for one artist, who would you choose?
Justin: DC Talk.
Mark: Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Brandon: Ray Luzier.
507: What’s in the future for Light45?
Justin: We will capitalize on the radio play. The future will see lots of video, some touring, TV placements, and more singles. We are just getting started. The best is yet to come.