Far and Few is Justin Galloway of Santa Barbara, California by way of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Galloway is a one-man musical maestro, of sorts. His brand of indie pop is as infectious as it is smart. But why go it the solo route? Well, as Galloway explains Colorado Springs musicians were “far and few between.” And just like the name, the solo, DIY mantra stuck.
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Justin Galloway - vocals, guitar, bass guitar, drums, percussion, keyboards, synthesizers
What’s your hometown?
Colorado Springs, Colorado - 2007-2010
Santa Barbara, California - 2010 - Present
How did the band come together? How long has it been?
It’s been 6 years this month. I started Far and Few in May 2007, demoing songs in my parents’ basement, looking for musicians to recruit into the band. Music always played a key role in my life; I grew up playing drums from an early age. I self-taught myself guitar (and subsequently bass guitar), before moving into piano and eventually finding my own singing voice. I played in bands in high school and my early college years, but could never find a group that could stay together for longer than a month or two. Eventually, it got to the point where I decided, “Ok, one way or the other, I’m going to do this.” From there, it just grew.
Why should people listen to your band?
If you enjoy upbeat melodies, sincere lyrics, and listening to life stories, you’ve come to the right place! Enthusiasts of pop-punk, indie, electronica, and alternative music should find a taste to their liking in my music!
How have you grown since you started?
Structurally speaking, the music is more focused. It’s more organized now. Early
demos were kind of all over the place; some songs didn’t have bridges, other tracks were kind of “works-in-progress”, and some had transitions that (looking back now) just didn’t make sense. I think as a musician I’ve grown in all aspects between the many hats that I wear. My singing has definitely improved and developed over the years as well.
What sets you apart from other bands?
I think the DIY, one-man approach definitely puts me out in left field a little bit. Not to say there aren’t other musicians out there doing the same thing - there are. But traditional bands have their members, each serving as an integral part of their core, and Far and Few revolves around me alone. I have to constantly challenge myself to push the limits further than the last time, and it’s something I look forward to every time I sit down to write and record.
What’s the best part about being in your band?
The overall creative process. Starting with a mere guitar riff, a drum beat, a synthesizer; anything that gets the creative juices flowing and starts the foundation of a new song. Once a melody is fully developed, and then implemented into a song; there’s nothing quite like that feeling when the music starts to move you. Sharing that finished product with other people is definitely the best part.
More times than not, influences tend to bleed through. What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
I have severe ADHD when it comes to musical influences. I listen to everything; classic rock, jazz, alternative, punk rock, hardcore, electronica - you name it, it’s on my iPod. Currently, I’m into a mix of pop-punk and indie/electronica music. If you took The Ataris, The Postal Service, blink-182, Owl City, and a touch of 30 Seconds To Mars and threw all of them into a blender: that’s Far and Few.
What would you say the band has already accomplished and what do you have your eyes set on next?
2012 was a great year. I started writing and recording the Vows of Silence… EP in December 2011, and completed it in July 2012. I booked studio time with Tucker Bodine at Playback Recording here in Santa Barbara, and released the EP through iTunes on December 4th. That was the ultimate for me: seeing Far and Few in the iTunes store. It was a first. The first half of this year will be writing and recording, and at the end of 2013, I’ll be on the road playing shows.