Andrew Madison conducted his interview with Justin Vanover on February 19th, 2018. Justin is a college student trying to go public, doing what he loves.
AM: What kind of events and/or gigs does your band currently perform at? What ideas do you have for the future regarding venues and performances?
JV: So far, we’ve been performing mostly at house shows. We’re really hoping to tour this summer though to spread our name outside Decatur. There’s a lot of opportunity in the local Fort Wayne area, including venues like Skilletunes that welcome our style. Indianapolis also has a large punk crowd right now, due to all of the local talent and social nature of the city. Performing at the Hoosier dome is definitely a goal of ours.
AM: How did you get into the music industry, and how did Honey Be Well form?
JV: I started playing guitar in high school, mostly because I was a big fan of groups like State Champs and Counterparts. I met our lead singer at a concert the summer before college, and we put up some fliers about wanting to start a band. We got a few calls in the next two weeks, and pulled together the group we have now.
AM: What talents (aside from playing the bass) do you bring to your group? How do you utilize the skills?
JV: I’m mostly our social media guy. I don’t want to use the term marketing, but I guess that best describes what I do. Pretty much I just self-promote our band by wearing our t-shirts, spreading the word about our EP, and running our merch table at house performances.
AM: What should we tell our followers on Middletown Music about the music scene in Decatur? How well is your genre/work received where you’re from? What are your thoughts about being on Middletown Music?
JV: There really isn’t much of a scene in Decatur, so we’ve had to spread out to local areas to get some recognition. Like I said earlier, Fort Wayne has a decent music scene, but our biggest chance for success is in Indy; they seem to like punk a little more. I’m excited to be on your website, the guys will probably be cool with it too. Since we’re still kind of new, we’d like to gain some news fans and people that will spend money on us.
AM: Thank you for time, keep on putting out good music!
JV: Thanks for promotion opportunity, we’ll try.