- Q: Dale Earnhardt JR JR seems like a ridiculous name for a band. Are you guys big NASCAR fans of Dale Earnhardt Jr?
A: we never really followed the sport very closely, but since taking the name we have learned quite a bit about Dale Earnhardt Jr and really respect him as a man and an athlete.
- Q: So how did you come up with the idea for the name?
A: we started this project with the intention of having an outlet to make anything we could dream up. We also started with little thought of ever releasing the music so the name was just a funny afterthought.
After living with the name for a while it began to feel liberating to us. In a way, by setting this precedent, we feel fully able to move in any creative direction. After all, the music is so far removed from the name that it almost forces a listener to focus more on the music itself.
It’s also a fun lesson for adults about not judging books by their covers.
Finally, we believe that one doesn’t have to take oneself too seriously in order to make serious work. We are very passionate about the music that we make and we take the process and the art form very seriously. We also like to be able to laugh at ourselves and think that this is a healthy thing for peopl to do.
Finally, it’s better than Counting Crows Part 2 which was the other alternative.
- Q: Don’t you think you’ll eventually get sued for naming yourself such a thing?
A: It is our belief that Dale Earnhardt Jr is an incredibly nice and supportive music fan. It seems awfully crass and negative to assume he would be upset by our existence
- Q: What was the inspiration behind the title of your upcoming album It’s A Corporate World?
A: the world and our country have changed dramatically and continue to change rapidly in many ways. Corporations are becoming increasingly bigger parts of all of our lives and are ingraining themselves deeply into our society. This past year, 53% of Harvard’s graduating class went to work on Wall Street, while 53% of Stanford’s graduating class went to work for Google. It is a corporate world for better or worse.
- Q: Which one of you are we supposed to call the ‘lead singer’?
A: we are co-lead singers. We both write and sing equally, and feel quite fortunate to be doing so.
- Q:You guys covered the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” on your first EP. Don’t you think that was somewhat of a ballsy cover to take on? I mean, really… how dare you?
A: It is hallowed ground to be sure. We meant no disrespect by doing it.
Daniel was singing it one day when Josh walked into the room and began harmonizing. Daniel’s cousin heard them and said, “you should record that.” So they did.
It is amazing to think that a song so beautiful and difficult in arrangement could have become such a worldwide success. The thought of that kind of popular music is an inspiration to DEJJ.
- Q: 2-Part Question: Who would you say are your biggest musical influences? And is this the most cliche question for a band that exists?
A: A: let us begin by addressing the 2nd part of your question. Asking about influences is understandable, but very cliche indeed.
We believe that songwriters are influenced by everything. You can’t hp but learn something from everything you hear—even if it’s learning about what you dislike.
Is being evasive the most cliche answer from a band that exists?