We had the good fortune of connecting with Trevor Stovall and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Trevor, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Trevor: I think being in college, especially during COVID has changed our balance whether we like it or not. We live together so we never really “turn off” discussing the band or thinking about what we can do next. It’s always been our collective goal to keep this going and find success in small ways. With school being online we just have that opportunity to think creatively all the time and continually work on the band.

Milo: I agree with Trevor about how COVID has shaped our last year. We have been able to really concentrate on making music and creating a set of great new songs, that has for sure been to our benefit. It’s also been easier to balance creating music with online classes rather than in-person classes.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Milo: I think what sets us apart from others is our relationship as a band first and foremost. We are all best friends, who live together, and really only have each other. We wouldn’t be able to make music if we weren’t best friends first… I think that relationship wouldn’t be as unique or interesting and it would show in the art we make.

Trevor: I think we are most proud/excited that we have continued to make a consistent effort with this band and get better as musicians. When we started, a good majority of us could barely play our instruments and we were clueless when it came to actually being a band. I remember our first venue show was this awful six-band bill “pj dance party” (??) at this really shitty venue in Dallas and to think we are playing headlining shows at our favorite venues and now recording our first record on a farm in Connecticut for two weeks…. The change is just astronomical haha

Logan: I think we overcame challenges by simply just persevering. COVID really taught us that. “How can we as a fledging band continue to stay on this rise?”, “How can we use this time to promote issues on our platform?” , “How can we make good music when we don’t have any place to escape outside of our house?” It was tough and there’s no guidebook for being a person living in a pandemic… You really see things through a different set of lens.

Brandon: I got to where I am today by really being in love with music. When Hall Johnson started I wasn’t in the band yet but I was really good friends with Milo and Trevor (logan who I hadn’t met yet) and I was like “well, damn, if they are going to play music why can’t I?” And so I just learned stuff I enjoyed listening to and building from there.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Trevor: Austin is a good place to visit. I think that’s why so many people keep moving here!!!!! But I would take them to one of the greenbelt areas around Austin. Specifically, The Flats and Sculpture Falls. The best part about Austin to me is that it can blend city life, city-burb life, and nature in such a great way. SO many beautiful trailheads and bodies of water to visit.

Milo: For places to visit, I would take them to an Austin FC game (if the ticket prices are reasonable smh) It’s been cool to see the inception of the team and see a whole city kind of rally behind it. I can’t go out anywhere without seeing 3-5 people in some kind of Austin FC gear. The games are also a blast and the energy there is so real.

Brandon: We’d have to go to one of the many record stores around Austin. Austin having Breakaway Records, Waterloo Records, End of an Ear, AND Antone’s is dangerous.

Logan: For food, you must go to Hornitos!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Our family absolutely first and foremost deserves the ultimate shoutout. Our family always comes to our shows and is spreading the word on Facebook (a website we detest) and always lends an ear when we struggle. We would literally be nothing as a band without our family.

Website: halljohnsonband.bandcamp.com

Instagram: instagram.com/halljohnsontx

Twitter: twitter.com/halljohnsontx

Facebook: https://facebook.com/halljohnsonband

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoe-TZBnoXJ-XPLA6y-R18Q

Image Credits
Tiffany Jean Chung Kyra Ganson Ethan Kelt Zain Karim

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