By Marvin Lee / for inland360.com
I recently sat down to chat with Lewiston musician Jesse Economen about The Nightmare Before Christmas concert, which has been coined the Ultimate Festival for Local Heavy Music.
Marvin Lee: How did you get into playing music, and what instrument do you play?
Jesse Economen: I got into music from my oldest brother. He was playing guitar and infatuated me into wanting to learn how to play and listening to different styles of bands. I play drums in my band, but I have been playing guitar since I was in elementary school.
ML: What band do you play in and what genre would you say it is?
JE: The band I am in now is Rise&Shine, and we are a pop-punk band.
ML: Do you have any recordings out?
JE: We just started doing some recordings this past week. We are not releasing anything until we get enough songs to release a full album. You just have to come to our concerts to hear our music. We may put a track or two on Facebook, but we want to keep it confidential until we get a full album done.
ML: Tell me about the Nightmare Before Christmas gig you have coming up. Also, give us the names of the bands and a brief description of each band.
JE: The Nightmare Before Christmas show is (Friday) in Lewiston at 504 Main St. in the Salsberg Room (Suite 210) in the basement of Towne Square underneath Brock’s. The bands playing are my band, Rise&Shine; then we have Crisis Neglect, who are a punk band from Pullman; Jedediah the Pilot, who have been a band for many years out of Spokane; and they are kind of a hard rock type of band. A band called Blacktracks, who are also from Spokane. The Revision Scheme, who are from the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene … area, as are Straight To Our Enemies, who are a hardcore band and whose drummer also plays in the Revision Scheme. Persevering Promise are what I would consider a metalcore band out of Moscow. They have been around for four or five years. I might be having Jake Jerome playing some of his songs on acoustic guitar between sets so there is music constantly going. Ticket prices are $8 if you get them through the bands or me. Just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also get tickets at www.monumentalshows.com. The tickets at the door are $10.
ML: OK. Tough question: Sum 41 or Blink 182? Go!
JE: Blink 182 of course, but Sum 41 is in my top four bands. I started with Sum 41 before I got into Blink 182. I fell in love with Blink’s lyrics, guitar, and of course Travis Barker is my favorite drummer of all time … so if you mix that all together, it’s just magic to me. Of course their personalities are the best. They are not drug users. They just like to have fun and make each other laugh while they are on stage.
ML: Do you have any advice for someone interested in picking up an instrument?
JE: Make sure you pick the instrument you really want to play. Don’t be like me and devote all your time into guitar when I really wanted to play drums. I could never afford a drum set until a year after my senior year. I play or practice it every single day to get better and better. I’m not gonna say I’m the best drummer in the (Lewiston-Clarkston) Valley but I should be up there by now. I guess you will just have to see at The Nightmare Before Christmas concert!
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I had great pleasure in chatting with Jesse about his upcoming show. I also had the luxury of hearing him bash away at the drum kit I have stalled away in the jam room at In Another World. I hope to be able to go to his awesome show the Nightmare Before Christmas.
Lee is a musician and aspiring poet who resides in Lewiston. He can be contacted at email@example.com.