Radio Return’s music has received many TV and film spots including ESPN, HBO, MTV, Nissan, the PGA Tour and American Idol.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Chris before their performance last month at the Continental Club in Downtown Houston.
Mark: First of all, thank you for the opportunity to speak with you.
Chris: “It’s my pleasure. We appreciate you coming out to hear us!”
M: OK, first question. How do you keep your recent success from overwhelming you? To keep everything in check?
C: “Manage the excitement. We set goals for ourselves. When we achieve a goal, we have a beer, pat ourselves on the back and wake up the next day and say ‘how are we going to get to our next one?’.”
M: With the band’s success, changes are certain. Can you describe some positive and negative changes due to your success?
C: “More travel and we love it. We love entertaining and meeting people like you. Although, the more you travel, the more your home life and personal life suffer. You have to achieve a balance.”
M: Other than music, what other passions do you have?
C: “The first thing that comes to mind is international travel. Learning about different cultures. Traveling with the band has been mainly national travel so we get to visit states like Texas and learn about the region’s culture. I would also like to go back to school and study foreign languages.”
M: How important are hard work and sacrifice to achieve success?
C: “Extremely important. The day to day excitement drives me to work hard. It’s important to have passion in what you do. At the end of the day, we’re tired and we look back at what we accomplished through hard work and sacrifice. It makes all the difference.”
M: What is the importance of college?
C: “College prepares you for life. In college, you learn to learn, which helps you develop skills to use daily."
M: What was your first experience with music as a child?
C: “It was early for me, in the 4th grade. I wanted to play the drums but got stuck with the bells. The next year, I played the snare drum. It turns out that I played a drum solo and it went well. It was that type of gratification that drove me forward musically. Also, my parents were very supportive of me.”
M: It was a pleasure speaking with you and I wish you and the band all the best.
C: “Thank you so much. Good luck in school!”
As far as their performance that night, the band rocked the place apart. People were crowding the stage, even jumping to the beat. Chris revealed a sultry, folksy voice which complimented the mind altering guitar rips of Patrick Fetkowitz. Also, the ability of Craig Struble to make his harmonica sing was a memorable experience.
Bronze Radio Return is true to their vision of original music. They have that one-of-a-kind funky sound that grabs you and won’t let go; a delightful blend of guitar, keyboard and harmonica. There is something pure and deliberate about their sound.
Bronze Radio Return. A group of good hearted souls with a passion and drive equal to none.