The Record Company have been taking all the best parts of rock ‘n roll history and rolling them into one with their blend of blues and garage rock inspired by staples from John Lee Hooker to The Stooges.
As their sound soaks up the best of bygone styles, topped by their very own fresh twist, it’s no surprise the trio is still riding high from playing their largest shows to date opening for the legendary Bob Seger – documented above as the band trekked a long, hard-won Road to the Forum from the origins of their very own east Los Angeles living room where The Record Company got its start.
Lead singer (and multi-instrumentalist, including lap steel, pedal steel, and harmonica) Chris Vos chimes in for this edition of Ticketmaster 10 as the band embarks on an extensive headlining tour this summer supporting their latest album, All Of This Life.
Ticketmaster 10 with Chris Vos of The Record Company
1. What’s the first song you learned to play and why?
CV: Metallica’s “Seek and Destroy” – when I was first starting on guitar and I heard the intro riff to that song, it sounded like a doorway to another place in the world I had never been before. I wanted to learn how to go there.
2. What’s your favorite memory attending a show as a fan, and why?
CV: It’s a tie between every time I saw Prince and Ray Charles. Both were masters of performing with so much energy and heart. They moved you as an audience member, you couldn’t help but be swept away and in awe of them.
3. Describe your performance style in one word.
4. If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be and why?
CV: Dolly Parton – she’s a total original, a huge talent with an amazing personality, and a national treasure. You know that would be a great conversation.
5. Fill in the blank: I would be a nervous wreck if I knew _______ was in the audience watching me. Why?
CV: Bob Dylan, because he’s Bob Dylan. The greatest songwriter of all time.
6. What’s the first lyric you wrote that you were really proud of, and why?
CV: Not so much a specific lyric, but the very first songs that I ever wrote were really important to me in that it felt amazing as a kid to be able to put ideas and feelings to music. It was exciting to find a voice. That made me proud and made me feel free.
7. What’s your dream collaboration? Why do you want to work with that person?
CV: Mick [Jagger] & Keith [Richards]. We are all life-long Rolling Stones fans.
8. What is your dream piece of gear / instrument to own and why?
CV: A 1940’s Martin D-28, because they are just the most amazing acoustic instruments ever built.
9. Who do you do it for and why?
CV: For the moment. You only get one ride.
10. What are your words to live by? Any life advice?
CV: Play every show like it’s one less time in your life, not one more time.
On a scale of 1–10, how stoked is The Record Company on life right now?
What’s your favorite ritual before you grace the stage?
CV: Gathering together right before we hit the stage and getting our vibe united to go put it all out there.
Where are you dying to play a show / visit?
Van, boat, bus, or airplane?
What is your favorite piece of wardrobe?
CV: Black shoes, pants, shirts, jackets and hats.
What would you tell your younger self as the artist you are now?
CV: Listen more, learn more, make brave choices, do things that you are afraid to do.
What is your favorite board game / parlor game and why?
CV: Monopoly – my Grandpa taught me when I was a kid. I always remember him when I see that game board.
Catch rising rootsy rock trio The Record Company this year on the All Of This Life tour, or at a festival near you – grab tickets here or in the widget below.
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