N: Where did you grow up?
S: “I was born in El Paso, TX. I moved to Vegas when like 3 years old.”
N: When did your realize music would be a career for you?
S: “When I was in the eighth grade, something in me just told me I wanted to play music professionally. That’s when I decided to audition for the Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts.”
N: Who are your top 5 biggest artistic influences?
S: “Led Zeppelin, At The Drive In, The Mars Volta, Wax On Radio, and RX Bandits. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Sufjan Stevens.”
N: How did Stolas come to be?
S: “Jason and Carlo have been friends for pretty much their whole lives. I’d known RJ for 8 years. We all knew each other from around town. We all loved music and started jamming.”
N: How did you link up with Will (Swan)?
S: I filled in for Hail the Sun on the Rock Yourself To Sleep Tour. That was probably the first time we met. I did a lot of tech work for DGD on the road as well. Eventually I was so involved that their mngr asked me to be on the bus.”
N: Am I correct in saying that you started the Blue Swan Broadcast?
S: “Yes, I did. I just knew that there was a whole community of people who love our music and music like ours. There needed to be a place for them to interact within that niche. It’s a great way for people to find out about us too. Word of mouth is the most helpful thing these days.”
S: “Not too difficult, surprisingly. I’d say it’s more tedious. The driving from Sacramento to Vegas gets tiring.”
N: Who has been your favorite band to watch play live?
S: “Without a doubt, Venitia Fair.”
N: Is there an area of art you’d like to explore but haven’t yet? Mediums other than music?
S: “I really want to explore writing lyrics.
I used to paint in middle school at my elective school. Art was just a hobby, though. I still draw sometimes.”
N: What are you working on currently? Other than the obvious; touring your ass off.
S: “Right now I’m about to finish up the Sianvar tour. That full length is getting the final touches put on it. It’ll be ready for the world soon.”
Purchase Stolas’ albums HERE!
Listen to the Sianvar debut EP below and be ready for that full length soon!
Check out Sianvar live at Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California:
*video shot by Toby Hughes with TandA Media.
** Photos by Michael-Rex Carbonell (@brownmetal)