Exploring the Hurricane Force of Navigator

Based out of the thriving Denver music scene, Navigator places a good deal of passion and conviction into the music – and the results are devastating.  Their self-released CD An Idea Of Home will be available April 5th and it’s sure to gain the band a good deal of recognition well beyond the Rocky Mountain state.  They’ve already completed national tours with No Bragging Rights and Affiance as well as recently opened in their hometown for Falling In Reverse and Oh Sleeper.   In the interview, we explore the the hurricane musical force of Navigator, so read on to learn more about this amazing up and coming band…

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Navigator, and how long the band has been together.
I’m Anthony and I sing for Navigator.  We have been together for about 3 yrs. We just recently changed our name to Navigator.  We used to go by The Skyline Surrender.

Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We are based out of Denver, CO. The scene here is starting to thrive once again and its great to be part of a family of bands rather than bands who focus on competing with each other. I would recommend Anchorage, IAM and Forty Fathoms.

Is there any story or concept behind the title An Idea Of Home?
The album was written based on the concept of “home” where as we find ourselves always searching for a place to call home or the comfort of that idea. When nobody can decide what home is to you but you. You build the relationships, you add the people and you learn to overcome all obstacles to create and find your own “idea of home” realizing that you have always had it in yourself to be happy and building from there is what matters

Select any two songs from An Idea Of Home and what inspired the lyrics.
The Title Track “An Idea of Home” which is by far the softest song we have written but that song was written about my home town, and about growing up and using your past and the people in it to move forward and become a better person today. The other would be “1205 to Anchor” this song is about someone extremely close to me who its an amazing person who didn’t see their potential and they are one of the greatest people in my life and together we built an amazing relationship with ups and downs but its something that I wouldn’t trade for the world.

What could one expect from a live Navigator show?
HEART…we love what we do and we feel that you can listen to our music on CD or your Ipod whenever but you come to a show to experience the music and we do our best to give our all every show. We love playing music and we want our friends/fans to feel for it the way we do.

What was the experience like opening for Falling In Reverse and Oh Sleeper and did you get to hang out with them at all?
It was great exposure for us.  We were able to appeal to a crowd we normally wouldn’t get to play for opening for Falling in Reverse and we are all giant fans of Oh Sleeper so that was a win in itself. We really didn’t interact with the Falling in Reverse guys, but the Oh Sleeper guys were great dudes!

What was it like touring with No Bragging Rights and Affiance and do you have any strange or interesting stories from the road you could share?
It was great.  We only played a couple dates with Affiance, but we we went on tour for a couple weeks with No Bragging Rights and Burning Twilight and it was a great experience. NBR is easily one of my fav bands for many reasons and they are one of the hardest working bands in the industry.  It’s only a matter of time before they get what they deserve. Haha, well there were a lot of crazy things that happened….Lets just say the biggest one involved an 8 million dollar mansion, a bunch of dudes, a pool party, and a game called shenanigans…come to a show ask us about it – then we will spill the beans!

Were you or any of the other members in any other bands prior to Navigator?
This has been the music baby to the 5 of us the entire way…and we plan to keep it that way.

How easy or difficult has it been to record and release pretty much everything on your own?
I think its a little bit of both, paying for the record was difficult but being able to do what we want to do on the record is a blessing a lot of bands don’t get. Releasing the record is hard in general because you have to take this product and basically turn what you love into a business venture with no promise of success. But that also gives us our own timeline and the ability to do everything we can to ensure the best possible chance for success which is getting the CD and our music in as many ears as we can.

Who produced and recorded An Idea Of Home and what was it like working with them?
Dave Otero at Flatline Audio here in Denver.  We have worked with Dave before and it was an easy decision to go back. He is one of the best producers in the game today and very underrated. He became the 6th member of our band for the two months we worked with him. He would change something always for the better and he made us become better musicians every day we were in there and we couldn’t ask for anything more www.flatlineaudio.com

What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most after hearing your music for the first time?
How it made them feel.   We want people to be able to relate to our music, our stories don’t have to be the same but the lyrics to a song or the music of the song can hopefully help someone deal with something that is going on with them or help them smile or release some built up stress.

Any final words of wisdom?
The music industry is a scary place these days but in the end the MUSIC is what’s worth it. As a musician, keep pushing yourself to be better and keep loving what you do. As a listener, we love making music and we love that you can respect it, so buy an album, then burn a copy for a friend and have them show it to another friend to buy….we want our music everywhere but we cant do it without the help of all of you.

Navigator is:
Anthony – Vocals
Justin – Guitar / Vocals
Stefan – Drums
Jinji – Bass
Ryan – Guitar / Vocals

(Interview by Kenneth Morton)

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