11 Questions With Jeff Carlson of the Jeff Carlson Band (Las Vegas, NV) 1-When and why did you start playing? I started playing guitar at age 10 and started singing at age 14. 2-Which famous musicians do you admire? Why? I admire Elvis Presley, Paul Stanley, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Steve Perry, Neil Schon, Randy Rhoads, Gary Richrath 3-Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones? Yes, I was. I grew up in the late 70s and 80s so at the time all we had were Records and tapes. 4-Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD's? I love the music of my genre, Journey, Kiss, Def Leppard, Bon-Jovi, Styx and REO Speedwagon. 5-What makes this kind of music "good" to you? I love music with great vocals, big guitars and emotion in the vocals and guitar. 6-Where can fans find your music? People can find my music on ITunes, Spotify, Deezer, as well as our shows. 7-Tell us about your latest release… Our latest release is a song that was originally released on our last record called "Over My Shoulder". It's about giving people light verses in a world that has so much darkness. 8-How do you feel about the internet in the music business? Good and bad. Good because it makes music much easier to find, bad because it has made it harder to make any money because of so little royalty earnings from streaming. 9-What are the plans for the future? We are doing our first 24 City US Tour kicking off this month in Denver, CO after a 9 day residency at Six Flags Theme Park in Arlington TX, and we will be working on and releasing a new record later this year. 10-How has your music evolved since you first began playing music? It has changed drastically. It has gotten to the point of having a band is a huge investment financially, and major labels want you to basically make it before they take a chance on you, which I completely understand, but it completely takes away from talent of artists and focuses more on financial, which is unfortunate. 11-Could you briefly describe the music-making process? I usually come up with a guitar Riff, and after that it will spark a melody, and I usually have a verse, and chorus. Depending on what I'm feeling I usually come up with a title after I have a chorus, or sometimes I'll have a song title and go from there. After I have that, I'll play it for the guys, and we'll all add our input to record the demo, and once we record the demo we'll send it to our producer and he mixes and masters it into what the public will hear.