An Unexpected Q&A with Flint Eastwood
Words by Lynn Roy
Photo Credit: Nicole Shackelford
As we previously shared, Flint Eastwood (the stage name of Detroit native Jax Anderson) recently gave fans a very different experience than they anticipated on a snowy December night in Asheville, NC. With frequent power surges threatening to damage the band’s and the venue’s equipment, she was unable to perform as planned. However, the few people who had braved the weather were treated to an unexpected and delightful evening when, instead of canceling things completely, she offered a Q&A session built around playing several unreleased tracks.
The first audience member to raise her hand had a question relevant to everyone present: How can we best support independent artists like Flint Eastwood and Vesperteen, who was her supporting act that evening? The answer was simple: show up and share things. Coming to concerts boosts artists financially, so they can continue making music and other art. It also boosts their morale to know that people are willing to come out and spend their time and money on what that artist creates. But even if you are low on funds, sharing artists’ work with friends and on social media can have a huge impact. For independent artists without a major label’s PR team backing them up, word of mouth is the most powerful tool for getting discovered by new fans. Without that, an artist has no way to continue growing their audience, so fan engagement is vital to being able to continue creating.
Asked about her song-writing process, Jax stated that usually a melody comes first, then lyrics to match. While on tour she had been challenging herself to write a song a day, giving herself 30 minutes to write things down or record onto a voice memo. Under that sort of time pressure, there is no room left for anything but raw honesty and the results are often surprising. She tries to be creating constantly to never get stagnant.
There is no room left for anything but raw honesty.
Jax also spoke about the artist community at Assemble Sound in Detroit, MI. She started this space because it can be extremely difficult to afford studio space and as a way to encourage collaboration among artists. Creators can use a space for free on the condition that they leave their door open, allowing anyone else at Assemble to come in and share ideas, offer suggestions, and collaborate on making more great stuff.
Another person asked about touring life and the opportunity to see the US and the world as part of her regular job. This is another place where being a small artist differs. Not having a tour bus often means driving to the next stop and arriving without much time to explore the city, then leaving for the next venue to get there just in time, and on and on. At a future point when there is more time in each city, she would like to arrange volunteering meetups to get fans together for a good cause.
As for the music, Flint Eastwood’s upcoming songs will not disappoint current fans and are sure to gain her new ones. These include a positive, upbeat tune sure to be a hit with fans of her confident anthem “Queen” and an upcoming collaboration with another excellent artist. Be sure to follow Flint Eastwood on social media (linked below) for the release of these tracks and future tour announcements.
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Upcoming tour dates:
Thu 31 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Fri 1 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Sat 2 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Mon 4 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
Wed 6 Toronto, Canada – The Danforth Music Hall
Thu 7 Detroit, MI – Saint Andrews Hall
Fri 8 Chicago, IL – House of Blues Chicago
Sat 9 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Tue 12 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
Sat 16 Marysville, Australia – Gaytimes 2019
Wed 27 Brunswick, Australia – Howler, MELBOURNE
Thu 28 Chippendale, Australia – Lansdowne Hotel
Sat 2 Wollongong, Australia – Farmer & The Owl Festival 2019
Fri 22 Boise, ID –Treefort Music Fest 2019
Sat 15 Harrodsburg, KY – PlayThink 2019