“Honestly, people will always try to make you feel bad for being yourself but It’s only because they’re insecure and therefore threatened by self-possessed people.”—Sherri DuPree, from the band Eisley. (via haziemorse)
Interview with Chauntelle Dupree
October 21st, 2010
By: Dennis M. Kelly
Tyler, TX band, Eisley are currently embarked on the “Over the River and Through the Wood” tour, which started 12 days ago in New Orleans. We managed to hook up with Chauntelle on their way to their New York show and here is what she had to say.
DK: While this tour is only a 37 date tour, how have you all managed on longer tours? What do you do to make the time on the road more bearable?
CD: 37 dates is actually lengthy for a tour or at least - very standard. Nearly 2 months is a long time to be out on the road. It’s tough being away from spouses and loved ones but we always make the best of it. We have a lot of things to distract us and keep us busy, like: drawing, reading, movies, working out, etc. We make each other laugh a lot, too!
DK: Sorry, I thought I read that this tour was more of a medium sized tour for you, sorry about that. Movies and books, great ways to pass the time, indeed. What foods do each of you eat while on the road? Do you go out of your way to try to eat healthier?
CD: We try to eat healthy. We go to grocery stores more often than eating at restaurants.
DK: Sometimes it is hard to find really healthy food even at grocery stores, too, but yes, it is great to hear you’re all eating properly during the tour, that’s so important. Supporting you on these dates are Ives the Band and your sister, Christie DuPree. How did you come to include Ives the Band on the bill?
CD: It’s amazing having our sister Christie with us on tour! The only sad thing is that we want to bring her on EVERY tour! We’re big fans of her music!
DK: How do you feel about Christie’s musical style?
CD: We love it her style, sound, voice… pretty much everything. She has a lower vocal range than Sherri and Stacy; a very angelic voice. Ives the Band is wonderful to have with us as well! They have a great, whimsical sound; it fits so nicely with ours! They’re just cool people also!
DK: Now with your independent status, do you foresee yourselves touring with more bands you want to see yourselves with? Who would you most want to tour with?
DK: What special things can fans can look forward to on this tour?
CD: A few new songs off the new (forthcoming) record; we’ve never toured these prior to now.
DK: How much emphasis is there on the production of each show verses just playing great music?
CD: We’re hoping to have more production on future tours but obviously we’re not all about smoke and flash. We really worked hard to make this set flow; to differentiate it from past tours especially since we aren’t able to do all new songs yet.
DK: At least fans will get to hear some of the great new music that you’ve been working on, right?
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