Acoustic post-hardcore trailblazer, Cory Wells, has brought a very unique musical palate to the table since emerging and making his studio debut with The Way We Are, and we’ve loved every second of it. We now talk to him about Disney’s Fantasia, Dashboard Confessional and he shares a very touching ‘from the road’ story.
Tell us a little about yourself. How you got into music, how long you’ve been going for and anything else new fans would want to know.
Well, I’m 28 years old and I started playing guitar around 10 years old. My parents actually forced me to learn acoustic guitar and I didn’t enjoy it until I got an electric guitar. Funny how now I’m an acoustic artist and didn’t fall in love with the instrument until near a decade later. I started seeing a local metal band as a kid called Anacrusis and I looked up to them so much and wanted to be in their shoes. Their vocalist is now a lifelong friend of mine.
Let’s talk about your first memory of music.
This may not be a great answer but I honestly think my first memory of music was Disney’s Fantasia. I made my parents rewind that VHS tape more times than I can count. I am told I used to stomp around the living room like a dinosaur. I believe it. The great Dr. Doback once said “Don’t lose your dinosaur.”
You’ve toured with some crazy cool bands in the past, but is there a band or artist that you’d love to collaborate with and/or open for on tour?
Boy is this one a tall order. I could go on for hours. My dream collaboration was to work with Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional. Somehow beyond my wildest dreams I accomplished that with the help of an incredible team. I haven’t even thought about a new one now. To open for Daughter, or Hollow Coves would be a heckin dream come true.
Can we throw it back to last year when you were recording your stunning debut, The Way We Are? What were some of the most fun and most challenging aspects in studio?
Honestly the most challenging aspect of recording this record was stepping out of my comfort zone. Not caring what people thought and really allowing myself to be pushed farther creatively that I ever have. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my incredible producers Anton DeLost and Jon Lundin. The most fun part I would say is just seeing your ideas come to life. You hear something in your head but bringing it to life is a challenge. Overcoming that challenge in a way that you are happy with is really just a great feeling and a great payoff.
“He’s a star-in-the-making.”
Speaking of live shows, what’s your favourite story from a show so far?
This is a great question. So at the High Watt in Nashville Tennessee a couple drove like 8 hours to see me play and the woman’s drivers license was expired and the show was 21+. They would not let her in (this sounds grim I promise it’s not) so I played for them in the parking lot. I tend to close my eyes when I play and go to my own headspace, but I opened my eyes and there he was down on one knee asking her to marry him. It was so incredible to be part of such an incredible moment between these two people. It is something I will never forget.
Settle an argument for us (and the rest of the world) pineapple on pizza?
Well isn’t this the most loaded question? Haha! So I have an unusual answer. I don’t like most things when it comes to food. I don’t even like pineapple off of pizza, so I definitely don’t want it on one that I am eating. But if I did like pineapple in general, I imagine I would be very into pineapple on pizza.
Rising to the challenge, Cory Wells has put together an electrifying collection of songs that best encapsulates the artists and music that inspire them as a band.
Cory notes that Diary of a madman by Ozzy Osbourne is ‘his all time favorite song. Period.’
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