Various Blonde is a Kansas City-based band. They are playing Fed Up Fest October 15th at CrossroadsKC at Grinder’s. Fed Up Fest is a benefit for Harvesters and is presented by X1051. Various Blonde guitarist and vocalist Joshua Allen recently discussed the beginnings of Various Blonde, his approach to songwriting and his love of the Kansas City music scene.
What was your earliest musical memory?
I always say Michael Jackson’s performance of “Billie Jean” at the Motown 25th anniversary
How old were you when you wrote your first song?
16. I can’t remember what it was called, but i know it sucked.
How did Various Blonde get started?
We got started back in 2008. It started as a side project of two of friends who were in the Beautiful Bodies at the time. I was a “free agent” at the time so they asked me to jam. The rest is history.
Your songs hit hard. What is your creative approach when writing songs?
I try to always get the drums and bass written first then I put keyboard, guitar, and vocal melodies over that foundation.
How often do you find yourself songwriting?
I write “ideas” daily. some never become full songs, but I try to do something musical everyday. I feel like if I don’t I start to lose momentum. I have to continue exploring or I get stagnant.
What inspires you lyrically?
So much!!! In a nutshell I would say it’s mostly the word around us.
Do you have a favorite quote or motto that you live by?
Be the inferior to no man, nor of any man be the superior. Remember that every man is a variation of yourself.
You are playing CrossroadsKC as a part of Fed Up Fest this year. What do you enjoy most about the music scene in Kansas City?
I love how diverse the scene has become. There’s pretty much something for everyone.
What advice would you give to musicians just starting out?
Play with as many people as possible and play as much as possible.