MuzicNotez: First off, it’s an honor to be doing this interview with you, thanks for taking the time to sit down with us.
Introduce yourselves, what are your names and rolls in the band?
Jesse Crosson, vocals, guitar, keyboard
Kyle Crosson, lead vocals, mandolin, tambourine, keyboard
Jaden Crosson, drums
Jacob Gill, vocals, lead guitar, banjo
Connor Gill, vocals, bass, harmonica
MuzicNotez: What motivated you to start creating music? How did you all meet?
Cheating Daylight: We (the Crosson brothers) met when our manager, Greg Bennett introduced us to the Gill brothers in August of 2011. All it took was one day of jamming out and we knew it was going to work. We clicked immediately and the chemistry has only gotten stronger in the years since.
We were raised around music our whole lives growing up, and with a little encouragement from our families it just came naturally! We love music and the connections we make with our fans and that’s why we do what we do.
MuzicNotez: Who were your musical influences, idols, or bands growing up that have helped mold you into the musician you are today? Or helped mold the music that you create?
Cheating Daylight: Jesse: I’ve always been inspired by bands like Paramore, the Maine, a ton of old school 70’s/80’s bands of so many different genres, and jazz music in general. I like everything in music, which I think helps me stay fresh in creativity. The same applies for all the guys in the band. We are exposed to a lot of music, so we create a lot of different kinds of music. Kyle: My musical influences are a rocket to the moon and periphery simply because they have abnormal and unique qualities to their music Jaden: My biggest musical influences are Paramore and All Time Low! Paramore really because I love pop alternative music and the way they put their music together amazes me! Jacob: The most influential musicians in my life have been AC/DC, no question. It was watching Angus Young run around the stage in a schoolboy uniform that inspired me to want to play guitar, to want to be a guitarist playing in front of crowds of people. My dad used to drive me around when I was really young listening to the “Stiff Upper Lip” album, and it left a huge impression. These days, I mainly love the blues and metal music – Albert King and Jimi Hendrix to August Burns Red and Avenged Sevenfold. I listen to everything, and it all plays a role in molding the music I create. Connor: When I was young my Dad always played ACDC for us and we both decided we wanted to do music at that point. Although I still love ACDC the band that has probably shaped me into the musician I am today would be Nirvana, or the White Stripes.
MuzicNotez: What’s the ultimate goal you want your music to achieve, or for you to achieve in your career as a musician? Any particular message you wish to send?
Cheating Daylight: Jacob: Music is an extremely gratifying personal experience, but I think the best part about what we do is getting to see people really loving our music. Some of my best experiences have been singing along in the crowd at concerts to bands that I love, so I would hope to give that to other people who enjoy our music. As far as messages go, we just try to sing about real life experiences – whether it’s falling in love, reflecting on life, or just having a blast.