A Conversation with Ayron Jones and the Way

A Conversation with Ayron Jones and the Way
Ayron Jones and the Way are described as Raw, Soulful, Electrifiying and Sexy. The Seattle songwriter Ayron Jones’ mature sound bleeds out with an intimate, rich, fresh style – Stevie Ray Vaughan meets Nirvana. Capturing a “good kind of pain,” Jones’ striking songs sink in to stay, blending Alternative Rock, Punk, Blues, Hip-hop, and Soul, punching out an emotional body of work with a memorable twist. Jones began turning heads in 2010 when he teamed up with drummer Conrad Real and bassist DeAndre Enrico.
I would strongly suggest that if you like face-melting guitar, classic old time Rock & Roll jam sessions and high octane, guitar string breaking  live performances … Ayron Jones and the Way is the show to catch on June 29th at The Crocodile  in Seattle.  Can I get an AMEN??


Why did you pick your band name “The Way” ? How did you form? Why did you decide to play the genre or genres you do?

[quote]The Way was added because I didn’t like rules or structure. I liked my own way. So I called my band members the way. We used to frequent the same venue and I got a regular gig at 88 Keys about three years ago and started having them play with me there. The blues really spoke to me, but it’s more like it chose me. I was influenced by growing up in Seattle and the Seattle music scene, which is where more of the rock edge has come from. [/quote]


Your website/other reviews have describes your sound as Raw, Soulful, Electrifiying, Sexy. Do you agree? Why or why not?

[quote]For the most part, yes. The elements of the music we play embody that. Blues, alternative rock and soul. [/quote]


Where do you usually gather songwriting inspiration? What is your usual songwriting process?

[quote]Usually get inspired by life events and people. The process is pretty random and I write as it comes to me. Once I can visualize the story I build from there. It usually begins with lyrics. I honestly hear the beat of the music in my head first, and then I start writing lyrics. [/quote]


Do you have a band website? Why or why not? Do you have a Facebook or Twitter? Do you use Bandcamp, Spotify or SoundCloud to share your music?

[quote]Website is www.ajandtheway.com. Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/ajandtheway  and Twitter is https://twitter.com/AJandTheWay206[/quote]


Do you think that online presence is important for fans to find you and critics to find your music to write about?

[quote]Yes, extremely. It’s the future. [/quote]


What do you think about online music sharing? Do you ever give your music away for free? Why?

[quote]No real opinion; it doesn’t bother me. If people really want to support you, they will. It’s actually a compliment someone downloads your music for free.Yes, we give it away for free sometimes. I really want to be able to share my creation with people. Even though I have to make a living, I understand music isn’t just about the money and it’s more about the creative process. [/quote]


Since everyone was a startup once, can you give any smaller or local bands looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?

[quote]Always remember that music is for the people and not just for the artist. I think often times artists try to write music that they specifically like. The truth is we make music that people listen to and in the end it’s all about the people.[/quote]


Anything you would like share, from new merch to upcoming shows/tours or songs/albums?

[quote]We have our first headlining gig at The Crocodile coming up June 29th. We’re also playing Bumbershoot, Summer Meltdown and Mt. Baker Rhythm and Blues Festival this year. It’s going to be a huge summer for us. Plus, we’re still in the studio working on our debut EP with Sir Mix-a-Lot. [/quote]





Christian Hamilton

Christian Hamilton

Christian is the founder and Editor of Rock Paper Rock as well as a freelance concert and event photographer serving the Pacific Northwest and Beyond. He is a certified member of the PPA and Gold Level member of the CPS. He has recently began working with Mental Itch Records and has launched his own Photography website.

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