Q&A with Jonathan Capeci of Nightly: "Be Authentic and Write Songs That Matter to You."
Nashville-based alt-pop band Nightly have been going non-stop since the release of their honest EP on Interscope Records last fall. With tour dates supporting K. Flay to round out the year, a SXSW run back in March and three back to back tours with Saint Mesa, The Struts and Urban Cone underway, they're showing no signs of slowing down, either.
Fans can catch the band live throughout June, pick up their EP now and read what they had to say about their busy year and plans for the future below.
Interview by Dom Vigil
Can you tell us a little bit about Nightly’s background for any readers who might not be familiar?
Joey and I are cousins and have known since we were kids that we wanted to be in a band together one day. Throughout the last few years we’ve played together in various bands, but Nightly started toward the end of 2015/beginning of 2016 after Joey and I spent a few weeks writing and recording songs in a tiny apartment.
Even though you both got involved in music as kids, Nightly wasn’t formed until long after that, once you moved to Nashville. What are some important lessons you’ve learned along the way that have helped you move forward with this project?
Be authentic and write songs that matter to you. I don’t think you can ever control what people will or won’t like, so always write songs that mean something to you.
How do you feel the move to Nashville affected you as songwriters and musicians?
There is a very high level of musicianship in Nashville. I think just being there forces you to be better based on who you are surrounded with.
The last six months have been non stop for you guys, with the release of your honest EP, tour dates with K. Flay to end the year and even more already planned for the future. What have been some of the highlights from the last year for you?
It’s been great. honestly, feeling out our headlining shows in Nashville is still the best feeling.
You dropped your honest EP back in October - did you have any goals in mind when you were working on those four songs?
Really just wanted to make a good first impression. It was hard to narrow it down to only four songs, but each song on the EP feels different, which I like. They each express a little bit of a different side of the band. it’s hard to condense any band or artist into just a couple of songs, but I think this is a great start.
Now that it has been out for a little while and you’ve had the chance to play it for fans, what are some of your favorite things about the EP?
The best part is how we’ve seen fans connect with the music and make it their own. Seeing the art and posts people make based on the lyrics is so cool.
You guys have already done some touring this year and now you’re getting ready to hit the road on some headlining dates with Saint Mesa. What are you looking forward to the most on these upcoming shows?
Singing with fans is the greatest thing about being in a band. We’re looking forward to playing for anyone who wants to hear us. It’ll also be fun playing in cities we haven’t played in yet.
Following your headlining shows, you’re also jumping on some dates with The Struts in May! If someone is catching you for the first time at one of these shows, what can they expect from Nightly’s live performance?
Yeah! we're pumped to play with them. These are totally new cities for us, so we’ll be playing the EP and trying out a few new songs.
After these shows wrap up, do you have any other big plans for the summer or the rest of this year?
We’ll be heading out on the road with Urban Cone in May and a couple new videos that we’re shooting right after this run!
Thank you for taking the time to chat with us! Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks for your time and for listening! We hope to see you at a show soon!