Interview with Om Shankar, lead vocals for The Reynolds Number.
First off, tell us how you decided on your band name. Why “the Reynolds number”?
Our name actually is pretty nerdy.. I studied aerospace engineering in college, and “the reynolds number” is a very useful tool in fluid dynamics, and I mentioned it to the guys one day, and they all seemed to like it! It’s funny now, because after pretty much every show, someone comes up to me and called me Reynold.
How was it working with Jon Niess and CJ Eirikssen on your second album?
Working with Jon Niess was the best thing that has ever happened to our band. When we started tracking the record, Jon gave us so much amazing advice, while still keeping the integrity and the creative vision of the songs that the band had always intended. All of the cool sound effects, harmonies, voicings/ etc. that are heard on the record are Jon’s doing, and we couldn’t be more thankful for that. With CJ, his name is so powerful in the Austin Music Scene that to be quite honest, we didn’t really know what to expect. After hearing his mixes though, we were immediately blown away. He mixed the songs “Follow You” and “Grow”, and those two songs turned out to be huge! He’s everything everyone says and more. Also, the rest of the songs were mixed by our studio engineer Steve Mazur, who is seriously one of the most talented and inspiring engineers that I have ever worked with. Can’t wait to work with all three of these guys in the near future.
Speaking of the second album, how was the response? How did you/do you market it?
So far, the response has been overwhelming! It’s amazing to see, especially because the nature of this album isn’t so light. I set out to write this album as a concept album, with every single song having to do with my relationship with my family. We’ve had people tell us that the songs are resonating with them, and as a musician, that is really all that matters. We couldn’t be happier. We’ve really marketed it through social media thus far, but coming soon will be a re-release of the record through many more markets.
What inspires your songwriting?
For me, it’s important that I don’t “force” songs out. In some past projects that I’ve worked on, and even with past records of ours, I’ve felt as though the songs weren’t nearly as natural and flowing as I would have liked them to be, so for this record I really made sure I took all the time I needed to let my thoughts become words and melodies in a very organic way. As I mentioned before, when I decided to have this record be about my family, and my relationships within my family, it almost seemed as though the songs were writing themselves, and I am very proud of what they became.
What would be your ideal concert venue? why?
Dreaming big here, but I would give anything to play Red Rocks in Colorado. It’s seriously the most incredible venue I’ve ever seen, and it’s such an awesome experience to be there. Our friends in Saints of Valory are playing there next month, and I could not be more jealous!
What’s your favorite thing about playing a live show?
My favorite thing forsure is the audiences reactions to songs. I remember we were playing a pretty big show a while back at The Parish in Austin, Texas, and when we got done playing the final chorus, I remember seeing two girls in the audience with the biggest smiles on their faces. Seeing stuff like that really makes everything worth it.
If you could collaborate with any musician in the world (past or present), who would it be and why?
Honestly, it would be Chris Martin, the lead singer of Coldplay. Coldplay was really the first rock band that I ever listened to, and their records “Parachutes” and “A Rush of Blood to the Head” were seriously some of the main reasons I ever picked up an instrument. His songwriting in unreal, and his ability to write a hook into a song is unparalleled.
Who are you listening to right now?
Right now it’s really a mix of things, but I think the last few records I’ve listened to are: Alt-J, Half Moon Run, The National, and Matt Corby.
Anything big we should know about that’s coming up for you guys?
Some huge things are happening to us in the coming months here, and we are so excited to see all that comes. Signing to Big Bend Records, national radio run, national PR campaign, and national tours all coming this fall.