Our band has always stood on the basis of just being a good person. It sounds super cliché, but it seems like a lot of people forget to be good to one another. If we could inspire people to wake up and make an effort towards being kind and considerate towards others, then we’ll feel like we’ve done a good job.
As a part of my series about pop culture’s rising stars, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing The Revelries.
Beau Bailey, age 22, Hometown: Monroe, LA (lead vocals/rhythm guitar)
Logan Maggio, age 22, Hometown: New Roads, LA (lead guitar/vocals)
Jack Gonsoulin, age 23, Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA (bass guitar)
John Lewis, age 24, Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA (drums/percussion/vocals)
True to the definition of the word, ‘The Revelries’ bring full-sounding, guitar-driven rock straight to the Pop- Rock, Alt-Rock scene. The group has an original sound influenced by artists such as U2, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Kings of Leon, and John Mayer.
The band began late one night in the Fall of 2016, when lead singer, Beau Bailey, and drummer, John Lewis, decided to get together to jam in a Louisiana State University dorm room. The two wasted no time getting things moving and rapidly infiltrated the local Baton Rouge music scene. Playing their version of high-energy, U.K. style Pop-Rock, it wasn’t long until they sought the assistance of manager, Jefferson Manning, who helped formalize a team around them. They quickly went from playing small, local Baton Rouge dives to bars, private events, and venues all across the Southeast.
The band released their first two singles, “Blonde Hair. Blue Eyes” and “Abbot Kinney,” in 2018. The singles landed them on countless Spotify-curated playlists, launching them into the scene.
That same year, the two met guitarist, Logan Maggio, and added him into the mix. Maggio’s musical background and guitar tone brought a whole different dynamic to the band’s sound and took it to the next level.
Following the release of their first two singles, the band went back into the studio in Nashville, TN, to record their debut EP with GRAMMY®-nominated producer, John Rausch. In April of 2019, the group released their first EP, After 7. The name After 7 pays tribute to the police-enforced curfew while practicing back in the days when the band all lived together in Baton Rouge. “Our neighbors loved us… so much so that they called the cops on us almost every other week. Luckily, we were able to work out a deal with the police that allowed us to practice until 7pm. After 7 is when all the acoustic writing and demoing would happen,” John Lewis says. The EP allowed the band to gain traction in streaming, brought name recognition in new markets, and created a buzz throughout the music industry.
That summer the band made a trek out to Los Angeles to play a showcase for team members at Edgeout Records/UMG/UMe. The showcase set the mark and left an impression that validated the fact that The Revelries have an addictive sound.
The Fall of 2019, brought over 25 shows across the Southeast for the band. Most notably, the band opened for Moon Taxi in Oxford, MS, played to over 7,000 people at Jam for Cam in Athens, GA, and had a sold-out show in Nashville, TN, at The End. In addition to milestone shows, the band came across their new bass player, Jack Gonsoulin. Gounsoulin, also a LSU grad, with a seasoned musical background from previous bands, brought in yet another dynamic to the band. The last piece The Revelries were looking for fell into their lap.
The Revelries recently signed a development deal with Edgeout/UMG/UMe and will be going into the studio this Spring to record their next project. “We are a band from Louisiana that plays a style of music you wouldn’t expect. Our goal is to create an atmosphere so contagious that everyone wants to be a part of it,” says Bailey.
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Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us the story of how you grew up?
Beau: Thank you for having us! I grew up in Monroe, Louisiana, and started playing music when I was four years old. My cousins would always bring instruments to family Christmas, and I always thought that was the coolest thing ever and that I wanted to do that. I spent most of my childhood playing drums, but, when I turned 15, I started to write songs and play guitar. I studied hours and hours of YouTube, and then I started playing as many open mics at oyster bars and any backyard gigs that I could find.
John: I grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and started playing drums after my grandfather bought me a set from a pawn shop when I was three years old. I grew up playing and loving music, but it was always just a dream to write and perform in a rock band. However, it was a big goal of mine to be a Major League Baseball player, even through high school. I also developed a massive obsession for the Star Wars franchise at a very young age.
Jack: I also grew up in Baton Rouge, and like John, was always focused on sports. I played every sport I could, but I discovered a real passion for music in high school. That passion stemmed from the music my dad exposed me to as a young child, like Jimi Hendrix, Frank Sinatra, and The Doors. I started playing saxophone in the third grade, and took guitar lessons in sixth grade, and taught myself the rest. I kept my love of music all throughout my sports career, which led me to play football at LSU during college.
Logan: I grew up in a small town called New Roads, Louisiana. New Roads was the kind of town that was so small that we would go walk around inside of Walmart to pass the time. So, as a result, I grew up playing baseball and golf almost every day of my life with the kids in my neighborhood. Around the same time that I was getting into sports was the time that I was getting into music. I was always the kid who loved guitars and rock music growing up, and it gave me a sense of my own identity, as not many other kids in the area shared my interests. I guess as I’ve grown up, that identity has stuck with me and I still love it the same way I did back then.
Can you share a story with us about what brought you to this specific career path?
Beau: Growing up, my dad had three CDs in his truck that we listened to on repeat. Only By The Night by Kings Of Leon, Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park, and Songs About Jane by Maroon 5. These albums no doubt influenced me to start writing the style of music that we play, which is pop/rock. Also, when I saw John Mayer’s Where the Light Is live in Los Angeles DVD, it completely wrecked me in a great way. That show made me want to start playing live.
John: My dad introduced me to some great live bands such as U2, KISS, The Police, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, etc., and I was hooked. The first memory I have of really being moved by a musical performance was seeing U2 Go Home: Live from Slane Castle on DVD. I played in concert band, marching band, and jazz band, all the way through high school. Then in college, I started jamming with Beau and we decided to start a band. As Natasha Bedingfield said, “The rest is still unwritten.”
Jack: I started playing music at a very young age, but it always took a backseat to sports. In high school when I started playing with other people, I really discovered that music has a special way of affecting others. I actually joined a band in college to pay rent, because with a football schedule, late-night shows after practice was the only time I could work. That quickly led to a real passion for playing live music, but I never thought I would be able to do it professionally until I met Beau, John, and Logan. Once we discovered the synergy that was there, it was game over.
Logan: My earliest memories of music go back to when I was around six years old playing tee-ball. My dad would drive me to-and-from games. While in the car he would quiz me, asking me, “what band is this?” every time a song came on the radio. This subconsciously helped me develop a huge appreciation for classic rock and music in general. As I got older, and after my parents bought me a guitar, I fell in love with music and spent hours and hours in my room playing along to Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen, and Pink Floyd. There weren’t many musicians in the town I grew up in, so jamming with people was very rare. This forced me to learn how to write, record, and mix my own music so that I could jam along with myself. Since then I’ve only fallen more in love with all aspects of music, and I’m excited to see what the future holds for us.
Can you tell us the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?
Beau: While in Los Angeles for the signing of our record deal, we lined up dinner with the Grammer family, as Jack has a family connection with Aijia and Andy Grammer. We got to eat sushi and hang out with Aijia and Andy for a few hours and talk songwriting, industry tips of the trade, and inspiration for why we do what we do. However, during the Uber ride there, we discovered our Uber driver didn’t speak very good English. Jack sat up front and proceeded to have an hour and a half conversation with our driver in fluent Spanish. We had absolutely no idea Jack spoke Spanish…
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
Beau: We got a request for an encore as the opening band, and we actually did it. We started to play the song, but they had already turned off the mics. After a minute of no vocals, we learned the valuable lesson that opening bands don’t play encores. We also learned about communication and the importance of sticking to schedule with your sound engineer, lol.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
Beau: Right now, we are writing for our debut release with Edgeout/UMG/UMe. We have loads of songs and we cannot wait to get out on the road and share these songs with everybody.
We are very interested in diversity in the entertainment industry. Can you share three reasons with our readers about why you think it’s important to have diversity represented in film and television? How can that potentially affect our culture?
Logan: Every group of people brings unique ideas and experiences to the table that are important for the development of the arts as a whole.
Jack: By having diverse representation in the entertainment industry, we encourage the blending of different human experiences and cultures. This allows for the creation of new culture and artistic representation that hasn’t been seen yet, which allows us to progress as humans.
Beau: Every kid growing up should be able to have an icon or role model that they are able to personally relate to. Without diverse representation in the entertainment industry, not every child has that. Role models are a huge part of what inspired us to do what we do, as well as everyone in the entertainment industry, and I think it’s very important for every child to have that.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
- Solidify the “why” of why you do what you do- When we first made the decision to do this as a band, we compared it to jumping off a cliff. We knew that it wasn’t going to always be easy, but we were, and still are, prepared for the tough times because we know why we are chasing this dream. Building a dream requires a lot and having a concrete “why” allows you to have something stronger within yourself than the challenges life throws your way.
- Don’t compare yourself to anyone else because everyone has a different situation- We played a show in Birmingham, Alabama, for like five people in the venue. John saw a video of U2 selling out a stadium in India that same night, a country where they’ve never been and don’t speak the same language. That kind of comparison brings nothing good to the table and can only impede your ability to get there in the first place.
- Broaden your musical horizon as much as possible- some of our best songs as a band have come from influences that were not our “bread and butter.” Being able to pull from multiple different influences as a musician allows you to step outside your box.
- Tune your guitar before you record- While recording our first EP, Logan got the “perfect” take on the solo of “That Side of You,” but, listening back to it, the guitar was out of tune…
- Write more songs than you think you should- There are so many good songs out there, and in order to make it as a band, you have to have great songs. By writing more than you think you should, you allow yourself to have options and better odds of writing “that hit song.”
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
– Surround yourself with people that have the same goals as you. If you have people that can understand and push you, then you’re able press on from adversity.
– Listen to advice from other people that you respect, but also trust your gut.
You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
Beau: Our band has always stood on the basis of just being a good person. It sounds super cliché, but it seems like a lot of people forget to be good to one another. If we could inspire people to wake up and make an effort towards being kind and considerate towards others, then we’ll feel like we’ve done a good job.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
Beau: Our manager, Jefferson Manning, is a beast. I don’t think managers get the public credit that they deserve for the work they put in behind the scenes. Jeff has always believed in our music as much as we do, and he has worked so hard to put us in front of the right people.
John: I’d like to thank my mother, Ainsley, a classically trained pianist, for passing on her musical ability; as well as my father, Jason, for showing me all of his favorite bands and concerts because that inspired me to be a musician and performer; and both of them for supporting me in following my dream and helping me achieve my goals.
Logan: My brother Brennan, for putting up with louder-than-necessary guitar being played at any hour of the day, and for being supportive of all of my musical journeys.
Jack: I’d like to thank my dad, or Papa as I call him, for instilling a deep musical appreciation in me from a very young age. I’d also like to thank my mom, Courtney, for her unconditional love growing up, which continued through my decision to play music professionally, even though it doesn’t pay a salary and benefits. I’d also like to thank my best friend, Kasey Huff, because he was the first person I played music with in high school, and without that, I’d never have come to play live music in the first place.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?
– “Don’t let the fear of failure prevent you from trying.”- When John graduated from LSU as an accounting major, he took a job at an established accounting firm in Baton Rouge. It was great job with good pay and benefits, but he had this desire to create. Every day, he sat at his desk and dreamed of playing concerts but compared that to the stability of having a job. He took a leap and quit his job, and pieced together part-time jobs to make ends meet. If the fear of failure had prevailed, who knows where we would be.
Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them. 🙂
Beau: I would take Van McCann, from Catfish and the Bottlemen, to Fleur de Lis pizza in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and pay for his meal. He’s a huge inspiration for me and I’ve got so many questions to ask him!
Logan: I would love to have breakfast with John Mayer because I wanna ask him how he is so good at so many things.
John: I’d eat at Waffle House with Dave Grohl and/or Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters, just so they can tell me stories. I’ve already watched all of their inspirational videos to answer my questions.
Jack: I would love to have a New Orleans (boozy) brunch with bassist Sean Hurley. Sean is a hero of mine who really showed me how to play bass by listening to the tracks that he plays on. I’ve looked up to him ever since I found out who he was. I also admire his ability to make an outstanding career as a bassist in the music industry, as he’s played with John Mayer, Alicia Keys, Robin Thicke, etc.
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Facebook: The Revelries
This was very meaningful, thank you so much!
Thank y’all for having us!