Published: Feb 16, 2013 06:00 PM
Modified: Feb 16, 2013 04:06 PM
CARY - Cole Roe took to the Internet when he decided to make a music album.
He asked supporters to chip in $1,200 through Kickstarter, a website in which people ask for money to fund projects.
Roe, 23, a Green Hope High School graduate, got what he asked for and then some $2,500. He used the money to make his latest album, First.
On Feb. 25, Roe will host a CD release party at Rudinos Grill in Cary. Q: Have you always wanted to be a musician?
I picked up the guitar when I was 11 years old and got bored with it, just sitting in my room.
But I took guitar lessons for six months from a teacher in Columbia, S.C. We worked on basic chords, fun songs, music theory and guitar tabs. I loved learning from the guy; he made it fun.
Of course, when I was young, I wanted to learn crazy guitar solos. We would jam together.
Back then, the Goo Goo Dolls were my favorite band. John Mayer was also a big influence. Q: Did you play in a band when you were growing up?
When I was a freshman in high school, I started a band with four other guys. It was called 5 Til.
It was the most fun I ever had. We practiced and performed in each others garages. By junior year, we were playing at area restaurants and a few times at the Cary Senior Center.
When we graduated, we went our separate ways, but the group really inspired me to be a songwriter. Q: Did you study music when you attended UNC-Charlotte?
No, I studied business. I knew about music theory. But I knew I would have to learn more about business if I wanted to make it.
While I was in Charlotte, I played solo acts every Thursday at The Pub at Gateway, and I was in the fraternity Kappa Sigma; I played a rush event every semester. Q: How would you describe your style, and how has it evolved?
I released a home-produced album four years ago, and it was pretty poppy. I got bored with performing some of the songs.
I found that country was a fun genre to play at shows. You are telling stories, and the subject matter holds my interest. I dont sing about growing up on a farm.
I guess I would describe First as folk. Q: There seems to be a resurgence of folk music in the mainstream music scene. Did that influence you?
There is a folk resurgence. My friends turned me on to the Avett Brothers (from Concord). I felt like I wanted to get into that style.
As far as the theme of First, I wrote the songs in the span of a year and a half. I was all over the map emotionally.
The track First tells about how saying I love you is easy, but its hard to be the one to say it first. People can wind up getting hurt. Q: How did you decide to use Kickstarter?
I had heard of Kickstarter a couple of years ago. Once I had enough songs (eight), I put my request up.
About 50 people friends, family, friends of family donated. I thought $1,200 was really reaching
but when that amount doubled, I was blown away.
The money covered recording the album at Schaefer Sound Productions, session musicians, the manufacturing of the CD, graphic artists for the CD cover and distribution through CDBaby.com. Q: What are your goals for the future?
For these next couple of months, Ill be in the Triangle. In the summer, a friend and I will go on a mini-tour a road trip to Texas.
After that, Id love to find a live band; its a lot more fun to share the experience.
Im going to keep on playing music, keep writing, keep going down the road thats placed before me. Im happy playing music for a living.