“Musically I think Lovestruck Robot is fresh and unique, said Jace Magee, Orlando singer/songwriter. “We are taking a few different genres and sort of taking a creative risk by mixing it up, yet still keeping it mainstream pop music. We talk about things in our songs that not a lot of other bands/artists talk about and also are a bit more musical with production and the arrangements. We all come from different backgrounds and inspirations, yet are able to find a great happy medium and make great music. Also let’s face it, seeing a band that consists of a little white frontman and four black guys sparks a lot of curiosity!”
“Our CD, I Wanna be in a Band, has a little something for everyone. I get inspired so easily and in so many ways that every track from 1 to 11 has an entirely different vibe and feel from another. The album talks about everything from love, sex, or wanting to be in love but not being in love, that’s the second track ‘I Can’t Say (I Love You)’. Other songs range from wanting to party and have fun to a more serious tune about relentlessly following your dreams. Most of the record is fun, upbeat party music, but the lyrical content goes much deeper. This is the band’s first release, so we just want to reach new ears and for people to have fun and get inspired by our music.”
Although he does play a couple of instruments, the Lovestruck Robot’s lead vocalist prefers the freedom of performing without them. “I play guitar and piano. I play well enough to write songs and strum the acoustic with the band, but I by no means consider myself a guitarist or pianist. On stage I really love to move around and utilize the entire stage. It is really hard to do that when you are trapped behind an instrument.”
Magee’s musical influences cover a wide spectrum of musical power hitters. “There have been so many artists that have inspired and influenced me over the years. I grew up in Oklahoma so I listened to everything from Johnny Cash and Garth Brooks, to Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, to Def Leppard and Journey. I would have to say Michael Jackson left a huge impression on me and has inspired me musically in so many ways. I love the writing styles of Justin Timberlake, Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams and Lenny Kravitz.”
His songwriting is spurred on from many different angles. “I get inspired in so many ways: sometimes a chord progression or riff will pop in my head or a really cool melody, or even a title. Once the initial idea is created then I just run with it. I will almost always write the chorus of a song first, then the verses and bridge. In my opinion, without a great hook, there cannot possibly be a great song.”
Magee and the band recently won the 2010 Grammy Showcase competition in Orlando. You can read more about that win here.
Even when he is not performing or writing, music is still not far from his activities. “When I’m home in Orlando and have a few days off from music, I just like hanging out with friends, beach, surfing, volleyball, pub crawls, etc. I also love to check out some of my friends’ bands when they play locally.”
Fans can keep up with Jace Magee at Lovestruck Robot’s official site, My Space, and Facebook page. Their debut CD I Wanna Be In A Band is available on iTunes.