We had the good fortune of connecting with Steve Page and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Steve, how do you think about risk?
In the music business, there is little reward without taking risks. Driving 18 hours from Texas to Florida to play a 15-minute set at a massive music festival, driving from Texas to Oklahoma, and then to California to play gigs (only to have some cancel), tracking down the DJs for The Cowboys, Stars, Mavs, and FC Dallas, and sending them music, recording an album with an American Idol finalist, and putting out albums independently, were all fairly significant risks. These things all cost money and take loads of time, but in the end, it’s the new fans, the exposure, and ultimately, the fantastic memories that make it all worth it. We’ve been that band played by your favorite sports team, the soundtrack to MTV and VH1 programs, and quite a bit more. None of this would have happened if we had stayed in our safe place.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am the singer, guitarist, and keyboard player for the Dallas band, RIVETHEAD.
We have released 10 albums and have 2 in the works right now.
The pandemic was a tough period, and we are still fighting to get back on our feet. We stayed home and recorded 39 new songs. Of those, we have released 9 as singles, have 2 mixed and mastered and ready for release, and the other 28 are ready to be sent off for mixing. When these tracks are completed, they will make up 2 new albums.
The toughest lesson I’ve learned along the way, is you can only depend on yourself. People will make promises and let you down, especially in the music business. There are so many talkers, and few actual doers. You must believe in yourself and do your art for yourself. If others like it as well, you win.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
A proper taste of North Texas would not be complete without a Buccee’s visit, so that would have to be part of the day, but I would certainly offer up attractions like Six Flags, Great Wolf Lodge, the Dallas Aquarium, catch some bands in Deep Ellum, and depending on the time of year, a Stars game, Cowboys game, or Mavs game.
For food, I would highly recommend a proper Texas spot like Texadelphia, or lunch at Pho Que Huong, so they can try the curry pho. Dinner and a movie at Alamo Draft House is always a win, especially if you catch a Star Wars premiere with the 501st, Rebel Legion, and Mandalorian Mercs.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Huge thanks go to Clint Barlow for giving us a home at Trees in Dallas to open for some of our heroes. Huge thanks also to Alex Gerst (Empire Sound), JT (Kitty) Longoria (762 Recording), and Gary Long (Nomad Studios) for always being absolute pros at recording, mixing, and mastering our tunes.
Big thanks also to the live sound guys who make us sound fantastic: Lee Russell and Chad Lovell
I would like to thanks CDBaby for giving us a distribution platform to share and sell our music to the world.
Huge thanks go to our endorsers, for allowing us to play the gear we love: BC Rich Guitars, Dunlop picks and strings, Dean Markley Strings, Randall Amplifiers
Photos by Another Face in the Crowd, Doug Wanderscheid, and Ruben Vasquez Jr.