September 19th, 2011 19:29 EST
Judyth Piazza interviews 'Maybe If You Hit It' Barton Hill, Scott Lawson and The Garrett Show
Maybe If You Hit It founding members, Barton Hill and Scott Lawson are originally from Houston, Texas. Their shared musical interests growing up aligned them in several bands as they their musical careers in the area.
The first and most notable "Enfant" released the single, "Can You Imagine," which saw airtime on the local Clear Channel radio station, 94.5 FM "The Eventually, the band members parted ways, and Barton and decided to move to Florida where they later achieved their in Recording Arts at Full Sail University.
While attending Full Sail, Hill was instrumental in forming what became the well-known Central Florida Pop/Rock band, "Heroes Of The Storm," which Lawson later joined to play bass. Heroes of The Storm also found airtime on the Central Florida Clear Channel radio station, 101.1 FM WJRR with "Crash and Burn." After two successful years of performing regionally, band chemistry issues resulted in the split of the band. This split was the catalyst that sparked the idea for what is not only "Maybe If You Hit It," but the concept of branding the band prior to touring, through the creation of it`s interactive website, videos, high-end photography, merchandizing, and their eventual release of their fi rst EP.
With this branding idea in front of them, Hill and Lawson began writing what is now the Texas Swagger EP. With Lawson back in his rightful place behind the drums, and Hill fronting with vocals and guitars, the Classic infectious . ical began band air- Buzz". Scott degrees fi nal piece of the puzzle needed to complete the lineup was a killer bassist and showman. Hill turned to a local musician, aptly named "The Garrett Show." Garrett Jankowski had been very successful in the Central Florida area and beyond, with his band, "Irrational." Irrational had played shows in the area for upwards of ten years, performing at Hard Rock Live (2006), Earthday Birthday 16 (2008), Florida Music Festival (2009), and House Of Blues (2010). In 2009, Irrational beat out 8,000 bands nationally in the Guitar Center - Motley Crue "Make Rock History Contest" and was fl own out to L.A. to compete in the fi nals for a spot to play on Motley Crue`s "Cruefest."
Irrational placed 7th overall in the competition. Irrational also won the best hard rock album award at the 2005 Florida Music Awards. After a very successful run, a series of unfortunate events lead to Irrational`s break up. Hill had met The Garrett Show at a couple of his concerts and was impressed by his stage presence and overall performance in the band. Shortly after that, Hill approached him with the concept of "Maybe If You Hit It," and after the fi rst rehearsal with the whole group, it was clear that The Garrett Show was the perfect fi t for the band, and thus "Maybe If You Hit It" was born.
It was the combined experience of the band members that made Maybe If You Hit It decide to alter their approach when jump-starting this new band. The guys wanted to come out with a bang! Instead of getting together a decent set list and rushing to play shows, the guys decided to take their time and assemble all the necessary pieces to brand the band and create an attitude that they feel appeals to their current and future fan base.
This included investing thousands of self-fi nanced dollars into getting all the necessary music, marketing materials, and promotional items together before they even stepped on stage for their first public appearance. Professional photos of the band and their fi rst EP cover were shot by Brook Pifer. Professional recording/production was done with Brett Hestla, lead singer of Dark New Day, Virgos Merlot, and touring bassist for Creed. Hestla has previously produced hits for Framing Hanley, Tantric, and The Supervillians. Creative, informative, and visually stimulating video content was shot and edited by Brennan Booth at Lucky Break Media who continues to follow the band adding current video content to their web site.
Another asset created for the band was the eye-catching and interactive website, created by Justin of The Antimatter Studio. Unique and quality merchandise was designed, along with the addition of the "Maybe If you Hit It" girls. These "MIYHI" girls are involved in many theatrical events with the band during live shows. They also operate the merchandise table and distribute promotional items to concertgoers. The band was recently interviewed on Orlando`s Clear Channel radio station, 101.1 FM`s WJRR`s Native Noise, where they offi cially released their fi rst single, "Texas Swagger."
The band then hit the ground running with a series of concerts, including a headlining slot opening night at The 2011 Florida Music Festival, followed by a performance in the fi nals of the WJRR Last Band Standing Concert Series for EDBD 18, and after t r - only 3 shows, opened for National Recording Artists Danko Jones and My Darkest Days at Jannus Live for 98 Rock`s Cinco de Mayo party in St. Petersburg, Florida.