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Rising Stars: Meet Jared Metz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jared Metz.  

Hi Jared, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Alex Sarkisov and I [Jared Metz] started Season Ten our senior year of high school, but we weren’t fully actualized until recently. Our incredible, creative, and graphic-design-major drummer, Alex Murphy-White was the only guy who contacted us from a flier at our mutual college. Our current bassist, Michael Villareal was a coworker with me and ended up adding vital harmonies and outside perspective to an already 9-year-old band. We’re about to release our new album ‘Brainstorm’ which is sounding like our richest album yet. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
We’ve lost and gained a few members, and almost every time, it took a year to fully recover. Albums were pushed, so many old songs were lost, and entire videos are obsolete now because they have ‘the old guy.’ We loved them all, and they left on great terms, but certainly created struggle on both ends. Our 3rd album ‘Nature’ had really great songs but a pretty awful production, but these new songs I produced at home, so I think we’re climbing out of the hole. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
The band has utmost precedence, but I work with my friend Jemal Potter on our hip hop side project ‘Pizza Boiz’ and I DJ weddings on weekends if I’m not gigging with Season Ten or otherwise. I dove straight into the music/entertainment career at a young age, so at this point, my life is consumed with music. If I’m most proud of one thing, it’s Season Ten. We could have folded at any turn, but we never had that discussion. All of us wanted to keep playing and writing. If anything, we’re at our highest dedication level and it’s been 11 years. 

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
Not necessarily. If anything, I missed two years of the life of all the members of every band in Cincinnati. A lot of friendships were lost in the ether, and it’s been a struggle to return to form. And by form, I mean, attending local shows, generally supporting my friends to the highest degree, digging out of the hole of comfort that quarantine provided, etc. 

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